Mini Clas­sic takes in fa­mous Ir­ish roads

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The fa­mous roads of Torr Head and Glen­dun fea­tured on this year’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally will be put to use at the week­end, with Paddy Hop­kirk and Rauno Al­to­nen among the starters for the Mini Clas­sic Rally.

Terry Har­ry­man will also start the event, which be­gins from Grace­hill House on Fri­day with scru­ti­neer­ing. Cur­rent Mini cam­paigner and reg­u­lar his­torics class win­ner Ray Cun­ning­ham, Manx­man Adrian Ker­mode and Dr Dessie Nutt are all tar­get­ing the event win.

The new rally is the work of Mini North­ern Ire­land en­thu­si­asts Ge­orge Jen­nings and Trevor Bar­low.

“I think it’s go­ing to prove very hard to pick a win­ner,” said Bar­low. “Be­cause there is so much tal­ent across the field.

“There will be those who are com­ing along for nos­tal­gic rea­sons – to re­live the good old days dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s – but there will also be those com­ing along de­ter­mined to win it. It should make for an ex­cit­ing day.”

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