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NI Rally bosses offer revamp after outcry

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/07/2015

Five-time champion Derek McGarrity
Five-time champion Derek McGarrity

The McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland rally championship resumes on Saturday amid concerns over a contentious seeding list.

The list is headed as expected by five-times champion Derek McGarrity in his S14 Subaru with former Irish National champion Peadar Hurson at two in his S10 Impreza. But thereafter the official starting list has caused bafflement.

It shows drivers of the calibre of Mark Donnelly, a winner in the British championship and a former Pirelli Star Driver, down at No.25, and rising stars like Rob Duggan, Jon Armstrong and Callum Devine, who are challenging for the R2Wales prize, in the mid pack.

It is subjective, of course, and no seeding list ever satisfies everyone. But such has been the outcry the organisers from the Cookstown club have taken the unusual step of issuing a re-seeding request form on their website. It must be submitted by tonight.

There are over 100 entries for the POC NI (Oils) sponsored event which is based at the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown (start 11am).

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