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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd's Brunton Park ground to host 2014 Pirelli rally

Next year's Pirelli rally is on the move – to Carlisle United’s base at Brunton Park.

Colin Glover photo
Colin Glover

The football club revealed it was hosting the 2014 season, with “a whole new ball game ‘taking to the terraces’”.

They said the move would bring the rally closer to the city centre with the holding area at the Warwick Road ground and “keep all the activity closer together”.

The rally, which starts and finishes in the city centre, will take place from May 2-4. Brunton Park will become the rally HQ and control centre, with the “extensive car parks” around it used as service areas.

A spokesman for the event said it was “a perfect fit”.

“We look forward tremendously to working with the football club to provide a great spectacle and to bringing the rally to a venue which is easily accessible to the public,” he said.

United’s commercial director Dick Young said they were delighted to have been approached to host the event.

“The servicing will take place in both main car parks at Brunton Park and it is our intention to offer refreshment facilities on both sides of the ground to enable families to spend time viewing the cars over the weekend,” he said.

The rally will also use undercover areas at H&H’s Rosehill site. Brian Richardson, chief executive of H&H Group, said: “The Pirelli Rally is a renowned motor sport event and we are delighted to provide some of our facilities at Borderway for the rally service areas. We have been working alongside the football club and organisers to ensure we meet their requirements.”

City council leader Colin Glover said the rally was a high profile event and the new arrangement would give people the chance to see the cars up close and talk to crews.

“ Carlisle has a growing reputation as a city that does events well and we look forward to working with Pirelli Rally to make it a memorable and enjoyable event,” he said.

The rally, which started in 1974, is estimated to bring around £1.93 million to the local economy. The service area was previously held at Carlisle Racecourse.

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