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Ulster Rally - 18-19 Aug 17

Posted: August 19, 2017 4:26 AM - 9386 Hits

Round 6 - 2017 British Rally Championship
Round 5 - 2017 Tarmac Rally Championship

Live Results (Ulster 2017) | Results by: RallyScore.Net
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Event Website: Ulster Rally
Shakedown Fri - 0915
SS1 Fri - 14:00
SS7 Sat - 07:43

MH Motorsport aim for glory in Ulster

Posted: August 17, 2017 4:06 AM

Hampshire rally team have high hopes of victory at the penultimate round of the British Rally Championship in Northern Ireland

British rally team MH Motorsport will field a four car squad at this weekend’s Ulster Rally (18th/19th August) and will be hoping to take victory in both the Junior and Cadet category of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC).

After five rounds of the series, Junior BRC front runners Oscar Solberg and Patrik Barth find themselves in fifth place in the standings thanks to an unlucky exit from the Nicky Grist Stages in July. Whilst it’s a tall order, mathematically the Norwegian son of WRC ace Henning has an outside chance at the title and will head to Northern Ireland with nothing but a win in mind.

The Ulster Rally takes place on the closed public roads surrounding the Londonderry base and despite asphalt not being Solberg’s preferred surface, the Ford Fiesta 1.0litre R2T ace believes he has the pace to head the pack this weekend.

“Of course I am more at home on gravel but we showed in Ypres Rally that we can be at the front” he says.

“I have lots or asphalt experience from the DRIVE DMACK WRC Trophy last year but Ireland will be a new challenge for me. We need a good set up and good notes. If we have that then the car is capable and so am I”.

The Cadet Cup has been a different story for the MH Motorsport team and has been dominated largely by Josh Cornwell and Richard Bliss. However, Alex Waterman and Harry Thomas showed a sign of things to come with a Cadet victory at the last round in Wales and despite the duo contesting only their first season in the sport, returned a mature drive to bring them back into the title chase. Waterman remains open minded as to his chances in Northern Ireland.

Hampshire rally team have high hopes of victory at the penultimate round of the British Rally Championship in Northern Ireland

British rally team MH Motorsport will field a four car squad at this weekend’s Ulster Rally (18th/19th August) and will be hoping to take victory in both the Junior and Cadet category of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC).

After five rounds of the series, Junior BRC front runners Oscar Solberg and Patrik Barth find themselves in fifth place in the standings thanks to an unlucky exit from the Nicky Grist Stages in July. Whilst it’s a tall order, mathematically the Norwegian son of WRC ace Henning has an outside chance at the title and will head to Northern Ireland with nothing but a win in mind.

The Ulster Rally takes place on the closed public roads surrounding the Londonderry base and despite asphalt not being Solberg’s preferred surface, the Ford Fiesta 1.0litre R2T ace believes he has the pace to head the pack this weekend.

“Of course I am more at home on gravel but we showed in Ypres Rally that we can be at the front” he says.

“I have lots or asphalt experience from the DRIVE DMACK WRC Trophy last year but Ireland will be a new challenge for me. We need a good set up and good notes. If we have that then the car is capable and so am I”.

The Cadet Cup has been a different story for the MH Motorsport team and has been dominated largely by Josh Cornwell and Richard Bliss. However, Alex Waterman and Harry Thomas showed a sign of things to come with a Cadet victory at the last round in Wales and despite the duo contesting only their first season in the sport, returned a mature drive to bring them back into the title chase. Waterman remains open minded as to his chances in Northern Ireland.

Hampshire rally team have high hopes of victory at the penultimate round of the British Rally Championship in Northern Ireland

British rally team MH Motorsport will field a four car squad at this weekend’s Ulster Rally (18th/19th August) and will be hoping to take victory in both the Junior and Cadet category of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC).

After five rounds of the series, Junior BRC front runners Oscar Solberg and Patrik Barth find themselves in fifth place in the standings thanks to an unlucky exit from the Nicky Grist Stages in July. Whilst it’s a tall order, mathematically the Norwegian son of WRC ace Henning has an outside chance at the title and will head to Northern Ireland with nothing but a win in mind.

The Ulster Rally takes place on the closed public roads surrounding the Londonderry base and despite asphalt not being Solberg’s preferred surface, the Ford Fiesta 1.0litre R2T ace believes he has the pace to head the pack this weekend.

“Of course I am more at home on gravel but we showed in Ypres Rally that we can be at the front” he says.

“I have lots or asphalt experience from the DRIVE DMACK WRC Trophy last year but Ireland will be a new challenge for me. We need a good set up and good notes. If we have that then the car is capable and so am I”.

