British Rally Championship comes to Carlisle

More than 125 cars are arriving in Carlisle for the first round of the British Rally Championship. On Saturday they will tackle stags in Kielder and on Sunday they will rally around the forests of Kershope.

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Day two of the Pirelli rally in Carlisle

After tackling six forest stages around the Kielder complex on Saturday, more than 70 rally crews will be back in action today.

The Pirelli rally is the first round of the British Rally Championship and has attracted entries from all over the UK.

The drivers have had an overnight stop in Carlisle to give themselves and their cars a chance to recover.

Day two begins at 9.23am at the Blacklyne stage in Kershope forest. Competitors face another 30 miles of stages before the ceremonial finish in Carlisle city centre around 12.30pm.


Spectators praise Carlisle rally

Spectators have been arriving from far and wide for the Pirelli rally in Carlisle.

Gordon Mutch and his uncle Leslie spent hours on the road travelling to the Kielder stages but have praised the rally and the drivers.

"We decided to come up for the rally to see the cars and drivers but it took ages to get here. We were lost and kept going round and round but it's all been worth it. The cars have been so good to watch it's definitely been worth the trip."

– Gordon Mutch, spectator

The rally cars returned to rally HQ at Brunton Park for a service and re-fuel, before heading out to repeat the morning's stages.

Drivers have it all to do again tomorrow, when they will tackle the stages around Kershope. To find out more about the rally, including where you can watch, click here.

Mayor opens Pirelli Rally in Carlisle

The Mayor of Carlisle has waved off the first few cars over the start line of the city's Pirelli Rally.

The Mayor of Carlisle waves the first car over the start line

Drivers from across the UK are competing in the first round of the British Championship, watched by hundreds of local people who have turned out to support them. Competitors will now make their way to Kielder Forest for the first stage.

Drivers from across the UK are competing in the British Championship

Rally drivers arrive in Carlisle

More than 125 drivers have entered the Pirelli rally Credit: ITV News Border

Around 70 rally cars are arriving in Carlisle today for the first round of the British Rally Championship.

The cars and drivers will be in Carlisle city centre from 9.30am. The Mayor will then wave them over the start line at the Old Town Hal at 10.30am.

The drivers will make their way out towards Kielder where they will tackle six forest stages before returning back to rally HQ at Brunton Park.

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