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New elements for Ulster Rally

Thursday, 6 July 2017

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ORGANISERS of the UK's most decorated international stage rally are confident they can build on its success with the addition of new tests and a top-class field of drivers from the Irish Tarmac and MSA British Rally Championships.
Clerk of the Course Lewis Boyd says changes made to next month's Tarmac classic are designed to increase the challenge faced by crews; 2016 winner Elfyn Evans said it was the most demanding event he had done last season.
“Some of the stages will be totally different," said Boyd, "and the rest of the route will be more or less the same. In total there is going to be 134 stages miles, forty per cent of which is going to be new or different in some way."
And for the first time the Ulster Rally will feature two town centre regroups in an attempt to increase the sport's appeal by giving the public the opportunity to meet teams on the Friday and Saturday legs of the two-day event.
Robert Harkness - the President of Northern Ireland Motor Club - believes the Ulster Rally's appeal is much greater this year for the simple fact it's the only event in the UK or Ireland that's a counting round of two big competitions.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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