‘Cir­cuit Chal­lenge’ for in­vited R5 driv­ers launched

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Cir­cuit of Ire­land event di­rec­tor Bobby Wil­lis will run a new event – the In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit Chal­lenge – in 2017.

The event will be for 30 in­vited R5 driv­ers only and fea­tures clas­sic Cir­cuit of Ire­land stages in Mid and East Antrim on April 7/8.

The Cir­cuit of Ire­land – a round of the Euro­pean, British and Ir­ish Tar­mac cham­pi­onships in 2016 – won’t run this year due to the event’s fund­ing not be­ing se­cured in time to plan the event.

“It is re­gret­table that due to cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol we could not run a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Cir­cuit of Ire­land this year,” said Wil­lis. “How­ever the in­ten­tion is to be back in 2018. It is im­por­tant to keep the team to­gether; to main­tain the mo­men­tum and it’s al­ways good to try some­thing new. It was also im­per­a­tive for us to re­tain the road clos­ing or­der which en­ables the Cir­cuit to take place.

“It prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar event and I’ve al­ready had pos­i­tive feed­back from a num­ber of our lead­ing driv­ers.”

The event will start from Bal­ly­mena Show­grounds in County Antrim, and is set to take in four stages – run twice on each day – and 80 miles of com­pe­ti­tion.

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