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Fri­day morn­ing, day two of Rally Isle of Man, was one of those days that re­mind you just how spe­cial closed-road ral­ly­ing can be.

The BHRC double-header came at a crit­i­cal point of the sea­son on my favourite rally of the year and the first stage on Fri­day morn­ing of­fered the chance to watch and pho­to­graph from some­where new. I’ve watched ral­ly­ing in around 50 lo­ca­tions on the is­land across 30 years, but the A36 north of Port Erin was a new one.

Not used since the 1980s, and re­cently resur­faced, this spec­tac­u­lar sec­tion of road was worth a mile and a half walk to a fabulous van­tage point be­neath Burro Meanagh, a per­fect start to a long day.

The cars were in view for a minute and a fast right kink just above us showed who was re­ally on it. The length of lift, or a flash of brake lights, was a real marker of pace and it was no surprise that Will Onions set the best historic time for the stage from Ryan Bar­rett.

Ex­pan­sive views down to the sea, BDGS singing on the lim­iter and top historic driv­ers do­ing their stuff on a closed pub­lic road.

It was truly mem­o­rable.

The mo­ment Hamil­ton’s sea­son fell apart in the Malaysian GP. Head in hands

Bri­tish club rac­ers are used to some wet weather, but this takes it to a new level

(off) Road Ral­ly­ing dur­ing the night stages

Colin Noble (l) and Ste­wart Whyte col­lide

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