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Thousands turn out for Malcolm Wilson Rally

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Thousands of people have turned out to spectate at this year's Malcolm Wilson Rally.

The event, which is based in Cockermouth, is now in its 41st year and has attracted competitors from all over the UK.

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More than 100 rally crews are currently out in the forests around Grizedale and Greystoke, battling it out over 43 stage miles.

Event sponsors Msport have teamed up with social media campaign #NotJustLakes in a bid to encourage more people to visit Cumbria after the recent floods.

"We're thrilled that we have this partnership with MSport and it's been great to see our hashtag on every single car. We want to shout loud that Cumbria is open for business.

"So many businesses were affected by the flooding and a lot of people have cancelled their holidays. We want to show people that the county is up and running and we're holding fantastic events like this one today."

– Beth Pipe, NotJustLakes
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Competitors have come from as far away as Ireland to take part in the event. Connor McCloskey was fastest through the opening stage but had a spin in stage two and ended up with a car full of water- ending his rally.

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It's a great event and i love the stages over here. Their not short like the ones back home, they're long and you can really get stuck into them. Unfortunately our day hasn't gone to plan but it could be worse- we could have crashed."

– Connor McCloskey, Rally driver

The last car is due to finish just after 2.30pm at The Hired Lad in Penrith.