Sports Listings: Plan Ahead: Motor Rallying - Network Q RAC Rally

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NEXT MONTH'S Network Q RAC Rally, the 10th and final round of the FIA world championship, will provide a fitting conclusion to the season when Didier Auriol, of France, and the Spaniard Carlos Sainz do battle for the overall drivers' title.

This year's RAC Rally, from 20- 23 November, starts and finishes in Chester.

In between, the rally will have completed 29 high- speed special stages, taking the drivers through the Midlands, Yorkshire, Durham, the Scottish Borders, the Lake District and mid and south-west Wales.

The first day of the rally allows spectators to watch the cars at venues with easy access, parking and facilities. Parkland, stately homes, racing and hill climb circuits make up the day's stages over gravel and tarmac.

For further information on this year's event, Official Rally Programmes, of Leicester, produces the official complete spectator guide for pounds 5.95 plus pounds 1.95 postage and packing. The pack contains souvenir programme and stage map book. The programme on its own costs pounds 3 plus pounds 1.50 postage and packing.

Network Q RAC Rally, 20-23 November.

First leg (Sunday): Start: Eastgate Street, Chester (8am). Stage 1: Carden Park (Carden Park, Chester, is on A534, seven miles east of Wrexham; 8.31am). SS2: Tatton Park (one mile north of Knutsford, Cheshire, on A50; 9.51am). SS3: Chatsworth House (nine miles west of Chesterfield, Derbyshire; 11.43am). SS4: Clumber Park (four miles south of Worksop, Derbyshire; 1.20pm). SS5/6: Donington Park circuit (three miles from junctions 23A/24 of M1/M42/A42, near Castle Donington, Derbyshire; 3.04 and 3.16pm). SS7 Harewood Hill (Harewood Hill Climb, Stockton Farm, is 7 1/2 miles north-east of Leeds on A659 between Harewood village and Collingham; 5.46pm). Finish of leg: Harrogate (6.41pm). Apart from the start and finish, admission charges to all first-leg stages are pounds 6 adults, pounds 1 children under-16.

Second leg (Monday): Harrogate to Chester via Scottish Borders and Kielder Forest, Lake District. Third leg (Tuesday): Chester to Chester via south-west Wales. Fourth leg (Wednesday): Chester to Chester via central Wales.

Official Rally Programmes, PO Box 201, Leicester LE4 9WL. By post: cheques should be made out to TRMG. By telephone (Access or Visa): 0533-463384. By fax: 0533-463376.