The 2016 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship is set to hit the ground running after the overwhelming success of the previous year, with three rounds set to be staged in Northern Ireland.
One of the many changes brought into the championship last year was increased media and PR exposure. The new PR team made up of several people instead of just one press officer had received lots of positive feedback for their work in 2015 and the championship will offer even more media coverage this year. Once again the championship will have dedicated TV Coverage with On The Limit Sports.
In 2015 the TV coverage was broadcast over six different television networks in over 20 countries and watched by approximately 150,000 viewers per event.
Also new to the series will be the inclusion of the Tour of the Sperrins Rally organised by the Magherafelt and District Motor Club. Once one of the top Forest Rallies in Northern Ireland and a regular counting round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship, the Sperrins event changed its preferred surface to tarmac in 2006 and has run as a closed road event for the last ten years.
This year will hopefully see a return to such classic forest stages as Moydamlaght, Glenshane, Davagh, Goles, Albrittan and the famous Banagher Stage, which will be the most sought after stage of them all.
Another great bonus for competitors taking part in this year’s championship is that once again there will be a guaranteed Billy Coleman Award Nomination for the winner of the Junior Championship Category.
The accolade, also known as the Motorsport Ireland Yound Rally Driver of the Year Award, is the highest honour in Irish Motorsport, held in the greatest esteem across Ireland and throughout Europe.