The popular Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally makes a welcome return on 12 August, as the Banchory-based event gets ready to host some of the best drivers in the country in the nearby Kincardineshire forests.
Having recently launched the 2023 offering, organisers Stonehaven and District Motor Club have been inundated with entries as competitors in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship scramble to secure their slot at one of the most eagerly anticipated and largest motorsport events in the northeast of Scotland.
For the second successive year, the event is sponsored by global marine employment specialists, Voyonic Crew Management Group Limited. After forming a new partnership in 2022, the Guernsey-based firm re-affirms its commitment to the event, helping to ensure the rally remains one of the leading stage rallies in Scotland.
The Voyonic Group also has offices in Aberdeen, Newcastle, and the Isle of Man, as well as global locations in Malta and Manila and specialises in employment and seafarer management services to the commercial shipping, offshore energy, cruise, and yacht industries. They are also able to provide a wide range of back-office support services, including HR, payroll and bookkeeping and their involvement in the rally dates back over a decade.
Neil Carrington, CEO of the Voyonic Group commented "We are delighted to be sponsoring the Grampian Forest Rally for a second year. The quality of entrants should make for another exciting weekend of motorsport, and the Voyonic team are proud to be part of the occasion.”
To date, several leading Scottish Rally Championship protagonists have placed their entries, each with an eye on the coveted winner's trophy. Last year, it was four-time British Rally Champion Keith Cronin who etched his name in the silverware with a runaway victory, but this time around the battle for top spot is likely to be a much closer affair.
The team behind the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally are excited to launch this year's rally and equally delighted to welcome back the Voyonic brand as the title sponsor.
“It’s a real honour to welcome back our returning title sponsor Voyonic Group” said Clerk of the Course Graham Provest.
“Neil [Carrington - Voyonic Group CEO] and his team have shown the event great support and we look forward to welcoming all our sponsors and guests to Banchory next month.
“Of course, we are very eager to show our appreciation to all our partners and sponsors and are are in a privileged position to be welcoming nearly all of them back once again, along with new relationships this year. With backers returning for a second, third or fourth year, it shows our strong bond with partners which allows us to grow and develop new ideas like the big screen TV in the Service Park for fans and crews.“
“We can’t wait for the rally to get started, see and feel the buzz around the service park and spectator area. The forest coming alive for the day on the 12 August will make all the hard work worthwhile. We look forward to a packed event and some close times from our fantastic stages.”
Drivers from across the UK and beyond will enjoy an action-packed day in the forests of Fetteresso and Drumtochty with a central rally base at Milton of Crathes near Banchory.
The town itself will host the now traditional Ceremonial Start early on Saturday morning before crews head out onto the gravel for a spectacular day of flat-out driving. Spectators will be offered plenty of opportunity to witness the cars in action throughout the day, before returning to Milton of Crathes for the champagne finish and celebrations.
More information including spectator access maps, entry list and timings will be available on the event website closer to the event.
Regular updates will be posted on the event’s social media channels and website: www.grampianforestrally.com