John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally – Antrim beckons amid ERT Inclusion.

The John Mulholland Motor Group has tonight confirmed that as it continues to support the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, the event will move back to Antrim for 2018. Equally exciting, is the news that the rally will be a counting round of the FIA European Rally Trophy (Celtic Rally Trophy)) and will continue to form part of both the British Rally Champiosnhip and the Irish Tarmac Championship.

Making the announcement, event sponsor John Mulholland said “We’d like to send a personal thank you to all the local councillors from all parties on the Antrim and Newtownabbey council for assisting us in bringing the rally to the historic stages of County Antrim. This is also fantastic news for us with our Randalstown showroom a short hop from all the action”

The rally was last based in Antrim in 2012 before a move to Enniskillen and more recently to the Ebrington facility in Londonderry. The Ulster Rally forms part of the British Rally Championship, the Irish Tarmac Championship and theFIA European Rally Trophy (Celtic Rally Trophy)) and will next run in August 2018.

John Mulholland went on to say “The economic benefit to the Borough cannot be understated with an anticipated 16,000 visitors generating income in excess of £1 million with local hotels and guesthouses set to profit from an additional 2,500 bed nights alone”

John Mulholland Motor Group in partnership with the Northern Ireland Motor Club are determined to make the 2018 Ulster Rally the most successful in the entire history of the event. We will be attracting some of the biggest names in the sport from UK, Europe and beyond who will compete over some of the most iconic stages in Irish rallying. We have some very exciting plans which will be unveiled in due course.

It is hoped that the Ulster Rally will continue to be staged in Antrim for the subsequent 2019 and 2020 events.

Easter Stages Return for 2018

In their own words, the UAC announced today that the Easter Stages will run in 2018. Press realease follows:

The Ulster Automobile Club are delighted to announce preliminary plans for our Easter Stages Rally on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2018.

The new look exciting two-day closed road rally will cover some of the classic stages in County Antrim and will be a counting round of the 2018 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

The Rally will consist of two events with some entrants competing over two days and others on the Saturday only. We are keen to encourage entries for both events which will be of National status.

Regulations and further details will be released during the next two months.