Scottish Rally Championship

An image of Euan Thorburn and co-driver Paul Beaton on their way to winning the McRae Stages Rally plus also winning the Scottish Rally title for 2014.'FOC if you want to use it. John Robertson
An image of Euan Thorburn and co-driver Paul Beaton on their way to winning the McRae Stages Rally plus also winning the Scottish Rally title for 2014.'FOC if you want to use it. John Robertson

Organisers of the ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship have revealed details of the 2015 series which kicks off next month with the traditional season opening Arnold Clark Thistle Hotels Snowman Rally, based in Inverness.

The programme of events for 2015 is similar to 2014. The Aberdeen based Coltel Granite City moves back one week into May. All events will be predominantly gravel and will run on Saturdays, with the exception of the Jim Clark Reivers’ Rally which runs on a Sunday.

Rounds are as follows: February 21 - Arnold Clark Thistle Hotel Snowman Rally, Inverness; March 21 - Border Counties Rally, Jedburgh; May 2 - Coltel Communications Granite City Rally, Aberdeen; May 31 - Jim Clark Reivers Rally, Kelso; June 27 - RSAC Scottish Rally, Dumfries; August 1 - McDonald and Munro Speyside Stages, Elgin; Moray; September 5 - GWF Energy Merrick Stages, Wigtown; October 3 - Colin McRae Forest Stages, Perth.

As in previous years, some of the championship events will run certain classes at the head of the field and following the results of a competitor survey carried out last season, all two-wheel-drive cars will run at the head of the field on the Border Counties, Scottish and McRae rallies. The remaining events will run conventional seeding (in order of anticipated performance).

In addition to the previously announced end to the restriction on the age of eligible WRC cars, there have been a number of changes to the championship classes.

Dave Robson, chairman of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship explained: “The changes for 2015 are evolution rather than revolution and mainly come as a result of feedback from our competitors.

“We are sure that the slight alteration to running order will enhance the competition in the Clubman two-wheel-drive championship with those cars running together more often.”