Melvyn Evans/Mark Glennerster are seeded at number one for the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally, as a very large Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship contingent head to Northern Ireland for Round 4 on Saturday 21 July.
The winners of the opening round will be in a Ford Fiesta WRC this time, having won the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt in a Subaru Impreza WRC.
Seeded at number two are Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke, who appear in their Bet On Aces Manx National winning North Road Garage Ford Focus WRC in an effort to regain the series lead. The top three is completed by David Bogie/John Rowan, who scored second place points in their ŠKODA Fabia R5 last time out on Rally van Wervik. Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship leaders Wayne Sisson/Max Freeman have also secured a top 10 seeded position in their AMS Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
Daniel Harper/Chris Campbell, who are third in the overall standings, aim to continue their great run of form in their John Cooper Works Mini WRC, while Stephen Simpson/Patrick Walsh appear in a Subaru Impreza WRC 12b.
All the Championship classes are very well represented too, with the likes of Roger Priestnall/Jamie Forrest (Proton Satria S16), Ed Fossey/Neil Colman (Peugeot 208 R2), Steve Retchless/Sasha Heriot (Escort Mk2), Kevin Harbour/Dave Tortoishell (Citroen C2R2), Richard and Pat Egger (Vauxhall Nova), Tim and Jack Waters (Renault Clio V6 – pictured), Geoff Wright/Chris Sanderson (Fiesta S2000), Rhyidian Daniels/Tomos Whittle (Citroen C1 Max), Paul and Julian Doroszczuk (Escort Mk2) and Chris Wheeler/Shaun Layland (Citroen DS3 R3T) all entered, to name put a few – all the way to Adrian Drury/Cat Lund (Peugeot 106 GTI), who are seeded at number 128.
Organised by Rathfriland MC and Ballynahinch & DMC, the event – which sought approval from the MSA to run 130 cars, such was the demand for entries – will take place over 100 stage miles on closed roads in County Down on Saturday 21 July.
“The Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship has brought a number of crews for whom the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally will be their first rally in Northern Ireland,” said Deputy Clerk of the Course Brian Crawford. “It will even be the first time several of the crews have visited County Down. It is a real privilege to welcome the Protyre Asphalt Championship to our local stages.”