The Cadet Cup has been a different story for the MH Motorsport team and has been dominated largely by Josh Cornwell and Richard Bliss. However, Alex Waterman and Harry Thomas showed a sign of things to come with a Cadet victory at the last round in Wales and despite the duo contesting only their first season in the sport, returned a mature drive to bring them back into the title chase. Waterman remains open minded as to his chances in Northern Ireland.

Hampshire rally team have high hopes of victory at the penultimate round of the British Rally Championship in Northern Ireland

British rally team MH Motorsport will field a four car squad at this weekend’s Ulster Rally (18th/19th August) and will be hoping to take victory in both the Junior and Cadet category of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC).

After five rounds of the series, Junior BRC front runners Oscar Solberg and Patrik Barth find themselves in fifth place in the standings thanks to an unlucky exit from the Nicky Grist Stages in July. Whilst it’s a tall order, mathematically the Norwegian son of WRC ace Henning has an outside chance at the title and will head to Northern Ireland with nothing but a win in mind.

The Ulster Rally takes place on the closed public roads surrounding the Londonderry base and despite asphalt not being Solberg’s preferred surface, the Ford Fiesta 1.0litre R2T ace believes he has the pace to head the pack this weekend.

“Of course I am more at home on gravel but we showed in Ypres Rally that we can be at the front” he says.

“I have lots or asphalt experience from the DRIVE DMACK WRC Trophy last year but Ireland will be a new challenge for me. We need a good set up and good notes. If we have that then the car is capable and so am I”.

The Cadet Cup has been a different story for the MH Motorsport team and has been dominated largely by Josh Cornwell and Richard Bliss. However, Alex Waterman and Harry Thomas showed a sign of things to come with a Cadet victory at the last round in Wales and despite the duo contesting only their first season in the sport, returned a mature drive to bring them back into the title chase. Waterman remains open minded as to his chances in Northern Ireland.

BRC title race hots up ahead of Emerald Isle visit

Posted: August 11, 2017 5:16 AM

The Prestone MSA British Rally Championship races across the Irish Sea for the penultimate event of the series with the legendary Ulster Rally the next stop on the action-packed calendar. The championship’s only visit to Northern Ireland in 2017 will see Britain’s premier rallying series tackle the two-day, closed road Tarmac event on the 18/19 August.

Where are we going? – Round 6 – Ulster Rally

The British Rally Championship returns to Derry/Londonderry for the 2017 Ulster Rally – round six of the exciting rallying series. Not only is the BRC reaching its end of season crescendo, but also the British crews will go toe-to-toe with the best from the Irish Tarmac Championship – providing an added challenge in the quest for overall victory.

The Ulster Rally will get underway with a Ceremonial Start in the heart of the Walled City, with crews being waved off into the 135-mile event under the shadow of the Guildhall on Friday lunchtime. In between the stages, competitors will visit the rally Service Park at Ebrington Square several times throughout the event allowing engineers and mechanics to work on the state-of-the-art rally cars and repairing any damage experienced on the challenging route.

The BRC competitors will contest 14 timed stages through the bumpy narrow lanes, with competitive speeds at times north of 100mph – the classic event offers a real test to the country’s top rally drivers. Throw in the extra difficulty of changeable Irish weather conditions and stages are there to be tamed by the brave and equally ready to claim the unwary.

For those successful enough to make it to the end of the event on the podium, will be spraying the champagne on Saturday afternoon at Ebrington Square, with the Peace Bridge and city skyline providing the dramatic backdrop to the celebrations.

All of this adds up to one exciting weekend of motor sport action with a large crowd expected. Highlights from the rally will be broadcast around the world via Channel 4, BT Sport and Motorsport TV network shortly afterwards.

Last time out – Round 5 – Nicky Grist Stages

Two rounds ago the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship visited Ypres in Belgium for the first overseas round in the championship’s 59-year history and the event certainly didn’t disappoint. From the slippery cobbles and shiny asphalt in northern Belgium, the BRC teams had just two weeks to return to their bases, turn the cars from Tarmac trim to gravel specification before traveling to round five, the Nicky Grist Stages in Builth Wells, Wales. The Nicky Grist Stages is unique as drivers tackled eight dusty gravel stages on the opening day before switching back to Tarmac for another 12 stages over the asphalt roads through the Epynt Ranges.

Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss (Ford Fiesta R5) led for most of their home event and were set to become the fourth different winner this season, but on stage 12 the Welsh pairing suffered a high-pressure fuel pump failure. The same corner on the famous Epynt Military Ranges claimed another championship protagonist as three-time BRC Champion Keith Cronin and navigator Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5) carried to much speed into the bend, resulting in the Irish crew rolling out of the event.

