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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.


Bugatti International Rally visits Abbotsford House

More than 100 cars have gathered in the grounds of Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

More than 100 Bugatti cars from 16 countries are visiting Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders.

Bugatti owners are meeting for lunch in the marquee in front of Sir Walter Scott's former home, as part of the 50th International Rally.

The visit is part of a 600 mile over five days, which will include stops in Peebles, Alnwick, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Balmoral and Loch Tay.

The cars are situated in the grounds of the Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

Carlisle revs up for British Rally Championship

Carlisle is preparing for one of the largest motorsport events in the region, as the first round of the British Rally Championship arrives in the city.

More than 100 crews are taking part in 22nd running of the the event, which is based at Carlisle Racecourse.

Spectators can visit the "rally village" where they can meet drivers, buy merchandise and learn about rallying.

The Rally begins tomorrow with a Ceremonial Start in Carlisle Town Centre between 10.30am and 1pm.

Competitors will then head off to Pundershaw forest for the first of three stages before returning to the racecourse for service.

For more information visit the British Rally Championship website.

Dumfries rally champ takes victory in Aberdeen

Kevin Rae (L) and David Bogie (R) at the finish of the Granite City Rally Credit: ITV News Border

The current four times Scottish rally champions, David Bogie and Kevin Rae, drove their way to victory at the Granite City Rally on Saturday (20th April).

The Aberdeen based rally was the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship, and taking overall honours means the crew now sit at the top of the table.

The event was the third outing for the 25-year-old from Dumfries in his Ford Focus World Rally Car, and he says he is now feeling more comfortable with his new wheels.

David said:

"It was great to hold on to the trophy from last year, and feels good to be back on top. The car worked very well for us and feels like it's all coming together now. The last two stages were awesome.

"Kev done a brilliant job on the notes as always. I'm looking forward to the Jim Clark rally next month as it will be my first event on tarmac in the new car."

Aspatria's Mike Faulkner missed out on second place by just one second, after Chris Collie from Aberdeen pulled off his best drive to date.

Borders driver Euan Thorburn and Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, both retired after suffering technical problems.

M-Sport opens doors

A famous rally racing company in Cumbria is opening its doors to students to try attract potential race engineers for the future.

M-Sport, which manages the award-winning Ford World Rally team, is holding a seminar for 20 people to answer their questions on opportunities in the industry.

The Cockermouth business employs more than 200 people and has been the brains behind Ford's rally racing since 1997.

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