Q&A with Scotland organisers

Q&A with Scotland organisersFrom IRC media [ 10/10/2009 ].
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Iain Campbell has been heading up the organisation and route planning of the inaugural RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, the first British round of the IRC and the grand finale to this season´s action. We caught up with him to see how progress is going.

Q: How are the preparations for the inaugural Rally of Scotland going?

A: The planning for the inaugural RACMSA Rally of Scotland is well underway with the Road Books, Rally Guide, Time cards etc all at the printers ready for the IRC competitors.

Q: Are you happy with how your relationship is going so far with the IRC?

A: Absolutely. This is the first year of a minimum three year agreement with Event Scotland, Perth & Kinross and Stirling Councils as well as the IRC promoters, Eurosport Events.

Q: How are the entries looking for the event?

A: Very strong. As a result the deadline for entries has been extended by four days to accommodate the extra entries that are expected for this new event.

Q: Has anything affected your preparations so far?

A: Not really. There has been a flurry of rally activity in late September, early October and during this time there has been the conclusion of the British Rally Championship, the Scottish Rally Championship, the IRC Sanremo Rally and the closing date for entries into Rally GB. With potential entrants focusing on these Championships and events, many are only now getting round to the UK’s newest International.

Q: Who are the leading entries so far?

A: I’m not going to jump the gun but obviously Kris Meeke is keen to make this event his celebration on claiming the IRC title in Sanremo and entries are expected from other leading IRC contenders still battling for a strong season finish. Alister McRae’s first outing on home soil in far too long at the wheel of the new Proton S2000 should be very special. Honda has indicated that three cars will be taking part in the 2WD Cup, Ralliart driver Franz Wittmann has already announced his participation and Tyre giant Hankook are wanting to capitalise on their first year in Scotland as the championship sponsor. In addition to these, there are entries from Hungary and France.

After winning the recent Perthshire-based Colin McRae Stages, former WRC driver Mark Higgins stated that he would be back in Perth for Rally of Scotland. The Top three Group N winners in the Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship all have entries, as do three of the major British one-make series.

On top of all these, there is the biggest prize of all - the BFGoodrich Drivers’ Team entry, and who wins that drive we won’t know until early next month.

Q: Are there any surprises in store?
A: Well the inaugural RAC MSA Rally of Scotland will be supported by the team that started rallying in Scotland 40 years ago; the Armed Forces Land Rover team. They will be competing in the National B section on Saturday 21st November.