Two gravel ral­lies on Isle of Man in ’17

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Multi-venue gravel stages are set to re­turn to the Manx Rally Championship for the first time since 2010.

The open­ing round of the 2017 se­ries will be the two-day Haydn Mi­nay For­est Stages on March 31/April 1. Later in the year the DMC Sum­mer Stages will run on the loose on July 22.

Mi­nay was the long time Manx Auto Sport pres­i­dent and spon­sor of the is­land’s main loose sur­face club event, the Easter Stages. He died ear­lier this year, with the event named af­ter him as a tribute.

The Haydn Mi­nay will fea­ture ap­prox­i­mately 40 stage miles at four venues across the is­land. Travel pack­ages will be avail­able for off-is­land crews through part­ner Isle of Man Event Ser­vices (iomevents.com), and route notes will also be avail­able. The event will also of­fer restarts on both Satur­day morn­ing and af­ter­noon to en­sure crews get the max­i­mum pos­si­ble mileage.

“The relaunch of gravel ral­ly­ing is gen­er­at­ing a lot of ex­cite­ment on the is­land,” said clerk of the course, Mark El­li­son. “Hope­fully that will trans­late into a good en­try and suc­cess­ful event, and we can go from there.”

The most re­cent gravel event to run on the is­land was a sin­gle-venue rally in 2013, won by TEG Sport Subaru driver Ar­ron Newby en route to the Manx ti­tle. Sub­se­quent at­tempts to run events have suf­fered from a lack of en­tries.

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