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Despite being a non national championship event for 2017 the Kerry Motor Club has decided to push ahead with a traditional 3 stage route done 3 times. A challenging mix of both high speed sections and slower more technical sections will offer the crews a real opportunity to test themselves and their cars. The stage traces above show that average speeds will be high in some places as the cars climb up and down the hills the the east of the host town of Tralee,
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The International Circuit Challenge will not take place on 7th and 8th April, due to funding and timing difficulties.
Other elements including the Stem@The Circuit and ‘Dare to be Different’ events will continue as planned and will be based in the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Event Director Bobby Willis said “We are obviously very disappointed that despite support from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, we are not able to continue with the rally element of the Circuit Festival.
However, we are working with the Council and Sentinus to make sure that the STEM@The Circuit is a great success. We believe that the connection between motorsport and STEM activity is an ideal way to inspire children in their future careers and we aim to further develop this innovative element of our programme.
We are now focusing our efforts on attracting the European Rally Championship back to Mid and East Antrim in 2018 and would like to send a big thank you to everyone from the rally community for their continued unwavering support”.
LURGAN PARK RALLY CANCELLED
It is with regret that the Organisers of the Lurgan Park Rally have decided not to run the rally in 2017. The Directors of the North Armagh Motor Club have made this decision because of a number of obstacles which have proved too difficult to overcome.
The very first Lurgan Park Rally in 1980 was won by the late Bertie Fisher and the event, which has hosted such top International drivers as Ari Vatanen, Pentti Airikkala, Tony Pond and Mikael Sundstrom, has become a rallying byword for excellence over the intervening years. In addition, the event was one of motorsports social highlights of the season.
North Armagh Motor Club Director William Fullerton commented. ‘Lurgan Park is not available to us this year on our planned date so we had to opt for the 20th May. We face an ever increasing cost of meeting Health and Safety standards. This, combined with the potential bill for repairing the grounds of this lovely park should it happen to be a wet event, we feel is too big a risk for the Club.’
The earlier planned date also has a number of event clashes as a result of which we have been unable to attract a suitable sponsor. The Motor club will attempt to run an alternative ‘Clubman event’ at a different venue on the 20th May and will re-double their efforts to bring back the popular Lurgan Park Rally in 2018.
Issued by Brian & Liz Patterson on behalf of the North Armagh Motor Club
Mayo & District Motorsport Club are busy finalising plans for the Óstán Oileán Acla/Connacht Print & Signs Mayo Stages Rally for 2017. After a break of 11 years they will return to the Island of Achill on the 11th and 12th March for the opening round of the ever popular Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. It promises to be an action packed motorsport weekend with spectacular stages winding along the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way, taking in some of the most beautiful picturesque beaches and the best driving roads in the country from start to finish. This is one event you won’t want to miss.
For the competitor and spectator alike, this event is like no other. It is unique to Ireland in that it is the only rally to take place off the mainland. Competitors will enjoy an equal mix of stages, from tight and twisty sections to open, flat straights. Flanked with the backdrop from the Atlantic Ocean these stages really have it all and promise to challenge both crew and machine.
Trevor O’Connell, Clerk of the Course, “This event is a little different from what we have run in previous years. The roads are in superb shape, with a lot of clean tarmac, excellent road surface and great grip. Traditionally, due to the time of year we run at, our stages tended to be a bit tricky and slippery in places, this will not be the case this year as the Islands roads are completely different in nature and with a bit of luck we will have fine weather for a change and we will really be in for a treat”. He continues “It will be breath taking for spectators too as many locations will provide excellent viewing, among some of the best you will find anywhere”.
As Mayo & District Motorsport Club predominantly has members who compete in rallying, we are conscious of the fact that our sport has been dealt another hard blow this year with the rising insurance costs. Therefore, we are running a 6 stage event to keep the entry fee as low as possible at €430 + Insurance Levy of €270. The event will comprise of 96+ stage kilometres and 115 road kilometres, offering the best value for money per stage kilometre you will find this year. Rally HQ, Scrutiny, Trailer Park, Service Park, Parc Fermé and of course the stages themselves are all on Achill Island. With a compact route and an easy recce, it will help to keep costs down for the competitor.
For Junior and Historic Crews, this is an event truly not to be missed as the value for money for these classes will not be beaten anywhere else this year, at €330 + insurance Levy of €188.
Entries are still being taken for this event by contacting the Event Secretary Deirdre on +353 87 2380376 or at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Achill on the 11th and 12th March for a weekend to remember.