Intensive preparation paid off last weekend for Penrith rally co-driver Rachel Medich when she successfully completed the notoriously difficult Tour of Mull car rally. Rachel and driver Dave Edwards took their Vauxhall Astra to 47th place from a start number of 145.
The rally took place on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, and it used closed public roads for the 144 competitive miles of the event.
Preparations for the rally started over two weeks before the start with Edwards and his service crew checking everything over on the rally car to make sure it was up to the job of surviving the tough conditions that Mull would present. Having contested the rally last year Rachel already had pacenotes for most of the course but these needed rehashed into the correct order for the 2009 event. The crew travelled to the island on the Monday before the rally and had a busy few days of making pacenotes for the new sections of the course and then driving each stage several times both in the daylight and at night where necessary to check the notes and try and remember as much of the stages as they could.
This year, despite extensive lobbying by the 2300 Club, Caledonian MacBrayne have decided not to make any concessionary fares available and so the 2300 Club will NOT be issuing Ferry Booking Forms. They have promised to support the event in ways other than providing discounted ferry fares. It is recommended that you go ahead and secure a ferry booking via their website at http://www.calmac.co.uk/book-online.html or by telephone (08705 650000). Commercial vehicles (see below) should book with the Oban office (01631 566688).