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Circuit Challenge!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Circuit Challenge! thumbnailWorld Rally competitor Fredrik Ahlin from Sweden with co-driver Morten Erik Abrahamsen who will be competing in the new International Rally Event, based in Ballymena! GB03Rally P56

BALLYMENA will host the new International Circuit Challenge (ICC) rally in April!
The rally will be based at Ballymena Showgrounds and Event Director, Bobby Willis, told Guardian Sport it will feature 30 invited drivers in internationally recognised R5 cars.
On April 7 and 8 they will tackle EIGHT stages in the MID AND EAST ANTRIM areas with the whole event being streamed globally on the internet.
Willis, the man who built the Circuit of Ireland into a top European event, reluctantly had to withdraw the rally from the 2017 European Rally Championship series when guarantees of funding could not be secured before the championship deadline.
But rather than allow the momentum built up over the past eight years to diminish, Willis has stepped in with an innovative event to bridge the gap until the Circuit of Ireland can return in 2018.
The rally will be based at Ballymena Showgrounds and the live TV streaming coverage will be hosted by former World production championship-winning co-driver Trevor Agnew who guided the ground-breaking internet coverage of last year's Circuit of Ireland.
It was watched in 130 countries from Australia to Azerbaijan, from Brazil to Bahrain, and viewed for just short of an incredible TWO MILLION minutes - that's more than 33,000 hours.
“Our camera crews have already been out recceing the stages with a view to providing the best possible coverage of the action," said Willis. "We will also be using drones and in-car cameras as well as end-of-stage interviews with the drivers.
All of this is just part of a bigger picture for the International Circuit Challenge.
Guardian Sport understands that other innovations are planned for the rally weekend - including a Classic Car Rally and events featuring local schools!
Watch this space!
Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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