It’s not Monte Carlo it’s Londonderry but petrolheads are in for a treat this August as the Ulster Rally has confirmed it’s coming to the Maiden City with part of the race set to take place along the Foyle.
Gary Milligan, Clerk of the Course for the Ulster Rally, said: “With the magnificent Ebrington complex as our base, the support of the Maiden City Motor Club and the unique opportunity to hold part of the rally on the Foyle waterfront, we believe we can make this a truly memorable event for both competitors and the many visitors it will attract to this great City.”
The Mayor, Elisha McCallion, said she was delighted that the city and district will host the Rally on August 19 and 20, which is one of a select number of events included in the prestigious MSA British Rally and TROA Irish Tarmac Rally Championships.
“Securing the Ulster Rally is a major coup for us and the Council is delighted to be supporting the organisers of this premier sporting event in the city and district. Motor racing and rallying is an extremely popular sport in the North West region and we are hugely excited about international rally drivers and competitors travelling from all over the world to compete in this fantastic competition,” she said.
The Mayor said the Ulster Rally was a fantastic addition to the already action packed events calendar for 2016 which see the return of events such as the annual Spring Carnival which includes St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Ubuntu Global Festival and more in a packed programme of fun for all the family taking place from March 17 – 20 , followed closely by the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, from April 28 to May 2 which attracts tens of thousands of music lovers to venues across the district and the Angling Festival in Strabane on May 7 and 8.