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WATCH: British Rally Championship launch

If you're a motor sport fan then you'll be pleased to hear that next year the British Rally Championship are hosting three of their seven events in our region

The Pirelli Rally, based in Carlisle will take place in April.

The following month, drivers will get to grips with tarmac as they take on the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders. And finally in June they'll head to Dumfries for the classic stages of the the Scottish Rally.

Three British Rally Championship events are to be held in our region Credit: ITV Border

Local economies are also expected to benefit by millions of pounds.

Lori Carnochan has been along to the championship launch at Greystoke near Penrith.

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


Finn flies high in British Rally

Several thousand people came to watch the first stage of the British rally in Carlisle and around Kielder Forest this weekend.

It was won by Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen who finished the final stage of the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally 42.5 seconds clear of the chasing pack.

The 29 year old is the first Finn to win a round of the MSA British Rally Championship since Jari-Matti Latvala ten years ago.

The next stage starts at Duns in the Scottish Borders on May 31st.


Pirelli Rally underway in Carlisle

Rally headquarters at Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV News Border

More than 100 rally crews are heading into the forests today to take part in the RBF Pirelli Rally.

The event is the first round of the British Rally Championship and has attracted competitors from across Europe.

The rally kicks off with a ceremonial start in Carlisle town centre at 9.30am before the teams make their way to the stages near Pundershaw.

Spectators can get up close and personal to the cars and drivers at the rally headquarters based at Carlisle Racecourse.

For more information on what times the cars are in the stages, entry lists and spectator information, click here.

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