Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Media Information


Please see information highlighting opportunities to see the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally 2015

Approximate times shown below are for the first car due. The convoy then takes around 2½ hours, with cars passing roughly every minute.


Timings in bold would provide best media access and opportunities.


To attend, for further information or to set up interviews please contact Rosemary Allister or Andrea Kennedy at JPRNI on 028 9076 0066/07880 504 928/07808 761 857.



Thursday 2nd April


11.00 – 12.30    Free Practice of ERC priority Drivers at Croft Hill, Holywood

12.00 – 13.25   Assembly of ERC priority drivers and invited drivers in Ballycultra Town, Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood

14.00 – 15.00   Qualifying Stage for ERC Priority drivers, Croft Hill, Holywood

15.00 – 16.15    Optional Shakedown for remaining for non-priority cars at Croft Hill,  Holywood

17.00 – 19.30     Live music and Britain’s Got Talent stars, the Innova Irish Dance Company performing at  Belfast City Hall. Over 50 international competitors will then assemble for the ceremonial start from 6pm with cars being waved off the start ramp from 7pm.

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)

18.15      First car expected back at Titanic Service Park, followed by podium finish




Circuit of Ireland Rally – Key Facts


•·         2-4 April 2015

•·         Involves up to 600 volunteers

•·         One of 10 rallies in the FIA European Rally Championship Calendar and will be the only round of  the FIA ERC to be based in the UK and Ireland

•·         Will be broadcast by Eurosport – expected to attract over 14 million viewers

•·         First held in 1931 and is one of world’s oldest rallies after Rallye Monte-Carlo

•·         For up to date details visit <>

•·         Entries closed on 17 March

•·         140 cars entered

•·         The Circuit features the FIA ERC International Rally as well as the National Rally

•·         Manufacturers represented will include Peugeot, Ford, Skoda, Citroen, Renault teams  plus  privateer entries

•·         Qualifying Stage takes place in Ballycultra Town, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on                  Thursday 2nd April

•·         Ceremonial Start at Belfast City Hall – Thursday 2nd April 5pm onwards

•·         Spectator Stages in Newtownards (Friday 3rd April) and Lisburn (Saturday 4th April)

•·         Regroup areas:

o   Friday: Downpatrick

o   Saturday:  Banbridge and Hillsborough Castle

•·         Service Park located in Titanic Quarter

The FIA European Rally Championship calendar for 2015 is as follows:


Round 1: Jännerrallye (Austria, asphalt/ice/snow): 4-6 January 2015

Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel/ice/snow): 6-8 February 2015 (J)

Round 3: Circuit of Ireland Rally (Northern Ireland, asphalt): 2-4 April 2015 (J)

Round 4: SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal, gravel): 4-6 June 2015 (J)

Round 5: Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium, asphalt): 25-27 June 2015 (J)

Round 6: auto24 Rally Estonia (gravel): 17-19 July 2015 (J)*

Round 7: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic, asphalt): 28-30 August 2015 (J)

Round 8: Cyprus Rally (gravel): 25-27 September 2015

Round 9; Rally of Greece (gravel): 9-11 October 2015*

Round 10: Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse (France, asphalt): 5-7 November 2015


(J) Indicates FIA ERC Junior Championship round

*Subject to signing of ERC Promoter agreement