In just over a week’s time, the opening round of the national Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship will kick start the new motor sporting season at Scotland’s National Motor Sports Centre, Knockhill Race Circuit, by Dunfermline in Fife.
On Sunday, January 4, a record and capacity entry of 60 cars and crews will tackle eight Special Stages utilising the demanding Knockhill tarmac circuit, perimeter roads and hillside rally stage. The event is organised by the Border Ecosse Car Club.
Amongst the entries for the 2015 Grant Construction Knockhill Stages Rally are 2012 winner Michael Glendinning from Prudhoe in a Subaru Impreza and former (2007) Scottish Rally Champion, Gary Adam from Tillicoutry in his Ford Escort Mk2. Also taking part are racing drivers, Andrew Gallacher, Charlie Shaw and Alan Kirkaldy. Later in January, the Knockhill team will officially launch their new season programme of events at the UK’s biggest motor sports, engineering and performance car show in Birmingham. Run over four days from January 8-11, the Autosport International Show at the NEC attracts competitors, race and rally teams, enthusiasts and motor sport fans from all across the world.
Taking pride of place on the Knockhill display will be Colin McRae’s 1995 World Championship winning Subaru Impreza. Driven by the charismatic Scotsman, the car and its history always attracts huge interest wherever it is shown. Already committed to dropping in for a photo opportunity on Saturday 10th is Petter Solberg. The Norwegian World Rally Champion (2003) and Rallycross Champion (2014) was a great friend of McRae when they battled together in the 1990s and 2000s.
The main reason for showing this car at the Autosport Show is to publicise and promote another major event taking place at Knockhill next year. Over the weekend of May 16/17, the circuit will host a rather special and unique McRae Rally Challenge to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lanarkshire’s Colin McRae and Derek Ringer becoming the first Brits to win the World Rally Championship title outright.
The team at Knockhill are delighted to announce that the event is sponsored and supported by Beatson’s Building Supplies, the weekend will feature a number of displays and parades, as well as an exciting on-track Rally Challenge for rally cars old and new as well as a host of stars from rallying past and present