Motorsport

Derek McGarrity and James McKee hit top speed. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com
Derek McGarrity and James McKee hit top speed. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com

The opening round of the 2015 MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship gets into gear tomorrow at Kirkistown race circuit.

The rally, which includes the second round of the 2015 Junior Rally Challenge Ireland, has attracted more than 80 entries and vying for the overall honours will be reigning champion Derek McGarrity in his Subaru Impreza S14, along with other seasoned Subaru drivers Kenny McKinstry, Kevin Barrett, Martin Cairns and Emma McKinstry, and Alan Carmichael.

Last month Kenny McKinstry came out on top in the Winter Stages Rally which was also staged at Kirkistown, can he take the honours once again?

Entries in the hotly contested Group N category include Kieron Graffin in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 and Paul Barrett in a Subaru Impreza N14.

The battle for the top two wheel drive car should also be worth watching with the 2.5 litre Escorts of David Armstrong and championship sponsor Fintan McGrady, and the extremely powerful Darrian T90 in the hands of Dessie McCartney.

A request from the organisers, North Armagh Car Club, if you are not competing, come along to help by marshalling.

Chief Marshal is Eddie Martin who can be contacted on 07727 960594.