Circuit of Ireland off to a flyer

Published Thursday, 17 April 2014
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The Circuit of Ireland rally has been given a rousing send off at the ceremonial start of the prestigious sporting event at Belfast City Hall.

Circuit of Ireland off to a flyer
Craig Breen got the event off the starting line. (© Presseye)

Around 120 competitors assembled for the event on Thursday night, with the Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir flagging off the first cars for round four of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Stages will be held in Co Down and Co Antrim before finishing at the Titanic Belfast venue on Saturday night.

Irish driver Craig Breen was the first off the starting line at the event at Belfast City Hall.

He told UTV: "We're full of confidence so we're just going to see how this weekend goes.

"For sure I'll give it everything I can and see how our speed is, but it's just a pleasure to drive at home when you spend so much time away.

"You kind of forget about how good the roads are here."

Like other motorsports the event is dominated by male competitors.

However, Claire Mole will be a co-driver for one of the teams during this weekend's race.

She said: "The Circuit of Ireland is great for spectators.

"Everybody gets really behind it and it's a real challenge.

"The drivers all agree that the motorsport fans here make the Easter weekend extra special."

Where can I see the Rally?

Times approximate for first car - two-hour convoy thereafter.

Friday 18 April

0825: Service out at Titanic Belfast.
0900: Cars to leave from Newtownards Town Centre to start competitive stages.
1330: Service at Titanic Belfast.
1515: Downpatrick Regroup.
1915: Newtownards TT Stage.
2000: Service in at Titanic Belfast.

Saturday 19 April

0745: Service out at Titanic Belfast.
1100: Hillsborough Castle Regroup.
1130: Lisburn Power Stage.
1230: Service in and regroup at Titanic Belfast.
1530: Banbridge Regroup (The Cut).
1715: Service In at Titanic Belfast.
1730: Finish ceremony at Titanic Belfast.

© UTV News
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