A Ford Escort Mk2; many will be competing this weekend! Photo Credit: @Steven Batey

The 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally will make a return to the North East this weekend between November 10-13.

The four-day event, which returns in 2017 after a two-year hiatus after previously being based in Sunderland, sees over one hundred classic rally cars take on stages across the UK in an attempt to relive the original RAC Rally from the 1970’s and 80’s.

After beginning in Wales on Friday, the crews head north and into Kielder Forest for a range of stages in and around the largest man-made forest in Europe and is known in the rallying world as ‘Killer Kielder’ after its habit of causing a high retirement rate when drivers compete there.

A Lancia Stratos that Steve Perez will drive.
Photo Credit: @Steven Batey

Three hundred miles over 32 stages lie ahead for the crews, with drivers confirmed from around Europe to contest the event.

After being cancelled just before the beginning of the 2015 event due to a lack of entries and then a non-running event last year, 2017 marks the return for the rally that is one of the most respected in the motorsport world.

The entry list sees 2017 MSA Historic Rally Champion Jason Pritchard in his Ford Escort set to go up against drivers including British Rally Championship star Martin McComack and the most successful man in the history of the Roger Albert Clark Rally, Steve Bannister.

Other noticeable competitors include Jimmy McRae, Colin’s father, driving a Vauxhall Firenza Can-Am, Steve Perez in a stunning Lancia Stratos and number one seed for the event Matthew Robinson.

The 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally takes place this weekend between November 10-13.