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Dunlop eyes Ulster joy on four wheels

By Paul Lindsay

Published 06/08/2016

Driving force: Michael Dunlop adds a four wheel win to his collection
Driving force: Michael Dunlop adds a four wheel win to his collection

Michael Dunlop is targeting success at the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally later this month. The action gets under way at its new Londonderry venue on August 19.

Dunlop, a 13-time Isle of Man TT winner, is on an unusual mission.

Boasting an impressive line-up of top titles on two wheels, he now hopes to add a four-wheel title to his collection as he competes in a Ford Escort MkII 2 litre (class B6) with co-driver Rob Fagg. Barry McKenna from DEN Motorsport, who supplied the car, has been working with Michael to get it ready for the event.

"Michael will have his first chance to get a real feel for the car when he competes at the MJM Dogleap Rally in Ballykelly on Saturday," he said.

"It'll give him a chance to really test the car out, get a feel for the handling and give us a chance to do some more prep before the Ulster."

Gary Milligan, the Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Rally, welcomed Michael as one of the 146 competitors in this year's event.

"Michael is obviously a great motorcycle racer and it will be spectacular to watch him in the two-wheel drive Ford Escort," he said.

"Spectators will be in for a real treat and it'll make for some stiff competition among the top drivers."

The Ulster Rally was formed in 1980 and the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally 2016 is a counting round of The FIA European rally trophy (Celtic Trophy), the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish tarmac championship, the British rally championship and the McGrady Insurances Northern Ireland rally championship.

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