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Rally star Donnelly to take part in Dublin's Bavaria City Race

The former Irish Tarmac champion is set to drive the Mini Cooper WRC on June 3.

Donnelly will drive the Mini Cooper WRC through the streets of Dublin.
Donnelly will drive the Mini Cooper WRC through the streets of Dublin.
Image: Francisco Seco/AP/Press Association Images

FIVE TIME IRISH Tarmac Rally champion Eugene Donnelly is the latest name to be confirmed as a driver for this summer’s Bavaria City Racing in Dublin.

The 45-year-old Derry native, who came out of retirement earlier this year, was pipped to top spot at the Irish Tarmac Championship in February – finishing just 0.3 seconds behind winner Darren Gass.

On their official website, organisers announced that he will drive the Mini Cooper WRC through the streets of the capital during the event on Sunday, June 3.

“We are delighted to announce Eugene Donnelly’s participation at the event. His career to date demonstrates his passion for the sport and we know this will be evident to the crowds on the day,” said Linda McGarry, Sales and Marketing Director for Bavaria City Racing Dublin.

“With five Irish Tarmac Championships and 19 international Rally wins under his belt, he will be a wonderful addition to the event.”

Donnelly added:

I am delighted to be part of this thrilling event coming to the streets of Dublin this summer. The MINI Cooper WRC is a great car and something special to drive, so I look forward to showing it off to the crowds. I imagine the atmosphere on the day will be electric.”

The track runs from the Convention Centre, up along the quays before crossing the Liffey at Butt Bridge and continuing up D’Olier Street, around College Green up and down Dame Street and finishes at O’Connell bridge.

Others confirmed for the free event, which is expected to attract up to 150,000, are the McClaren F1 team and the Aprilia Superbike team.

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