HIGH PRAISE FOR RALLY OF SCOTLAND MARSHALS FROM BRITISH ACE WILKS
Leading Intercontinental Rally Challenge driver Guy Wilks reckons marshals who will be on duty on this year's RACMSA Rally of Scotland (15-17 October) stages are the hardiest of the lot.
Over 750 volunteer marshals will take up posts along the three-day event's 200-plus kilometres of timed competitive stages which, after starting at Scone Palace on the Friday night, will move into the forests of Perthshire and Stirlingshire for two days of spectacular high-speed action.
Britain's motor sport marshals have a reputation for being among the very best in the world and Skoda UK star Wilks (pictured sporting a Rally of Scotland marshal's tabard) is clearly grateful they will be officiating on this year's event - regarded as one of the best organised on the IRC calendar.
Wilks, out to add to his victory of 2009 on the event, said: "Every driver and co-driver is very appreciative of what the marshals do, because without them we simply wouldn't be able to go rallying. The people who volunteer to come out across the country every weekend are vitally important to our sport. I've come to know a lot of them over the years and it's always nice to have a bit of a banter and camaraderie with them - especially on the recce when we have more time to chat, but also on the rallies.
"What rally marshals do is fantastic and there is no better example of this than on last year's Rally of Scotland. The marshals who stood out in the awful weather and did such a professional job with such good humour made a huge difference. I don't think the weather gets much worse than that and, as this year's Rally of Scotland takes place a month earlier, I can pretty much guarantee the weather will be better; but how much better, I can't promise!"
Those marshals looking to give their services on this year's Rally of Scotland are advised to contact event Chief Marshals Colin Christie or Andy Straube by e-mail. Their details are available on the Marshalling section of the event website www.rallyofscotland.com
Iain Campbell, Rally of Scotland Clerk of the Course, commented: "Quite simply without the volunteer marshals we do not have an event. We rely on their expertise to provide radio cover, to run the time controls, to man the stages, look after the service park and to set up each of our stunning venues. In return they get as close to the action as possible and take away the satisfaction of being part of a huge event."
The 2010 Rally of Scotland (15-17 October) is the penultimate round of the high-profile Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). Some of the world's leading rally teams, cars and drivers - including British stars Wilks, Kris Meeke and Scotland's own Alister McRae - will be in action during the three-day event which consists of high-speed timed special stages through forests in Perthshire and Stirlingshire and promises to be one of Scotland's premier sporting spectacles of the year.
Admission to all timed stages is free for children aged 15 and under, while adults can order their tickets in advance and have them posted to their home address prior to the event - removing the hassle of picking them up at a collection point. Adult tickets cost £10 to see the Ceremonial Start and opening two stages at Scone Palace (Fri 15 Oct) or £20 for a day pass which offers full access to all stages on either the Saturday or the Sunday. Alternatively a full-event 'Alba Pass' (in advance only) can also be purchased for £45. All tickets include a complimentary souvenir official spectator programme worth £6.50.