Former 1600 Scottish Rally Champion Stevie Brown is preparing to face Britain's top asphalt rally drivers on one of the most difficult events in the British rally calendar, the Tunnocks Tour of Mull on October 9th, 10th and 11th. The 150 stage mile event set against the breathtaking backdrop of the isle of Mull will see Stevie and co-driver Andrew Roughead, negotiate the narrow bumpy tarmac lanes behind the wheel of their Millers Oils backed Ford Fiesta ST.
The event, dubbed 'The Best Rally in the World' forms the penultimate round of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship, attracting top asphalt specialist to the three day event. It has been the local contingent however that has won for the last six years, their intimate knowledge of the stages making them a force to be reckoned with.
This year marks the events 40th birthday, and to celebrate the landmark year the rally will kick off in style with the opening two stages seeing crews negotiate the technicoloured streets of Tobermory, a stage Stevie says he can't wait to drive. "I've heard that when the stage was last run in 2000 the atmosphere was incredible, so I'm really excited to experience it".
Last year's event saw the Five Mile Garage supported crew on the edge of the top ten, and Stevie is looking to build on that performance for this year's rally. "We will be aiming to improve on last year's times for sure, and although our aim is to finish in the top 10, with the strength of the competition it's not going to be easy" explained Neil R.Philip Bodyshop supported driver.
With over half of the rally mileage taking place in complete darkness, it presents a unique challenge for the 150 competitors who will start the event on Friday evening. In preparation for the gruelling schedule that lies ahead, Stevie has stepped his fitness programme up a gear, "We're going to be starting stages when you ordinarily would be going to bed, so you have to be fit to ensure fatigue doesn't become an issue" said the North East Specialist Coating supported driver.
As thousands of rally fans make the short ferry trip to the west coast isle of Mull to witness an exhilarating race over 150 miles of unforgiving, narrow bumpy lanes lined with jumps and blind crests, the Tunnocks Tour of Mull is sure to provide yet another breathtaking show. Stevie says "I can't wait to get out there; it seems like an age since we last did a rally. The competition is fantastic, and it certainly looks like it's going to be a great battle."
Date: 9-11 October 2009
Based: Scotland, Isle of Mull
Number of Stages: 17
Total Stage Distance: 144.55 Miles - 232.63 Km
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