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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Pirelli rally in Carlisle proves big hit with young and old enthusiasts

It was a weekend of full throttle activities in Carlisle city centre as it played host to some of the country’s top rally stars.

Pirelli rally photo
Foundation Rally winners Dale Furniss, left, and Osian Pryce celebrate

The Pirelli RB Foundation Rally raced into town and took over the city centre with fans from all over the country gathering to get a glimpse.

It is the second time in a row the city has hosted the event which is part of the British Rally Championship.

The cars set off from outside the Old Town Hall and were waved away by the Mayor of Carlisle, Ray Bloxham.

After leaving the city centre, the competitors headed for the notorious gravel roads of Kielder Forest where the racing stages really heated up.

After the racing cars departed for the serious business, madness ensued in the city centre with a family fun day.

Families and shoppers were entertained by a host of street acts providing a colourful backdrop to the rally setup.

Out and about were the Fair Play mini cars, who drove around joking with families, Bread and Butter mobile DJ act, who created a fun and upbeat party atmosphere in the city centre, and Reckless Invention on stilts.

Eight-year-old William Woodman, from Talkin near Brampton, was enjoying the mini cars.

“They were really funny and I liked the music they were playing,” he said.

Another attraction was a racing simulator where people could get behind the wheel of a real rally car and take on an authentic track on a computer screen.

Behind the wheel of the Subaru Impreza was 22-year-old Kyle Sangerman from Scotby.

He said: “It just looked amazing as you get to sit in a real rally car. I’m just a big kid at heart really.”

Suzanne Barron from Belle Vue, brought her two sons Brian and Alfie Watson to see what was on offer.

She said: “It just looked like something a bit different and got us out the house on a Saturday.”

Brian said: “The racing car was great because you actually got to race in a real car.”

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