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2002 Dunlop National Rally Championship

Posted: February 22, 2002 8:21 AM - 16891 Hits

by Jarlath Sweeney

The 2002 Dunlop National Stage Rally Championship opens with the Breaffy House Hotel Mayo Stages Rally on March 10th next. From there, the 10 Round Championship takes in the tight and twisty roads of Kerry and Monaghan in the Spring and on to the fast flowing stages of Cavan and Sligo in the Summer. Come September, it's the tour of the Burren in County Clare. The Series culminates in Cork as the season draws to a climax in Skibbereen.

Posted: February 22, 2002 8:21 AM

With maximum entries guaranteed at each event, close competitive action is assured right throughout the field. They will come in all shapes and sizes - from the exciting Group A cars to standard looking Group N (Showroom Class) to ever entertaining modified machines. The front runners will be vying for overall honours while the remainder challenge for Class awards.

In Dunlop’s second year as title sponsor to the Championship, expect many pretenders to the throne, but the man to beat will reigning Champion, Paul Harris from Donegal in a Subaru Impreza.

" Irish Dunlop has a long history in motorsport and we are pleased to continue our association with Motorsport Ireland in supporting the National Stages Rally Championship. Here’s to another great season," said Richard Warbrick of Irish Dunlop.

Among the 16 Classes there will be many seasoned campaigners, but keep an eye out for the emerging talent aiming to chalk up top three finishes for the Billy Coleman Award.

Championship Registrar, Joe Corcoran, is looking forward to the new season and wishes to inform competitors that they must sign on at each Round to qualify for points in the Dunlop National Championship.

The Dunlop National Stage Rally Championship for the Vard Memorial Trophy consists of 10 events in total with 8 counting rounds.

 1. March 10th - Mayo Stages Rally
 2. April 7th - Kerry Stages Rally
 3. April 21st - Monaghan Stages Rally
 4. May 12th - Carlow Stages Rally
 5. May 26th - Cavan Stages Rally
 6. June 30th - Carrick On Suir Ravens Rock Rally
 7. July 14th - Connaught Sligo Stages Rally
 8. August 11th - Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally
 9. September 22nd - Clare Stages Rally
10. October 27th - Skibbereen Fastnet Stages Rally
For further information on the Championship, please contact Joe Corcoran on 087 2604494 or 071 67700

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