What makes the Manx Rally so spe­cial?

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - David Evans

It’s Ari Vata­nen hang­ing Black Beauty in hedge af­ter hedge in an epic 1982 race with Jimmy Mcrae. Or Pa­trick Sni­jers’ rasp­ing M3 six years on. It’s de­cid­ing what tyres to bolt on when you’re stand­ing in 21 de­grees and bright sun­shine on the seafront… but it’s 14 de­grees and pour­ing with rain on In­je­breck.

It’s called Rally Isle of Man, but it’s the Manx; it’s run in July, but it runs in Septem­ber; the BRC’S ended with­out it, but it is the end of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship sea­son.

Ser­vic­ing out of the TT paddock, driv­ing up and down Glen­crutch­ery Road past the fa­mous leader­board. Or watch­ing Snae­fell dis­ap­pear as an­other Ir­ish Sea mist rolls in to change the weather. Again. These are the things that make this event what it is. This piece of rock halfway be­tween Belfast and White­haven is a spe­cial place for mo­tor­sport fans year-round. And, with the Manx Grand Prix done, Septem­ber is about four wheels tear­ing up some of the world’s finest and most un­pre­dictable lanes.

And, be­lieve me, these roads re­ally are that good. Colin Mcrae al­ways in­sisted the Isle of Man de­served a world cham­pi­onship round of its own. And who are we to ar­gue?

Craig Breen, Elfyn Evans and Mark Hig­gins will bring a spe­cial magic. Hig­gins prob­a­bly more so: he’s won it more times than any­body, he’s from the place and, don’t for­get, he’s king of the Is­land af­ter lapping the TT course at an av­er­age speed of close on 130mph. He might not have 600bhp and DRS on his DMACK Fi­esta, but the in­ten­sity and ex­cite­ment will be just the same.

Pa­trick Sni­jers showed just how to fly around the Manx in his mega M3

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