For 2022, the SW Adair Tyres is taking on a retro angle with the launch of a new class for historic cars.

From the first round of the 2022 SW Adair Tyres Northern Ireland Sprint Championship, scheduled to take place on Saturday 5 March, at Nutts Corner Circuit, a new Historic class has been added to the championship class struNorthern Ireland Sprint Championship cture.

The new class is to cater for “Historic stage rally cars produced before 31 December 1982 which meet Historic Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 requirements as defined in the 2022 Motorsport UK yearbook.”

The Championship Co-Ordinator, David Evans said, “This new class is to cater for many historic rally cars in the country which don’t get used often enough due to the higher expenses associated with rallying.

“By giving them their own class, separate from the more modern and modified rally cars, we can rewind the clock to the days of old and enjoy the beautiful historic rally cars all competing again together as they did back in the day!”

Evans continued, “In regards to the overall series, this year’s championship currently has a total of 92 registered competitors. With many still to register, it looks set to be a tight battle not only for the overall honours, but right throughout the various classes, too.”

This year’s championship covers a total of nine rounds, held at three venues, and will finish at Kirkistown Racing Circuit at Halloween.

Further information on the new class and indeed the 2022 SW Adair Tyres Northern Ireland Sprint Championship can be found on the ANICC website at the attached link:

2022 Championship dates:

Sat 5 Mar 2022 – NUCC – NUCC March Sprint         

Sat 19 Mar 2022 – 500 MRCI – 500MRCI Spring Sprint   

Sat 2 Apr 2022 – NUCC – NUCC April Sprint            

Sat 7 May 2022 – LMC – LMC Nutts Corner Sprint              

Sat 4 Jun 2022 – EMC – Erne Trophy Sprint          

Sat 9 Jul 2022 – TBC – Reserve Championship Sprint     

Sat 6 – Sun 7 Aug 2022 – 500 MRCI – 500MRCI Summer NI C’ship Sprint           

Sat 24 Sep 2022 – NUCC – NUCC September Sprint

Sat 8 Oct 2022 – UAC – UAC Championship Sprint            

Sat 29 Oct 2022 – 500 MRCI            500MRCI October Sprint              

Sat 12 Nov 2022 – TBC        Reserve Championship Sprint


Graham is a photojournalist and motoring writer with over 20 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and motoring events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and Ulster Motor Writers Association.