Two gravel rallies on Isle of Man in ’17
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.