MOTORSPORT: Drivers ready for Tour of the Sperrins

Desi Henry will be in action at the Tour of the Sperrins
Desi Henry will be in action at the Tour of the Sperrins

The Tour of the Sperrins is being staged on Saturday – round three of the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship.

And the Valvoline competitors will be up against runners in theNorthern Ireland Rally Championship with the likes of Kenny McKinstry and Derek McGarrity.

The event marks a return to such classic rallying stages as Banagher, Davagh and Glenshane and Desi Henry heads the 85 strong entry with his R5 Skoda Fabia.

He won the Monnraker Rally the last round of the popular series.

Other drivers to watch Patrick O’Brien, he was the top points scorer on the opening round, and Brendan Cumiskey who is fast getting the ropes of his new Ford Fiesta R5.

In the battle for two wheel drive honours, the drivers to watch Shane McGirr who will take on the Ford Escorts with his Toyota Starlet which he recently tested at the May Day Rally held at St Angelo Airfield near Enniskillen.

The cars leave from Walsh’s Hotel at 10am to battle over nine special stages with 29 competitive miles.