Circuit if Ireland Retro at Clandyboye Estate

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Circuit Retro 2012

It’s nearing that time of year again folks and the Retro team have been working hard preparing for the 2012 Circuit of Ireland Retrospective Trial.

We are happy to welcome the continued support of Lisburn City Council who have again agreed to host the Retro in Lisburn City. We are also pleased to report a return to The Premier Inn, Lisburn, who have always given the Retro a warm welcome over the years.

We have decided, for this years event, to go with a two day Retro on Saturday the 29th and Sunday 30th September. We hope a compressed format is what the event needs to attract new participants to this branch of Motor Sport.

As always we will endeavour to mix the best venues from the past years with new content to keep things fresh and exciting.

An early start on Saturday morning at the Lagan Valley Island Centre will ensure we can squeeze as much action as possible in to the weekend.

The first leg of the event will be made up of a full day of tests between Lisburn and Newtownards, followed by the ever popular night navigation trial.

Something new is in store for the Sunday leg of the event, a completely new to the Retro loop of tests and regularities that will keep crews on their toes all day.

A relaxing dinner and Prize Giving in Rally HQ will round off the weekend.

2012 will be a shorter event than Retro fans are used to, but the team are dedicated to doing whats best for the event, and we believe this format is what is needed to attract new interest in the Circuit Retro and allow the event to sustain and grow.

If all goes well and the feedback is right we plan to return to our original three day format in 2013 and to really shake thing up and keep the event fresh and exciting for all those involved we will move to new territory and an all new base. Details will follow.


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