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Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally - 2 Apr 17

Posted: March 27, 2017 6:51 AM - 4963 Hits

Round 2 - 2017 West Coast Rally Championship


Photo: Padraig Foran

Marshal Meeting Points

Posted: March 27, 2017 6:51 AM

SS1,4,7 Garveys SuperValu Main St Castleisland 8.15am. Contact (087) 253 9246 or (087) 6451400

SS2,5,8 Moloney's Maxol Service Station Killarney Rd, Abbeyfeale Co Limerick 8.15am. Contact (087) 769 6823

SS 3,6,9 Manor Statoil Station, Rathass, Tralee 8.15am. Stage Commander: Anthony O'Connor (087) 136 0242

Entries Received 26/3/17

Posted: March 27, 2017 4:18 AM


Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: March 24, 2017 4:32 AM

Promo Video

Posted: March 16, 2017 9:43 AM

Circuit of Kerry Launch

Posted: March 15, 2017 8:12 AM

Kerry Motor Club will launch its Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally with a special function the landmark Tralee establishment on Monday night (March20)

A counting round of the locally sponsored Top Part West Coast Rally championship, the April2 second event is expected to attract some of the best drivers in Ireland and further afield to compete on some the best rally roads in Ireland.

Already confirmed is former winner and multiple Northern Irish Rally Champion Derek McGarrity in his state-of-art Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

Triton Showers boss Kevin Barrett, a driver with strong Kerry connections, will contest the rally in his Subaru Impreza WRC and will be aiming on a top result in what he considers one of his local events.

Last year's Circuit of Munster winner, Steve Wood, is also entered in his Subaru Impreza and will employ Abbeyfeale-based co-driver Keith Moriarty for the weekend. Moriarty is very much looking forward to his local stages.

Additional big names are expected to commit after this weekend's West Cork Rally in Clonakilty.

Monday night's event gets underway at 7pm when clerk of the course, Tralee man Richard Talbot, outlines some of the route details and reveals some of the star names that have entered the nine-stage, 120km rally.

It is the longest possible mileage allowed under current Motorsport Ireland rules for a one day rally, offering a great challenge to the driver and an incredible spectacle for the 1000s of fans expected in Tralee for the weekend.

Richard Talbot said:
"The Circuit of Kerry is one of the most important events on the Irish rally calendar. World rally star Paul Nagle cut his teeth on this rally and recorded one of his first national rally wins on this rally when it was based in Dingle."

An extensive route survey has already taken place and residents in the proposed route have offered their all-important support to the rally.

A total of nine stages, in a three-by-three format, using roads not used in The Kingdom for many years, and on stages made famous by the old-style Circuit of Ireland, ensures that competitors and fans can look forward to a long and challenging rally.

Another plus point for the rally is that driver sign-on, the service park, and other event-related activities are all housed within the Rose Hotel's complex, making it a very easy event to manage from both an organiser and competitor point-of-view.

30th Anniversary of Ford Sierra Cosworth to be celebrated on Circuit of Kerry Rally.

Posted: March 1, 2017 5:06 AM

Kerry Motor Club will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ford Sierra Cosworth rally car with a special award on its forthcoming Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally car.

The Ford Sierra Cosworth was a mainstay of the World and European Rally championships in the mid to late 1980s.

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the popular rally car and Circuit of Kerry organisers want to attract as many entries as possible from drivers of the turbo-charged, whale-finned machine.

The car was officially unveiled at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show ahead of its public launch in July that year.

When rallying's governing body elected to move to the Group A formula at the start of the 1987 season Ford entered the Sierra in the World Rally Championship with French driver Didier Auriol taking its maiden victory on the Tour de Corse in May 1988.

After its WRC tenure the car was passed down to private teams with many of them finding their way to Ireland and Kerry.

One such example is owned by long-time Kerry Motor Club member Pat Barry who came up with the idea. He also wants to extend the invitation to owners of Escort and Sapphire variants of the car in an effort to create the biggest Cosworth-powered entry list for years.

He said: "It would be great to get a batch of Cosworths together, especially since it coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Sierra in the World championships. It has never been tried before."

Run under the stewardship of Richard Talbot, the Circuit of Kerry will offer the maximum allowed stage mileage under Motorsport Ireland regulations.

The Tralee man re-takes the helm of the club's flagship event 30 years after his first appointment as the Circuit of Kerry clerk of the course, marking another 30th anniversary for the club.

An extensive route survey has already taken place and residents in the proposed route have offered their all-important support to the rally.

A total of nine stages, in a three-by-three format, using roads not used in The Kingdom for many years, and on stages made famous by the old-style Circuit of Ireland, ensures that competitors and fans can look forward to a long and challenging rally.

Another plus point for the rally is that driver sign-on, the service park, and other event-related activities are all housed within the Rose Hotel's complex, making it a very easy event to manage from both an organiser and competitor point-of-view.

Rally Launch - 12 Mar 17

Posted: February 22, 2017 10:54 AM

Circuit of Kerry rally launch will take place on Sunday March 12 at the Rose Hotel Tralee at 3pm. All Welcome.

Kerry Motor Club announces details of Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry.

Posted: February 22, 2017 6:33 AM

A rally for competitors by competitors is the mantra being followed by Kerry Motor Club ahead of its April 2 Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally.

Run under the stewardship of Richard Talbot, one of the most experienced rally organisers in the country, the event will offer the maximum allowed stage mileage under Motorsport Ireland regulations.

The Tralee man re-takes the helm of the club's flagship event 30 years after his first appointment as the Circuit of Kerry clerk of the course.

An extensive route survey has already taken place and residents in the proposed route have offered their all-important support to the rally.

A total of nine stages, in three-by-three format , using roads not used in The Kingdom for many years, and on stages made famous by the old-style Circuit of Ireland, ensures that competitors and fans can look forward to a long and challenging rally.

Another plus point for the rally is that driver sign-on, the service park, and other event-related activities are all housed within the Rose Hotel's complex, making it a very easy event to manage from both an organiser and competitor point-of-view.

Richard Talbot said:
"I am glad and surprised to be back as COC for 2017 and very much looking forward to it. We have three very good stages totalling 120km of excellent tarmac. I would encourage as many competitors as possible to consider the event, either as part of the Top Part Championship or as a warm up for the Circuit Festival 2017 taking place a week later, or indeed the third round of the Triton Series, the Monaghan Stages a few weeks later. One thing is for sure, a warm welcome awaits you on the on April1 and 2 in Tralee for some fantastic stages. I would also like to acknowledge the enormous effort and help from my deputy Eoin Duffin and all the team."

Further details of the event will be released in the coming weeks, ahead of the rally's launch on Sunday March 12 at the Rose Hotel Tralee

Entry forms can now be downloaded from kerrymotorclub.com. Entry fees are set at 799 euro including all insurance levies (529 euros excluding Motorsport Ireland levy), while junior drivers will pay 488 euro (300 euros plus 188 levy) for the first six stages.

On Line Entry

Posted: February 20, 2017 11:21 AM

Preliminary Details

Posted: January 24, 2017 7:54 AM

The Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally this year will have 120km of stages the maximum allowed for a one day event.

HQ Parce Ferme and the service area will all be based in the Rose Hotel Tralee (as previous years)
Returning to the event as COC is Current Chairman of the MI Rallies Committee Richard Talbot who will take on the roll of COC for 2017 event, with Eoin Duffin as Deputy

Further details and info regarding Regulations will be available over the next few weeks

Club Website

Posted: January 24, 2017 7:53 AM

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