Jan 24, 2019
Back as far as April 2018 the TROA undertook to investigate the avenues available to facilitate RHD R5 cars to compete on the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. Initially contact was made with the manufacturers to enquire if they were interested in homologating RHD cars and the responses were all negative. Direct contact was then sent to the FIA looking for special dispensation to allow RHD derivative R5 cars to take part in both the events and the ITRC, again the response was negative.
Both the manufacturers and the FIA were contacted again later in 2018, the result remained as before.
In December, following a request by TROA, Motorsport Ireland agreed to provide a new class specifically for RHD derivative R5 cars to compete on Tarmac Championship Rounds which on the back of that request being granted, TROA have taken the decision for these cars to be eligible to score points in the ITRC, subject to the criteria and conditions as outlined below.
The decision to allow the R5 RHD cars to eligible to score points was also influenced by the overwhelming support from competitors currently driving R5 LHD cars.
Unfortunately, because the R5 RHD cars will be competing in the national section of the ITRC rounds they will be unable to win the outright rally overall as the events, due to their International status have to adhere to FIA regulations, so from an ITRC perspective the following compromise has been agreed:
The TROA recognise that this is not the perfect resolution, however it is a move forward. (considering a couple of months ago the RHD derivative R5 cars couldn’t have competed in their events)
The TROA would also like to recognise the time and effort of the colleagues who spent hours of their own time trying to overcome these difficult issues. The TROA are also grateful to Motorsport Ireland who have given their wholehearted support in pursuit of a resolution.
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