Following enthusiastic support by the Borough Council, the 2010 International Rally Yorkshire will be based in the resort town of Scarborough for the first time in 25 years on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September.
Bringing an estimated £3m to the local economy over the weekend, Scarborough will host the rally's start, finish, headquarters and service area, from where up to 180 competitors will head into the fabulous Yorkshire forests for a unique experience in British rallying. In addition to the boost to the local businesses, the event will portray the host town and region on television, which will broadcast around the world.
"Scarborough is a very suitable location for an international rally and we wanted to expose rallying to a greater audience by bringing the show into town," said clerk of the course Rod Parkin from Trackrod Motor Club. "There will be a great atmosphere around the town, the service area will be based along Marine Drive and the ceremonial starts and finishes will be on the sea front."
Rally Yorkshire will again be a round of many national and regional championships and will be the final round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship. In a new development, contenders in the British Isles' premier rally championship will tackle a 20-mile forest stage on Friday evening (24 September) ahead of the main competition on Saturday.
Running alongside the Dulux Trade BRC contenders will be competitors in the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge, Citroën Racing Trophy UK, Fiesta SportTrophy and Swift Sport Cup as well as the BRC Challenge and Fiesta SportChallenge.
Mark Taylor, DTBRC manager added: "The move is great news for everyone involved and I am delighted that Scarborough and the Council have embraced this world renowned series. Scarborough will provide a unique seaside backdrop for the final round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship. This event will provide a major boost for businesses and hoteliers at the end of the holiday season. Discussions are now taking place to secure Scarborough as the host venue beyond this first year and if this comes off, it would be a major coup for the popular resort."
"Scarborough Borough Council is very pleased to be hosting the Yorkshire round of the British Rally Championship,” Brian Bennett, Head of Tourism and Culture, continued. “This two-day rally is a superb addition to our diverse events programme and will look spectacular based on Marine Drive with its stunning backdrop.
“It will be great for Scarborough, as it will attract several thousand spectators and over 1000 drivers, crew, organisers and officials. We are now attracting a lot of exciting and varied sporting and cultural events to the area which demonstrates the value of the recent Urban Renaissance inward investment."
As well as the final round of the Dulux Trade BRC, the rally will also form the final rounds of the Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic, MSA English and MSA Gravel Rally Championships. The range of individual events will vary from 45-stage mile rallies for the historic and clubmans contenders, to over 90 miles of action for the DTBRC competitors. The historic event will include rounds of the Motoscope HRCR Northern Historic Rally Championship, HRCR Historic Stage Rally Challenge, HRCR Mini Cup and the Association of North Western Car Clubs Historic Stage Rally Championship.