Down Rally moves to the heart of Lisburn

This year’s Carryduff Forklift Down Rally, which hosts Round 4 of the BTRDA-run Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship on Saturday 23 July, will have a new base at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.

The Service Park will be located within the Lagan Valley Island complex and the purpose-built Conference Centre, situated just across the River Lagan, will not only host the rally headquarters but also provide a truly striking backdrop.

“I am excited that this great motorsport event is coming to our city,” said the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin.

“It is fantastic news that the council is partnering with the organisers for its return. I look forward to the sounds of engines revving at our civic headquarters and hope everyone is geared up for a great day.”

“The council is delighted to support this event through its tourism grants,” added Alderman Amanda Grehan, Development Committee Chair.

“The hosting of the stages within a 20-mile radius of Lagan Valley Island is great news for spectators and drivers alike.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our area for what promises to be a great motorsport event. I would encourage local businesses to embrace this opportunity to showcase our hospitality and retail offering and to welcome visitors to the city centre.”

“I am delighted the rally is located in Lisburn City Centre at the well-known Lagan Valley Island Conference Centre,” said Clerk of the Course Andy Gilmore.

“We hugely appreciate the support, help and welcome we have received from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, and we are really looking forward to working closely with them to make the event accessible and enjoyable for all competitors, teams and the general public.

“Rallying has a proud history of taking place in Lisburn City Centre, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring it back to the people of Lisburn and beyond.

“The rally will attract competitors and fans from across the UK and Ireland, and we can’t wait for them to experience the Lagan Valley Island and Conference Centre.

“These are fantastic facilities and will help us raise the standard and profile of the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally to new heights.”

With the Service Park and Rally HQ at Lagan Valley Island, the rally – with is jointly organised by Rathfriland Motor Club and Ballynahinch and District Motor Club – will also feature four closed road stages in the scenic countryside of County Down, all within a 20-mile radius of Lisburn City Centre.

Situated just one mile from the motorway and a 20 minutes’ drive from Belfast docks, the organisers have again worked tirelessly to make the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally as convenient as possible for travelling competitors.

Supplementary regulations for the event are already available online and entries will open at 8pm tomorrow (7 June) evening. 

A link to both is available on the event website

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