Kenny McKinstry enters the Dogleap Rally!

Kenny McKinstry is set to make a return to the Hankook MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship at the WN Nutt & Son and LGC sponsored Dogleap Stages Rally.

The Banbridge driver, who is a multiple Northern Ireland rally champion, has submitted an entry to the Limavady based event, which takes place on Saturday 07 August.

McKinstry is expected to drive a Subaru Impreza WRC, which he will also use at this Saturday’s Lurgan Park Rally, where he will be bidding for a record 12th victory.

Joining McKinstry at the Dogleap Rally will be many of the Hankook series regulars, including championship leader, Stuart Biggerstaff.

It will be a baptism of fire for young Biggerstaff as the Dogleap is the first forestry event of the season. It will also be 22-year-old Stuart’s first time driving competitively on gravel, so another huge learning curve is guaranteed for the Dromara pilot.

Derek McGarrity currently lies second in the series standings but he will miss the Dogleap Rally. Third placed George Robinson also has no plans on entering the event, so instead, Biggerstaff’s main championship opposition will come in the form of Mark Donnelly.

Donnelly is another young gun who has been impressive in this year’s Hankook series. Driving his Group N Mitsubishi Lancer, he lies fourth in the series standings and heads the Sunoco Fuels Group N category.

Enniskillen’s Raymond Johnston will also return to the fray. After missing the Mourne Rally, Johnston is determined to get his Group N title challenge back on track.

A handful of non-championship registered competitors will also be vying for the leading positions. In addition to McKinstry, local driver and event sponsor Richard Hogg is also expected to wheel out his rally car.

A number of entries have been received from across the water, with Tristan Pye returning to Irish soil.

Based at LGC, Limavady, the event will feature eight stages totalling approximately 45 stage miles. Maiden City Motor Club is still accepting entries for the event, and more details can be found online at www.maidencitymotorclub.com.

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