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Northern Ireland closing in on British round of World Rally Championship


Bobby Willis

Bobby Willis

Bobby Willis

There remains “every opportunity” Northern Ireland will get the chance to host the British round of the World Rally Championship, the man pushing for a spot on the calendar has said.

Bobby Willis continues to engage closely with the Department for the Economy and Tourism Northern Ireland officials in an attempt to ring fence the money needed to bring the Championship to Belfast.

Willis remains confident a deal can be brokered for 2022, despite the province not making it onto a list of nine countries recently agreed by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

Four spaces remain on the WRC’s 13-round schedule for next year, with twice as many bids currently being readied to go before the World Rally Championship promoter – GmbH.

“I hope we are one of the four,” said Willis. “I’m pushing like hell and it is my dream to get a WRC rally event in 2022. If doors were closed, then I would not be pushing. I believe there is still an opportunity.”

A spokesperson for Tourism Northern Ireland added: “Discussions are underway to consider the feasibility of hosting an event in future years, but this would be subject to the event representing value for money, and the Executive being prepared to make the necessary funding available.”

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