Kirkistown Rally axed due low entry
Mid Antrim Motor Club abandoned plans to hold the Kirkistown Stages Rally last weekend following a poor response from competitors.
At a cost of £185, 13 crews put their names down for the single venue event which would have consisted of six stages totalling 20 competitive miles.
Those who entered included Kilrea’s Brian Mccloskey in a Ford Fiesta R5+, Gareth Sayers in a S8-specification Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, and Dominic Mcneill in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.
In a short statement, Mid Antrim Motor Club said: “Unfortunately, we had to the take the decision to cancel the rally due to a severe lack of entries.
“Thanks to everyone who made the effort to put their entry in, and thanks to the army of volunteers who gave their time to organise the rally, and who committed their time to help us set-up and run the rally on the day.”
With 2018 being Mid Antrim Motor Club’s opt-out year from the Northern Ireland Rally Championship, a single-venue event was thought to represent better value to teams and cost the club less financially. However, the entry level did not support that theory.