Motorsport Ireland Brochure for Autosport International 2020

 
 
Motorsport Ireland Brochure for Autosport International 2020
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        Overseas competitors have long since been
        attracted to Irish Rallying. The challenging
        stages against the most beautiful backdrops
        Europe has to offer is a temptation not to be
        resisted. Our theme for the 2020 Autosport
        International show is ‘come for the rallying
        – stay for the craic…’ Ireland is renowned for
        events run to WRC standard. However, Ireland
        is more than a rally destination, it is a full-on
        holiday destination.

        With events situated in the heart of some of
        the most beautiful locations in Ireland such as
        Galway, Cork, Kerry and Donegal - relax and
        unwind with family and friends and take full
        advantage of what Ireland has to offer.

        See you soon….




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                                 CONTENTS
        Introduction                                              02
        Content                                                   03
        Welcome Messages                                          06
        Our Events for 2020                                       08
        Getting to Ireland                                        09
        Tarmac                                                    11
        National                                                  13
        Forestry                                                  15
        Southeast Stages                                          17
        Supporting Clubs                                          18
        Club Details                                              26
        Free Membership                                           29
     Publishers
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     Coordinator
     Sean Moriarty
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     Photography
     Martin Walsh
     Mick Bracken
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     Video
     Mick Bracken
     On The Limits Sports
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     Media/Design/Printing
     The KC Print Group
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     Stand Photography
     Martin Walsh
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      WELCOME
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ORGANISING COMMITTEE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             supporters to the County Kildare venue during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2020 and beyond. Some of Ireland’s biggest
Motorsport Ireland will exhibit at Autosport                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     names will also be on the stand over the four
International, Europe’s biggest and most-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        days where they will happily engage with
influential motorsport trade fair, for the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       prospective visitors.
first-time this weekend. The Irish governing
body will use the four-day show, which runs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will describe their
between January 9th and 12th, to promote                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Irish Tarmac Rally Championship winning
Irish motorsport to UK and international                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         campaign. The pair have several FIA European
competitors and fans.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and FIA World Rally Championship event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wins between them but still chose to do the
Motorsport Ireland’s stand is within the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         majority of their 2019 rallying at home, further
main hall and in close proximity to the main                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     endorsing the unique nature of sport on the
Autosport Stage, the focal point of the entire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Emerald Isle.
exhibition. Representatives from the three
major rally championships; The Irish Tarmac                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Callum Devine, the newly crowned Irish
Rally Championship, The Triton Showers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           International Driver of the Year for 2019, could
National Rally Championship and the Valvoline                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    well be the next Irish driver to make it on the
Irish Forestry series will be on duty to promote                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 international stage, and he and his co-driver
and explain Irish rallying to the thousands of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brian Hoy will unveil their plans for a tilt at the
visitors who are expected to attend the show.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2020 FIA European Rally Championship at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 show. Outgoing Billy Coleman award winner
Members of the organising clubs that organise                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    James Wilson received a lot of help from the
rallies within the three championships will also                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy over the last
be on hand to explain to visitors the unique                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     12 months, including runs in a PCRS-prepared
nature of Irish motorsport events and the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hyundai i20 R5 in international rallies. The
associated legendary hospitality.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hyundai will be the star attraction on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Motorsport Ireland stage over the four days.
“Come for rallying – stay for the craic” is a
catchphrase that show attendees will hear
over the four days.

Mondello Park, the Republic of Ireland’s only
permanent motor racing circuit will share stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Motorsport Ireland
space with the rally clubs and will be aiming to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ORGANISING COMMITTEE




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     ...ireland is waiting




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      WELCOME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to compete in Motorsport Ireland events. Many




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of our competitors are from overseas, and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 am grateful for the international diversity they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bring to our fantastic sporting competitions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You are all very welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our events from North to South, East to West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 attract top international competitors to some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the most beautiful parts of our country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Overseas visits, in the form of participation
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MOTORSPORT IRELAND                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and tourism, are integral to the success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of these events and generate significant
I am delighted to have Motorsport Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        economic benefits for our local towns and
represented at Autosport International 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      regions.
by a such a strong delegation of affiliated clubs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would encourage those of you that have yet
and volunteers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to sample life in the fast lanes of Ireland to talk
This is an exciting time for Irish motorsport. We                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to one of our friendly club delegates attending
are seeing a steady growth in participation as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the show to learn more about our fantastic
result of the tremendous efforts of our clubs,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   events.
volunteers and staff.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For those of you that don’t compete I would
As the National Governing Body for motorsport                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    encourage you to become a MI-Member. The
in Ireland, we strive for inclusivity, diversity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 programme is aimed at general motorsport
and standards of excellence in our sport.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        enthusiasts, is free to join, and will enable you
We have adopted a philosophy of continuous                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to keep up to date with the latest Motorsport
safety improvement and are in the process                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ireland news, events and exclusive offers.
of further modernising our sport through                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Simply visit www.motorsportireland.com,
new technology initiatives, such as an online                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    click on MI-Membership and fill out a short
licensing system and a new safety tracking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       application form to receive your membership
system for Rally competitors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    card in the post.
With 36 Motorsport Ireland affiliated clubs,
running over 160 events per year across 12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Come for the Rallying, stay for the Craic!.
disciplines, there has never been a better
time to get involved in Irish motorsport,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Leo Hassett
either by competing in our events or simply
enjoying them as a spectator.
Each year, our office issues thousands of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LEO HASSETT
competition Licences to participants wishing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Motorsport Ireland CEO


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                                           ...ireland is waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    relaxed atmosphere and we offer events for




