Special stages used regularly in the 1980s will play a part in the Circuit of Ireland Rally which takes place at Easter.
The Downpatrick district section of the event will echo to the sight and sounds of rally cars bring back memories when drivers Jimmy McRae, Billy Coleman, Russell Brookes and David Llewellin were competing for the Circuit of Ireland’s iconic UAC Trophy.
Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis, alongside Down District Council Chairman, Cllr Maria McCarthy have confirmed the legendary rally will visit Downpatrick and Mourne Tourism destinations on Good Friday.
Also helping to launch the Downpatrick stages of the Circuit was local driver and Circuit of Ireland competitor Fintan McGrady: “I have competed in this world famous event many times during the last two decades and it’s truly a unique experience. As a native of this region it will be extra special competing on my home turf and I am sure there will be lots of spectators cheering on all the local competitors.”
Downpatrick will be one of the hubs of the event with rally cars, team members and fans converging in the centre of the ancient cathedral town for a regroup.
As well as the opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with the rally competitors, the public will also be able to enjoy a range of family focussed activities and entertainment organised by Down District Council and experience the cultural heritage and visitor attractions that Downpatrick has to offer.
Thanking Down District Council for their contribution and support for the upcomingRally,Willis said, “The 2014 Circuit of Ireland is delighted to team up with Down District Council. These positive images will be broadcast worldwide by Eurosport of the Downpatrick area.”