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Champions back Rally Ireland bid

World Champions Back Rally Ireland Bid Two former World Rally Championship (WRC) title holders have announced their support for Ireland's bid to host a round of the prestigious championships from 2007. Great Britain's first ever WRC ...

World Champions Back Rally Ireland Bid

Two former World Rally Championship (WRC) title holders have announced their support for Ireland's bid to host a round of the prestigious championships from 2007.

Great Britain's first ever WRC champion, the legendary Colin McRae, has come out in support of Rally Ireland, in the run up to their candidate event on March 10th -- 12th.

'I've been rallying in Ireland for years, and it has always been great. They are serious about their rallying, and the stages are tough and testing but the Irish sure know how to host a rally, and there is a lot of fun after the rallying is done,' said the Scot.

McRae continued, 'I can't see why there shouldn't be a round of the WRC in Ireland, the championship needs more tarmac rallies. The stages are different to European tarmac rallies, and it would be a real test for today's WRC drivers. It would also be a great place for drivers to compete because the scenery is spectacular. So that would also make it great for TV.'

McRae holds the record for being the youngest ever WRC champion when he won in 1995.

Finnish Champion co-driver Juha Piironen has also thrown his weight behind the bid saying: "The appeal of Rally Ireland will be that the tarmac stages are so good to drive in the dry but devilishly challenging when they're wet!

"The stages I've seen float through beautiful rolling hills, waterfront roads and wide open green spaces. Ireland really is the most beautiful location in the world for WRC," he concluded.

Piironen is three time world co-driver champion with fellow Finn Juha Kankkunen - himself the second-most successful World Rally Championship driver of all time behind Tommi Makinen.

-rallyireland.org

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Colin McRae