Kirk­istown Rally axed due low en­try

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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.

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