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New tests give Retro a very exciting future

By Frank Brownlow

The 2011 Retro Rally starts in Lisburn tomorrow with several unique new challenges incorporated into what promises to be a thrilling weekend of action.

The Retro begins with a Ceremonial Start at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex at 12 noon tomorrow, before a number of tests in the Lisburn area.

The Night Navigation section adds an exciting new twist to tomorrow night, with competitors attempting to find their way around a top secret route, just west of Lisburn, off the B104.

On Saturday the competitors will join Rathfriland Motor Club and the Down Rally through the forests of Tollymore and Castlewellan.

Something new is planned for Saturday afternoon — Hill Climb tests up the side of Gullion Mountain and through Camlough Forest, before returning to Rally HQ in Lisburn.

The rally will return to the Ards Peninsula on Sunday — via some old and new tests — to Kirkistown Racing Circuit for seven of the day’s 20 tests and lunch in Debtors Diner.

Then it’s the Ireland Off-Road Experience test at Clandeboye Estate, which will be the last stage before returning to Lisburn for a gala dinner.

There will also be a new endurance class at this year’s event, which is supported by Lisburn City Council.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman of Leisure Services, said: “Through its Leisure Services Department, the Council is delighted to sponsor the Retro Rally for a third year and bring it back to the people of Lisburn.

“The locations and facilities that we have here in the city are well matched to a rally such as the Retro and it is particularly exciting to see the Maze site as part of the trials. I wish the organisers and the competitors a successful and enjoyable event, and I hope they enjoy the traditional Retro table quiz in the Island Civic Centre on Saturday night.”

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