Keeping clear of all of the drama was Swedish star Fredrik Ahlin and his Norwegian co-driver Torstein Eriksen. The Scandinavian pairing put the preasure on Pryce all event and were primed and ready to pounce once the Welshman was left stranded on the road-side. The Skoda Fabia R5 crew made it a hat-trick of wins this season and now sit pretty at the top of the points table heading to Ireland.

Matt Edwards is a man building momentum this season, as the Welshman now has two second place finishes to his name from Ypres and the Nicky Grist. The Welshman returns to the scene where he made his R5 debut last year and the Ford Fiesta driver could be a dark horse for this year’s championship as the season heads to its climax.

Rhys Yates became the eighth different driver to spray the champagne this season as he took a fine third overall on the Nicky Grist Stages – narrowly fending off Tarmac ace Marty McCormack who was in Alastair Fisher’s Fiesta for the weekend – keeping his championship aspirations alive.

The Prestone Motorsport News Junior BRC podium in Wales was a repeat from Ypres as Callum Devine was masterful once again in his ADAM R2, fending off fellow countryman William Creighton (Peugeot 208 R2) and local hero James Williams (Ford Fiesta R2T), who took a popular home podium.

In the Cadet Cup, Alex Waterman notched-up his first victory of 2017. This kept him in the hunt for the championship title and denied championship leader Josh Cornwell the chance to wrap up the title early, taking the battle to the Ulster Rally.

David White can almost put one hand on the BRC4 trophy following a win in Wales while BRC newcomer William Hill showed great pace in his Ford Fiesta to take the National Rally Cup victory.

Local heroes hoping for the luck of the Irish on home soil

Welshman Elfyn Evans claimed the 2016 BRC title on last year’s Ulster Rally, taking his third BRC win in row. With home pride dented, Irish crews will be throwing everything at the event to restore Irish honour and claim a local win on home soil.

Keith Cronin (Cork) and Mikie Galvin (Killarney) have already made history this season by taking maximum BRC points on the Ypres Rally – the first overseas round in the British Rally Championship’s 59-year history. The M-Sport pairing sit fourth in the overall standings and will hope to secure their second victory this season in the Ford Fiesta R5, thus elevating them up the championship order heading to the season finale on the Isle of Man.

Eager to lift the trophy and take a popular home win will be Marty McCormack (Maghera) and David Moyinhan (Kesh). The pair experienced a high-speed off on the slippery Tarmac of Ypres in their Skoda Fabia R5. The Czech machine has now been rebuilt – ready for the crew to tackle their local event. With the Nicky Grist Stages just two weeks after Ypres, McCormack hired a Fiesta R5 and finished fourth to keep his championship aspirations well and truly alive coming into the Ulster.

Desi Henry (Portglenone) and Liam Moynihan (Cork) have had a season to forget in 2017 with the Fabia R5 crew’s best and only finish to date coming on the Scottish Rally with a fifth overall. Henry was running in a promising second in Ypres until a roll into a field saw him drop too much time to continue. Electing to miss the Nicky Grist Stages to get his Skoda straight and on song, Desi and Liam will be gunning for their first podium this year as they aim to become the ninth different crew to taste champagne this season.

Another crew who have also not had any luck this season is Jonny Greer (Belfast) and Scottish co-driver Kirsty Riddick. The pair finished third in the competitive championship last season but 2017 has seen little in reward for the Citroen DS3 R5 crew. Greer claimed a fine second to Elfyn Evans in Ulster last year and will be keen to repeat the feat and show his worth on his home event.

On the recent Ypres Rally and Nicky Grist Stages, Callum Devine (Feeny) and Keith Moriarty (Limerick) in their Opel ADAM R2 have been untouchable in the Junior BRC with dominant wins in Belgium and Wales to bring them to the summit of the points standings.

Standing equal with Devine and Moriarty and the top of the table is William Creighton (Moira) and co-driver Liam Regan (Belfast). The Peugeot 208 R2 pairing won the second round, the Pirelli International Rally, and have backed up that breakthrough win with podiums in Scotland, Belgium and Wales to put them right in the mix for the championship fight.

Marty Gallagher (Letterkenny) and Dean O’Sullivan (Convoy) have shown strong pace all season on all surfaces and are within touching distance of an outright class win. The Peugeot 208 R2 team secured a third in Scotland and with a good haul of points from the other four rounds, watch this local crew as they fly through the lanes in pursuit of becoming the fifth different winner in the front-wheel-drive category this season.

