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Daniel Harper scored one of his best results of his rallying career when he finished fourth overall and took maximum Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship points on the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally in his Minisport-run John Cooper Works Mini WRC. And in a thrilling 11 special stage battle over the big jumps and twists of Northern Ireland’s closed roads, Wayne Sission survived a high-speed off through a fence to maintain his lead in the series in his AMS Arnside Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

It was Harper’s first appearance in Northern Ireland since 1995 (when he rolled out of the Ulster Rally), but he was quickly into his stride and setting some consistently fast times as others around him spun into the scenery and left bodywork parts scattered across County Down. Read More »

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Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick have won the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally, round four of the McGrady Insurance MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship!

Driving his Citroen DS3 R5, the Carryduff man secured the spoils by 20.1 seconds from Portglenone’s Desi Henry, with current N.I. Championship leader Derek McGarrity in third.

Greer was lying in 10th overall after the short opening test in the Eikon Centre complex but he quickly stamped his authority once the event moved on to the closed roads between Hillsborough and Castlewellan. He moved up to second overall after stage two and then assumed a lead that he was never destined to relinquish after the third test. Read More »

Our first trip to Northern Ireland saw us take in the Down Rally. The stages have featured many times over the years on the Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Rallies, with Hamilton’s Folly being the stand out. Jonny Greer & Kirsty Riddick (DS3 R5) stole a march on the rest by setting some blistering times on the opening loop ahead of David Bogie & John Rowan (Fabia R5) with Desi Henry & Liam Moynihan (Fabia R5) further back after sustaining damage on landing off one of the big jumps. Greer held his lead through the 2nd loop of stages as Henry closed in on Bogie and passed him. Bogie did sneak back ahead but retired before the last loop of stages. Read More »

Times are still unofficial but at first service, it looks like reigning McGrady Insurance N.I. Champions, Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick, head the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally leaderboard in their Citroen DS3 R5! Read More »

Spectators attending this Saturday’s Carryduff Forklift Down Rally, round four of the McGrady Insurance MSA Northern Ireland Rally Championship, are in for a real treat! A capacity entry of 130 crews from across the UK and further afield, including almost 20 high-specification World Rally Cars and R5 rally cars, are ready to do battle in County Down…

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Melvyn Evans and co-driver Mark Glennerster will lead the capacity 130 car field away in their first event in a Ford Fiesta WRC at the start of the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally, as Round 4 of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship takes place on Saturday 21 July.

The Welsh driver won the opening round of the series, the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt, but has recently sold that Subaru Impreza WRC and will drive a Fiesta WRC that he normally hires out for gravel events. The event will also be Evans’ first appearance on the Northern Ireland stages since the 2009 Circuit of Ireland, so he’ll have his work cut out to repeat his first round victory, especially with such a high quality entry.

Wayne Sisson/Max Freeman lead the Championship after scoring well on all three rounds in their AMS Arnside Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, and the B14 class leading crew haven’t put a foot wrong all season. They are currently 18 points ahead of Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke, who appear in their Bet On Aces Manx National winning North Road Garage Ford Focus WRC, and will be set on regaining the series lead. Read More »

Entries have opened today for the 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship – with Championship Regulations published on-line at asphaltrallying.com

Organised by the BTRDA, the Championship will consist of six rounds, with the best five scores to count.

The 2018 Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship is open to all fully paid-up members of the BTRDA (entry into the Championship includes full membership of the BTRDA) and who are registered in the Championship, having a National A or higher grade competition licence issued by the MSA, or by Motorsport Ireland. Read More »

– A national championship with an international flavour, with the Down Rally in Northern Ireland and Rally van Wervik in Belgium added to the list of asphalt favourites
– Big class structure makes the Championship attractive to a wide range of cars and competitors
– Protyre Motorsport to supply all brands of tyre to registered competitors and offer generous event-by-event prizes to drivers using Pirelli, Michelin and Hoosier tyres
– Every event to have TV coverage, live on-line streaming and live radio reports Read More »