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Second place for Cockermouth driver in Pirelli Rally

Cockermouth rally driver Matthew Wilson has finished second following the final stage of the Pirelli Carlisle Rally.

He was beaten to the top spot by Sweden's Fredrick Ahlin in the two-day event in Kielder Forest.

Top UK and international drivers competed over seven stages this weekend.

The event is the third round of the British Rally Championships. The next stage is the Scottish Rally which sets off from the Whitesands in Dumfries on Saturday, 25th June.

British Rally Championship arrives in Cumbria

The British Rally Championship makes a welcome return to the region this weekend.

More than 120 competitors are taking part in the Pirelli Rally which starts tomorrow.

The best drivers from the UK and further afield will compete in stages across the Kielder Forest complex.

Lori Carnochan reports.


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.


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