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Rallies of 2016 overview

Circuit of Ireland, 7-9 April, Northern Ireland

​First held in 1931, the Circuit of Ireland is not only one of the oldest rallies in the world, it’s also one of the most prestigious and maintains its place on the ERC calendar for a third season. Based in Belfast, the rally runs on challenging country lanes in Northern Ireland while fan-friendly street stages in town centre locations are a highlight. Changes for 2016 include a shift away from its traditional Easter slot to better fit the ERC schedule, while British championship crews will also take part for the first time since 1991 when rally legend Colin McRae triumphed.

EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local and subject to change)
18h45, Thursday 7 April, Irish Linen Museum, Lisburn
Finishes: 18h07, Saturday 9 April, Queens University, Belfast
Headquarters: King’s Hall, Lisburn Road, Balmoral, Belfast BT9 6GW
Service park: King’s Hall, Lisburn Road, Balmoral, Belfast BT9 6GW         
ERC appearances (since the restructuring in 2004): Two (2013, 2014)
Stages: 14
Stage distance: 209.56 kilometres (93.10 kilometres on leg one, 116.46 on leg two)
Liaison: 597.82 kilometres
Total: 807.38 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

Media accreditation/media centre:
King’s Hall, Lisburn Road, Balmoral, Belfast BT9 6GW.
Opening times: 07h00-20h00 Thursday 7 April; 07h00-00h00 Friday 8 April; 07h00-21h00 Saturday 9 April.
Thursday 7 April
Free Practice (for priority drivers):
09h30-11h00, Tardree (4.22 kilometres)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 12h48, Tardree (4.22 kilometres)
Shakedown (for non-priority drivers): 14h30-16h00, Tardree (4.22 kilometres)
Start order selection: 19h15, Irish Linen Museum, Lisburn.
Driver autograph session: 18h30, Irish Linen Museum, Lisburn.
Ceremonial start: 18h50, Irish Linen Museum, Lisburn.
Saturday 9 April
Prize-giving ceremony:
18h07, podium, Queens University, Belfast
Post-event press conference: 19h00, media centre, King’s Hall, Belfast
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post-event press conference, King’s Hall, Belfast
Event media contact: Ciara Conlon,
Television coverage: A preview show, daily highlights and the post-event Inside ERC magazine programme will be broadcast on Eurosport
ERC Rally Radio: Live throughout the event at or through the ERC app
Results, standings, live timing and text commentary:
Rights-free images: Register