Lough Neagh Stages Rally taking shape

Competitors line up outside the White River Hotel ahead of the launch of the Lough Neagh Rally
Competitors line up outside the White River Hotel ahead of the launch of the Lough Neagh Rally

IT is only a few weeks to the White River Hotel, Toomebridge sponsored Lough Neagh Stages rally which is held in the grounds of Moneyglass Demesne, Toomebridge on Sunday the 1st of July so event organisers and sponsors got together to discuss this years event at the White River Hotel on Tuesday the 5th of June.

With 2 new stages in the Higgins family estate and a reduced early entry fee of £150.00 the club hope to get a strong entry of WRC, Group N and Group A both 2 and 4 wheel drive crewed machines into the ten challenging concrete lane stages.

There have been quite a few winners of the Lough Neagh Stages in the last 10+ years including local business man Kieron Graffin of KG motorsport, Derek McGeehan (5 times winner), James Gillen, Maurice Gass, George Robinson and Garry Jennings all in WRC cars but with the latest evolution of machinery who and what car can take the top prize this year. To attract a large 2 wheel drive entry M-Tec Graphic has sponsored a prize for the fastest 2 wheel drive car on the day which is bound to push the escorts on if any pushing is necessary.

The Moneyglass demesne is just 1 mile from the Brecart roundabout (beside the new bridge) on the main B18 Toomebridge to Ballymena road and will be signposted off the main road. This rally is very spectator and family friendly with spectator car parking conveniently in the grounds of the estate beside the service park, toilets and outside catering along with Airplay Inflatable’s providing kids entertainment with bouncy castles etc.

The event will start at 10am in the morning but crews will be in the estate from 7am and the rally will run through the day until 7pm. The prize ceremony will be held at the White River Hotel where meals will be available- booking is recommended contact stay@whiteriverhotel.com or phone- 028 7965 0800

The Lough Neagh Marshals would like to take this opportunity to thank our main and finish venue sponsors- White River Hotel and stage sponsors-Thornton Roofing, KG Motorsport, ADM pipe services, Bridge Vans Ltd, O’Kane Cars, Outdoor Services, M-Tec Graphics, Murray Motors and Windscreen Replacements, SD grease removal and Pound Lighting Centre.