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    every car and budget, from Mini Stage Rallies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    all the way though to multi day International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rallies. Under a reciprocal agreement, licences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    issued by MSUK will be deemed valid for all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    events run under an MI permit, provided the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    holder complies with all the requirements for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the event. If you’ve yet to sample what we
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MOTORSPORT IRELAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many of our marquee events are close to UK
On the 2nd of July 1903, Ireland hosted the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ferry routes and if you’ve never taken the
Gordon Bennett Cup. It was the first motorsport                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunity to explore our beautiful island,
event ever held on our island. Over a century                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       it’s the perfect excuse.
later, the sport has flourished and every corner
of Ireland now plays host to motorsport events
almost every weekend. We’re extremely proud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Naylor
of what we have. Our roads are truly unique
and have not only tested champions, but
made them. Our clubs work extremely hard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JOHN NAYLOR
to provide challenging events with a friendly,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Motorsport Ireland President




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8   OUR EVENTS FOR 2020

OUR EVENTS
    IRISH TARMAC                                                                                                                           Triton Showers                                                                                                                         VALvOLINE Irish
    RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                                                                     NATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                         Forestry
                                                                                                                                           CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                                                                           CHAMPIONSHIP
    GALWAY
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                    MAYO RALLY                                                                                                                             WILLIE LOUGHMAN
    Galway 2nd February                                                                                                                    Castlebar 8th March                                                                                                                    MEMORIAL FOREST
    .........................................................................................................                              .........................................................................................................                              RALLY
    WEST CORK                                                                                                                              CIRCUIT OF KERRY                                                                                                                       Carrick On Suir 16th February
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                    Tralee 5th April                                                                                                                       .........................................................................................................
    Clonakilty 14th/15th March                                                                                                             .........................................................................................................                              LIMERICK
    .........................................................................................................                              CARLOW RALLY                                                                                                                           FOREST RALLY
    CIRCUIT OF IRELAND                                                                                                                     Carlow Town 10th May                                                                                                                   Abbeyfeale 1st March
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                    .........................................................................................................                              .........................................................................................................
    Dundrod 10th/11th April                                                                                                                CAVAN RALLY                                                                                                                            MOONRAKER
    .........................................................................................................                              Cavan Town 24th May                                                                                                                    FOREST RALLY
    INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                                          .........................................................................................................                              Ballyvourney 28th March
    RALLY OF THE LAKES                                                                                                                     STONE THROWERS                                                                                                                         .........................................................................................................
    KILLARNEY 2nd/3rd May                                                                                                                  RALLY                                                                                                                                  SEAN CONLON
    .........................................................................................................                              Clonmel 9th August                                                                                                                     MEMORIAL RALLY
    DONEGAL                                                                                                                                .........................................................................................................                              Cahir 17th May
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                    DOUGIE HUGHES                                                                                                                          .........................................................................................................
    Letterkenny 19th/21st June                                                                                                             MEMORIAL                                                                                                                               JIM WALSH
    .........................................................................................................                              CLARE RALLY                                                                                                                            FOREST RALLY
    ULSTER                                                                                                                                 Ennis 13th September                                                                                                                   Mallow 25th/26th July
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY                                                                                                                    .........................................................................................................                              .........................................................................................................
    Newry 21st/22nd August                                                                                                                 HARVEST RALLY                                                                                                                          BUSHWHACKER
    .........................................................................................................                              Co. Donegal 10th October                                                                                                               RALLY
    CORK ‘20’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Omagh 26th September
    INTERNATIONAL RALLY
    Cork 26th/27th September
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    KILLARNEY
    HISTORIC RALLY
    Killarney 5th December

                                                                                                                     Non championship rallies
    DONEGAL RALLY                                                                                   HEARTLANDS                                                                                     IMOKILLY RALLY                                                                                  GSMC RALLY
    Termon 25th Jan                                                                                 RALLY                                                                                          Middleton 19th July                                                                             Baltinglass 18th Oct
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                                                                                                    Portlaoise 7th June
    BIRR RALLY                                                                                      ....................................................................................           GALWAY                                                                                          FASTNET
    Abbeyleix 23rd Feb                                                                              RAVEN’S ROCK                                                                                   SUMMER RALLY                                                                                    RALLY
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                                                                                                    RALLY                                                                                          Athenry 30th Aug                                                                                Bantry 25th Oct
    CO MONAGHAN RALLY Waterford City 28th June                                                                                                                                                     ....................................................................................            ....................................................................................
    Monaghan town 26th April                                                                        ....................................................................................           WEXFORD                                                                                         KERRY
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                                                                                                    SLIGO                                                                                          RALLY                                                                                           WINTER RALLY
    CIRCUIT OF                                                                                      RALLY                                                                                          Wexford Town 5th/6th Sept                                                                       Tralee 8th Nov
    MUNSTER RALLY                                                                                   Sligo Town 12th July
    Limerick 31st May


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GETTING TO IRELAND                                                                                  9




  GETTING HERE
                                         ...is easy




from                                              from                                              from                                                        from                                                   from
France                                            SCOTLAND                                          WALES                                                       ENGLAND                                                SPAIN
Cherbourg to Dublin                               Cairnryan to Larne                                Fishguard to Rosslare                                       Liverpool to Dublin                                    Santander to Cork
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Cherbourg to                                      Cairnryan to Belfast                              Holyhead to Dublin                                          Liverpool Birkenhead
                                                                                                    ...............................................
Rosslare                                                                                                                                                        to Belfast
...............................................                                                     Pembroke to
Roscoff to Cork                                                                                     Rosslare
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10   IRISH TARMAC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP




