Ulster Rally - 19-20 Nov 21

Posted: March 28, 2021 10:33 AM - 907 Hits

Counting Round - 2021 British Rally Championship


Posted: March 28, 2021 10:33 AM

November’s Ulster Rally will bring the curtain down on the 2021 British Rally Championship, with the Newry-based event acting as the sixth, and final, round of the mixed surface series. After an enforced delay, the British Rally Championship moves into gear in early July, with registered crews having to negotiate a total of five rounds in England, Scotland and Wales before they can begin to make plans for the short trip across the Irish Sea to the Ulster Rally.

The British Rally Championship was called off in June of last year after just one round due to the coronavirus health pandemic, with this also leading to the Ulster Rally being cancelled.

However, all stakeholders are confident a full campaign will take place this season given the speed at which the vaccine programme is currently being rolled out across the four nations.

Promoted by Northern Ireland Motor Club Limited, the Ulster Rally has been a mainstay of the British Rally Championship for many years – and organisers are pleased the tie-up is continuing. “The Ulster Rally is delighted to welcome the British Rally Championship back to Northern Ireland, and to our event, later in the year,” said Event Director Richard Swanston.

“Hopefully, the fight for the many titles will come down to the last round and where better for the drivers to battle it out for the overall British Rally title than the tricky roads of Ulster? “The weather has always played a big part – and had a big say – in our event, and with the Ulster Rally taking place in mid-November this year, I am confident that theme will continue.

“Plans are progressing well for the 2021 instalment of the Ulster Rally and I am sure it will provide a dynamic and exciting twist for all involved with the British Rally Championship.”

This is the first time the Ulster Rally is being held outside of its traditional August slot, and the British Rally Championship’s Manager believes the unpredictable climate in Northern Ireland in early winter will add another layer of intrigue to the UK’s blue riband rally series.

“The Ulster Rally is always a tough event that succeeds in serving up a short, sharp, shock of intense competition,” said Iain Campbell. “Just how the challenge will change with the November date, we will have to wait and see.

“But as a constant on the British Rally Championship calendar, we look forward to this being our final 2021 round – something that is also new for the Ulster Rally,” he added.


Posted: February 27, 2021 2:42 AM

Northern Ireland Motor Club Ltd is delighted to announce that following a one-year hiatus, the Ulster Rally is set to return on the weekend of Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November.

As with most outdoor sporting events last year, the 2020 instalment of the Tarmac classic had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 health pandemic. But organisers are confident the roll-out of the vaccination programme against the respiratory disease, which is set to be largely completed by the end of this summer, will allow the Ulster Rally to be staged safely.

“Due to COVID-19 and the current restrictions, the preparations required for an August date could not be completed,” explained Event Director, Richard Swanston. “We will continue to monitor the situation and tailor our plans to suit as we work towards the November date.”

On the issue of spectators being allowed to attend the closed-roads event, Swanston added:
“If restrictions are such that the attendance of spectators would be illegal, and would pose a risk to the community we are operating in, then we’ll review the viability closer to the time.
“In controlled areas such as service parks, again, restrictions at the time will dictate how we operate. It’s very fluid at the moment but we have a date and we’re working towards that.”

The 44th Ulster Rally will be run out of Newry in 2021, with further details concerning the stages, the event HQ and the service park all to be announced in due course by organisers.

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Posted: February 27, 2021 2:42 AM

Topics: Ulster Rally 

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