18-year-old Josh McErlean is the youngest competitor in the series but the man from Kilrea is not letting his tender age get in the way of performance on the stages. The young-gun started the season in his own Citroen C2 R2 and the Northern Irishman showed flashes of brilliance in the French pocket-rocket. His pace was noticed by leading Junior BRC team MH Motorsport, who gave McErlean a chance to pilot a state-of-the-art Ford Fiesta R2T for the Nicky Grist Stages. After a disappointing retirement from a potential podium position, Josh) returns with the nimble C2 as they go in search for a strong finish on home soil.

Live Radio for Ulster Rally

Posted: August 11, 2017 4:22 AM

Join us live with radio coverage through the two days of this year’s John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally and listen to all the action and reaction as it unfolds.

The Northern Ireland Motor Club has enlisted Rally Radio regulars Chris Rawes, Xavier McCartan and Toni Kelly of Rawcast Media to report from the stages to a world-wide audience.

Chris is looking forward to this year’s event; “Last year saw record numbers logging onto the live radio and there’s lots to hear. We bring you up to the minute information from the end of each stage with driver interviews, a rundown of what’s happening on the ground as well as all the latest results.

“It’s really easy and it’s free, just visit ulsterrally.com and click the ‘Listen Live’ button. So if you are watching the stages, log in on your phones and here the live commentary. Alternatively, if you can’t make it, you can log on from anywhere in the world!”

Chris, Xav and Toni have worked together in the past and their experience and enthusiasm will no doubt add to the excitement and flavour of this year’s event. Chris has reported from international events since 1998 and is now the voice of the ERC where he reports and voices television programmes from every European Rally Championship round.

Xav runs his own PR company and is involved on a day to day basis with rallying in the UK and Ireland. They are joined again this year by local Letterkenny based rally driver and presenter Toni Kelly.

Planning to see some action…then download the spectator guide to see where all the stage viewing areas are or order a programme online. Programmes will also be available from the Media Office at the Service Park in Ebrington, Visit Derry Offices, Derry~Londonderry as well as newsagents and garages throughout the area. You can also keep up to date with latest news and updates on the events, through our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ulsterrally

