Top motorsport extravaganza, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally will this summer celebrate the debut of its first ever female Clerk of Course, Louise Hannan who will move into the driving seat of the Ulster National Rally, one of five races set to feature at the two day event on 17th and 18th August at Junction One Outlet Shopping Centre, Antrim.
Omagh lady Louise joined a top line-up of ‘Rally Girls’ at Junction One to officially launch the 2012 Todds Leap Ulster Rally. Alongside Louise were competitors Amy Cox and Wendy Blackledge as well as a number of senior officials who will manage stages and the Service Park at the Junction one based rally.
Backed by Antrim Borough Council, Junction One, title sponsor Todds Leap and NITB, the award winning two day event offers a five race line-up featuring events from National B status right up to full International standard. Events include the popular Ulster Historic Rally, a counting round of the Kololi Beach Club MSA British Historic Rally Championship. Also on the programme is the International event - Todds Leap Rally NI, the National A status Ulster Rally and National B events the Ulster Challenge and the Ulster National Rally. In 2012 the Todds Leap Rally NI will see the worldwide competition debut of the Peugeot 208 R2.
Entries are set to open on Monday 2nd July and organisers, Northern Ireland Motor Club Ltd anticipate a top line up of local and international competitors including Welshman Elfyn Evans and Tom Cave from England, currently joint leaders of the MSA British Rally Championship, Omagh man Mark Donnelly winner of the opening round of the BRC and currently in 4th place, Carryduff’s Jonny Greer, Antrim’s Desi Henry and Magherafelt’s Marty McCormick. Also likely to compete this year is 2011 Rally NI winner Gary Jennings fresh from his Donegal Rally win, George Robinson from Ballymena, Newry’s Darren Gass and Fermanagh men Alastair Fisher and Matthew Cathcart .