Malcolm Wilson rally underway
Over 100 rally crews are making their way over the start ramp for the 2013 Malcolm Wilson rally.
The event begins from the rally headquarters at the M-Sport base at Dovenby Hall in Cockermouth.
There will be a tight battle for the overall honours from Paul Bird, David Bogie and Euan Thorburn.
The first stage gets underway at 8.43am as competitors head to the 'Hobcarton' stage, followed by:
- Comb - 8.55am
- Greystoke 1 - 9.49am
- Grizedale North - 11.52am
- Grizedale South - 12.12am
- Greystoke 2 - 14.36am
- Wythop - 15.29am
The rally has attracted a bumper entry this year, with the added bonus of rally sponsor Malcolm Wilson taking part alongside his son Matthew.
'Safety is paramount' says Wilson
A spectator was killed on the opening round of the Scottish Rally Championship, the Snowman Rally in Inverness two weeks ago.
A competitor lost control of his car and it landed on top of a 50-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy.
The young boy survived but the woman died.
Matthew Wilson said that everything is done to continuously improve the standards of safety for both drivers and spectators:
Matthew and Malcolm Wilson compete together for first time
Malcolm and matthew Wilson will compete together for the first time ever tomorrow when they take part in the Cumbrian event.
Matthew told ITV Border that his dad still has it:
Matthew Wilson back rallying on home soil
Matthew Wilson told ITV Border why he thinks the Malcolm Wilson rally is so popular with competitors and drivers, and how he feels about being back rallying on home soil:
Matthew Wilson to drive R5 car
Matthew Wilson, who competes in the world rally championship and is the son of M-Sport boss Malcolm, will drive an R5 Ford Fiesta on the Malcolm Wilson rally:
Malcolm Wilson to debut new car
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson is preparing to debut the brand new Super 2400 car- on his own rally.
The new engine, developed by engineers at the rally preparation base in Cockermouth, will be fitted to a Ford Fiesta s2000 car.
His son Matthew will also be driving the new R5 rally car, at the front of the field, as 'course car'.
Malcolm Wilson rally crews head for Cockermouth
Around 120 rally crews and cars will be arriving at M-Sport headquarters at Dovenby Hall in Cockermouth today for the Malcolm Wilson rally.
The 38th running of the popular event, which gets underway tomorrow (2nd March), has attracted entries from all over the country.
M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson, has entered the rally himself, and son Matthew is running as 'course car' at the beginning of the field.
Matthew Wilson will have world-renowned co-driver Chris Patterson beside him reading the pacenotes.
Malcolm will be debuting the new Fiesta S2000 rally car on the event.
Some of the fastest drivers in Britain have entered, including four times Scottish champion David Bogie from Dumfries.
He will face tough competition from Borders driver Euan Thorburn and Cumbrian driver Paul Bird.