Merrick stages all set to go

Entries have now opened for the ProTune Remapping Merrick Stages Rally, the penultimate round of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship. The event on Saturday, September 3, will again be based in Wigtown, following a highly successful relocation to the town in 2010.

Competitors will tackle one of the most compact routes on the SRC calendar. It takes in 44 miles of classic stages in the Black Loch and Glentrool forests to the east and north of Newton Stewart, with an overall route of 76 road miles. Historic cars will again run ahead of the main field after a healthy turnout of classic vehicles last year.

In addition, the event will incorporate a Mini Rally with over 30 stage miles and 41 road miles, and a Trophy Rally over the final stage for crews who have been forced to retire earlier in the day.

Competitors will make two visits to the purpose-built central service area at Glencaird, close to the Glentrool stages.

Scrutineering on the eve of the event will take place under canvas opposite Rally HQ at the former County Buildings. As in previous years, the rally organisers are offering a discounted entry to all overseas competitors.

Meanwhile, there has been an appeal for marshals to help out on the Merrick.

“We are urgently looking for volunteers, because without marshals there won’t be a rally,” said Joint Clerk of the Course, Allan Marshall.

“We would welcome all-comers, from absolute beginners to the more experienced. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before because you will be put alongside experienced marshals on the day.”

“If you can help out, then I’d urge you to call our Chief Marshall Colin Rodger on 07767 726075 or email him at colin.rodger@virgin.net.”

Full details of the event, including supplementary regulations and an online entry form, can be found at www.merrickstages.co.uk

ProTune Remapping are leading vehicle tuning specialists based in Dundalk, Co Louth.