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Circuit of Ireland chiefs back drivers as costs rise

By Sammy Hamill

Faced with the difficult economic conditions, organisers of the Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland have taken steps to ease the pain for competitors.

They have frozen entry costs for the main international rally and reduced the fees for the national and historic events as well as including car insurance and introducing ‘super rally’ rules which will allow competitors who drop out of the first leg to re-join for day two.

“We are conscious that rallying has not been immune to the current economic conditions and we want to offer all competitors an opportunity to participate in one of the oldest and most famous rallies in the world,” said event director Bobby Willis.

It will cost £750 to enter the international rally which starts from Armagh on Easter Saturday; £575 for the national and historic categories and £380 for the Hankook Northern Ireland national championship section which is included in the first leg of the event.

Willis also points out that by restricting the event to two days and scheduling scrutineering for Easter Saturday morning, accommodation costs can also be kept to a minimum.

“We are doing everything in our power to keep the costs down and make it viable for as many competitors as possible to come and enjoy the 80th running of this great rally,” he added.

Lisburn will play a part in this year’s rally and details of a street stage will be announced shortly.

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