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Donegal organisers decide to make Irish Tarmac Rally series U-turn

By Sammy Hamill

Published 28/08/2015

Title aim: Jonny McMullan is targeting an All-Ireland lead
Title aim: Jonny McMullan is targeting an All-Ireland lead

The Donegal International will, after all, be part of next year's Irish Tarmac rally championship.

In the wake of a decision by the Tarmac Rally Organisers Association to change the rules of the championship, placing the emphasis on the newer generation of R5 and S2000 cars, Donegal Motor Club announced in July their event would not be part of the 2016 series.

However, having been given assurances that the older WRC cars, which have dominated the championship for nearly two decades, could still participate and receive full recognition, although not eligible to win the overall title, the Donegal organisers have changed their position.

Meanwhile, Jonny McMullan, leader of the UK National Formula Ford championship, returns to his home Kirkistown circuit tomorrow to continue his rivalry with Jake Byrne.

With McMullan having missed several rounds to concentrate on his UK ambitions, Byrne has already secured the Northern Ireland title but they are still duelling over the All-Ireland championship with McMullan back at Kirkistown buoyed by his recent victory in the Vivion Daly Trophy race at Mondello.

"Kirkistown is where it all started for me so I'll be aiming for nothing less than two wins and the lead of the All-Ireland championship," said the Van Diemen driver from Newtownabbey.

They met at Kirkistown in March with McMullan winning race one but clashing with Byrne in race two, eliminating both.

The NI Speed Weekend takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, tomorrow and Sunday.

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