Cir­cuit ex­pands north in 2016

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - David Evans

This year’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land has con­tin­ued to ex­pand its foot­print across North­ern Ire­land, com­pet­i­tively and non­com­pet­i­tively.

The com­bi­na­tion of the Glen­dun and Torr Head stages into Fri­day morn­ing’s block­bust­ing 20-mile Glens test has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion this year. Away from the stages, the event’s use of fa­cil­i­ties such as the Bush­mills dis­tillery for a re­group, which fol­lows a pas­sage con­trol on the tree-lined Dark Hedges en­sures the Cir­cuit’s word spreads far and wide.

Num­ber one seed and last year’s win­ner Craig Breen is par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the itin­er­ary.

“Bobby [Wil­lis] and his team al­ways take the rally to the peo­ple and this year’s no dif­fer­ent,” said the Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally Team driver. “It’s in­cred­i­ble what they do with the route, but Glen­dun and Torr Head make this year re­ally spe­cial. They have to be two of the best stages in all of Ire­land and that’s say­ing some­thing, we have some pretty good roads over here!

“Join­ing these two stages to­gether is fan­tas­tic. They’re both quite dif­fer­ent in na­ture, with Glen­dun com­ing over the moor­land, it’s a re­lent­less stretch of road and you’re then onto the coast road on Torr Head. It’s go­ing to be a piti­less stage, but an ab­so­lute clas­sic. I can’t wait! And the next day we’re over Hamil­ton’s Folly twice, these are the rea­sons this rally is un­miss­able as far as I’m con­cerned.”

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