Feb 21, 2015
Kerry Motor Club has announced a range of incentives to make this year’s Fels Point Hotel in association with Advanced Cleaning Services Circuit of Kerry Rally more competitive than ever.
The April 19th event is the second round of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.
The West Coast Rally championship is now in its 22nd year and is already enjoying unprecedented support in 2015, the opening round, The Birr Stages Rally, at the end of this month, has attracted a full entry and Kerry Motor Club is keen to maintain that interest, especially amongst the club drivers.
To that end the club has put up a prize fund of €1500 to be divided equally between the drivers of the first Ford, Toyota and Honda to finish the six-stage event. This prize fund is aimed directly at club drivers and competitors using World Rally Cars are not permitted to enter this separate race.
Newly appointed clerk of the course Tom Barrett said: “There is huge interest in the Birr rally and they have attracted over ten World Rally Cars to their event. We are expecting similar numbers in Tralee in April and this will be great for the spectators but we cannot forget the clubmen either, those who make up the meat of the entry and that is why we are offering this unique prize fund to the drivers of the three most popular makes on the Circuit of Kerry over the last few years.”
A separate King/Queen of the Stages competition will also be incorporated into the event. The rally will be run over two former Circuit of Ireland/Circuit of Munster Classic Stages with low road millage in the North Kerry area. Each of the stages will be visited three times in the run of the day and the driver who sets the fastest time of the day on both stages will be eligible for this new award. Again this competition is only open to club drivers.
Mr Barrett added: “ Crews will get three chances to set the fastest time on each stage. We will give the King/Queen of each stage a trophy and they will leave Tralee with bragging rights that will last until the 2016 event.”
Members of the Event Organizing Team of Kerry Motor Club have spent the winter months carrying out a route survey and are currently preparing the various safety plans and road closure requests that will need to be approved by Motorsport Ireland and Kerry County Council before further details of the rally will be announced.
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