Belfast Telegraph

Titanic battle expected to be sell-out

by Sammy Hamill

Rally director Bobby Willis is predicting a sell-out crowd for the Titanic Super Special stage which will kick-start the Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland on Good Friday.

Titanic battle expected to be sell-outAttraction: Andreas Mikkelson will compete on the CircuitRALLY director Bobby Willis is predicting a sell-out crowd for the Titanic Super Special stage which will kick-start the Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland on Good Friday.

As tickets went on sale for the purpose-built stage in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Willis, the man who has re-vitalised the iconic Irish event and won it a place in the global Intercontinental Challenge, said: “Since launching details of the Titanic Super Special Stage in January, we have been inundated with calls and emails from fans wanting to know when they can get their hands on tickets. The answer is now!

“The opportunity to see some of the world’s best rally stars, such as reigning IRC champion Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen and Juho Hänninen of Finland, as they hurtle round a track at incredible speeds does not come around often – especially so close to the city.

“We’ll also have a Celebratory Challenge and former World motorcycle street bike freestyle champion Mattie Griffin will amaze the crowds before the rally stars take on the stage at Titanic Quarter.”

Tickets for the Super Special which starts at 5pm on Good Friday (April 6) are priced at £12.50 (standing) and £25 (grandstand) with VIP packages available at £60 per person. They are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre and via the rally’s website www.circuitofireland.net.

The rally is round three of the Intercontinental Challenge which began with the Rally Azores at the weekend and saw 22-year-old Mikkelsen in his Skoda UK Fabia S2000 beat the official factory Skoda of 2010 champion Hanninen by 25 seconds.

Next up is the Rally Corte Inglis in the Canary Isles on March 16/17.

Meanwhile, Willis has also released details of the Circuit’s two-day timetable which shows the rally starting at Belfast City Hall at 4pm on Good Friday and finishing in Armagh at 7pm on Easter Saturday.

Friday, April 6: 16.00 Ceremonial Start — Belfast City Hall; 16.20 Autograph session/meet the drivers at Titanic Super Special; 17.00 Start of SS 1 — Titanic Super Special; SS 3 and 4; 19.47 Service ‘A’ Armagh — 30 minutes; SS 5 & 6; 22.32 Parc Ferme — Armagh.

Saturday, April 7: 08.00 Start of Leg 2 and Service ‘B’ Armagh — 45 minutes; SS 7, 8 and 9; 1.14 Service ‘C’ Armagh — 30 minutes; SS 10, 11 and 12; 14.15 Service ‘D’ Armagh — 30 minutes; 16.00 Lisburn Power Stage; SS 15 and SS 16; 18.21 Service ‘E’ Armagh — 10 minutes; 19.00 Finish podium — Armagh.

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