IRISH TARMAC RALLY
                                    From Killarney’s Moll’s Gap to Donegal’s Knockalla
The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Galway International Rally: 2nd February 2020
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one of the most iconic championships in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Galway International Rally provides
European rallying. Since its inception in 1978,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the trickiest of starts to the Irish Tarmac
its champions include Jimmy McRae, Bertie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Championship with slippery conditions always
Fisher, and most recently, Craig Breen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a test in the West of Ireland. The round made a
The fast, narrow, asphalt roads provide drivers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  successful return to the championship in 2019
with a unique set of challenges. From Killarney’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with Breen edging Fisher to win the ITRC opener.
Moll’s Gap to Donegal’s Knockalla, Ireland’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The event continues as a compact nine-stage
closed-road stages are some of rallying’s finest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                single-day event with 120 km of competitive
2019 was a special year for the championship as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stages.
Craig Breen topped his homecoming to Ireland
with his maiden Irish Tarmac title. After a year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 West Cork Rally: 14th-15th March 2020
battling with talented rivals such as Alastair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Clonakilty based event has become a
Fisher, Callum Devine and Josh Moffett, Breen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    favourite since joining the ITRC in 2015. The
admitted the close competition kept him at a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     two-day event showcases some of Ireland’s
pace sufficient to make a successful return to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   finest asphalt stages like the coastal classic, Ring.
the World Rally Championship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    British Rally Championship crews added to the
For 2020, the Irish Tarmac Championship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          competition in 2019 resulting in an entry list
will continue to use the rounds which have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       featuring over 30 R5 and S2000 cars. The two
helped its popularity grow even further over                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     championships will renew competition in West
the years. Motorsport Ireland provides the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cork this March.
championship’s permit while two of rallies
run in Northern Ireland under Motorsport UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Circuit of Ireland: 10th-11th April 2020
regulations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The famous Circuit of Ireland name makes a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 welcome return to the Irish Tarmac Championship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in 2020 after a few years running as the Easter


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Stages. The event is steeped in history with many




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famous winners like Roger Clark, Colin McRae and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The 2020 Irish Tarmac Rally
Esapekka Lappi. Running in Northern Ireland the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Championship Calendar
event is always a high-paced race to the finish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Round          Galway                           Feb             Galway,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1         International                       2nd            Co.Galway
Killarney Rally of the Lakes: 2nd-3rd May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rally
Killarney’s Rally of the Lakes offers two days of
the world’s most challenging stages. Moll’s Gap,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Round          West Cork                     March             Clonakilty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2              Rally                       14th-15th           Co. Cork
Ballaghbeama and Ardgroom feature in the May
classic described by 2019 winner, Craig Breen, as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Round           Circuit of                    April
his highlight of the year. The WRC regular testified                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3               Ireland                    10th-11th
that Killarney’s roads are like nowhere else in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Round      Killarney Rally                    May              Killarney,
world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4          of the Lakes                     2nd-3rd           Co.Kerry

Donegal International Rally 19th-21st June 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Round         Donegal                         June               Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5          International                   19th-21st          Donegal
Donegal’s three-day rally features 20 gruelling
stages which is a test of speed, concentration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rally
and stamina. The 200+ entry list combined with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Round             Ulster                       Aug
floods of spectators always creates a vibrant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             6                Rally                     21st-22nd
atmosphere to one of the few remaining three-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Round          Cork 20                         Sept            Co. Cork
day rallies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7          International                      26th-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rally                          27th
Ulster Rally: 21st-22nd August 2020
The Ulster Rally features the second half of ITRC’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Round         Killarney                      Dec 5th           Killarney,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8          Historic Rally                                     Co.Kerry
face-off with the British Rally Championship. Run
as a compact single-day event in 2019, Craig
Breen took the win to crown him Irish Tarmac
Champion.

Cork 20 International Rally 26th-27th Sept 2020
The two-day Cork 20 Rally will once again draw
the Irish Tarmac Championship to a close in
2020. With competition as tight as ever in Irish
rallying the classic Cork stages offer the perfect
finale to what should be another brilliant edition
of the Tarmac Championship. Full Championship
points per day will be awarded on the Cork 20
International.

Killarney Historic Rally 5th Dec 2020
The championship will return to Killarney’s famous
stages for the 2021 Historic ITRC season opener.
Modified entrants compliment the historic crews
in what is now a festive favourite in Ireland.


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12   TRITON SHOWERS IRISH NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP




IRISH NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRITON SHOWERS
The Triton Showers National Rally                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Points will be awarded as follows:
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Championship is unique insofar as it’s one of the
few championships worldwide that rotate on a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overall: 20/18/16/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3
biennial basis thus offering competitors a fresh
challenge every year. The series traverses all                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Class: 10/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1
four provinces of Ireland against the backdrop
of some of the most stunning scenery. For the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mk2 Escort Championship: 20/18/16/14/13/12/1
past five seasons the Triton Showers series and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3.
the Vard Memorial Trophy has been won by a
different driver, again illustrating the diversity of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Competitors can count the best six scores from
the series, in addition, the class structure gives                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the seven rounds. For the penultimate round,
competitors with virtually any make of car the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there is an additional point while two extra
incentive to tackle the championship and enjoy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    points are awarded for the final round. Each
great camaraderie with their opponents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           round will also offer one point for the quickest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  registered competitor on the “Power Stage.”
One of the major advantages of the Triton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The series will continue with its other awards
Showers National Rally Championship is that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       including the Motorsport Safety Team Group
the series is comprised of one-day events. In                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     N award; the rally.ie two-wheel drive award;
2020, six of the events take place on a Sunday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Triton Showers Junior Championship,
with reconnaissance the day before, the only                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the National Mk. 2 Champions, the Group R,
exception is the Donegal Harvest Rally that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Historic and the Micky Farrell award, the latter,
takes place on a Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a class award, is awarded to the competitor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (driver) that amasses the most points.




