And adding to the event's global media exposure, reporters and photographers from throughout Europe were out in force in Scotland as well as some from as far away as Japan.
Budding journalism students from Stirling University also got a taste of working in a demanding sporting environment as they were given privileged access to the event that enabled them to mingle with regional, national and international press plus the IRC's star drivers.
As in previous years, the rally was masterminded by Iain Campbell. As the Clerk of the Course, Campbell has received positive feedback from all involved.
“The teams have all come back and said of the three events to date this is the one they have enjoyed the most,” he reported. “Everyone on the event's organising team has also said the same – because they had experience of the previous two years, they were able to raise their own game and be a bit more confident in certain situations and in their own abilities.”
Campbell was also quick to praise the hundreds of volunteers and other organisations who continue to make the high-profile event such a major success with all involved.
“A great big 'thank you' to all concerned, especially to all those who've been there for all three years and put in so much hard graft,” commended Campbell.
“Local motor clubs provided more than 260 officials and marshals without whom it would be impossible to run an international rally like this. They came from throughout Scotland from a host of different clubs including the Highland Car Club, 63 Car Club, Aberdeen & District Motor Club, Stonehaven & District Motor Club, Glenrothes Motor Club, Dunfermline Car Club, Scottish Motor Marshals Club, Scottish Sporting Car Club, Isle of Skye Car Club as well as both Edinburgh and Glasgow University Car Clubs. I would also like to thank all those at the Forestry Commission Scotland who are totally supportive and understand what this sport is about.”
Campbell concluded: “We all take a great deal of satisfaction from having taken what was a blank piece of paper and turned it into what's firmly established as one of the IRC's top events of the year.”