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Rally Ireland Newsletter 2007-10-18

ENTRIES ANNOUNCED The countdown to Rally Ireland has begun in earnest today with the release of the entry list of the 90 competitors who will take to the roads of Belfast and the north-western border counties next month as Ireland makes its...

ENTRIES ANNOUNCED

The countdown to Rally Ireland has begun in earnest today with the release of the entry list of the 90 competitors who will take to the roads of Belfast and the north-western border counties next month as Ireland makes its debut in the World Rally Championship.

Twenty one countries are represented on the Rally Ireland entry list, with competitors coming from as far as Qatar, Japan and the USA, and an impressive entry of 53 competitors from the island of Ireland, north and south. The Key battle on the event is likely to be between reigning World Champion Sebastien Loeb, the French Citroen competitor and Finland's Marcus Gronholm of BP Ford, who currently leads the Driver's Championship by just four points.

The only female driver taking part is Emma McKinstry from Banbridge, County Down. A daughter of Irish rally legend Kenny McKinstry, Emma has competed in the 2006 Rally Ireland candidate event and is a regular on national and International rallies. The three members of the MacHale family are also set to make an impression as father Austin and sons Gareth and Aaron all take to the roads in their Ford Focus WRC cars.

In a country that has a higher percentage of WRC cars than any other in the world, 34 WRC cars are entered, with 11 makes from BMW to Toyota making the start list. All will be competing for one prize; the "Hands Across the Divide" trophy specially commissioned by Rally Ireland.

-credit: rallyireland.org

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Series WRC
Drivers Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb
Teams Citroën World Rally Team