Pre-event report on Round 4 MACH 1 – Scottish Tarmack Rally Championships

The Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship in association with sponsor Blackwood Plant Hire has issued a pre event report for the MACH 1 Stages Rally at Machrihanish in Kintyre on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2016.

They say: ‘With the tyres barely cool after last weekend’s round at Crail, next weekend sees the army of organisers/marshals/competing crews and spectators make the journey to Machrihanish Airfield on the outskirts of Campbeltown in the gorgeous Mull of Kintyre.

‘With an entry of over 100 cars this event is sure to test the cars build quality and reliability as they tackle a mixture of long straights, tight chicanes and a nice tricky new stage to set the pulses racing.’

With the championship points all changed after Crail, the following are the current positions:

Overall top 3

1, Gary Adam Mk 2 Escort.
2, Steven hay Vauxhall Corsa
3, Sean Robson Citroen C2R2

Class 1

1, Steven Hay Vauxhall Corsa
2, Michael Robertson
3rd equal, Craig McIvor/Archie McCallum

Class 2

1, Sean Robson Citroen C2R2
2, Neil Thomson Corsa Kit car
3, Gregg Inglis Citroen C2R2

Class 3

1, Kenneth Moore Hillman Avenger
2, Stuart Walker Skoda Fabia
3, Kevin Mathers Peugeot 205

Class 4

1, Gary Adam Mk 2 Escort.
2, Alistair Inglis Lotus Exige
3, Ian Sheils BMW Compac

Class 5

1, Ian Patterson Subaru Impreza
2, Alan Wallace Mitsubishi Evo 4
3, John Marshall Subaru Impreza

The action kicks off at 4pm on Friday afternoon with Scrutineering opening at Rally HQ.

At 18.00 a static car display opens at the Campbeltown ferry terminal, running until 20.00, with locals and spectators can coming to have a look at the cars as ask the drivers any questions. David Hatrick, the events co-ordinator, will also be present to answer any event queries anybody has.

The event has also arranged a Marshalls training evening in the officer’s mess to comply with the new MSA regulations and rule changes within the sport to ensure everybody has an understanding of the regulations. This runs from 19.00 to 21.30.

Scrutineering of the cars is also available on Saturday morning and with the gates opening to the public at 10.00 this will give people a chance to see what goes on to make a car safe and ready to rally with all sorts of checks and paperwork filling.

The first stage is due to start at 12 noon running to around 18.30.

Sunday stages start at 08.30 to 13.15.

There is a social evening at the officer’s mess on the base with a carvery being served by Argyll Bakeries and a bar to tempt those hungry and thirsty rally fans.

The event has also arranged for the services of its own local DJ Jamie Gee – who has supported the event for the last two years – who will be banging out all his 80s classic hits …….

Please bear in mind that due to the size of this venue it’s all too possible not to realise the speed you are driving at. All parties visiting the venue are therefore reminded that there is a 10mph speed limit on campus – as there will be a mixture of other traffic and spectators walking about. Observation of this speed limit will be strictly monitored.

As with speed limits within the venue the organisers asks that spectators:

  • treat the A83 road trip down to Machrihanish with the utmost respect;
  • consider the needs of the supporting community;
  •  away with them;
  • adhere to all speed limits.

Police Scotland will have an increased presence of both marked and unmarked vehicles patrolling the route – and it is in the interests of all visitors to be mindful of this often covert scutiny.

The organising team take great pleasure in welcoming each and every person coming to this event and hope they all enjoy the competition and this fantastic venue.

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