2010 Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally


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The Countdown Begins…..

Hot on the heels of the Official Press Launch comes the news that the organisers have now released the Supplementary Regulations and entry Forms for the events which will make up the 2010 Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally on 20/21 August.

The event documentation can now be downloaded from the competitor page at http://www.ulsterrally.com and competitors will not be stuck for choice when it comes to which event they wish to compete in.

The 2010 Ulster Rally is able to offer 5 different events over the motorsport weekend from National B status right up to full International standard to include:

Toddsleap.com Ulster (WRC) Rally – National A Status event for World Rally and Group A four wheel drive cars only including competitors contesting the Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. The rally covers 127 miles over 14 stages.

Toddsleap.com Rally NI – International Status event for homologated cars included in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, Mitsubishi Ralliart Evo Challenge, Citroen Racing Trophy, Fiesta SportTrophy and the Swift sport Cup. Rally NI covers 127 miles and 14 stages.

Toddsleap.com Ulster Historic Rally – National A stutus event catering for competitors contesting the Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship. The Historic event will compete over 12 stages and 112 miles.

Toddsleap.com Ulster Challenge Rally – National B event for competitors registered for the BRC Challenge which includes the Fiesta Sport Challenge and the Citroen C2R2 Cup. The challenge event runs over two legs, with a total of 81 miles over 9 stages.

Toddsleap.com Ulster National Rally – National B event providing classes for modified cars including competitors from the Citroen Tarmac Modified and Historic Championships. The National event takes in 9 stages and 79 stage miles.

After the successful introduction in 2009, the Online Entry System will again be available as an option for all the 5 events and competitors are reccommended to make use of the system which will greatly streamline and speed up the process of securing an entry in the award winning Ulster Rally.

The early closing date for entries is 28th July and entries will finally close on the 4th August; so competitors are urged to secure their place now for the 2010 event.

In a first for Ulster Rally organisers, this years event will include an ‘historic’ event, one of 8 rounds of the 2010 Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship and will feature a range of 1960’s and 70’s cars including iconic minis, porsches and escorts. 2009 MSA British Historic Rally champions and local competitors Dessie Nutt from Castlerock and Bangor’s Geraldine McBride are currently second overall after four rounds of this year’s event and lie two points behind leader Graham Waite from Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

The organisers have put in place a fantastic deal for Historic crews travelling from the UK mainland and this has been made possible with assistance from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Event Growth Fund and ferry operator Stena Line.

Originally held in the Antrim area in 1976 when the inaugural Ulster Rally took place, the Ulster Rally returns to the region once again after last year’s successful event which was voted Best British International Rally. Rally HQ will be based at the Holiday Inn Express at Junction One and the event’s Central Service Park will be located in a section of the outlet shopping complex’s extensive car parks. Organisers expect 350 drivers and co-drivers, supported by over 600 service crew, to be competing in up to 175 rally cars over the two day period.

Speaking at the recent Press Launch, newly elected Mayor of Antrim Cllr Pam Lewis said she was delighted that the Antrim Borough is to play host again to such a prestigious sporting spectacular. “It’s an honour for Antrim to welcome the Ulster Rally back to the Antrim region. We’re looking forward to both local people and international guests sampling the delights of Antrim and enjoying a safe yet thrilling motorsport event. On behalf of the Council I’d like to wish the organisers all the very best for August 20th and 21st and hopefully we’ll be blessed with some superb weather.”

Ballygawley based multi-activity centre Toddsleap.com is once again backing the race as title sponsor and managing director Benny O’Hanlon said, “As a racing enthusiast this is an event worthy of support – the calibre of drivers racing on our roads makes for a very exciting major spectator event. This is a marvellous showcase for Antrim and beyond.”


Photo caption:

“Melissa Patton with the newly published Supplementary Regulations for the 2010 Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally”

Media contact: Paul Biggerstaff at Ulster Rally, pbiggerstaff@ulsterrally.com or mobile 07753846734 (10.30am – 3.00pm)

The 2010 Ulster Rally is supported by:

· Toddsleap.com – www.toddsleap.com

· Antrim Borough Council – www.antrim.gov.uk

· The Northern Ireland Tourist Board – www.nitb.com

The Ulster Historic Rally is supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board through the Event Growth Fund.

· The Holiday Inn Express, Antrim – www.hiexpressantrim.co.uk

· Junction One International Outlet Shopping Centre – www.junctionone.co.uk

The 2010 Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally is a counting round of the following:

· Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship – www.rallybrc.com

· Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship – www.irishtarmac.com

· Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship – www.hrcr.co.uk

· Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge UK & Ireland – www.evo-challenge.co.uk

· Citroen Racing Trophy UK & Ireland – www.c2r2.co.uk

· Ford Fiesta Sport Trophy UK & Ireland – www.fiestasporttrophy.co.uk

· Suzuki Swift Cup – www.swiftsportcup.com

· BRC Challenge including the Fiesta Sport Challenge and the Citroen C2R2 Cup – www.rallybrcchallenge.co.uk

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