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Ulster Rally helped drive £2m into local economy

A rally held in Co Antrim this summer contributed over £2m to the Northern Ireland economy and attracted record visitor numbers, it has been revealed.

The Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally in August attracted nearly 27,000 people to Antrim and the surrounding region, including officials, spectators, teams and competitors and both local and international media.

The event was supported by Antrim Borough Council and Junction One.

The Ulster Rally this year drew 143 competitors from around the world including Holland, France, Finland, Australia, Iceland, Isle of Man, Great Britain and Ireland and generated 97% occupancy levels in the Antrim area during the two-night period of the rally. The Northern Ireland Motor Club achieved a major prize by picking up the Best International Rally trophy for the second year in a row at the British Rally Championship Awards in Manchester.

Leona Barr, centre manager of Junction One, said the shopping mall was “absolutely buzzing” during the event. “Junction One is an integral part of Antrim’s tourism offer and we were delighted to support the rally by providing central service parks, rally headquarters and by hosting the official finishing ramp for all five Ulster Rally events,” she said.

Next year’s Toddsleap.com Ulster Rally is due to take place in Antrim and Junction One on August 19 and 20.

Belfast Telegraph