The Coltel Grampian Stages has thew news of a historic ceremonial start and finish venue for the field of around 100 crews.
Crews will start the August 13 event under the turrets of Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate before heading into the nearby forests to contest 44 competitive stage miles and will return to the Natural Trust for Scotland 16 th Century Tower House to spray the champagne at the rally finish later that day.
Just a stone’s throw from the rally base of the Milton Events Field at the Crathes Art and Craft Village and nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside, Crathes Castle will play host to a rally for the very first time.
This offers a unique opportunity for spectators to get up close and personal with the cars and competitors ahead of their day in the forests and then again later in the day to greet the lucky crews who have completed the route.
The Stonehaven and District Motor Club promoted event is the penultimate round of the popular ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC).
The rally is also a round of the Ecosse Challenge and event organisers are expecting a bumper entry with many local crews eager to sample some of the best stages in the country which take place in the forests of Kincardineshire. Costs have been kept to a minimum with just 80 road miles connecting the entire event.
Friday, August 12, sees the event documentation and scrutiny get underway at the Milton of Crathes centre from 3pm.
On Saturday, crews will be flagged away from the grounds of Crathes Castle at around 9.00am before tackling classic stages such as Drumtochty, Fetteresso and Durris.