New sponsor for Merrick rally

The Merrick Forest Stages Rally has announced a major new sponsorship deal with leading local businessman Ian Broll.

It will allow the rally organisers to forge ahead with their plans for the September 1st event, which will be based in Wigtown for the third year running.

Ian is already closely involved in the local rally scene through his association with the Port William crew of Fraser Wilson and co-driver Steven Broll.

The pair compete in a Group N Mitsubishi EVO 6 in the MSA Scottish Rally Championship of which the Merrick is the penultimate round.

“Ian’s generous support will give us a firm footing for the year ahead,” said Merrick Rally manager Allan Marshall.

“He’s very enthusiastic and welcomed the chance to come on board and put his company name Ian Broll Joiners and Funeral Directors as our headline sponsor. During our discussions Ian stated that he likes to support local sport in the Wigtownshire area and his love of rallying made it an easy decision to back his local round of the SRC.”

Ian said: “It is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to be able to sponsor and support the Merrick Stages Rally. Along with my wife, Fiona, we wish the organising committee all the very best for all their hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”

Last week, the Merrick organisers nominated Rally2Raise as its official charity for 2012.

The project, founded by Aberdeen-based rally competitor Rachel Medich, supports four charities: Cancer Research UK, the Nystagmus Network, the MS Society and the Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation for post-natal depression.

Rachel and her co-driver will be offered free entry to the Merrick, and competitors will be invited to donate to the charity when they enter online through the event website www.merrickstages.co.uk.