RACMSA Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will now take place from 7-9 October, one week earlier than scheduled.

The change of date from 14-16 October follows a request from several interested parties in Scotland and will ensure the correct level of volunteer personnel are available to guarantee the smooth running of the all-gravel spectacular.

Despite the change of dates, the IRC's media partner Eurosport has renewed its commitment to show live coverage of Rally of Scotland and more details of the planned airtime will be announced in the coming months.

"We're always keen to find solutions to help local organisers and this change of date works for all," Geraldine Filiol, the Managing Director of Eurosport Events, said. "The fact that there will be little affect to the live broadcast of the event on Eurosport in what is a very busy sporting weekend for live television is obviously great news and will help to ensure that RACMSA Rally of Scotland will once again be one of the highlights of the IRC season, especially with points and a half on offer to the first ten eligible finishers.

"There's also even more time for the teams to get their cars and equipment to Cyprus for the final event of the IRC season."