Down Rally to take place in July next year

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Major changes have been announced for next year's Down Rally.
Rathfriland Motor Club announced last Wednesday (7 September) that for next year's race, they will join forces with close neighbours Ballynahinch and District Motor Club to co-promote and organise the rally which was first held in 2005.
The 2018 event will be a closed road rally, run on high quality, famous Co Down stages.
A new date for the event, which was normally scheduled for the autumn time, has also been announced. It will take place on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
The news comes as this year's event was cancelled after the council decided to halt the cars from using the local forest parks due to health and safety reasons.
The organisers, Rathfriland Motor Club, said they have tried to find an alternative forest in the area, however have been unable to and have had to take the decision to cancel the rally, which was due to take place on 14 October.
In addition the event organisers are also delighted to announce a new main sponsor, Carryduff Forklift, who are sponsoring the Down Rally for the first time.
Andy Gilmore, chairman of Rathfriland Motor Club, said they were delighted to announce this "new working partnership with Ballynahinch Motor Club".
“This arrangement is something our local Regional Motorsport Association, the ANICC has been encouraging clubs in Northern Ireland to do. It has strengthened the organising team for the rally and brought a renewed freshness and enthusiasm to the event.
“We are also absolutely delighted that Carryduff Forklift have come on board as the main sponsor of the event, we very much look forward to working with them," said Mr Gilmore.
Meanwhile, Brian Crawford, chairman of Ballynahinch and District Motor Club, said that they "honestly believe clubs working together is the way forward for rallying in this part of the UK".
“We are looking forward to 2018."


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