Monte Carlo legend launches Circuit of Ireland Lisburn Stages

Monte Carlo legend launches Circuit of Ireland Lisburn Stages
The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.

The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.

Part of the European Rally Championship for 2014, the iconic Rally has announced a rerun of the thrilling stage at Lisburn’s Civic Centre on Saturday 19th April.

First included in the Circuit’s route in 2011 and repeated in 2012 the popular Lisburn stage attracted huge crowds and support both within Lisburn City Centre.

Lisburn’s state of the art Civic Centre, situated on the scenic River Lagan will be the hub of the action and Circuit partner Lisburn City Council will host a full range of family focused entertainment for rally fans and visitors in the City that day.

World Rally Hall of Fame inductee and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk helped launch the Lisburn stages along with Mayor of Lisburn, Cllr Margaret Tolerton and Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis.

Legend Paddy, who has chalked up 5 Circuit of Ireland Rally trophies, celebrates the 50th anniversary this year of his famous 1964 Mini Cooper victory in Monte Carlo.

Welcoming Paddy and the Circuit of Ireland to Lisburn, Mayor of Lisburn Cllr Margaret Tolerton said:

“I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is once again visiting our city and allowing our residents the opportunity to watch well-known rally drivers undertake a ‘super-special’ rally stage in Lisburn. The Council expects a high number of spectators at the event and I am delighted to advise that once again there will be a family fun day in Castle Gardens with activities and stalls for all ages on Saturday 19th April.

“Lisburn City Council is committed through its Tourism Unit to supporting a variety of events being held within the Council area; and to have the opportunity to work with the Circuit of Ireland team once again is a privilege,” she concluded.

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said, “Lisburn is one of the most hotly contested and best supported stages of the Rally. In 2012 the Lisburn Power Stage determined the overall result of the event - Andreas Mikkelsen lost time when he hit a hay bale and the Circuit was ultimately won by Juho Hanninen.

“We anticipate an equally exciting stage in the Lisburn area on Easter Saturday and would like to pay tribute to Lisburn City Council for all their support and contribution to the Circuit of Ireland both this year and during previous events.

“Entries will be opening soon and already there has been substantial interest from a number of competitors in mainland Europe for the International Rally as well as our national competitors at home. The event regulations are currently with the FIA (4 wheel motorsport) and will be published as soon as they are returned.” explained Bobby Willis.

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FIA European Rally Championship 2014 Calendar

01: 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich (Austria) Asphalt/snow 3-5 January 2014

02: Rally Liepāja (Latvia) Gravel/snow 31 January-2 February 2014

03: Sibiu Rally Romania Gravel/snow 27 February-1 March 2014

04: Acropolis Rally (Greece) Asphalt/gravel 28-30 March 2014

05: Circuit of Ireland Rally (United Kingdom) Asphalt 17-19 April 2014

06: 49th SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal) Gravel 15-17 May 2014

07: Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium) Asphalt 19-21 June 2014

08: auto24 Rally Estonia (Estonia) Gravel 17-19 July 2014

09: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic) Asphalt 29-31 August 2014

10: Cyprus Rally (Cyprus) Asphalt/gravel 19-21 September 2014

11: Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland) Asphalt/gravel 23-25 October 2014

12: Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse (France) Asphalt 6-8 November 2014