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Ireland’s most prestigious rallysport event, the
Ulster Rally, has just been given extra ‘Va-Va-Voom’ with the news
that the dynamic Clio R3 West European Trophy will form part of the
August 21st/22nd tarmac extravaganza!

Competition is always ultra-fierce in this rich Euro-battle, which
includes rallies in Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and
now Ireland. The winner of each round scoops a prize worth 10,000,
made up of cash, parts and tyres!

The two litre ‘screamer’ Clios are an extremely potent package, as
proven by Ireland’s Tommy Doyle (pictured below), who drives his
Clio R3 ‘pocket rocket’ on many Irish Events..

Series Co-ordinator Phillipe Bouvier says he is looking forward to
taking the series outside mainland Europe for the first time,
commenting, ‘We have seen the sort of challenges that Irish tarmac
can offer with Rally Ireland, and the Ulster Rally is renowned for
the quality of its stages. The R3s will be well suited to the
narrow lanes and I can promise fans thrills aplenty, with some of
Europe’s best crews battling for victory!’

Support for the Clio R3 West European Trophy comes from Department
of Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL), through it’s Events Growth
Fund. The Ulster Rally Team expect at least six foreign crews will
take up the Irish tarmac challenge!

The Ulster Rally, with it’s new Antrim base for 2009,
is now in a completely unique position in terms of the variety of
cars and number of championships it plays host to…

The event is a round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship
(including Tarmac Trophy and Tarmac Historic Championship), a round
of the British Rally Championship (including the UK Citroen C2R2
Cup, Suzuki Swift Sport Cup), a round of the British Rally
Challenge, the UK and Irish Mitsubishi Evo Challenge (the only
round where both come together) and now hosts a round of the Clio
R3 West European Trophy.

No single rallysport event in the UK/Ireland calendar delivers more
thrills per stage mile, don’t miss this year’s Ulster