STRABANE Town Centre will be a focal point for this year’s Ulster Rally which returns to the North West in the summer.
Following the success of the 2016 event, the ever popular rally will again be based at Derry’s Ebrington Square.
However this time around Strabane is to get it fair share of the action with the town centre becoming a hub for regroup halts, which will give spectators the opportunity to get up close to the competitors.
Speaking at this week’s launch Alderman Hilary McClintock said, “Having the event in the city last year, during its 40th year celebrations, attracted lots of visitors from not only the UK and Ireland but also from throughout Europe.
“The feedback was fantastic and I’m delighted that those who participated and attended last year enjoyed our beautiful city and district. Many of those I spoke to following the event had visited here for the first time and left with fond memories of the warm and friendly welcome they received during their stop over.
“Motorsport has a huge following across the North West so this will be a real treat for motoring enthusiasts and spectators. This will be an action packed, fun weekend that will not only see visitors coming to the city but will also be a great opportunity for local supporters to enjoy this world renowned motor sport event on their door step.”
Robert Harkness, President of the Northern Ireland Motor Club, promoters of the John Mulholland Motors sponsored rally said they were looking forward to this year’s event.
“It’s a great privilege to bring the rally back to Derry/Londonderry for the second year,” he said.
“The rally takes a lot of organising and it is only possible with the support of Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Maiden City Motor Club, John Mullholland Motors and over 800 volunteers who travel from far and wide.
“We are looking forward to an exciting set of revised stages in 2017, especially the introduction of the regrouping halts in Strabane Town Centre which will give spectators the opportunity to get up close to the competitors.”
This year’s Ulster Rally takes place o August 18 and 19.