Mull Rally routes revealed

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After a break of two years, Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally will be back from October 11 to 13 – 50 years since the first event in October 1969.

New Scottish closed road legislation introduced in April means the insurance clause that was causing an issue no longer applies.

Organisers published this year’s itinerary last week and the 2019 edition follows the 2016 one closely. The only real difference to the competition is the omission of the short Ardtun as the opener on Saturday.

Each leg is approximately 50 competitive miles. There are five special stages on Friday night and eight on Saturday during the day, all run at 30s intervals.

Saturday night starts with the 21.5mile Long One from Calgary to Aros 33X – the phone box just outside Salen – before the remaining three special stages see the winner announced at the end of the Mishnish Lochs stage in Tobermory around 1am on Sunday.

For spectators on the island and online, the organisers are doing everything to get the magic of Mull to everyone. Colin Clark will be reporting live from stage ends and he and David Evans will be setting up their Kitchen Table in the centre of Tobermory for on-the-spot analysis and probably the odd disagreement about what driver is doing best.

There are more plans to make this comeback as memorable as possible. Many of these are still in the pipeline and will be announced over the coming months.

Entries open on August 2 and such is the expected demand that organisers hope to close them the following day with 150 being the maximum entry. Go to mullrally.org for more information.