The penultimate round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the RAC MSA Rally of Scotland, will start a day later than first scheduled.

Originally due to run from 14-16 October, the gravel event will now get underway on Friday 15 October with the finish timetabled for Sunday 17 October.

Although the locations for the ceremonial start, central service park and ceremonial finish have yet to be finalised, organisers are promising a similar competitive distance - approximately 210 kilometres - as last year, although there are moves afoot to reduce the overall length of the road sections, which totalled 600 kilometres when the event first ran in November 2009.

Andrew Coe, the Chief Executive of event organiser International Motor Sports, stated: "We are delighted to be returning to the stunning landscapes and historic venues of Scotland and are hoping that the slightly earlier date [compared to when it ran in 2009] will mean more daylight hours for competitive rallying as well as providing the perfect showcase for Scotland's outstanding natural landscape."

Meanwhile preparations for April's Circuit of Ireland, an IRC Supporter Event, continue to take shape with the appointment of the rally's most senior official.

Gordon Noble, who co-drove Alister McRae to victory on the IRC's first pilot event, Zulu Rally South Africa, in May 2006, has been handed the role of clerk of the course for the famous tarmac event, which will feature 15 stages across four separate counties when it runs from April 3-4.

"I'm honoured to be asked to be clerk of the course for the biggest cross-border sporting event in Ireland this year," said Noble.

"It's a great opportunity to show off beautiful parts of the border counties and display a really professional set-up."


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