A rally car takes a left-hand corner at the Dog Leap Rally
A strong field has been secured for this month’s Turkey Run Rally. Picture: Roy Dempster

Maiden City Motor Club’s Turkey Run Rally will run on Wednesday, December 29, with the single-venue event attracting a number of top drivers.

With entries having just closed, organisers have confirmed that a full main field comprising eighty cars has been received by the Entries Secretary on top of a reserve list of fifteen cars.

Based entirely within the sprawling confines of Shackleton outside Ballykelly, the clubman rally will be played out over five special stages totalling 35-miles.

Shackleton has become home to the club’s Dog Leap and Turkey Run rallies in recent times, with Desi Henry the most recent winner of the former back in August when it hosted the second round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.

Henry returns to the former RAF airbase and will battle it out for top honours with Joseph McGonigle and Cathan McCourt in a brace of Ford Fiesta Rally2 cars, and Derek McGarrity who intends to take part in a ‘Plus’ version of Skoda Motorsport’s Fabia R5 supermini.

Other drivers of note include Derek McGeehan in a Mini John Cooper Works World Rally Car, 2019 Turkey Run Rally winner Aaron McLaughlin in a Ford Fiesta R5, and Niall Henry – the brother of Desi – in another Ford Fiesta R5.

The traditional end-of-season event has a new sponsor in the form of McEvoy Motorsport – a leading supplier of motorsport-branded apparel and accessories.

Welcoming the business on board, Turkey Run Rally clerk of the course Declan McCay said: “I have known Gary and Sharon as suppliers of merchandise to many of the big International rallies in Ireland for the past number of years, including Donegal, Galway and Killarney.

“I am very happy that they have come on board to support our local event along with our other suppliers. Like them, Maiden City Motor Club has a strong brand identity, drawing competitors from many counties of Ireland.

“We look forward to working with the company and the benefits this partnership brings to everyone,” added McCay.

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