Fans to flock from far and wide as Rallye Sunseeker gears up for this weekend (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Fans to flock from far and wide as Rallye Sunseeker gears up for this weekend
MOTORSPORT fans are getting ready for thrills and spills as the annual Rallye Sunseeker gets ready to roar around Dorset.
The event takes place next Friday and Saturday, with teams coming from across the UK, Ireland, Norway and Finland.
This year for the first time Poole Quay will host both the ceremonial start and parade on Friday and prize giving on Saturday.
Organised by the Southern Car Club, the event is the climax of the 2013 Motor Sports Association British Rally Championship.
The weekend will also see the finale of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship as well as the Rallye Sunseeker Challenge and Rallye Sunseeker National events. Poole Quay will be closed to traffic as the best cars, drivers and teams in the business arrive on the quayside on Friday from 5.45pm onwards.
After meeting the public and signing autographs, drivers will take to their vehicles at 6.50pm for the ceremonial start of the rally, flagged off by the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Phil Eades.
Spectators will have the chance to see 80 cars on display.
On Saturday, the rally takes to the mud and gravel of Broom Hill near Wimborne, Ringwood Forest and Somerley Park. Winners will be crowned on Poole Quay at a Champagne ceremony on Poole Quay from 4.30pm on Saturday.
Bruce Grant Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said: “It is fantastic to see this popular event making Poole its home.
“This year Rallye Sunseeker headquarters, servicing and prize giving will all be based in Poole for the first time, increasing the opportunities for novices and enthusiasts to get close to world class drivers and vehicles in this exhilarating sport.
“Competition is fierce for the 2013 title and the stage is set for a thrilling finish to the season.”
Cllr Judy Butt, added: “If previous years are anything to go by competitors and spectators can be sure of an enthusiastic welcome.”
Poole Quay will be closed to traffic 3–9pm on Friday and 2–9pm on Saturday.
For more information and tickets visit www.rallyesun seeker.co.uk
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