Sunday 26 October 2014

Winners 2013: Jock Armstrong & John Richardson

Winners 2013: Jock Armstrong & John Richardson

Winners 2012: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2012: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2011: Mark McCulloch & Craig Wallace

Winners 2011: Mark McCulloch & Craig Wallace

Winners 2010: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2010: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2009: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2009: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2008: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2008: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2007: David Bogie & David Paterson

Winners 2007: David Bogie & David Paterson

Winners 2006: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2006: Jock Armstrong & Kirsty Riddick

Winners 2005: Sean Devine & Killian Duffy

Winners 2005: Sean Devine & Killian Duffy

Winners 2004: Matthew Wilson & Scott Martin

Winners 2004: Matthew Wilson & Scott Martin

Winners 2003: Simon Hughes & Calvin Cooledge

Winners 2003: Simon Hughes & Calvin Cooledge

Winners 2001 & 2002: Kris Meeke & Glenn Patterson

Winners 2001 & 2002: Kris Meeke & Glenn Patterson

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Galloway Hills Rally Goes International!

The Galloway Hills Rally, the final ranking round of the Scottish Rally Championship 2014, takes place on Sunday 26 October.

The 41st Galloway Hills Rally has attracted an entry of nearly 70, which this year includes a healthy entry from Northern Ireland, due to a ‘Free Ferries’ initiative offered by organisers.

Thanks to a grant from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Strategic Fund, the Rally has been able to offer a free return ferry crossing to the 25 crews who have entered the Castle Douglas based event, thus bringing in an additional 130 people to the region over the forthcoming weekend.

The event will be a chance for the best drivers in Scotland to put themselves up against their Irish counterparts in a gruelling 45 mile test through the Galloway and Dalbeattie Forests. Many competitors from England and Wales are also making the journey to Castle Douglas.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is investing £10,000 in the event, in recognition of its special place within the Scottish Rallying calendar and potential to grow further in the future.

The Council’s Events Champion, Councillor Colin Smyth said, “This is the final event in 2014 funded by the Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund. I’m really looking forward to taking in the action up close and supporting the Dumfries and Galloway competitors. There is superb work done behind the scenes to take forward the Galloway Hills Rally and the Council is pleased we can recognise this and fund this great event.”

News added: Monday 20 October 2014

Photo: Cr Colin Smyth, Events Champion, DGC; Michael Riddick of the Galloway Hills Rally; Cr Finlay Carson and Norman Gowans of Galloway Hills Rally.

Seeded Entry List.

COMPETITORS: It has been tough to seed an Entry List which is made up 60:40 of crews who don’t normally compete against each other. If you think there is a big error in your seeding, please email the organisers stating why you think your seeding is incorrect, and they will see if they can do something about it. The Seeded Entry List can be found here.

News added: Sunday 19 October 2014

Press Day.

As a late development, we will be now be running a Press Day on Saturday 25 October. This will take place in a forest near New Galloway, just off the A712 (Newton Stewart to New Galloway road). You will find more information on the Competitors section of the website. 

News added: 16 October 2014

Entries closed for 2014 Galloway Hills Rally.

COMPETITORS: Entries are now closed. Thank you to those who have entered - the Seeded Entry List will be on the website by Monday 20 October, and all other paperwork will be issued as per the dates in the Supplementary Regulations. In the meantime, we will keep you occupied with some more ‘stars’ in our “who’s coming to Galloway in 2014” feature on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/GallowayHillsRally

News added: Thursday 16 October 2014

Who's coming to Galloway in 2014?

Visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/GallowayHillsRally for an introduction to our 2014 entrants and to read their profiles.

News added: Friday 10 October 2014

Entries close on Wednesday 15 October.

COMPETITORS: Entries for the Galloway Hills Rally close on Wednesday 15 October. Enter online here, and please try to complete your Entry Form in full.

News added: Wednesday 09 October 2014

Vital Equipment Fuel.

COMPETITORS: Unfortunately, Vital Equipment Ltd have informed us that they will not be attending the event with their refuel rig. Competitors who normally make use of this on-event service should contact Vital Equipment directly to make alternative arrangements and have your fuel delivered to the event in cans. www.vitalequipment.co.uk

News added: Wednesday 01 October 2014

Free Ferries to the Galloway Hills *LIMITED SPACES LEFT*

The final spaces remain for our FREE FERRIES deal - join the 20+ other crews travelling from NI for the rally - enter online via our Online Entry Form on the Competitors section of the website to receive a free return crossing for your van, trailer and up to 5 people.

News added: Tuesday 30 September 2014

Entries open for 2014 Galloway Hills Rally.

Entries are now being accepted the 2014 Galloway Hills Rally. You will find Supplementary Regulations and a link to our Online Entry Form on the Competitors section of the website. 

News added: Monday 01 September 2014

Rally Guide 1 available to download.

Rally Guide 1 for the 2014 Galloway Hills Rally is now available to download from the Competitors section of the website. This features information to aid intending competitors with their pre-event planning, as well as the important Terms and Conditions regarding our special *Free Ferries* offer. Entries will open on Monday 1st September 2014.

News added: Monday 18 August 2014

Free ferries to the Galloway Hills!

After celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013 with a brand new spectator friendly ‘Super Special’ stage, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally has more exciting plans in store for this year’s event on Sunday 26 October.

In association with the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Fund, the Castle Douglas based event plans to offer free return ferry crossings to crews travelling from across the Irish Sea.

Before the recession, the Galloway Hills Rally annually attracted 25-30 regular Irish competitors and the towns in the surrounding area buzzed with the Irish craic. During the recession, the Irish economy suffered more than most, and the entries fell away to a low point in 2010, when the event received only one.

The organising committee believe it is now time to attract back their traditional Irish support, and to kick-start the process the event plans to offer a unique free return ferry crossing to the first 20 entrants from Northern and Southern Ireland, with the hope that this can be extended to more competitors in the future.

Michael Riddick, Clerk of the Course: "For a while now, we have wanted to do something to regenerate the Irish interest in the Galloway Hills, so when the opportunity arose to apply to the Major Events Fund, we put a great deal of effort into our application to secure some funding. By offering a free ferry we are hopefully making the cost of competing in the event the same for everyone, whether you live in Armagh or Aberdeen. We have already run the news by some of our past regulars from Northern Ireland, and they are delighted."

Entries will open in September, but in the meantime, interested crews from Northern and Southern Ireland can find more information on the official website: www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk/ferries.

Photograph: Northern Irish regulars Liam Regan and Damien Duffin in action on the 2013 Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally. © Alan Scott Photography.

News added: Sunday 23 March 2014