Seeded Entry List

Posted: August 11, 2017 4:19 AM

1 Fredrik Ahlin/Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia R5) [A1 - Int]
2 Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
3 Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
4 Osian Pryce/Dale Furniss (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
5 Keith Cronin/Mike Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
6 Robert Barrable/Damian Connelly (Hyundai i20 R5) [A1 - Int]
7 Martin McCormack/David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [A1 - Int]
8 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) [A1 - Int]
9 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [A1 - Int]
10 Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
11 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Skoda Fabia R5) [A1 - Int]
12 Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
13 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
14 Rhys Yates/TBA (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
15 Alex Laffey/Patrick Walsh (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
16 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Mini WRC) [A6 - Nat]
17 Martin Cairns/Andrew Purcell (Ford Fiesta WRC) [B9 - Nat]
18 Kevin Eves/William Lynch (Toyota Corolla) [B7 - Nat]
19 Callum Devine/Keith Moriarty (Opel Adam R2) [A4 - Int]
20 William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Int]
21 Vivian Hamill/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort Mk2) [B7 - Nat]
22 Eugene Meegan/Darrgah Mullen (BMW 1M) [B7 - Nat]
23 Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Ford Escort Mk2) [B7 - Nat]
24 James Williams/Dai Roberts (Ford Fiesta R2) [A4 - Int]
26 Paul Britton/George Tinsley (Subaru Impreza N12) [B2 - Nat]
27 William Herron/Geoff Patterson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [B2 - Nat]
28 Marty Gallagher/Dean O'Sullivan (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Int]
29 Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Int]
30 Oscar Solberg/Patrik Barth (Ford R2T) [A4 - Int]
31 John Mulholland/Jeff Case (Skoda Fabia R5) [A1 - Int]
32 James Slaughter/Niall Burns (Ford Fiesta R5) [A1 - Int]
33 Willie Mavitty/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [A1 - Int]
34 Gavin Kelly/Eamonn Gillespie (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [A1 - Int]
35 Sean Devine/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [B2 - Nat]
36 Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Int]
37 Josh McErlean/TBA (Citroen C2R2 Max) [A4 - Int]
38 Michael Dunlop/Rob Fagg (Ford Escort Mk2) [B6 - Nat]
39 Oran Donnelly/Paul Hughes (Ford Escort Mk2) [B6 - Nat]
40 John Devlin/John McCarthy (Talbot Sunbeam) [B6 - Nat]
41 Alan Atcheson/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Fiesta S2500) [B8 - Nat]
42 Stanley Orr/Stephen McAuley (Ford Escort) [H1 - Nat]
43 Ernie Graham/Will Graham (BMW M3) [H2 - Nat]
44 Barry Jones/Iwan Griffiths (Ford Escort) [H1 - Nat]
45 Keith McIvor/David Burns (Porsche 911) [H2 - Nat]
46 Shawn Rayner/Declan Dear (Ford Escort RS2000) [H1 - Nat]
48 Stephen Baxter/Johnny Dinsmore (Ford Escort Mk2) [B6 - Nat]
49 Shane Cullen/TBA (Ford Escort) [B6 - Nat]
50 Michael McDaid Daire Maguire (Ford Escort Mk2) [B5 - Nat]
51 Jordan Hone Aaron Johnston (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Nat]
52 Jimmy McRae Pauline Gullick (Vauxhall Firenza) [H1 - Nat]
53 Robert McKelvey Declan Campbell (Mitsubishi Evo 8) [B2 - Nat]
54 Stanley Ballantine TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [B2 - Nat]
55 Josh Cornwell Tom Woodburn (Ford Fiesta R2) [A4 - Int]
56 David White Mathew White (Ford Fiesta R2) [A4 - Nat]
57 Alex Waterman Harry Thomas (Ford Fiesta R2) [A4 - Int]
58 James McDiarmid Max Haines Messenger (Ford Fiesta R2N) [A4 - Int]
59 James Wilson Gavin Doherty (Peugeot 208 R2) [A4 - Int]
60 Barry Groundwater Sean Donnelly (Mitsubishi Evo 10) [B8 - Nat]
61 Allan McDowall Gavin Heseltine (Opel Kadett) [B7 - Nat]
62 Wayne Sisson TBA (Mitsubishi Evo 10) [B8 - Nat]
63 Roger Moran Keaton Williams (Ford Escort) [B7 - Nat]
64 Brian Black Ian Crozier (Toyota Starlet) [B3 - Nat]
65 John Morrison Peter Carstairs (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [B8 - Nat]
67 Declan McCrory Graham Henderson (Mitsubishi Evo 10) [B8 - Nat]
68 Joe Gallagher Mo Downey (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [B2 - Nat]
69 John Coyne Stephen Joyce (Porsche 997) [A2 - Int]
70 Gerard McHugh Eatha¡n McColgan (Chrysler Sunbeam) [B3 - Nat]
71 Geoffrey Nevin Paul Nevin (Ford Escort Mk2) [B5 - Nat]
72 Bob Riddles Ian Kidd (Ford Escort Mk2) [B6 - Nat]
73 Conor Cochrane TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [B3 - Nat]
74 John Brazier Alexander Brazier (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [B2 - Nat]
75 Alex McNaughton TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [B5 - Nat]
76 Art McCarrick John McCay (Tba Tba) [B1 - Nat]
77 Marshall Kennedy Wendy Blackledge (Peugeot 306 GTi) [B6 - Nat]
78 Eamon Doherty Damian McAuley (Ford Escort Mk2) [B5 - Nat]
79 Derek Gurney Damian McCann (Ford Sierra 3dr) [B6 - Nat]
80 Alexander Cochrane Chris Johnston (Ford Escort) [B6 - Nat]
81 Peter Bennett TBA (Skoda R2) [A4 - Int]
82 Marty Toner Sharon Clarke (Talbot Sumbeam) [B5 - Nat]
83 Michael Nutt David Nutt (Honda Civic) [B1 - Nat]
84 Dessie Nutt Geraldine McBride (Porsche 911) [H1 - Nat]
85 Niall Creighton Gregory Roberts (Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1 ) [H1 - Nat]
86 Philip McKibbin Lynn McKibbin (Ford Escort Mk1 ) [H1 - Nat]
87 Nick Barnett Martin Brady (Honda Civic ) [B1 - Nat]
88 Richard McCartney Liza Haveron (Citroen C2R2 ) [B4 - Nat]
89 Raymond McLaughlin Martin McBrearty (Ford Puma ) [B4 - Nat]
90 Nabila Tejpar Richard Bliss (Ford Fiesta ) [A4 - Int]
91 Mark Stewart Chris Hobson (Ford Escort ) [B5 - Nat]
92 John O' Reilly Nick Sparks (Ford Escort Mk1 ) [H1 - Nat]
93 Jenna McCann John McCabe (Ford Fiesta R2 ) [J2 - Nat]
94 Justin Ryan TBA (Honda Civic ) [J2 - Nat]
95 Jason Black Jack McKenna (Toyota Starlet ) [J2 - Int]

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

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

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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

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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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