The British Rally Championship explodes into Derry this weekend, with a host of International stars set to blast through the idyllic local countryside. Stages will take place across the Sperrins via Strabane and Omagh, through some truly spectacular and iconic locations.
Local Skoda and Hyundai dealer John Mulholland has invested heavily in both time and money to realise his dream of bringing such a prestigious event, along with the Northern Ireland Motor Club to the North West, the first time this has ever happened.
The rally will be based in the spectacular surroundings of Ebrington Square in Derry, overlooking the River Foyle. Just across the beautiful Peace Bridge from the historic city and all the shops and attractions you might need to make this a perfect family day out.
The “live service park” will offer amazing access to fans as the rally crews race to prepare their cars for the hectic action. Watch the teams work mechanical miracles as they battle against the clock to get their drivers back into the action in tip top condition.
There will be loads of opportunities to get up close and personal with the stars, get an autograph or maybe even a cheeky selfie with some international rally royalty!
The burgeoning entry list includes a host of top talent from home and abroad, with over 150 crews confirmed. The very latest state of the art R5 class cars will be chased hard by the screaming S2000‘s, along with the more traditional Escorts and co. Cars from works teams like Skoda, Ford, Peugeot and Mitsubishi will be well represented.
A new innovation will be the online radio coverage of the entire event. This will feature live timing updates direct from the stages, with all the drivers’ reactions as they reach the finish line. This will be a fantastic way to keep in touch with all the action. This is a free online service simply with coverage starting at 12 noon on Friday.
This will be an amazing event and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local community, but it needs your support to make it the success it deserves. Come on over to Derry for a spectacular event – you won’t be disappointed. Join us at the start ramp on Friday at 12.30 for autograph signing before the first car goes over the ramp at 1pm.
Private car parking is available at Oakgrove Primary School, 19 Limavady Road, BT47 6JY. £2 for the full day and only a 6 minute walk to Ebrington - click here for directions.