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The 2020 Triton Showers National Rally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The 2020 Triton Showers National Rally




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Championship will begin with the Mayo Rally in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Championship Calendar
Castlebar on March 8th followed by the Circuit
of Kerry (April 5th) that will be based in the Rose                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Round               Mayo                       March             Castlebar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1                 Rally                       8th              Co.Mayo
Hotel with its adjacent service and trailer park.
For round three it’s off to Carlow (May 10th)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Round       Circuit of Kerry                    April             Tralee,
and just two weeks later it’s the Cavan Rally                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2               Rally                          5th              Co. Tralee
(May 24th) that is also based in its county town.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Round              Carlow                       May               Carlow
The series then takes a summer break (eleven                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3                  Rally                       10th             Town, Co.
weeks) before the town of Clonmel hosts the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carlow
Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally on August 9th.
The popular championship concludes with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Round               Cavan                       May               Cavan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4                  Rally                       24th              Town,
Ennis based Clare Rally (September 13th) and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Co. Cavan
the Donegal Harvest Rally (October 10th.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Round         Tipperary                       August             Clonmel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5          Stonethrowers                      9th                  Co.
Although Triton Showers were due to step
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rally                                            Tipperary
down after their five-year tenure, Kevin Barrett
M.D. Triton Showers, surprised some 250                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Round                Clare                      Sept              Ennis,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6                   Rally                      13th             Co. Clare
guests at the awards ceremony last November
by announcing that the company had decided                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Round           Donegal                          Oct              Donegal
to remain on-board for a sixth season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7            Harvest Rally                     10th             Town , Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Donegal
So far, in the five Triton years the champions
were Donegal’s Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus
WRC) in 2015 followed by Clonmel’s Roy White,
Monaghan’s Sam Moffett, Donegal’s Declan
Boyle and last year, Monaghan Josh Moffett, all
in Ford Fiesta WRC’s. Who is set for a sixth?




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FORESTRY RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
                                      Countdown Begins to the 2020 Valvoline Forestry Season
2020 is looking set to be an incredibly exciting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 all notes are refined from DVD, has a minimum
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year for Irish Rallying on the whole, but none                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   competitive stage distance of 45 Miles and a
more so than in The Woods as the Valvoline                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       set Single Day Entry Fee will be applied right
Irish Forest Rally Championship looks forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    throughout the season.
to a bumper new season, a hugely competitor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A massive draw for overseas visitors to the
friendly format, a return of some of Irelands                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship is
best Gravel events as well as a raft of changes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the proximity of events to Irelands main ports
to the J1000 category, the ultimate starter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Dublin and Rosslare, with every Rally HQ
Championship for younger drivers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                accessible with relative ease from the UK and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 further afield.
The Forestry Family has gone from strength to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Irish Forestry Championship runs a
strength over the past number of years, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reverse Order Seeding policy for 2WD crews
now the Irish Forestry Championship boasts an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that run first on the road, offering the absolute
unparalleled media and online presence within                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    peak conditions to the Clubman and Junior
the sport. Social Media Channels provide live                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Competitors, while the following 4WD section
Interviews and Updates at service of every                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       run in normal seeding order. Of the Seven
event and gain massive viewership figures,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Championship Rounds, the best Five count
while for 2020 the Irish Forestry Championship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   towards the Championship Crown, with the
will be broadcast worldwide to over 1.3 Million                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  two-day Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally offering a
viewers through On The Limit Sports.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             brace of scoring rounds in July.
The competitor friendly nature of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A huge piece of news for 2020 is the
championship is clear to see, with a huge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        introduction of new regulations in the J1000
incentive for each and every entrant to enjoy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Championship which sees the Irish Forest Rally
the most cost-effective Championship in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Championship align its Regs with that of the
Ireland. Each event involves no Recce, instead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MSA in the UK. As well as that, 2020 will see a



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movement of age limits, with the Championship




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becoming available to drivers between 14-18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The 2020 Valvoline Irish
years of age. The J1000 formula has been an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Forestry Rally Championship
incredible launch pad for some of the brightest
talent that Rallying has to offer. Jon Armstrong,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Calendar
from Northern Ireland, began in J1000 in a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Round     Willie Loughman                     Feb          Carrick-On-Suir,
Nissan Micra, and within six years was competing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1       Memorial Forest                     16th          Co.Tipperary
in the World Rally Championship at the wheel of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rally
a Ford Fiesta R5, as well as becoming the 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Round      Limerick Forest                  March              Abbeyfeale,
WRC E-Sports World Champion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2             Rally                         1st               Co. Limerick
For many of the drivers, the J1000 series marks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Round         Moonraker                     March              Ballyvourney,
the beginning of their Stage Rally careers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3            Forest Rally                  28th                 Co. Cork
As such, a huge helping hand is extended by
the Forestry Family, with plenty of help and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Round       Sean Conlon                      May                Clonmel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4         Memorial Rally                    17th              Co.Tipperary
guidance along the way. Key to this, and the
biggest mentor of all, is the Navigator. While                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Round      Jim Walsh Cork                    July                Mallow,
usually a busy role at the best of times inside                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5/6          Forest Rally                    25th                Co. Cork
a car, the Co-Driver in a J1000 car is vital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26th
For the youngest drivers who do not hold a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Round       Bushwhacker                      Sept                Omagh,
Driving License, the Navigator handles the non-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7             Rally                         26th               Co. Tyrone
competitive sections of the event that will see
the cars on the Public road, such as between
stages & on the way to Service Halts. As well as
logistical support, Navi’s provide a helping hand
in understanding stage timing, technical support
and guidance on the various rules of the sport.
Each navigator, as a means of offering maximum
help, must be reasonably experienced and have
completed several events beforehand.




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SOUTH EAST STAGES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suirway Group
Welcome to the Suirway Group South East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    COMPETITOR INFORMATION
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Stages Rally Championship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FOR STAGE RALLIES.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Format for forest rallies. Route notes and DVD
This is the foremost regional rally championship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           are available from third parties usually a week
in Ireland. The rallies and events are all based                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           before the event. Recce is not allowed. Scrutiny
in South Ireland in Counties Carlow, Limerick,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Saturday, rally on Sunday.
Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Format for tarmac rallies. Route notes and DVD
It is a Class based championship, where                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are available from third parties usually early in
competitors from any of the classes have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the week of the event. Scrutiny and recce (3
the opportunity to win it outright. (ref.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  passes) on Saturday, rally on Sunday.
championship regulations)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Exception for two day rallies: recce previous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           weekend OR Thursday/Friday preceding the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rally.




