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GP Week : Issue 46
>>WRCnews Scotland to close out IRC Launched last Wednesday in Stirling was the Rally of Scotland, to be held in November as the final round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The event will be the most important international championship rally held in the region for countless years. It will be a two-day, all-gravel event, run mostly on the forest stages in central Scotland, which in bygone times were made popular by the RAC Rally. The event also focuses on Scotland’s traditional heritage. The start will be a Scone Palace, there will be a service park in Blair Castle, and the finish will be at Stirling Castle. EventScotland, the country’s national events agency, says that the event will be the final round of IRC for the next three years. The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sport Association Rally of Scotland, run from England by IMS Ltd, has no connection with the traditional Scottish Rally, which continues to be run by the Royal Scottish AC. In the late 1970s, the Scottish was held mid-season as one of the elite top-coefficient rounds of the European championship, and attracted entries from many of the famous rally teams of the day. These days the Scottish is run in south-west Scotland, based at Dumfries as a qualifying round of the Hankook Scottish Rally Championship. The Rally of Scotland represents a major revival of international rally championship activity north of the British border. While the penultimate round was due to be held in Japan, IRC sources have confirmed that this will now not be the case. Instead, the penultimate round is expected to be run in Sanremo, two months before Scotland. There is no news about the dilemmas facing the IMS regarding the threats to both the Wales Rally GB and the F1 British Grand Prix, except confirmation that the next step in the legal battle to save the Wales Rally GB will be court proceedings on May 22. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 1