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2005 Dunlop National Rally Championship

Posted: November 1, 2005 10:28 PM - 17984 Hits

2005 Dunlop National Rally Championship

  • Championship Points after Final Round - Skibbereen Fastnet Stages Rally.
  • National Stages Sub-Committee members for 2006
  • Donegal Harvest opts out for 2006
  • Schedule of Dates for:
    Regs Available, Entries Open, Entries Close
    and what Priority will be based, available
  • Championship Rounds

Posted: November 1, 2005 10:28 PM

Please note that, because appeals have been lodged after the Circuit of Munster, the results for Class 8 and the overall results are not yet final, so these points are subject to change.
  • Ferodo Bonus Scheme 2005
    The Ferodo Bonus Scheme is back for 2005, and this time the prize fund is bigger than ever before!

Championship Rounds
  1. Mar 13 - Mayo Stages Rally
  2. Apr 3 - Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally
  3. May 29 - Cavan Stages Rally
  4. June 5 - Limerick - Circuit of Munster Stages Rally
  5. June 26 - Carrick - Raven’s Rock Stages Rally
  6. July 10 - Connacht - Sligo Stages Rally
  7. Aug 7 - Tipperary Stonethrowers Stages Rally
  8. Aug 28 - Galway Summer Rally
  9. Sep 18 - Clare Stages Rally
  10. Oct 30 - Skibbereen Fastnet Stages Rally
Non Counting Rallies:
Apr 24 - Monaghan Stages Rally
May 8 - Carlow Stages Rally
Oct 8 - Donegal Harvest Stages Rally

Events are arranged into two regions. To qualify for a championship award, competitors must register for and start a minimum of four events, at least two of which are in each region.

Region 1: Mayo, Cavan, Sligo, Galway and Clare.

Region 2: Circuit of Kerry, Circuit of Munster, Raven’s Rock, Tipperary & Fastnet.
The 2005 Irish National Rally Championship will be sponsored by Dunlop, who are to continue to underpin this popular ten round series. The season will begin in early March with the Mayo Rally and some seven months later will conclude with the Fastnet Rally in Glandore, West Cork.

Speaking at the presentation of awards for the 2004 Dunlop National Rally Championship series at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee, on Saturday 20th November, Richard Warbrick of Irish Dunlop said,
“We are delighted to continue our successful association with the National Rally Championship. There is no doubt that the season just concluded was particularly exciting, especially with the destination of the overall title and indeed, several of the classes going to the final round. The quality of the entry reflected how the series has grown in strength and stature over recent years and we are looking forward to another good season in 2005”.

The scoring system for both overall and class will remain unaltered. Within the overall context, the first Dunlop registered competitor on each event will receive 20 points with the points structure decreasing as follows 18/16/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3. In the 15 classes, the points system is as follows: 10/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1. The three events that are on the “opt out” for 2005 are Carlow, Monaghan and Donegal.

Reigning Dunlop champion, Niall Maguire, the only driver to win three national titles (1999, 2001 and 2004) will defend his crown while the likes of Patrick Elliott and Jim Harrison, who completed the 2004 top three in the series, have also confirmed their participation for 2005.

Also confirmed for 2005 is the continuation of the Patterson’s RallyNews Award, this season’s inaugural award for the top Group N driver was won by Willie Fannin.

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