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Rally of the Year 27 January 2005

The Manx International Rally was last week named ‘Rally of the Year’ at the Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship Awards Presentation evening in Birmingham.

The prestigious award is voted for by a selection of competitors, championship officials and personnel who attended all eight events in the 2004 calendar, and Championship Manager Mark Taylor was quick to praise the event that topped the poll.

He said:

"I want to congratulate the Manx International Rally organising team for their success in winning the 2004 BRC Rally of the Year award’, he said after presenting the trophy to Event Director Richard Bargery.

"The event has made many improvements that have been popular with its customers in recent years. Being centrally based at the TT Grandstand, the 2004 rally had great atmosphere and the organisational attention to details was second to none. The British Rally Championship Rally of the Year trophy truly recognises their strengths in organisation and they should be very proud of their achievements."

The event organisers are naturally thrilled to have won the title.

Richard Bargery said:

"It’s a huge reward for the entire team involved in putting the event on. We are extremely fortunate to have such an experienced and dedicated team from both on and off-island behind the rally and it is particularly thrilling that those most closely involved with the championship, especially the competitors, hold the 'Manx' in such high regard."

There were several innovations for the 2004 event including a hugely successful pre-event social barbeque for all officials and competitors that set the tone for the week, as well as having the entire event based at the TT Gramdstand, including scrutineering and all servicing.

As a result the rally received unanimous praise from competitors, media and spectators alike, and this acknoweldgement is a boost as planning for the 2005 event gathers momentum.

The 42nd Manx International Rally takes place from the 28th to 30th July.

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