Mayor gives Titanic Stage thumbs up

Published Thursday, 15 March 2012
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Belfast's Lord Mayor gave the thumbs up to the new Titanic Super Special Stage, as some of the stars of this year's Circuit of Ireland Rally were in the city to try it.

Mayor gives Titanic Stage thumbs up
The rally takes place this Easter. (© UTV)

Niall O'Donnaighle was the first to test the specially designed course on Thursday and the experience left a lasting impression on him.

"It was great to see the cranes from that particular angle I have to say," he told UTV.

"But I enjoyed it - I'd probably do it again!"

Thousands of rally fans are expected to wave off competitors from all over the world at the starting line as this year's race forms a round of the prestigious Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

It will start in Belfast for the first time in more than two decades, against the iconic backdrop of the Harland & Wolff Cranes and the new Titanic centre.

Race Director Bobby Willis said it will be an "exciting" event for Northern Ireland.

"This is really, really exciting," he enthused.

"On the day, 120 guys coming from all around the world, television all around the world. This is something we haven't seen around on rallying in Ireland for a long time."

The best Irish drivers & IRC stars are expected to compete on the 2km track which then powers south for fourteen more stages over two days around Armagh and Lisburn.

The race begins on Friday 6 April.

© UTV News
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charles in lisbellaw wrote (1,052 days ago):
circuit of ireland my ar--e, a wee spin from belfast to armagh and up to lisburm and back round the same wee loop. Not worth getting out of bed to watch contemporary rallying. BORING BORING BORING YAWN YAWN.
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