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Elfyn Evans is the man to beat in Circuit of Ireland Rally

By Sammy Hamill

Published 08/04/2016

Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby waves the starting flag to the Rally drivers during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby with rally driver Jonny Greer during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..10/04/16 Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Darryn Causby waves the starting flag to the Rally drivers during the Circuit of Ireland which passed through Banbridge on Saturday. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit ¬© Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 Craig Breen Wins 85th Circuit of Ireland Craig Breen has won the prestigious 85th Circuit of Ireland International Rally trophy after a dramatic final day of competitive rallying in changeable weather conditions. Craig Breen is pictured with co-driver Scott Martin and 2nd place Kajetan Kajetanowicz and his Co-Driver Jaroslaw Baran, picking up 3rd place on the podium was Alastair Fisher and Co-Driver Gordon Noble. The 2016 Circuit of Ireland took place over 14 challenging stages in counties Antrim and Down finishing on Saturday evening with a Podium Ceremony in front of QueenÄôs University Belfast. For results visithttp://www.circuitofireland.net . Follow onwww.facebook.com/circuitofireland orwww.twitter.com/CircuitIreland . For ERC details visit http://www.fiaerc.com/press
Picture credit © Kevin Scott - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th April 2016 The 2016 Circuit of Ireland International Rally race winner Craig Breen and his Co-Driver Scott Martin take victory in their Citroen DS3 R5 at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Craig Breen and Scott Martin pass through the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Alderman Allan Ewart along with driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Samuel Irwin stops for a closer look at one of the rally cars on display at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett, Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson, Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Development Committee meets Louis Walsh along with Alfie and Oliver at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Development Committee and Louis Walsh chat with Scott Martin, British Rally co-driver to Colin Breen during the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 A young rally fan enjoying being part of the crowd at the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE 07/04/16 Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett takes part in the ceremonial start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland in Lisburn City Centre. He was joined by Louis Walsh and hundreds of rally fans. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Race director Bobby Willis and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Kajetan Kajetanowicz. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Alderman Allan Ewart along with driver Craig Breen and his co-driver Scott Martin and Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Drivers pick their numbers at the start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Miss Northern Ireland Leanne McDowell at the start the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Drivers at the start of the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan A young competition winner starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen along with Conor Holland. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Craig Breen. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 NO IMAGE FEE Louis Walsh. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's ceremonial start takes place in Lisburn City centre ahead of the drivers taking to the roads on Friday. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally takes place 7-9 April. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for more information.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Last year's winner Craig Green waves to the crowds - X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 7/4/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan X Factor star Louis Walsh starts the 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, County Down this evening - The 2016 Circuit of Ireland Rally is taking place Thursday 7th Saturday 9th April. Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland is one of Irelands most anticipated sporting events.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 School children checking out the cars at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Drummers entertain at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Draperstown rally driver Marty McCormack chats to Cllr John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council and local MP Danny Kinahan at the Qualifying Stage at Antrim Castle Gardens which kicks off this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Chris Ingram prepares to be waved off by elected members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Polish rally driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz is waved off by elected members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 School children checking out the cars at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Drummers entertain at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Clowning around at Antrim Castle Gardens during the Qualifying Stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2016 Draperstown rally driver Marty McCormack chats to Cllr John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council and local MP Danny Kinahan at the Qualifying Stage at Antrim Castle Gardens which kicks off this year's Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Circuit takes place 7-9 April in Counties Antrim and Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Father and son duo Niall and William Creighton are taking part in this years Circuit of Ireland Rally. Competitive stages take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April in counties Antrim and Down. Dad Niall will compete in the historic category whilst 18 year William will make his debut in the international rally. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for up to date information.
Father and son duo Niall and William Creighton are taking part in this years Circuit of Ireland Rally. Competitive stages take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April in counties Antrim and Down. Dad Niall will compete in the historic category whilst 18 year William will make his debut in the international rally. Visit www.circuitofireland.net for up to date information.

Elfyn Evans laid down a "catch me if you can" marker in the Circuit of Ireland Rally's qualifying stage ahead of the ceremonial start in Lisburn last night.

The young Welshman, leader of the British championship, left many of his rivals, including last year's winner Craig Breen, trailing in his wake as he blew them away over the short stage on the outskirts of Antrim. He was almost five seconds faster than anyone else in his R5 Ford Fiesta - and the stage measured little more three miles.

True, it doesn't count in the overall rally which starts in earnest this morning but the times from qualifying allow drivers to pick their starting positions and, to a man, they had agreed in advance it was important to be close to the front because the weather indicated the stages would become muddier and greasier with the passage of every car.

"Ideally I want top three," said Breen as the crews assembled in the picturesque gardens of Antrim Castle.

"Because there has been so much rain, mud is going to dragged onto the roads and the further back you are in the starting order the more difficult conditions are going to become."

He just missed the top three, setting fourth fastest time in his R5 Citroen but he was over six seconds slower than Evans who topped an all Fiesta 1-2-3 ahead of European championship leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz and home hero Alastair Fisher.

The Ulsterman had been fastest in the practice runs over the qualifying stage earlier in the day and was pleased to stay close to the front.

"The conditions are very difficult, very greasy, and it would have been so easy to make a mistake but we had a good run and I'm happy with third," he said.

Keith Cronin, another of the favourites, was a couple of seconds slower than Breen in fifth place in another Citroen, admitting he had been in a ditch on the first corner, and former British junior champion Marty McCormack made it four Irish drivers in the top six in his S2000 Skoda Fabia.

But it was the margin of Evans' dominance that had everyone talking. He was more than a second a mile quicker than anyone else when qualifying stages are usually decided by fractions of a second.

Yes, he has come from the World championship where last season he was competing at the sharp end against the likes of Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke and has won two rounds in the WRC2 second division this year, but there were questions over how his DMACK tyres would cope in their first exposure to Irish conditions.

The early answer was emphatically "very well indeed".

The top 15 got to choose their starting positions in Lisburn last night but there were several who had bigger worries - like whether they would start at all. Among them was former British champion David Bogie who crashed in practice, his Skoda being dragged away on a towrope.

Frenchman Robert Consani and Hungarian David Botka made it through qualifying but their cars were immediately headed for the service park at the King's Hall for urgent repairs. Aleks Humar fared worst, somersaulting his little R2 Peugeot into a field.

But Evans was imperious even if he did dismiss his performance as "nothing special" and claiming he had "made a few mistakes".

Goodness knows what will happen if he cuts out the errors - and it stays wet.

Belfast Telegraph

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