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

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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.