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Sunset Rally washed out as forest stages suffer damage

 

By Sammy Hamill

The deluge which swamped the north west of the province on Tuesday night has forced the cancellation of tomorrow's Sunset Rally.

Organised by the Magherafelt Club and based in Draperstown, it was scheduled to run in the nearby forests, but damage to the roads has made it impossible to go ahead.

Although a non-championship event, it had attracted drivers of the calibre of Marty McCormack and the McGeehan brothers Derek and Alan who were to be the sponsors.

No such problems at Kirkistown where the 500 Club will stage their penultimate race meeting of the season tomorrow when Niall Murray and Kevin O'Hara are expected to continue their fight for the Dawson/WAM NI Formula Ford Championship.

Murray, the reigning British champion, scored back-to-back wins in the previous two rounds at the end of July to increase his lead in the series.

Meanwhile, Wayne Boyd will be back in action for the United Autosports team in the European Le Mans prototype series at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France.

He will be hoping for a few more miles than last month's race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria where the LMP3 Ligier-Nissan he shares with Christian England and Mark Patterson retired on the second lap with a mechanical issue.

Hoping for better luck too with be the Ulster duo of Jonny Kane and Andrew Watson who will be on board Strakka McLarens for the Blancpain European GT3 sprint race at Hungaroring.

The Strakka team has struggled since switching from the World Endurance Championship to the GT3 series, and Kane in particular has had a rough ride.

He drives alongside Come Ledogar in Sunday's race while Watson partners last season's endurance champion Rob Bell.

Another Ulster driver, Steven Kane, leads the Bentley team with Frenchman Vincent Abril.

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