The response to early entries for the 2009 Roger Albert Clark Rally has surpassed all of the organisers' expectations, with entries already running well ahead of the corresponding point for 2008.

By mid-July, the total for the main event stood at 36; in 2008 it was not until 21 October that the entry list hit the same level. Current expectations suggest that the organisers' initial target of 50 cars will be surpassed and a field of around 60 cars is now considered likely.

"Being a little realistic, I would expect that the event will reach the initial target of 50," said rally manager Colin Heppenstall. "With adding those who have said they are going to enter to those already entered, we have the entry up to 47. It would be very nice if we reached 60."

Heppenstall now expects a lull in entries before activity starts again in October during the final build up to the 13-16 November rally, which starts from Pickering in North Yorkshire.

Recent entries include Alex Sabater (Ford Escort Mk2) from Spain and Stefaan Stouf (Ford Escort Mk1) from Belgium, along with Phil and Mick Squires (Ford Escort Mk2) who have supported the Roger Albert Clark Rally since it first ran in 2004.

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