This Saturday: Modern Tyre Service Mourne Rally!

Round five of the Hankook MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship takes competitors to the Mourne Mountains this Saturday for the Modern Tyre Service Mourne Rally.

At a press launch at Modern Tyre Service in Newry, Des O’Loan from Newry and District Motor Club announced that the 39-year-old Mourne Rally, which will be held on Saturday 4 June, would continue to be sponsored by local tyre company Modern Tyre Service.

This year’s event will start from the Modern Tyre Service complex in Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry on the Saturday morning followed by 13 stages, with some familiar classics including Slieve Gullion and Camlough.

Service will be in Carnbane Industrial Estate with cars finishing at the Carrickdale Hotel where a prize giving will be held.

The event is round five of the Hankook Northern Ireland Rally Championship and round four of the Sligo Pallets Border Championship.

The club is expecting a strong entry despite the challenging economic conditions with some of the quickest drivers participating including Kenny McKinstry, hoping for his third consecutive win in a row.

Scrutiny will take place at the premises of Modern Tyre Service in Carnbane Industrial Estate on Friday evening before the event, which will be open to the public. Entries for the event are still available from the clubs website

Commenting at the launch, Rory Byrne, Director of Modern Tyre Service, said: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Mourne Rally and look forward to working with the Newry and District Motor Club to help raise the profile of the event.”

“Our sponsorship deal will help to raise our association with rallying in the province while providing an excellent opportunity to remind local motorists of the professional service provided by Modern Tyre Service through our network of depots which includes two based in Newry”.

Remarking on their event sponsor for 2011, Des O’Loan said: “I am delighted to have a company like Modern Tyre Service on board and with Rory’s enthusiasm for the sport, we are looking forward to introducing many of the fresh initiatives they can bring to our event.”

Many local drivers and navigators are participating in this year’s rally including a number of prominent Newry & District Motor Club committee members

Kenny McKinstry is among those notable entries. Fresh from his two recent wins on the Circuit of Ireland and the Tour of the Sperrins, he will power his Subaru Impreza WRC across the mountains in an attempt to secure his fifth consecutive victory.

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