Rally dates and venues in place for 2021

A provisional calendar for the 2021 KNC Groundworks Ltd Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) season has been confirmed, beginning with March’s Snowman Rally and concluding with the Galloway Hills Rally in September.

By Ralph Mellon
Thursday, 30th July 2020, 4:50 pm
Some exciting southern Scottish rally action is in store next year (picture by Eddie Kelly)
Some exciting southern Scottish rally action is in store next year (picture by Eddie Kelly)

The Borders plays a key role once again in an unchanged line-up to 2020, with the Speyside Stages (April), Jim Clark Reivers Rally (May), Argyll Rally (June), Scottish Rally (July) and the Grampian Forest Rally (August) bookended by the Snowman and Galloway Hills, creating a versatile schedule of both gravel and asphalt, evenly spread throughout the season.

The calendar was firmed up at a recent Motorsport UK Rally Championship Steering Group meeting, making the SRC the first national rally championship in the UK not to just sensibly curtail its 2020 season early, but also the first to confirm its 2021 schedule.

The Scottish Rally has moved from early June to July to facilitate an even spread of events -– with the two Tarmac rounds running back-to-back – while the Carlisle Stages remains the SRC’s reserve event.

However, it will be a full counting round of the South of Scotland Championship, along with the Jim Clark, Scottish and Galloway Hills, with the Snowman, Speyside, Argyll and Grampian forming the North of Scotland Championship.

Both of these championships will once again be open to Clubman category cars only, as defined in the soon-to-be released Championship regulations.

Competitors will count their best five scores from seven events towards their championship points total.

Organisers are thrilled to have the calendar in place and are looking forward to Scottish rallying’s resumption after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2020 season to a premature end after just one round.

“This year has presented everyone with a truly unprecedented set of circumstances, let alone organisers, officials and competitors in the world of rallying,” said SRC chairman, Gordon Adam.

“We were keen to try and provide some positivity for all of our fans and competitors which, hopefully, we have done by securing our championship calendar for 2021.

“Now everyone has something to focus on and it can maybe lift our spirits up and get us all thinking ahead to the future.

“The calendar itself is very exciting too. With even gaps between all seven events, this should ensure competitor costs can be managed effectively and our two Tarmac rounds are a fantastic addition, making the SRC even more challenging than before.”

The provisional Scottish Rally Championship 2021 calendar is as follows:

March 6 – Snowman Rally, Inverness; April 17 – Speyside Stages, Elgin; May 30 – Jim Clark Reivers Rally, Duns; June 25-26 – Argyll Rally, Dunoon; July 24 – Scottish Rally, Lockerbie; August 14 – Grampian Forest Rally, Banchory; September 18 – Galloway Hills Rally, Dalbeattie; October 23 (reserve event) – Carlisle Stages, Carlisle.

The KNC Groundworks Ltd Scottish Rally Championship is supported by Royal Aero, Pirelli Motorsport, Moates Offshore Ltd, Albyn Garage Ltd, RAVENOL and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

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