Skye Rally Club members prepare for gravel sprint

Preparations are underway for the annual Skye Rally Club Gravel Sprint, to be held at Skeabost next month.

The rally, on Saturday 20th September, begins with a ceremonial start from Portree’s Wentworth Street and the square from 9.30am until 10.15am before moving out to Skeabost forestry for six stages. Spectator viewing is available on the Struan Road and spectators are advised to be early as the first car on stage is at 10am.

Organisers are expecting the highest-ever entry for the event, with the 35-car limit close to being filled.
Donald MacLeod from the Skye Rally Club said: “The cars are all similar to those that enter the Snowman Rally and some exciting machines have indicated their intention to compete from the Ford Escort Mk2 and cars of the 1970s,  the awesome Group B car of the 1980s to a modern World Rally Car. It will be a great family day out with guaranteed speed, skill and courage from the drivers competing to win the event.”

The Skye Gravel Sprint is also the final round of the hotly-contested two-wheel-drive Scottish championship, with Lochalsh’s Duncan “Paddy” Munro and John O’Kane vying for the title.
Meanwhile, members of the Skye Rally Club had a successful day at the recent Speyside rally, with Donnie MacDonald  the best-placed club competitor finishing seventh overall. There was also success for Duncan ‘Black’ MacDonald, who finished first in his class; Paddy Munro (second in class) and John O’Kane and Iain Mutch (both third in class).

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