Entries for the 2008 Pendragon Stages Rally on Sunday 24 August are virtually full now, just three weeks after the regulations went out.

The organisers received the first 80 entries within the first few days of the regs being made available and now, with three weeks to go, spaces are at a premium.

Competitors are advised to get their entry forms in ASAP with details only available via the website: www.pendragonstages.co.uk.

Entries have come in from all over the country but there is also a strong contingency of Cumbrian crews.

The rally is headed by a new sponsor livery this year in the form of Stobart Rail following the rebranding of WA Developments but the format of the rally will stay the same with 65 competitive asphalt miles on offer across stages in Warcop and Lowther Park.

The popular ramp will once again be held in Penrith town centre following its debut success last year. Cars will visit the ramp for a 'chat' with the commentator en route to stages in the morning and finish there in the afternoon, with the public and rally fans being able to get close to the competitors and their machinery.

Clerk of the course Tim Foster said: "Yet again we've had a massive response with entries flooding in as soon as the regulations came out. We had over 150 entry applications by the closing date last year and this year it looks like there's going to be even more! It just goes to show what a popular event the Stobart Rail Pendragon Stages really is.

"It's always a shame to have to turn people away so we've increased the maximum entries from last years 100 cars to 115 including the reserves to help give a few more crews a chance to compete."

Spectators can again watch all the action at the popular Lowther Park "Super Special" Stage and enjoy the trade stalls and family activities during the day.

The Pendragon Stages is a round of several regional championships including the ANWCC, ANCC, ANECCC, North of England, SD34, the Borders Stage Rally and the Scottish Tarmac Stage Championship and also welcomes the Northern Historic Rally Championship this year.