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Snowman Rally to remain in March as Inverness and Ross-shire opens Scottish Rally Championship 2021 season

By Will Clark

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The Snowman Rally has been confirmed to take place in March as the opening event of the 2021 Scottish Rally Championship.

Snowman Rally 2020..Donnie Macdonald and Andrew Falconer, both from Inverness in their Ford Fiesta R5..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Snowman Rally 2020..Donnie Macdonald and Andrew Falconer, both from Inverness in their Ford Fiesta R5..Picture: James MacKenzie..

The event, will take place in Inverness and Ross-shire on Saturday, March 6.

The Snowman Rally was traditionally held in February, but after it was cancelled in 2019 due to thick ice on the forest road track, organisers decided to move the event to March.

The 2020 Snowman Rally was one of the last major sporting events to take place in Scotland before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Cornhill-on-Tweed driver Michael Binnie recorded a stunning victory to win the rally along with Kelso co-driver Claire Mole.

It is not yet known where the driver's parade will take place.

In March, it was successfully held midway through the race in Dingwall Town Centre before the rally finished at Fairways in Inverness.

Traditionally the driver's parade is held through Inverness City Centre before the start of the race.

In an unchanged line-up to 2020, the Speyside Stages (April), Jim Clark Reivers Rally (May), Argyll Rally (June), Scottish Rally (July) and the Grampian Forest Rally (August) and the Galloway Hills Rally in September will consist of the Scottish Rally Championship.

Championship organisers are thrilled to have the calendar in place and are looking forward to Scottish rallying's resumption after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2020 season to a premature end after just one round.

"This year has presented everyone with a truly unprecedented set of circumstances, let alone organisers, officials and competitors in the world of rallying," said SRC Chairman, Gordon Adam.

"We were keen to try and provide some positivity for all of our fans and competitors which hopefully we have done by securing our championship calendar for 2021. Now everyone has something to focus on and it can maybe lift our spirits up and get us all thinking ahead to the future.

"The calendar itself is very exciting too. With even gaps between all seven events, this should ensure competitor costs can be managed effectively and our two Tarmac rounds are a fantastic addition, making the SRC even more challenging than before."

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