A rally good show set for Lurgan Park

Pictured at the launch of the 2016  Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Mr Brian Stinson, Main Sponsor Orchard Motorsport, Mr Keith Somerville Event Secretary, Ford Escort  MK2 driver Frank Kelly, Councillor Glenn Barr, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Mr William Fullerton, Rally Director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, Mr James Blane, President of the North Armagh Motor Club, Mr Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, Associate Sponsors, and 11 times Lurgan Park Rally winner Mr Kenny McKinstry.
Pictured at the launch of the 2016 Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Mr Brian Stinson, Main Sponsor Orchard Motorsport, Mr Keith Somerville Event Secretary, Ford Escort MK2 driver Frank Kelly, Councillor Glenn Barr, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Mr William Fullerton, Rally Director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, Mr James Blane, President of the North Armagh Motor Club, Mr Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, Associate Sponsors, and 11 times Lurgan Park Rally winner Mr Kenny McKinstry.

Saturday’s Lurgan Park Rally is shaping up to be another impressive event, with a top class entry as well as an array of family entertainments on offer.

Garry Jennings in his Subaru World Rally Car has won the rally for the last three years and he promises he will be trying hard to make it a fourth top of the podium finish.

Lurgan Park is not just about the action on the special stages of course. It really is a Motorsport day out for families, friends and sponsors. The centralised paddock area of the beautiful park lends itself to socialising and barbecues.

The comprehensive family entertainments, mostly all free, are really brilliant for the children. There will be static classic car displays and a fascinating as well as exciting show by the Trialstar Motorbike Display Team. The rally is supported, not just commercially by Orchard Motorsport, Roadside Motors (Peugeot) Ltd and Pacenotes Rally Magazine, but by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The North Armagh Motor Club, under the direction of William Fullerton and Clerk of the Course Barry Taggart, have a large and expert team to make sure the day goes smoothly, and above all safely. The same basic team has been organising the ultra successful Lurgan Park Rally since its inception in 1980 when the late Bertie Fisher won in an Mk2 Escort. This year’s event promises to be as good as all those that went before.

Orchard Motorsport Top Ten:

1 Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Subaru Impreza WRC); 2 Kenny McKinstry/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC); 3 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC); 4 Derek McGarrity/Diarmuid Falvey (Ford Fiesta WRC); 5 Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC); 6 Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6); 7 Pat O’Connell/Adam Coffey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9); 8 Stuart Biggerstaff/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC); 9 Ray Brammer/Mo Downey (Subaru Impreza WRC); 10 Emma McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Subaru Impreza WRC).

The action starts at 10.00am.