Scrutineering from 17:00 (Friday night) – Billy Miller Contractor, Chanonry Street, Elgin

All competing cars must be checked for all necessary Safety Equipment & also for eligibility with event rules and regulations before they are allowed to start the event.

Come and see the cars close up and meet the crews before they do battle in the stages the following day.

Where to park

There is plenty of car parking around Chanonry Industrial Estate, but please park sensibly as this is a busy industrial estate and some of the businesses will still be working.

NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN BILLY MILLER PREMISES FOR SPECTATORS.

 

 SS1/2 – McDonald & Munro Cooper Park 1/2                                                                     First car due 09:00

The now famous Cooper Park Spectator Stages will kick off the event once again. The flood alleviation works have meant changes to the layout of the stage, so there will only be access to the start line, around Grant Lodge and up to the left hand corner around the bowling green. There will be no access to the flying finish area at the western side of the park on the banks of the River Lossie.

Where to watch

The viewing areas in the Park are accessed from Elgin’s  Lossie Green car park. If you go to your right as you enter the park, and past the Library, it takes you to the main viewing area. You can see the crews tackle a tight section around the old library before heading off into the faster sections around the park, and commentary is provided here. Please do not try and access any other area of the stage as these are strictly non-spectator, and anyone in here would mean the cancellation of the stage.

Where to park

There are big public car parks available at Lossie Green, a two-minute walk from the Cooper Park. These are easily accessed and signposted from the main A96 through the town. Please park within the bays, and pay & display where applicable to avoid the wrath of the local traffic wardens!! Please note that the car park nearest the Cooper Park is reserved for rally cars and no spectator parking will be allowed here.

 

SS5 John Wink Design Malsach Burn 1                                                                              First car due 11:14

SS7 Billy Miller Contractors Malsach Burn 2                                                                      First car due 13:53

Car Park provided by : Forest Enterprise                         Car Park manned by : Gartly Community Association

SS5 and SS7 run in the same direction, Uphill from Gartly Village.

 Where to watch

Cars enter from a fast section. There are good views at 90 degree corner where the car park meets the stage, but recent forestry operations mean that there are also some clear felled areas which will give good views for those that like a good walk, towards the start of the stage. Please do not jepordise the running of the stage by trying to get to the quarry section, as we cannot allow spectators to walk on the stage. Food will be available in the car park.

 

DO NOT STAND IN ANY OF THE TAPED OFF AREAS.


Where to park

The car park for the stage is accessed, and will be arrowed from the public road off the A96 at the top of the crawler lane after the Glens of Foundland. After approx 2 miles turn right into the forest and follow the arrows to the car park adjacent to the stage. The car park will be run by Gartly Community Association who will take the proceeds, and parking costs £5 per car.

SS9 – Grampian Property Centre Rosarie                                                                              First car due 15:41

 Car Park provided by : Forest Enterprise                                           Car Park manned by : Portsoy Boat Festival

PLEASE NOTE – THIS SPECTATOR AREA IS ON UNEVEN GROUND AND IN AMONGST TREES – IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE VERY YOUNG OR ELDERLY

Where to watch

The spectator car park joins the stage as the cars into tight triangle. As you approach the stage is a fast uphill section heading  into the triangle. To the Right for those that like a good walk further into the stage, there are some clear felled areas with good views. To the left are some fast and flowing uphill bends and also some big ditches, so if you choose this option please find somewhere safe to stand.

 

DO NOT STAND IN ANY OF THE TAPED OFF AREAS.

Where to park

The car park for this stage is on the forest road from Gateside farm, accessed off the A95 Keith-Dufftown road. Turn right off the A96 just before Keith and follow the A95 for approx. 3 miles before following signs and turning left onto unclassified road. Follow this road for approx 1 mile before entering the forest at Gateside Farm. Please note that there have been recent forestry operations in this section of track, so please drive with caution as there are some bumpy patches.

There is no access to the Stage Start or Stage Finish as there is no parking available on the A95. Anyone parking on the verges of this road is at risk of being towed away by the Police who will be patrolling the area. Parking charge for this stage is £5 per car.

Important Safety Information

Our sport is under the safety spotlight like never before, events are being observed and organisers are being judged; we have to improve the way we do things and here is the reason why.

Following recent tragic accidents in which four individuals very sadly lost their lives, the sport has been tasked to improve spectator safety. We have to display that we are serious about protecting our sport to the powers that be. It is very serious and everyone has to pay attention and play their part.

For many years experienced spectators have basically gone wherever they like on the stages, in the belief this will gain them the best viewing. This now has to change. As organisers we have had to look at our stages, we have had to make decisions based on many years of experience, where we can recommend the safest possible spectator viewing points. On this years event, more down to the location of the stages available than anything else, we have two of these viewing areas on the forest stages, in Gartly Moor & Rosarie. These are large areas and not ‘pens’ as some people like to say, and there are a number of different vantage points, there is plenty of parking and an easy walk to the stage, and for Gartly Moor, as the stage is used twice, you will see all the field past twice. Please use this area, if you choose to ignore this advice it could lead to the stage or indeed the rally being cancelled. You have been warned.

If you are in an area where you should not be you are risking your own life and putting the event at risk of being cancelled.

Please come and enjoy the rally, the sport will not exist without you the spectator; but please be sensible, use the spectator areas provided, and have an enjoyable but above all a safe day out.

Thanks to the DMACK Carlisle stages for this text

PLEASE plan your event with safety in mind. The following points may help:

 

  • We have tried to ensure that you will be able to reach your chosen spectator viewing area without walking on the special stage. If you decide to leave the stage prior to the last competitor, PLEASE ensure that you walk on the pathways or behind the tree line. All the competitors will be travelling at high speeds and spectators are strongly advised NOT to walk on the rally route.
  • All spectators are reminded that motorsport can be dangerous and despite us taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk.
  • We ask that you obey all instructions of safety marshals, spectator marshals and police officers in relation to your safety and that of others.
  • Please make sure you dress to take full account of the weather. Remember to wear sturdy footwear for typical forest conditions.
  • Please do not bring your dogs to the event as they can be startled by the loud noises and cause a danger to others – disabled assistance dogs only (on leads at all times.)
  • Children and infants should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adequate amount of adults at all times who are responsible for their behaviour and safety.
  • Beware of flying stones and uneven or slippery surfaces.
  • Stay above the track (never below).
  • Do no stand in the straight-on position – you will be removed.
  • Respect the signs and the tape; Red and White = a NO GO area, Prohibited area MEANS prohibited area.

 

Spectator Code of Conduct

 

  • Please be considerate to other spectators to ensure everyone can enjoy the event.
  • Listen to the marshals – they are there to help you and ensure the event runs within the safety guidelines prescribed by the MSA, the governing body of UK Motor Sport.
  • If you do not abide by the instructions of marshals and event officials, the stage may be stopped or cancelled.
  • Marshals and officials have the right to work without being abused or threatened. Abusive, threatening or violent behaviour towards officials (who are all volunteers) will not be tolerated and spectators will be evicted from the event.
  • Please take all litter home with you.
  • Do not light fires or barbeques. They can cause major fires with serious consequences.
  • Do not bring fireworks to the event. They are very dangerous and could cause a serious incident with either other spectators or the competitors.
  • Much of the Rally takes place in areas containing significant agricultural, forestry and nature conservation interests. Please follow the Countryside Code at all times.
  • Consider your own safety and that of others at all times