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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION




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All MI licence holders must have IRDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The South East Rally
insurance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Championship Calendar
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All MUK licence holders must have BRDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Round            Willie                        Feb              Carrick-On-
insurance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1           Loughman                         16th                Suir,
.............................................................................................                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Memorial                                        Co.Tipperary
All of the events are competitor friendly, you,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Forest Rally
the customer is important.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Round          Limerick                      March             Abbeyfeale,
.............................................................................................                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2                                                            Co. Limerick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Forest Rally                    1st
All of the events are FERRY friendly, all easily
accessed from Rosslare Ferry Port or Dublin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Round      Tipperary Rally                    April              Clonmel,
Port.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3             Sprint                         6th              Co. Tipperary


REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Round      Carlow Tarmac                       May               Carlow,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4          Stages Rally                       10th             Co. Carlow
Email: kodowd1@outlook.com
Info:  South East Stages Rally 			                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Round         Tipperary                        May               Clonmel,
       Championship 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5          Sean Conlon                       17th            Co. Tipperary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forest Rally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Round        Ravens Rock                      June              Waterford,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6           Tarmac Rally                     28th                 Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Waterford

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Round        Tipperary                         Aug             Clonmel. Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7        Stonethrowers                       9th              Tipperary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tarmac Rally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Round          Wexford                      Sept                Wexford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8          Tarmac Stages                  5th/6th                Town,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rally                                          Co. Wexford

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Round       Carrick on Suir                    Nov              Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9           Halloween                          1st              Airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rally Sprint                                       Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Park,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Waterford




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    OUR CLUBS ...supporting this event
                                                                            Escorts have travelled far and wide to win this. Our
                                                                            first winner, Tommy Randles from Killarney, Gyndaff
                                                                            Evans, Simon Mauger, Frank Kelly, Wesley Patterson
                                                                            and more recently, one of our own club members David
                                                                            Condell brought it home in 2017.

                                                                            Last year’s winner was the mkii rally preparation
                                                                            specialist,     Ryan    Loughran.   Preparation     for
                                                                            this year’s rally is well under way, with a route
CARLOW CAR CLUB                                                             already picked of approximately 120 stage miles, and a
                                                                            base in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow town. The stages
Carlow Car club is a motorsport club from the south                         are in a compact loop, in close proximity to the town,
east of Ireland with a strong history in organising events                  aiding a quick recce on the Saturday and access to the
of many disciplines. The club was founded in 1963                           scrutiny area and service areas.
and since then has gone from strength to strength,                          Carlow is situated just off the M9 motorway, which
increasing its members and the types of events it                           runs North to South, giving excellent access to both
organises.                                                                  Dublin and Rosslare ports, allowing competitors to
The club runs many events every year, from autotests,                       be back ready for work on Monday morning. Fairfield
rallycross, hillclimb/sprints to a counting round of                        motorsport are organising packages, for travelling
Ireland’s National Rally championship in May. The club is                   overseas competitors, wishing to sample our famous
uniquely situated in Carlow with some of the finest rally                   Irish rallying and welcome.
roads in the country, famous for its shiny black tar, tight
twisty stages and very fast flowing roads, testing every                    This year, the O’Brien Cement mkii Challenge is shaping
team’s skill to the finish ramp.                                            up to be a great event. Be sure to keep an eye on
                                                                            www.carlowcarclub.ie for more information.
In 2004 the club looked to add something different to
rallying in Ireland so introduced the mkii challenge, a
trophy to celebrate the Escort mkii with the McPherson
strut and a solid back axle.




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                                                                                                                                 ...ireland is waiting
                                                                                                                                                 challenges. Recce, Route Notes and DVD available.
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                                                                                                                                                 Rotational round of The TRITON National Tarmac Stages
                                                                                                                                                 Rally Championship.
                                                                                                                                                 ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                                                                                                 Round of the SUIRWAYGROUP South East Stages Rally
                                                                                                                                                 Championship**.
                                                                                                                                                 PLASTIC BAGS Southern 4 Rally Championship.(all
                                                                                                                                                 tarmac events)
                                                                                                                                                 ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                                                                                                 Rally Sprint
                                                                                                                                                 November 1st. Waterford Regional Airport Business
CARRICK-ON-SUIR                                                                                                                                  Park. Usually 4 timed runs. Scrutiny and competition
                                                                                                                                                 on same day, Cars and Buggies. Round of the SUIRWAY
MOTOR CLUB LTD.                                                                                                                                  GROUP South East Stages Rally Championship**
                                                                                                                                                 ..............................................................................................................................................

The Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club was founded in 1958.                                                                                              Test Trials
Location: South East Ireland, The town is on the                                                                                                 March 28th and 29th. Waterford IDA Business Park.
borders of Counties Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny.                                                                                           Hewison Championship Round.
                                                                                                                                                 ..............................................................................................................................................
Coordinates 52. 346509oN 7.411995oW                                                                                                              Auto Cross
                                                                                                                                                 May 30th and 31st. Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. N24 west of
Distances from:                                                                                                                                  Waterford City. Carrick on Suir 8 Kms.
Dublin, 2 hours, M7 and M9.                                                                                                                      ..............................................................................................................................................
Cork, 1.5 hours, M8 (J10) joins N24 or Alt.N25 and R676.                                                                                         Hillclimb
Rosslare Ferry. 1.5 hours, N25.                                                                                                                  September 20th. Venue to be finalised.
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Events:                                                                                                                                          Kart Meeting
Forestry Rally Feb 16th.                                                                                                                         July 19th. Venue to be finalised.
                                                                                                                                                 ..............................................................................................................................................
The Willie Loughman Memorial Forestry Rally.
Round of the Valvoline National Forestry Rally                                                                                                   SUIRWAY GROUP                                                South                   East               Stages                    Rally
Championship                                                                                                                                     Championship**
..............................................................................................................................................
Round of the SUIRWAY GROUP South East Stages Rally                                                                                               Championship Rounds: Carrick on Suir Forestry Rally,
Championship**. Route notes and DVD available.                                                                                                   Tipperary Forestry Rally, Carlow Stages Tarmac Rally,
..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                                                                                                 Ravens Rock Tarmac Rally, Tipperary Stonethowers
It is Ireland’s longest running forestry rally. First run in                                                                                     Tarmac Rally, Wexford Stages Rally (2 days) Tipperary
1970 and missed just two years due to Foot and Mouth                                                                                             Rally Sprint, Carrick on Suir Rally Sprint.
epidemic and fuel rationing. It is a one day event using
stages in the Suir valley. Scrutiny on Saturday, Rally on
Sunday.
..............................................................................................................................................
Rally June 28th. The Ravens Rock Rally
..............................................................................................................................................
One day event. Recce on Saturday, Rally on Sunday.
The stages used may be located in any of the three
counties adjacent to Waterford City on a rotational
basis. Different locations, different stages, different




