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For Immediate Release: 18th August 2010

     WORLD-WIDE DEBUT FOR DS3 R3 HEADS THE CITROEN RACING
       TROPHY IRELAND RUNNERS ON ULSTER INTERNATIONAL


This weekend round five of the 2010 Citroen Racing Trophy (CRT) Ireland heads to
Antrim for the Ulster International Rally. Once again there is an impressive line-up of
Citroen C2 R2 Max’s for what is also the fifth round of the Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally
Championship, but there is real excitement, as Citroen Racing have chosen this event
for the world-wide launch of their new DS3 R3 rally car. The car which will be
available to purchase in November, will run in a new Trophy category in 2011, and
on the Ulster Rally it’s being debuted by Citroen test driver, Bryan Bouffier. It’s
Bryan’s first time on the Irish tarmac roads, but he is completing two days testing on
the Cooley Mountain stage near Newry, and there is no doubt that the leader of this
year’s French Rally Championship and the new DS3 R3 will be fast.

The DS3 R3 boasts a 1.6 turbo charged engine, producing staggering torque figures,
ideal for coming out of tight bends on twisty special stages. It is the first rally car
available to the customer from Citroen that features paddle s hift technology, like the
C4 WRC, and also three different engine maps to select for different conditions in
tarmac and gravel. With revised new BOS suspension and 10,000 kilometers spent
testing already the car is shaping up to be an ideal step up the rallying ladder from
the C2 R2 Max. Indeed some of the top Irish C2 R2 Max drivers had a chance to
sample the DS3 and were very impressed, but their focus this weekend is on the fifth
round of the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland series.

Championship leader is Dubliner Robert Barrable, having won the Circuit of Ireland,
Killarney and shortened Donegal rounds of the CRT Ireland series. Indeed after that
he brought the C2 home to first place on the last round of the Citroen Racing Trophy
UK on the Isle of Man, and also leads that series. With experienced co-driver Damien
Connolly on the pace-notes and some more test miles, few would bet against the ex
Formula Ford racer this weekend.

Martin McCormack is the next C2 R2 Max, and he lies second in the series, after
missing the last round in Donegal, to prepare for the Ypres Rally in Belgium. With co-
driver David Moynihan, Marty scored a fabulous 20 th overall finish and second in
class on this IRC round, and his assault on the Citroen Racing Trophy in France see
him lie second in that series. Preparations are progressing well for the Ulster at
present. “The car is fully re-built and re-painted for this rally, and we have been doing
some testing. We are conducting back to back testing with Pirelli and BF Goodrich
tyres, as at present we are unsure whether to go for points in the Citroen Racing
Trophy Ireland or use Pirelli’s to qualify for the British Rally Championship yellow
jersey scheme. We are also trying to clarify if there will be a French Championship
event also on the same weekend as the final CRT Ireland round in Cork. At present
however I am certainly looking forward to the Ulster Rally, and we really hope to
have a good run.”

19 year old Mark Donnelly will be another one to watch this weekend, after fast
drives on the Donegal and Rally Isle of Man events. He is continually challenging the
leader’s times and seems to be getting on well with his co-driver Aiden Friel. Mark
won the Circuit of Ireland round back at Easter, and also recently piloted a four
wheel drive Group N car to third overall on the recent Donegal forestry event.
Limerick’s Mark Sheehan, will be another on the move. Having debuted his C2 R2
Max on the Killarney International, Mark has had some impressive runs, including a
fastest stage time in Donegal. Just two weeks ago he finished a fine 9th overall on the
Irish National Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally, which should set him up well to
challenge the leaders on the Ulster.

Donegal’s Joe McGonigle showed well before a small excursion on the Rally Isle of
Man, and contested the Ulster successfully last year in a Honda Civic. For
Portglenone’s Desi Henry and co-driver John Rowan, the Ulster is one event they
have been really looking forward to, with the rally closer to home. Desi made a very
fast Citroen Trophy debut in Donegal and the 20 year old has really enjoyed the
Citroen since he moved from the Fiesta ST series.

Finally Mayo’s David Carney is in the final C2 R2 Max. David is very excited about
contesting his first Ulster Rally, as it’s one of the best events in the calendar. Running
in front of the C2 R2 Max’s, Lisburn’s Andrew Bushe will be wheeling out his C2
Super 1600. Andrew hasn’t got any miles on the roads since the Circuit of Ireland at
Easter, but there he was the leading two wheel drive car for most of the first day.

The event starts at lunchtime on Friday with six special stages, and a further eight
stages on Saturday before the tea time finish in Antrim. To keep up to date with the
latest news check the event website www.ulsterrally.com and www.rallynews.net.
Also you can add the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland on Facebook.

Points after Round Four:

1 Robert Barrable              26
2 Martin McCormack             22
3 Adrian McElhinney            18
4 Mark Donnelly                16
5 Shane Buckley                15
For more information on the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland check out www.c2r2.ie
or contact: Raymond Moore on 00 44 (0) 28 90 384981 or e-mail
raymondmoore@charleshurstgroup.co.uk

				
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