Ford Ireland Focus Rally Ulster preview

Focus moves north. Cork, 29th August 2002: The next round of Irelands premier one make Rally Championship, the 2002 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship, sees the crews head to Northern Ireland to contest the Stena Line Ulster Rally, on the 6th...

Focus moves north.

Cork, 29th August 2002: The next round of Irelands premier one make Rally Championship, the 2002 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship, sees the crews head to Northern Ireland to contest the Stena Line Ulster Rally, on the 6th & 7th of September.

Oliver Stanley (Durrow) in the Perry Motors Ford Focus currently leads the series by four points from Colm Murphy (Limerick) with Brendan Kelly (Longford) third. Stanley a graduate from the Ford Ireland KA Rally Championship is currently on a high having won the opening round of the series along with the recent non-championship event at the Punchestown Rally Experience. However Oliver's lead is far from secure with seven others crews in the highly competitive series promising revenge on the next round of the series.

"The 2002 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship is extremely close, we had a great battle on the last round with Colm Murphy. However there are at least five other crews that are capable of taking victory on the next round. The Stonethrowers Rally was an incredible nip and tuck battle and as a result the Ulster should also be a great battle and one that I am relishing" said Championship leader, Oliver Stanley.

The organisers of the Ulster Rally have prepared a unique event with an excess of 90 stage miles, which will test all the crews" metal", over the two day event. The action kicks off from Belfast City centre on Friday afternoon, some to be held in darkness. All crews will re-start at 5.00 a.m. on Saturday the 7th tackling seven more demanding stages before finishing in Belfast city centre at approximately 16.00 hrs.

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