Michael Dunlop set for Ulster Rally bow

Michael Dunlop will make his debut in the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally later this month.

Michael Dunlop will compete at the Ulster Rally from August 19-20.

The 13-time Isle of Man TT winner has been confirmed among a quality line-up and will compete in a Ford Escort MkII 2-litre (class B6) with co-driver Rob Fagg.

DEN Motorsport’s Barry McKenna, who supplied the 27-year-old with the car, has been working with Dunlop to prepare it for the popular rally, which takes place in its new venue in Londonderry this year from August 19-20. The Ballymoney rider will test the car this weekend at the Dogleap Rally.

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McKenna said: “Michael will have his first chance to get a real feel for the car when he competes at the MJM Dogleap Rally in Ballykelly on Saturday.

“It’ll give him a chance to really test the car out, get a feel for the handling and give us a chance to do some more prep before the Ulster. ”

Gary Milligan, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Rally, said Dunlop’s entry has added extra spice to the event.

“Michael is a great motorcycle racer and it will be spectacular to watch him in the two wheel drive Ford Escort. Spectators will be in for a real treat and it’ll make for some stiff competition amongst the top drivers.”

August will be a busy month for Dunlop, who is gunning for more two-wheel glory at the Ulster Grand Prix (August 10-13) and the Classic TT Races on the Isle of Man (August 27-29).

To listen to all the action live, tune into Rally Radio. This free and easy to use news service will be available through any of the following websites: Ulsterrally.com, Johnmulhollandmotors.com, msabrc.com and irishtarmac.com.