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Ulster Rally returns north

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ulster Rally returns north thumbnailThe Ulster Rally will bring top drivers like four-time British champion Keith Cronin to the Borough. Picture: Jakob Ebrey.

NEXT month's Ulster Rally route will closely resemble that of 2012, with stages in the north Antrim area totalling a third of the mileage crews from the Irish Tarmac and MSA British Rally championships will face.
Organisers have decided to exercise their road-closing powers to produce an itinerary they believe competitors want, meaning the return of Glendun and Torr Head for the opening leg of the meeting. On the second day they head west to the Sperrin Mountains in-between two town centre regroups.
“The stages we are running, especially those towards the coast, are some of the best roads you are going to find anywhere in this country," said Clerk of the Course, Philip Murray. "Speak to any driver from either Championship and they will tell you they are the ones they want to pit themselves against.
“The reception during the Ulster Rally's time in Enniskillen and particularly Londonderry was mixed. Anytime we have spoken to drivers about the  stages in north Antrim the feedback has been really positive.
“I think this year is going to be a return to the Ulster Rally that we all know and love," added Murray.
“We had to find a balance between smooth stages and technical stages - and I think we have done that."

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