C. Bradley Motorsport Tour of the Sperrins

(Image: Graham Chambers) Round four of the Hankook MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship takes place this Saturday with the C. Bradley Motorsport Tour of the Sperrins Rally!

Based at Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera, the event will mark an historic occasion as the Magherafelt and District Motor Club event becomes Northern Ireland’s first environmentally friendly rally.

Clerk of the Course, James McKeefry, took the initiative in having a complete environmental impact survey of the rally carried out by Carbon Footprint Ltd.

The company assessed the environmental impact, also known as the ‘carbon footprint’, of the Tour of the Sperrins. The total carbon emitted was calculated to be 37.5 tonnes, and to compensate for this, 40 trees will be planted.

McKeefry has overseen the purchase of an even greater amount of native trees to counteract the pollutants caused by the rally. In addition to the 40 trees, McKeefry has garnered support from local schools in the planting of an additional 100 native species including beech, oak, ash and rowan to clean the Mid-Ulster air.

The Event

The event will have three separate stages, two completed twice and one completed three times, giving competitors a total of seven stages.

Camillus Bradley of C. Bradley Motorsport says that he is honoured to sponsor the 2011 Tour of the Sperrins. A lifelong member of Magherafelt and District Motor Club, Bradley is known the length and breadth of Ireland for the building and maintenance of the most competitive Escorts racing today.

George Robinson and Tommy Speers head the entry in their Subaru Impreza WRC. They are followed by a trio of Sunoco Fuels Group N contenders, with Neil McCance, Donagh Kelly and Derek McGarrity all vying for the spoils.

Reigning champion Stuart Biggerstaff is at number five, with former champion Sean Haveron at number six. Event sponsor Camillus Bradley tops the two-wheel-drive field at number nine.

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