Scot­tish cham­pi­onship re­turns to Dunoon

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The Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship will re­turn to Dunoon for the first time in 20 years next sea­son as the series re­vealed its 2017 cal­en­dar.

The Ar­gyll Stages Rally will run on June 24, the fifth event on the cal­en­dar, af­ter sev­eral years of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the town and the SRC.

“Dunoon have re­ally pushed for it and have been hugely sup­port­ive,” said Neil Shanks, Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship or­gan­iser.

“We’d iden­ti­fied it as a rally we wanted sev­eral years ago but cir­cum­stances went against us.

“The drivers told us that they didn’t want to see the same cal­en­dar, go­ing to the same places at the same time.”

With the event hav­ing dis­ap­peared from the cal­en­dar for 20 years, Shanks also ex­pects it to be closely fought.

“From a com­pe­ti­tion point of view, prob­a­bly 85 per cent of drivers won’t have driven th­ese stages,” he added. “That’ll open up the play­ing field and there’s some stages that the drivers will never for­get driv­ing on.”

The series opens with the tra­di­tional cur­tain-raiser, the Snow­man Rally on Fe­bru­ary 19, be­fore head­ing to the Bor­der Coun­ties (March 18), Spey­side Stages (April 22) and the Scot­tish Rally (May 20) be­fore Dunoon. The Grampian Stages (Au­gust 12) and Septem­ber 9’s Gal­loway Hills Rally end the year.

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