The Manx Rally Championship sees a big
change in 2017 with the inclusion of two loose (Forest/Track) events in the
Calendar in addition to a change in title sponsor, by name.
For the past ten years the series has been backed by Eurocars which has recently been taken over by Motor Mall (IOM) under which name the series will continue to be supported in the coming year maintaining the long standing relationship.
The series will once again be contested over six rounds, of which five will count towards competitors final totals come the end of the season. While only five events form the calendar, Rally Isle of Man is once again a double header.
The Championship kicks off at the end of the March with a two day loose/forest event in the Island's Plantations, this event being the Manx Auto Sport promoted Haydn Minay Memorial Rally - named after the organising clubs long serving President. With stages due to be run in darkness on Friday and then concluding in the daylight on Saturday this is sure to be a real test to competitors.
It's then a move onto the tarmac in May as Manx Auto Sport run the Manx National Rally. As in previous years the event will have National A and B events, both will be scoring rounds and with the usual format of Friday night and Saturday stages being retained crews will get there another taste of stages in the dark but on this occasion on the fast challenging roads the island has to offer.
July sees the series return to the lose as Druidale Motor Club put on their Summer Stages event. While this will be the shortest event of the year, the off road tracks offer something different to crews and bring back a well liked event from the past.
The second half kicks of with probably the toughest event in the series, Rally Isle of Man. A double points scoring opportunity is offered with the two and a half day event split into two rounds. The first being made up of the Thursday evening and first half of Friday before a defined regroup, before the second being the later part of Friday and Saturdays stages. The format offers the opportunity for anyone forced to retire in the first part to get their car fixed and return under super rally rules and still have a chance to score points.
Bringing the season to a conclusion is the Manx Auto Sport Pokerstars Stages, the event running a similar format to the Manx National. Running in November the weather always plays a part in the outcome of this event.
With classes for all types of cars there will be battles throughout the series and rivalry's will be formed. There is also the converted Junior Championship which has been hard fought in recent years and also the Team Award for those who wish to pair up and take on others to add a bit of spice and fun to the season.