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Rally Revs Up Dorset Economy

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7:10am 4th April 2014

A championship rally held in Dorset is boosting the county's economy to the tune of 1 point 2 million pounds, according to research by Bournemouth University.

The final stages of the MSA British and Historic Rally Championships are held here.

Based on research conducted during face to face interviews at the 2013 Rallye Sunseeker, the report outlines an overall benefit to Dorset.

Students found the cash input comes from competitors, spectators and officials spending money on accommodation, food and transport.

With 20,000 spectators over the two days spending in the region of £614,000 and the 1784 attendees officials/competitors spending of £516,000, on accommodation, food and transport.

Rick Smith, Event Director, on behalf of organisers Southern Car Club, said: "We are often applauded for bringing real financial benefits to the region, the Bournemouth University independent research and report has now confirmed this. £1.2 million of inward income is very much in line with patterns seen on other British Rally Championship rounds, so we are certain that they are a true trend, and we trust that the region gets behind us to ensure the future of the rally"

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