2015 Dukeries Rally to take place at Donington Park

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The Dukeries Rally is to take place this year at Donington Park, race bosses have revealed.

The popular event, which will take place on 25th October, was pulled from it’s regular Sherwood Forest venue last June following increased leisure and environmental pressures.

Its also a milestone in the history of the Donington Park Circuit where its last rally took place in 1998 after arrangements were finalised with organisers Dukeries Motor Club.

David Baugh, Dukeries Motor Club Chairman David Baugh, said: “We are delighted to be organising a stage rally at such an iconic motorsport venue as Donington Park and that this new event will maintain the continuity of the Dukeries Rally name.

“This announcement is the result of long term discussions with Donington and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them to create a successful event which will be popular with rally competitors and spectators alike.”

Christopher Tate, Donington Park managing director, added: “We are very pleased to be able to confirm a first event, the Dukeries Rally in October, so soon after receiving our planning permission to host national events from 2015 onwards.

“This confirms what we always thought, that Donington Park is an exceptional venue to host all forms of motor sport, including stage rallying.

“We look forward to working closely with Dukeries Motor Club and establishing a long term relationship which will see national rallying become a regular fixture at Donington Park.”

The Dukeries Rally is one of the oldest stage rallies in the UK and, over its previous 55 years, the rally has evolved several times. 

Firstly from being just a road rally and then to a mixed road and stage event and eventually to a total stage event. 

In the late 70’s it ran at night and contained 22 stages spread over airfields, farm tracks and forests throughout Nottinghamshire. 

It was completely different to the event of recent years and the rally also moved about during the year from September to March and then to June.

Donington Park and Dukeries Motor Club have previous history, with the Dukeries Rally using the pre-war layout as a stage in the years 1968 to 1970.

Total stage distance in the 2015 edition will approximately 55 miles across eight stages, encompassing the Donington Park track and a small amount of off-track mileage also.

The 2014 rally was won by Chesterfield VK drinks business,an Steve Perez and co-driver Paul Spooner in their VK Energy sponsored Ford Focus WRC, they held onto the lead for most of the day winning nine out of the days ten special stages.