Scottish championship returns to Dunoon
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.