The European Rally Championship Circuit of Ireland 2015 kicked off with practice and qualifying for the ERC drivers, along with the ceremonial start at Belfast City Hall.
The day started with practice and qualifying on the Croft Hill in Holywood.
Service was based at the Titanic Quarter.
Craig Breen from Waterford, driving the Peugeot Sport 208 is one to watch at this year’s ERC Circuit of Ireland.
Russian Rally driver Inessa Tushkanova is entering this year’s Circuit.
The Belfast City Hall is surrounded by rally entrants in mixed conditions, as drivers sign autographs, the start order is revealed and they talk to the local press.
The main competition starts tomorrow and the schedule is as follows:
Friday 3rd April
09.20 Service out – Cars leave Titanic Belfast
10.35 Downpatrick podium as cars leave for competitive stages
13.20 Service Area at Titanic Belfast (Cars here for 30 minutes)
15.10 Downpatrick Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
18.17 Newtownards TT Stage starts
19.15 Service Area at Titanic (Cars here for 45 minutes)
Saturday 4th April
08.15 Service out – Cars leave Titanic Belfast
12.00 Hillsborough Castle Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
12.55 Service Area at Titanic Belfast (Cars here for 30 minutes)
13.55 Lisburn Power Stage Starts
16.30 Banbridge Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
18.25 Service Area at Titanic (Cars here for 10 Minutes)
18.45 Finish ceremony and champagne spraying at Titanic Belfast
For more information see circuitofireland.net or follow the RMS forum.
Thanks to Graham Curry for the photos.