THE launch of this year’s Ulster Rally, due to take place in Fermanagh later this year, is unique in that the 37th Ulster Rally, which is set for August 23 and 24, will be the first time that the event has based in the county.
Confirming the move, Ulster Rally Clerk of the Course Lewis Boyd commented:
“It is fantastic that an event of this magnitude, with the enthusiastic support of Fermanagh District Council, has moved to the home county of the legendary Fisher family who have been, and continue to be at the forefront of international rallying.”
He went on: “I am personally delighted that, as a native of Co. Fermanagh, I have the privilege of being at the forefront of this exciting move to Enniskillen.”
He then revealed that, a number of exciting new initiatives have been introduced for this year’s Ulster Rally, including a Town Centre ceremonial start and finish, and an accessible Spectator Special Stage on both days of the Rally, at St Angelo Airport.”
Fermanagh has enjoyed a prominent place in the history of the Ulster Rally, having hosted the traditional Saturday morning breakfast halt during the 1980’s and 1990’s, but this is the first time that the event has been based in and around the Fermanagh Lakelands.
The Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said the council was delighted to support the 2013 Ulster Rally.
“County Fermanagh is internationally renowned for its motorsport heritage, and we look forward to welcoming rally drivers, crews, officials and spectators from across Europe to the Fermanagh Lakelands in August. We wish everyone involved a safe and enjoyable rally.”
The 2013 Ulster Rally will again host all of the premier Rally Championships from both the UK and Ireland, including the British Rally Championship and the British Historic Championship as well as the Irish Tarmac and the Northern Ireland Stage Rally series.
It is sponsored by the Todds Leap Activity Centre in Ballygawley.