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Ulster Rally - 18-19 Aug 17

Posted: June 28, 2017 7:42 AM - 3102 Hits

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Ulster Rally set to return to Walled City

Posted: June 28, 2017 7:42 AM

A host of Rally stars joined organisers and special guests at the historic Guildhall Square, Londonderry, for the launch of the 2017 John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. Returning to Derry City and Strabane for the second year promises both competitors and race fans an action packed weekend of motorsport throughout Derry and Strabane on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017.

This year the Rally welcomes contenders from the FIA European Rally Trophy (Celtic Cup), the MSA Prestone British Rally Championship and the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. Stages again feature the full breadth of Counties Londonderry and Tyrone with two regroups, one in Derry/Londonderry’s Guild Hall Square on Friday and the other in Strabane Town Centre on Saturday of the event.

John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally Event Director, Robert Harkness is excited about returning to the Maiden City for this year’s event;
“It is an honour to be returning to such a prestigious venue as the Guild Hall to launch the second year of the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally in this historic City. We have the ideal event base at Ebrington Square with two new regroups this year in Derry and Strabane and a host of classic and challenging stages throughout the region”.

“But it’s not just the venue and stages that make these events, the stars of the event are the drivers, co-drivers and their cars and this year’s Ulster Rally promises a fantastic array of machinery crossing the start ramp in the Guildhall Square at lunchtime on Friday 18 August. We have a great selection of local competitors, many of them young and some very young, who are already making their mark in the sport. Callum Devine, Marty Gallagher and Gordon Noble venture successfully well outside Ireland; we also have Alan Atcheson, Joe McGonigle and Eathan McColgan. And what about our motorcycle racer Michael Dunlop who is now firmly caught up in rallying ?

We welcome the MSA Prestone British Rally Championship back to the Ulster Rally stages and we are looking forward to the battle for supremacy between the R5 cars in the British series and the Irish Tarmac Championship regulars. We are hopeful that our local home-grown talent will again be fighting for pole position in their respective categories in all the major championships included in this year’s event.

Robert continues;
“It’s great returning to a venue for the second year and this which could only be made possible by our sponsors Derry City and Strabane District Council and John Mulholland Motors, along with Tourism NI and Visit Derry, our local stage sponsors and the 800 volunteers who give of their time so generously. The plan’s in place to make 2017 the best event yet.”

Headline Sponsor, John Mulholland Motors is based in Randalstown and Campsie and John himself was one of the first to put in his entry for this year’s event.

“This is our second year of a three-year agreement as main sponsors of the Ulster Rally, an event I have been competing in since 1994.

This year is extra special for us as it marks my 25th anniversary of participation in this iconic motorsport event. To celebrate I will be behind the wheel of a new Skoda Fabia R5 sporting a black and gold livery in recognition of us wining the UK Skoda retailer of the year (for the second time).”

Welcoming the event back to the City is Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh;
“I am absolutely delighted that the Rally organisers have teamed up with our local club – Maiden City Motor Club – to bring this prestigious sporting event to the North West region for the second year in a row. It's also great to have our local sponsor, John Mulholland from Campsie on board once again.

In terms of economic benefit for the city and region, the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally will have a huge impact in terms of bringing visitors to the City who will stay locally and hopefully spend money at our local restaurants, shops and bars. We are confident the Rally will create a great buzz and excitement across Derry and Strabane throughout the month of August.

Entries for the event are now open and the organisers, The Northern Ireland Motor Club Ltd anticipate a top line up of local and International competitors and a host of the frontrunners from the various Irish and Northern Ireland Rally Championships. Also included in this year’s Ulster Rally programme is the popular Historic section and the recently introduced Junior category.

Rally Guide is available to download from the competitors section of the website www.ulsterrally.com/competitors

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Posted: June 22, 2017 5:03 PM

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Posted: June 12, 2017 4:03 AM

Thinking of Rallying…think the Ulster Rally - New Rally Guide launched for John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally

Posted: May 21, 2017 10:17 AM

With the rally season well underway, it’s time to think of this year’s John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally with the launch the new Rally Guide giving you all the information you need to plan this year’s event. The Rally takes place on 18 and 19 August with the start and finish taking place in the beautiful Walled City of Derry/Londonderry, and a regroup in Strabane and stages amidst the drama of the surrounding Sperrin Mountains.

Robert Harkness, Event Director explains “This year’s Rally Guide gives you all the information you need to plan your trip to the Ulster Rally including the most important part of submitting an online entry.”

Robert continues “However, if there is any other information you need, you can contact us through our website or social media. This year’s event is well into the planning stages and I can assure you, it promises to be as exciting as ever. If you are competing, part of the support crew or enjoying the spectacle, it’s not to be missed.”

Rally Guide is available to download from the competitors section of the website www.ulsterrally.com/competitors

For latest news and updates on the events, check out the website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ulsterrally

Ulster Rally set to return to Walled City in August

Posted: March 27, 2017 9:18 AM

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said she was delighted that Ulster Rally organisers have again teamed up with local club, Maiden City Motor Club and Council to ensure the return of the prestigious sporting event to city and district.

Speaking at a launch event in Ebrington Square on Wednesday 15th March, the Mayor, who was accompanied by rally stars and race organisers, confirmed the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally will take place on the 18th and 19th August and will be returning to the city for its second year and will be sponsored once again by local business, John Mulholland from Campsie. She said, ?We are here today to officially announce the event which will be centred here at Ebrington Square.

"Having the event in the city last year, during its 40th year celebrations, attracted lots of visitors from not only the UK and Ireland but also from throughout Europe. The feedback was fantastic and I'm delighted that those who participated and attended last year enjoyed our beautiful city and district. Many of those I spoke to following the event had visited here for the first time and left with fond memories of the warm and friendly welcome they received during their stop over.

"Motorsport has a huge following across the North West so this will be a real treat for motoring enthusiasts and spectators. This will be an action packed, fun weekend that will not only see visitors coming to the city but will also be a great opportunity for local supporters to enjoy this world renowned motor sport event on their door step."

Robert Harkeness, President of the Northern Ireland Motor Club, promoters of the Ulster Rally said they were looking forward to this year's event in the City;
"It's a great privilege to bring the rally back to Derry/Londonderry for the second year. We had great feedback from the competitors after last year's event who particularly liked Ebrington as their base for Service Park. Spectators to the stages were some of the largest we had seen in a number of years in 2016 and we expect those to grow this year again.

"The rally takes a lot of organising and it is only possible with the support of Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Maiden City Motor Club, John Mullholland Motors and over 800 volunteers who travel from far and wide. We are looking forward to an exciting set of revised stages in 2017, especially the introduction of the Re-Grouping halts in Strabane Town Centre which will give spectators the opportunity to get up close to the competitors," Robert continued.

For more information on the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally which will take place on 18th and 19th August 2017, visit the event website, link below.

Dates announced for 2017 John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally

Posted: February 16, 2017 2:32 PM

Keep the date in you diary and make sure you are booked in for the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally on 18 and 19 August 2017. Returning to Derry/Londonderry for its second year, there will be a few familiar stages alongside some different ones, just to mix it up.

Club Chairman Alan Elliott is looking forward to the 2017 event.
"We are excited about this year's event which is possible thanks to the continued support of our key sponsor, John Mulholland Motors, Randalstown and Campsie. The John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally operations team are currently finalising all the details and we'll bring you more information as plans progress."

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Event Website

Posted: February 16, 2017 2:31 PM

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