Short Circuit of Ireland needs a name change
I AM looking at the programme for the Circuit of Ireland rally and, as an avid rally fan of too many years to remember, I am looking forward to spectating at as many stages as possible.
However, I fail to understand how anyone can call this event the Circuit of Ireland. I recall vividly when the rally was just that; a five-day marathon, which tested the very best drivers in Europe.
Today's event, like all modern rallys, must be shorter and more compact to reduce costs or else rallying (as an ever-increasingly expensive sport) would simply cease to exist.
That said, to call this marvellous event the Circuit of Ireland makes no sense today. It is little more than a circuit of Co Down.
I am sure many fans will agree with me on this issue. Call it the Easter International and let's consign the great name of the Circuit of Ireland to history, where it can remain as the iconic event it was in its heyday.