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                                                                           penultimate round of the 2020 Triton National Rally
                                                                           Championship and the penultimate round of the 2020
                                                                           Top Part West Coast Rally Championship. The rally’s HQ
                                                                           is the Hotel Woodstock, Ennis.

                                                                           Plans are at an early stage but it is anticipated that the
CLARE MOTOR CLUB                                                           club will be running three classic stages repeated three
                                                                           times totalling 120kms.
Clare Motor Club is celebrating it’s 40th year on the                      Former Club Chairman Gerry O’Brien, who has acted
road in 2020.                                                              as Clerk of the Course for the past three years, is once
                                                                           again on board.
The club is renowned for running top quality events
over the past forty years, specialising in Autocross,                      Margaret McCloskey, who can be seen throughout the
Hillclimbs and Rallies.                                                    year helping other clubs in various roles such as timing,
The Club has over 100 active members with a high                           marshalling and passage control, is taking on the role
number of its members officiating and competing at                         of Secretary. Margaret can be contacted on 00 353 87
events throughout the country, the UK and Belgium.                         2808159 or mgt.mccloskey@gmail.com.

Robert Dwane, one of our club members, has been                            Clare Stages rally ideally falls in mid-September each
crowned Irish Hillclimb Champion for the past two                          year and normally attracts a big number of entries from
years.                                                                     the England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man plus
                                                                           all corners of Ireland. It is a rally which uses similar
In 2017 the Clare Stages Rally organising committee,                       type stages to UK tarmac stages and many overseas
secured with permission from the McRae family,                             competitors use it as an ideal shakedown for the Mull
a perpetual cup, in honour of Colin McRae, whose                           and Jim Clarke Rallies as well as the Cork ‘20’ Rally,
anniversary falls on the weekend of the Clare Stages                       which takes place two weeks later. Clare has some of
Rally. This much sought-after cup is known as The                          the world’s most famous tourist attractions such as
Colin McRae ‘if in doubt flat out’ perpetual cup. This                     the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the Wild Atlantic Way and
cup is presented to the crew of the fastest overall two-                   Bunratty Castle to name but a few. There is always a big
wheel drive modified car and in 2019 the winners were                      welcome in Clare so why not mark it in your diary for
Maynooth’s Ian Barrett and his navigator Paul McGee                        2020, you won’t regret it.
from Donegal in their Darrian T90 GTR. This cup is                         Some useful numbers:
becoming a major attraction for modified cars, to the                      Gerry O’Brien, Clerk of the Course, Dougie Hughes
Clare Stages.                                                              Memorial Clare Stages Rally: 00353 86 2766267

On January 27th 2018 long-time Clare Club Member                           Hotel Woodstock, Rally HQ:
Dougie Hughes, affectionately known as the voice of                        00353 65 6899800.
Irish Motorsport sadly passed away. The organising
                                                                           Club Chairman Dermot Kelleher:
committee of the 2019 Clare Stages Rally, with kind
                                                                           00353 86 6028367
permission from Dougie’s extended family, renamed
the rally in his honour and the event is now known as                      Club Secretary Tracey Fitzgerald:
‘The Dougie Hughes Memorial Clare Stages Rally’.                           00353 86 0839020.

The 2020 Dougie Hughes Memorial Clare Stages                               PRO Seamus Tubridy:
Rally takes place on Sunday September 13th. It is the                      00353 85 1522222



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                                                 ...ireland is waiting
                                                          and the Ox Mountains, all part of a selection of Sligo
                                                          Walks less than a half an hour from Sligo city by car.
                                                          Sligo was recently named as ‘Surf Coast of the Wild
                                                          Atlantic Way’ for its most consistent swell of anywhere
                                                          in Europe.

