Ulster Rally Returns to Antrim.

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Plans are in full swing for the 2010 Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally and after the success of the 2009 event, which was voted best British International Rally; the organisers are delighted to again base the event in Antrim.

Welcoming the ‘Ulster’ back to Antrim, Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson commented,

“This is the second year that the Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally has taken place in Antrim.  Last year’s event was a fantastic success and a great boost for the Borough.   With teams and spectators travelling from all over Europe, there is no doubt that an event of this calibre will contribute significantly to the tourism sector and boost the economy of the Borough. We are proud to support this event.”

Speaking at a photo shoot with Councillor Cochrane-Watson, Clerk of the Course Michael Johnston endorsed the Mayor’s comments and added,

“It’s great to be able to base the Ulster Rally in Antrim again this year. The local area and its facilities were widely praised by competitors and spectators alike and I have no doubt that this was a major factor in the event being voted best British International Rally in 2009”

Michael also took the opportunity to confirm that for the first time in the event’s history the August Rally weekend will include the Ulster Historic Rally.

“The prestigious Ulster Historic Rally will be one of eight rounds of the Dunlop/WONAGO.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship, joining high profile events such as the Manx and the Tour of Flanders Rally in Belgium. Rally fans will be able see a variety of cars not seen for many years and we hope that they will bring back memories of the first Ulster Rally in 1976”

“Add this to the latest state of the art rally cars included in the Dulux Trade British and Citroen Irish Rally Championships and the local competitors in the National event we are confident that there will be something of interest for everyone.”

The 2010 event will set off from the Courthouse Square in Antrim Town at lunchtime on Friday 20th August and following a selection of interesting and challenging tests around the Hills & Glens of Antrim the cars will return to the finish within the Junction One International Outlet Shopping Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Prospective competitors can now download Ulster Rally Guide 1 giving full details and all the information they need to plan their trip to Antrim for the Rally from the event website at www.ulsterrally.com.