The new format Kielder Forest Rally promises to be an all action super sprint with 6 stages totalling some 45 miles and a minimal road mileage, all packed into just 6 hours making it one of the most compact events in the rally calendar. Starting in front of the imposing façade of Kielder Castle, an 18th Century hunting lodge for the Dukes of Northumberland, it is a very short hop of under a mile to the start of the first stage and this format continues throughout the event with the service area, the well-known Greenside car park venue, located just yards from the stages.
The rally will break new ground by venturing to the North of Kielder Water to use parts of the giant Kielder Forest complex that the event has not used for a good number of years, these stages tend to be more complex than some further South and the organisers hope that this move will vastly reduce the number of chicanes which have been necessary on stages using the faster roads in Wark Forest.
The Kielder Forest Rally is a round of several National championships including the Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship, the Motorsport UK English Rally Championship with Seacon UK, the Motoscope Northern Historic Stage Championship, the SG.Petch/ANECCC Stage Championship, the Rally2 Series and the newly announced Crew25 Series which gives younger drivers an opportunity to drive the legendary Kielder stages.
Scrutineering and documentation will also be located at Kielder Castle with a choice of Friday evening or Saturday morning sessions meaning competitors can cut down on hotel expenses if running on a budget. The same venue will host the rally finish, giving crews the opportunity to head for home without a time-consuming run in from the final stages.