CONNACHT MOTOR CLUB                                       Rally headquarters historically is based in Sligo town,
                                                          where there is an abundance of all categories of
                                                          accommodation and a buzzing night life. Sligo is easily
Connacht Motor Club are based in Sligo and North
                                                          accessible from the UK by air through Knock Airport
Leitrim positioned in the North West of Ireland, right
                                                          (45mins), Dublin (2hrs), Belfast (2hrs) or Shannon (2hr)
in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Among many
                                                          or by sea through Belfast port (2½ hrs), Dublin Port (2½
disciplines of the sport promoted by the club, are
                                                          hrs).
Autocross, Auto testing and Multi venue events with
our Sligo Stages Rally being the highlight of the year.
                                                          Sligo Rally 2020 takes place on Sunday July 12th
                                                          and is a counting round of the Sligo Pallets Border
In existence for almost forty years, our annual Sligo
                                                          Rally Championship and the Top Part West Coast
Stages Rally avails of a variety of classic demanding
                                                          Championship, being and opt out year from the National
tarmac stages, some which were used for Rally Ireland
                                                          Championship.
and run by many of the team who were deeply involved
in the organisation of that WRC event back in 2007 and
                                                          Connacht Motor Club have been to the forefront
2009. The three stages run three times format with a
                                                          of innovative ideas over the past number of years
central service park contributes to a compact route
                                                          embracing technology including QR codes in the rally
of in the region of 120km of competitive stages and
                                                          programme, identifying good spectator locations. Last
minimum road section. The programme consists of sign
                                                          year in an effort to help the competitor, an App was
on, recce and scrutiny on Saturday with competitive
                                                          used to generate an information stream in advance of
stages on Sunday.
                                                          the event and on the day.
The Sligo Region has so much to offer in scenic beauty,
                                                          Find out more details see
boasting at least seven sandy beaches within a fifteen-
                                                          www.connachtmotorclub.com or follow on Facebook
mile radius and a series of accessible picturesque
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                                                                            have triumphed on the stages in the Hills of Donegal. We
                                                                            have also seen three World Rally Champions in Donegal
                                                                            – Ari Vatanen and Sebastien Loeb who came to win and
                                                                            did and Colin McRae who came along just for the craic.
                                                                            The famous event is 5th round of the Irish Tarmac Rally
                                                                            Championship and the cream of Irish Rallying will be on
                                                                            Display.
                                                                            Last Year’s Joule Donegal International Rally welcomed
                                                                            crews from The UK, Australia, also we seen American
THE DONEGAL MOTOR CLUB                                                      ace Ken Block on the famous event an his words really
                                                                            encapsulated the whole Donegal experience.
Donegal Three Events, One Experience “Donegal Has
It All” The Donegal Motor Club will run three events in                     “The Stages have been what I have Expected. They’ve
2020, the first event kicks off on the 25th January with                    been difficult and a lot of fun and some of the best
the Bi-Annual Donegal Mini Stages Rally based just North                    stages that I’ve ever driven“.
West of Letterkenny. The event runs three stages done
twice with a total of 90kms the competitor friendly                         Then our final event of the year is the Abbey Hotel
event will see a full capacity entry tackle technical stages                Donegal Town Harvest Rally which sees the full
that will challenge both Driver and Navigator.                              capacity field tackle 9 stages in the Donegal Town area
On the 19th June the biggest evet in Ireland the famous                     the Rally is the final round of the National and Border
Donegal International begins three days of the best                         Championship. The event is well liked by competitors
Rallying our Country has to offer.                                          for the demanding stages and yet again more Donegal
From 1972 to 2019 there have been twenty-three drivers                      Hospitality.




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                                                  ...ireland is waiting
                                                           the trip to Clonakilty. The Galway International Rally
                                                           presents a unique challenge on the Irish Motorsport
                                                           Calendar, so we look forward to seeing you in Galway
                                                           in February!




THE GALWAY MOTOR CLUB
The Galway Motor Club promoted Galway International
Rally is the oldest international rally in the Republic
of Ireland having first run in 1971. It has run on 42
occasions since then, with the exception of one year
has always been the first major rally of the year in
Ireland, usually running on either the first or second
                                                           KILLARNEY AND DISTRICT
weekend in February. It is a unique challenge due to the   MOTOR CLUB
nature of the Galway roads, the iconic dry stone walls
and variable weather conditions which makes it one of      The tourist town of Killarney, situated in County Kerry in
the toughest events to win. The 2020 Rally will be an      the South West of Ireland, is surrounded by a stunning
extremely compact affair and will take place on Sunday     National Park and beautiful Lakes. As a destination for
February 2nd. This nine stage, 120km event uses some       rallying the town is ideally suited to cater for visitors –
classic Galway roads and such is the tight nature of       with the 2nd largest number of hotel beds in Ireland
the loop that the first car should be back at the finish   (next only to the capital Dublin) and numerous choices
ramp in Galway by 4pm. Along with the convenience          of restaurants or self-catering accommodation.
of having enough time to recce the stages, the format      Starting only 7km from the town centre, one of the
makes it much more convenient for an overseas crew         world’s most famous rally stages, Moll’s Gap, snakes
to make the ferry or catch flights home on the Sunday      through the National Park, around its Lakes, climbing
night.                                                     up to “The Gap” and descending down the other side
Many top drivers have claimed overall honours since        towards the town of Kenmare. This classic stage has
1971 and among the overseas winners are John Taylor,       played host to some of the most epics battles in Irish
Mark Lovell, Tapio Laukkanen, Jimmy McRae who all          motorsport throughout the years. But it is not the only
saw off strong competition from the Irish drivers. From    famous rally stage in the area - Ballaghbeama, Cod’s
an Irish perspective Austin MacHale has been the most      Head, Ardgroom and the Healy Pass are just some
successful to date with six wins in Galway, while Billy    more examples of famous stages which available to
Coleman, Kenny McKinstry, Eugene Donnelly are others       competitors to experience.
to have tasted success. In more recent times Keith         The Killarney and District Motor Club, which has been
Cronin and Craig Breen have been on top of the winners     in existence since 1977, is host to two of Ireland premier
podium.                                                    Rallying events using these and other challenging
The rally as always opens the Irish Tarmac Championship    stages.
and this year runs a week earlier to avoid a clash with
the opening BRC round, the Cambrian Rally. With the        The International Rally of the Lakes
second round of both championships at the West             The International Rally of the Lakes takes place on
Cork Rally in March, Galway is an ideal opportunity for    a Public Holiday weekend in May (2nd and 3rd May
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in 2020) and is truly one of Ireland’s most famous
and high profile events. A round of the Irish Tarmac
Championship, the event always attracts the top
competitors from home and abroad. This is not a small
town , small country rally. In 2019 (the 40th anniversary
of the event) the winning team, WRC competitors, Craig
Breen and Paul Nagle were just 14.9 secs ahead of the
2nd placed crew after 2 full days competing over 16
special stages - demonstrating the red hot pace of the
event. If you want to gauge your pace against some of
the best in the world, this is the event to compete in.

The Lakes Rallyfest
Also in 2019, in Parallel to the Rally of the Lakes, the
Killarney and District Motor Club ran a new event called
The Lakes Rallyfest – which allowed legendary cars such
as Group B machines to run, untimed, on the closed
stages. This provided a rare chance for spectators to see
some very famous and historically significant machinery
being used their natural habitat. In 2019, Hollywood
actor, Michael Fassbender even took part in this event.

