• Stars of the British and world stage head to Castle Combe for September’s Rallyday
  • Englishman Richard Burns’ 2001 title celebrated two decades on 
  • Stunning selection of cars planned for the return of the popular Legend Stage 

The best of British rallying will be celebrated at Rallyday on Saturday September 25.

Europe’s biggest one-day festival of rallying returns to Castle Combe next month with an array of stars and cars lined up to thrill fans. Among the highlights of Rallyday will be the Legend Stage. Introduced in 2019, this lunchtime celebration of heritage and history offers fans a unique opportunity to remind themselves of the machines which helped make the sport of rallying great.   

Two decades on from Richard Burns’ FIA World Rally Championship title, a commemoration of the Englishman’s history-making season will be at the heart of Rallyday.

British Rally Champions Jimmy McRae and Gwyndaf Evans will drive a variety of cars from down their careers, with one of the world’s finest co-drivers Nicky Grist offering a typically entertaining insight into life alongside the likes of Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen.

“As you can imagine, we’re thrilled to see Rallyday back,” said Castle Combe managing director Graham Marshallsay. “The COVID-19 pandemic made the 2020 season very difficult for everybody. This year we are preparing an event with coronavirus very much at the forefront of our mind – as ever, the health and safety of everybody attending is the first priority.

“But to know that Castle Combe will be filled with some of the world’s best and most exciting rally cars and drivers on Saturday September 25 is just fantastic. We can’t wait to welcome fans back and to put on a proper rally show for them.”

Having missed a year, Jimmy McRae can’t wait to be back.

“Last season didn’t feel right without Rallyday,” said the five-time British Rally Champion. “I can’t wait to get back down the road and get back to what’s become one of the highlights of the season. I love it. It’s such a great chance to be around some great cars and maybe even get a shot at driving some of them…”

As well as the stunning Legend Stage, Rallyday retains its focus on the backbone of the sport, offering clubmen and national drivers a unique opportunity to take to the track by buying a Rally Car Package,  which requires a Motorsport UK Log Book on the car, costs £135 and includes running time between 1400 and 1630, a 10-metre frontage pitch, two vehicle passes and four entry tickets. Further details are available from clubs@castlecombecircuit.com.

Further details and more exciting Rallyday developments will be detailed in the coming weeks.

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