October 19th

Dukeries Rally to provide new test for drivers this weekend

The Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally returns to Donington Park this Sunday (23 October), and looks set to provide a fresh challenge for competitors.

Plans for the first two stages of the event have been released today (Wednesday), and show several new features for this year’s rally. The major addition is use of the Tarmac Lake, which is set to be used in a competitive motorsport event for the first time.

The plans show that cars will leave the circuit at Redgate corner on the third lap of both the stages, to take on a specially designed section using the Tarmac Lake and also an extremely tight hairpin turn that will provide a stern challenge for man and machinery.

As well as the Tarmac Lake, the opening stages will also see the cars take on Donington Park in the ‘opposite’ direction compared to normal racing cars, and will also navigate around a number of tyre chicanes, an off-road section from the Craner Curves through to Redgate, and parts of the pit lane entrance. The new Tarmac Lake stage will be viewable for spectators from the Redgate spectator banking.

A total of eight stages will form the complete rally, with drivers expected to tackle around 60 miles of competitive driving, and a full entry of 80 cars confirmed, with rally classics including Ford Escorts and Subaru Imprezas.

The remaining stage plans will be viewable in the event programme, which will be on sale on Sunday for just £3. Tickets for the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally at Donington Park will be available for purchase upon arrival at the circuit for just £10, with free entry for children aged 13 and under. For more information, click here.

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