Event has new base in south Belfast

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This year’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land – a round of the Bri­tish, Euro­pean and Ir­ish Tar­mac cham­pi­onships – will take ral­ly­ing to a wider pop­u­la­tion in North­ern Ire­land.

The Ti­tanic Quar­ter base and ser­vice park has been ditched in favour of the King’s Hall in south Belfast.

The qual­i­fy­ing stage on Thurs­day, April 7, runs from Antrim Cas­tle Gar­dens, while the cer­e­mo­nial start later that day is in Lis­burn.

Fri­day’s com­pet­i­tive ac­tion runs on stages close to Larne and Bal­ly­mena – with a re­fuel at Bal­ly­mena Show­grounds. Clas­sic stages Torr Head and Glen­dun are in­cluded on the open­ing day, as is a re­group at the Bush­mills Dis­tillery.

The Ards TT stage re­turns in New­tow­nards later that evening be­fore the rally moves to Ban­bridge, Bal­ly­nahinch and Dro­more.

The rally will fin­ish back in Belfast on Satur­day evening with a clos­ing cer­e­mony out­side Queen’s Univer­sity.

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