The tarmac classic Ulster Rally will make its eagerly anticipated return to the British Rally Championship schedule in 2021 after it was announced that the Northern Irish event will host the final round of the season in Newry, over two days on November 19 and 20.
Organizers of the British Rally Championship are confident that the season can go ahead as planned following the cancellation of last season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Speaking about the news, Ulster Rally event director, Richard Swanton commented saying:
“The Ulster Rally is delighted to welcome the British Rally Championship back to Northern Ireland, and to our event, later in the year.
“Hopefully, the fight for the many titles will come down to the last round and where better for the drivers to battle it out for the overall British Rally title than the tricky roads of Ulster?
“The weather has always played a big part – and had a big say – in our event, and with the Ulster Rally taking place in mid-November this year, I am confident that theme will continue.
“Plans are progressing well for the 2021 instalment of the Ulster Rally and I am sure it will provide a dynamic and exciting twist for all involved with the British Rally Championship.
The season will kick off in July, just over a year after the 2020 season was cancelled in June last year and the British Rally Champion are confident that along with the championship decider in Ulster that they can also host events in England, Scotland and Wales.
British Rally Championship Manager Iain Campbell says:
The Ulster Rally is always a tough event that succeeds in serving up a short, sharp, shock of intense competition,” said Iain Campbell. “Just how the challenge will change with the November date, we will have to wait and see.
“But as a constant on the British Rally Championship calendar, we look forward to this being our final 2021 round – something that is also new for the Ulster Rally,