Ulster Rally Launch

Top motorsport extravaganza, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally will this summer celebrate the debut of its first ever female Clerk of Course, Louise Hannon who will move into the driving seat of the Ulster National Rally, one of five races set to feature at the two day event on 17th and 18th August at Junction One Outlet Shopping Centre, Antrim.

By Patrick Rafferty

Ulster Rally Launch
Todds Leap Ulster Rally Sparks New Ladies Reign
 
Top motorsport extravaganza, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally will this summer celebrate the debut of its first ever female Clerk of Course, Louise Hannon who will move into the driving seat of the Ulster National Rally, one of five races set to feature at the two day event on 17th and 18th August at Junction One Outlet Shopping Centre, Antrim. 
 
Omagh lady Louise joined a top line-up of 'Rally Girls' at Junction One to officially launch the 2012 Todds Leap Ulster Rally. Alongside Louise were competitors Amy Cox and Wendy Blackledge as well as a number of senior officials who will manage stages and the Service Park at the Junction one based rally. 
 
Backed by Antrim Borough Council, Junction One, title sponsor Todds Leap and NITB, the award winning two day event offers a five race line-up featuring events from National B status right up to full international standard. In 2012 the Todds Leap Rally NI will see the worldwide competition debut of the Peugeot 208 R2. 
 
Entries are set to open on Monday 2nd July and organisers, Northern Ireland Motor Club Ltd anticipate a top line up of local and international competitors including Welshman Elfyn Evans and Tom Cave from England, currently joint leaders of the MSA British Rally Championship, Omagh man Mark Donnelly winner of the opening round of the BRC and currently in 4th place, Carryduff's Jonny Greer and Magherafelt drivers Desi Henery and Marty McCormack. Also likely to compete this year is 2011 Rally NI winner Gary Jennings fresh from his Donegal Rally win, George Robinson from Ballymena, Newry's Darren Glass, and Fermanagh men Alastair Fisher and Matthew Cathcart. See more at the Ulster Rally website. 
 
The Todds Leap Ulster Rally encompasses 122 competitive miles, 310 road miles and 14 stages in the Antrim and Mid-Ulster regions. Set to kick off at lunchtime on Friday 17th August with a ceremonial start at Junction One Outlet Shopping Centre, the rally finishes at Junction One on Saturday 18th August. 
 
Originally held in the Antrim area in 1976 when the inaugural Ulster Rally took place, the international event returns to the region for a fourth time. Organisers expect 300 drivers and co-drivers, supported by over 600 service crew, to be competing in up to 150 rally cars over the two day period. 
 
To complement their Ulster Rally sponsorship Todds Leap is also running a web based competition to win an all-expenses paid trip for two people to the Italian F1 Grand Prix in September. To enter by 12 noon on Monday 20th August fans can visit www.toddsleap.com.
 
The 2012 Todds Leap Ulster Rally is a counting round of the MSA British Rally Championship, the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the Kololi Beach Club MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Tuthill Porsche Challenge, Citroen Racing Trophy UK & Ireland, the Ford Fiesta Sport Trophy UK & Ireland, Twingo Renaultsport Trophies UK and the BRC Challenge including the Fiesta Sport Challenge. The 2012 Todds Leap Ulster National Rally also welcomes the Carryduff Forklift MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship for the first time. 
 
Each year the event has attracted nearly 27,000 spectators, visitors, officials, and competitors from Ireland, the UK and further afield. It is also set to be broadcast on local TV, nationally and on global networks. 
Read the full release at www.ulsterrally.com
 
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