Harbour hugging Castletown stage is back

Harbour hugging Castletown stage is back

02 Mar

By Paul Evans


The Isle of Man has more famous asphalt stages than any other location in the UK. When you think of Tholt-e-Will Glen, The Curraghs, Ballaugh Cronk, Druidale, Sartfield Hairpin, Brandywell Cottage and Injebreck, those stage names conjure up memories of some fantastic battles between the likes of Mikkola, Vatanen, Pond, McRae, Pritchard, et al.

And this year one of the most iconic of all the stages is returning to the Manx Rally – the famous harbour hugging blast through the streets of Castletown.
 
Run in darkness on the evening of Friday 15 May, Castletown (the Ancient Capital of Mann) will form part of Rounds 3 of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship and will be broadcast live on the Special Stage Facebook page, with special stage side access given to the camera crew.

The double-header two-day event will continue the next day, as Round 4 is run over eight stages in daylight on Saturday (16 May) before the finish at the TT Grandstand.
 
“The roads on the Isle of Man are famed the world over for their unforgiving nature and unrivalled challenge, but to be able to add probably the most iconic stage on the island to our itinerary in 2020 is really the icing on the cake for Manx Auto Sport,” says event Clerk of the Course Mark Quayle.
 
“Castletown holds many fond memories for fans and drivers alike so we are looking forward to watching crews blast around the harbour once again, it’s certainly been a few years since we have seen that on the Manx. As well as that, we have some fantastic stage lined up with a pretty relentless itinerary ensuring crews are tested to the limits when they come here to compete. The Manx has never been easy, and this year is no different.”


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