Engines at the ready – Mach 1 Stages Rally gets go ahead

George and Lois Fell only failed to complete the final stage of the rally.
Kintyre's George and Lois Fell taking part in 2019's Mach 1 Stages Rally.

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Rally drivers and fans are gearing up for the 2021 Mach 1 Stages Rally which has been given the go ahead following a change in Covid-19 rules.

Confirmation that the event can take place in the summer came after a relaxation in rules about dual occupancy in rally cars, announced last week by Motorsport UK (MSUK), the national membership organisation and governing body for four-wheel motorsport in the UK.

Plans are now being put in place by Dunfermline Car Club (DCC), which organises the Marshall Construction Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship, for this year’s rally, taking place at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company Business Park on July 10 and 11.

The event usually takes place annually, but last year’s event had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An event spokesperson said: ‘We have been granted the event permit from MSUK and the team at DCC would also like to confirm the inclusion of the Junior 1000 championship at this year’s event.

‘Running at the end of the main field, this is surely going to be a challenge for the young up-and-coming teams.

‘While the news is welcomed, there are going to be some changes to the way we organise and run the event this year and are currently awaiting guidelines from MSUK on how this will be carried out and will be shared as soon as we have them.’

The race regulations will be published on www.dunfermlinecarclub.co.uk on May 25, and entries will open on May 30.

Volunteer marshals and officials are asked to sign up as early as possible to give organisers an indication of the numbers who are willing to assist with the running of the event.

The spokesperson added: ‘We have already reviewed routes for this year and, mile for mile, the value for money, with just under 100 miles, is excellent.’

Anyone with any queries about the rally can email strc@dunfermlinecarclub.co.uk for more information.