Lurgan Park Rally

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Lurgan Park Rally
Category Rally
Country Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Inaugural season 1980
Drivers' champion Garry Jennings
Teams' champion McKinstry Motorsport
Makes' champion Subaru
Official website http://www.lurganparkrally.com/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Lurgan Park Rally is a Rally event that is held in Lurgan Park in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.[1][2] The rally is currently sponsored by Orchard Motorsport.[3] In 2010, the rally was given a new logo and another logo was released for the 2012 rally. The rally takes the year first, then the sponsor and then the venue. (So the last rally was the 2013 Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally). The Rally also holds the Escort Mk2 Challenge.[4] It is the largest single rally venue on the island of Ireland.

History[edit]

Meeke won the 2012 rally.

It began in 1980 (won by the late Bertie Fisher) and was about to end in 2009 because of no main sponsor when Turkington backed out but was saved by Orchard Motorsport. The late Colin McRae's Dad and brother (Jimmy McRae and Alister McRae) take part in the competition sometimes. Unlike Rallies in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and other rallies in Northern Ireland, it wasn't cancelled during the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease crisis.[5] Kenny McKinstry has been waiting for his 12th Victory over the last four years but has been beaten by Darren Gass (2010 & 2011), Kris Meeke (2012) and Garry Jennings (2013). Mark Higgins finished second in 2004, 2007 and 2008, behind Kevin Lynch. Lynch holds the record for most consecutive victories with 5 from 2004 to 2008.[6][7]

Sponsors[edit]

Main Sponsor[edit]

Other Sponsors[edit]

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Winners[edit]

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  • 1980 Bertie Fisher / David Johnston
  • 1981 Bertie Fisher / Roy Cathcart
  • 1982 John Lyons / William Singleton
  • 1983 Kenny McKinstry / Kevin Doyle
  • 1984 Bertie Law / Bobby Campbell
  • 1985 Kenny McKinstry / Brian McNamee
  • 1986 Mikael Sundstrom / Richard Young
  • 1987 Kenny McKinstry / John McGaffin
  • 1988 Kenny McKinstry / John McGaffin
  • 1989 Gwyndaf Evans / Howard Davies
  • 1990 Kenny Colbert / Eric Patterson
  • 1991 Tony Pond / Don Wilmont
  • 1992 Kenny McKinstry / Robbie Philpott
  • 1993 Kenny McKinstry / Robbie Philpott
  • 1994 Kenny McKinstry / Robbie Philpott
  • 1995 David Greer / Michael Reid
  • 1996 Kenny McKinstry / Pamela Ballantine
  • 1997 Gwyndaf Evans / John McIlroy
  • 1998 Patrick Snijers / Willie McKee
  • 1999 Gwyndaf Evans / Howard Davies
  • 2000 Kenny McKinstry / Noel Orr
  • 2001 Gwyndaf Evans / Gary Savage
  • 2002 Dom Buckley / Dougie Redpath
  • 2003 Kenny McKinstry / Noel Orr
  • 2004 Kevin Lynch / Francis Regan
  • 2005 Kevin Lynch / Gordon Noble
  • 2006 Kevin Lynch / Francis Regan
  • 2007 Kevin Lynch / Francis Regan
  • 2008 Kevin Lynch / Francis Regan[34]
  • 2009 Kenny McKinstry / John Skinner[35]
  • 2010 Darren Gass / Nathan Gass[36][37]
  • 2011 Darren Gass / Kerrie Gass[38][39]
  • 2012 Kris Meeke / Gerry McVeigh
  • 2013 Garry Jennings / Michael Moran

Due to his amount of wins, Kenny McKinstry has earned the title King of the Park.

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