The Killarney Historic Rally
Towards the end of the year, (5th Dec in 2020) the
Killarney Historic Rally is another hugely popular event
catering for both historic and modified cars from pre
1986. In fact this is Ireland’s only event catering solely
for historic cars. The end of year rally has a unique
atmosphere – closing off the season in a relaxed yet
still ultra-competitive environment. The event attracts
crews from all over Europe.

Autocross and Autotest
In addition to these high profile events, the Killarney and
District Motor Club also runs 3 loose surface Autocross
events at National Championship level (23rd Feb,
26th July and 29thDec. in 2020). The club also runs a
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                                                       ...ireland is waiting
LAOIS MOTOR CLUB                                                  compact area and family and friends will be able to see
                                                                  you in action on all the stages and still get back to see
                                                                  you in servi​ce.
Come rallying in ​Co. Laois, ​come to the heart of Ireland
                                                                  Interested in finding out more about the Laois
and experience a relaxed friendly and highly rated
                                                                  Heartlands Rally?
competitors event in the heart of ​Ireland.
Only o  ​ne​hour from the port of Dublin and and​
                                                                  Contact us now, email:
one ​  hour and a half from the ports of ​        Cork an​    d
                                                                  lrscltd@yahoo.ie or find us on
R​osslare​, the​event is within easy access to all visitors​.
                                                                  Facebook @Laoisrallysportclub
Y​ou ​will not​get lost finding the event a​s Portlaoise​is
the crossroads of Ireland enjoying unrivalled motorway
access from all ports and airports.
As well as the rally which enjoys an unrivaled reputation
among competitors​, both experienced and novice for
the quality of the stages and the level of competition
was founded on the principle of competitors and
clubmen first prides itself on it’s “​R​un for​C​ompetitors       MONDELLO PARK
by ​C​ompetitors” motto.
Competitors might come for the first time as a test for           Mondello Park Ireland’s only FIA licenced racing circuit
Donegal and then return year after year to enjoy the
experience​the outstanding experience.                            Mondello Park is Ireland’s only FIA licenced racing
Portloaise​is just an​hour and a half from most ​of the​          circuit, consisting of two main circuit layouts. The
tourist areas of Ireland so why not come ​for ​the rally          National Circuit is 1.8km in length, with the International
and stay and combine it with a tour of Ireland for the            Circuit offering a technical challenging layout over 3.5
family and then​head for the Donegal Rally which is just          kilometres. The circuit is home to the Irish Rallycross
two weeks later.                                                  Championship and Motorsport Ireland’s national car
If​this is your first time​to Ireland​,​why not try ​our ​6​      race championships, spread across ten weekends
super​stages with competition in all classes, low road            during the season.
mileage and 90 stage kilometres. Enough to ​sink​your
teeth into and get a taste for more.                              Mondello Park celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018,
With rallies two weeks before and after why not combine           marking the occasion at the annual Historic Festival.
your trip​to the​​H​eartlands with some downtime in               The Mondello Park Historic Festival has flourished over
Ireland’s tourist highlights from the centrally located           the past few years, with 2019 celebrating 60 years of
Portlaoise ​base.                                                 the legendary Mini. The headline event in the racing
OR                                                                calendar celebrates all things historic, with period dress,
Are you more​experienced and heading for Donegal​?                music, classic cars and entertainment throughout the
U​se the H ​ e​ artlands as a challenging test even​t. T​here     paddock. On track action includes championship races
will be p​ lenty of c​ompetition there​e and enou​gh miles        for the Irish Historic Race Car Association (HRCA), Pre-
to really get a feel for Irish tar but not enough to cause        55’s, Future Classics and some visiting Historic classes
a rebuild. The rally is​famous for our Town C​entre bas​          from the UK.
e; ​Parc F​erme, Rally HQ and Scrutiny are located in​
the service area and all​local ​accommodation, pubs,​             The 2020 car race season is shaping up to offer
restaurants and​shops are ​withi​n walking distanc​e. Put         further thrills over four weekends, with an additional
your van​in our S​ervice ​Ar​ea, your car in ​Scrutiny ​and       3 weekends of racing, hosting the UK based Funcup
you can walk the re​st. All our st​ages are located in a          endurance series (4th & 5th July), the Historic Festival




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(15th & 16th August) and the annual hotly-contested
six-hour Fiesta Endurance Race, finishing out the race
season on the 8th November.

The Mondello Park Racing School has seen the start of
numerous Irish race driver’s careers, who have honed
their skills on home turf, before progressing to circuits
in the UK and worldwide. Utilising a fleet of Formula
Sheane single seaters, participants can experience the
thrill of driving a fully-fledged race car on track. Further
details of all the driving experiences and car race events
                                                                            MUNSTER CAR CLUB LTD
at Mondello Park are available by visiting
                                                                            Established in 1911 - The Munster Car Club in various
www.mondellopark.ie
                                                                            guises dates back over 100yrs.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Organisers and Promoters of the Cork 20 International
                                                                            Rally – 2nd oldest rally in Europe.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Based in Co. Cork, Southern Ireland.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Easily Accessed by Air & Ferries:
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Events Spectrum: Tarmac Rallies, Forestry Rallies,
                                                                            Autocross, Test Trials, Endurance Trials.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Events are counting rounds of Irelands Major
                                                                            Championships.

                                                                            2020 Events Diary

                                                                            Tarmac Rally
                                                                            Sept. 26th / 27th: CBtoolhire Cork “20” International
                                                                            Rally
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Final Counting Round of the prestigious ITRC Irish
                                                                            Tarmac Rally Championship.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            New for 2020 – FULL Championship Points per day –
                                                                            BOTH Days
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Rally Base – Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Co.
                                                                            Cork.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Iconic Historical Rally – 2nd Oldest Rally in Europe.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Centralised Service Area / Stages / Scrutiny.
                                                                            ..............................................................................................................................................
                                                                            Top Class Renowned Classic Tarmac Rally Stages
                                                                            throughout.
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