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Modern Tyres remains headline sponsor of Ulster Rally

For the second consecutive year, Modern Tyres will be the headline sponsor of the Ulster Rally when it runs over the weekend of 19-20 August.

Started in 1965 by the late Jimmy Byrne, Modern Tyres has grown to become Ireland’s largest retail tyre company. It has 45 branches in Ireland, including its state-of-the-art facility in Newry’s Carnbane Industrial Estate – the backdrop for the rally’s service park and finish celebrations.

Commenting on the renewed sponsorship deal Stephen Shaw, Modern Tyres group sales and marketing manager said: “Following the success of the rally last November, we are delighted to be back on board as title sponsor for the 2022 Ulster Rally.

“We are looking forward to working with the organisers from Northern Ireland Motor Club to put on another great event.”

Pictured l-r: Michael Savage, chairperson of Newry and Mourne District Council; Jim Murphy, manager, Modern Tyres Newry; Stephen Shaw, group sales and marketing manager, Modern Tyres; and David Gray, Northern Ireland Motor Club.

Having been staged later than normal last year due to the pandemic, the Ulster Rally will return to its traditional summer slot and host the final round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

After round five of the cross-border series, Josh Moffett currently tops the standings courtesy of victories on the Galway International, West Cork and recent Donegal International rallies.

The Ulster Rally will also revert back to a popular two-day format, with the Friday leg totalling 27 competitive miles and the deciding Saturday leg challenging crews to the tune of 67 miles.

Ulster Rally Event Director Philip Murray said: “Plans are progressing well for the rally and to secure a title sponsor in Modern Tyres is a big piece of the jigsaw.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the business’s continued support, and given its long association with the sport of rallying – and its support of drivers such as Alastair Fisher – it just seems like a natural fit for both parties.

“Like many large-scale sporting events that are held in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Rally relies on sponsorship to make it viable and safeguard its future going forward.”