Press Release Two - The Forest is Heading for The Town
Posted: April 12, 2017 10:25 AM
As many of you know May 13th is fast approaching and Donegal Motor Club are delighted to be hosting round three of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship. This years’ rally will be based around Donegal Town with the Abbey Hotel as the title sponsor of the event. The Abbey Hotel will also the Rally HQ for the event.
With the crowds gracing Donegal Town this will be a great boost for the local economy as many will be taking to the hills to both take part and to see all the action. Donegal Town will be the place to be that weekend in terms of Rallying.
The action kicks off on Friday night with the scrutiny which will be held at the County Council offices from 5pm were the spectators can get an up close look at the top of range machinery that will be on display.
On Saturday Morning the First Car leaves Parc Ferme at 09:30 for a short service at the Pier in the Town were the Rally Service will be based until after lunch time that, this excellent service venue really brings the Rally into the Town and the yet again the chance for the Public to get up close to the wide variety of cars on show that weekend.
Speaking about the Rally coming into the Town COC Johnny Baird said
“It’s a great opportunity for spectator’s to get the chance to see top drivers and their cars up close, but without the help of the Garda and especially the Donegal County Council none of this could happen we are very much in gratitude to all those who made this happen.”
The crews will visit 8 special stages in total over the day, with the coupe de gratis being the tricky 17kms Tullynacarney Stage which will be visited twice in the afternoon a real test for The Driver and Co-Drivers after the final stage of the day the Crews will then converge on the Diamond in Donegal Town for the Ceremonial finish were once again the event is brought up close to the spectators.
The Rally Guide is also available on the Donegal Motor Club for further information on the event. The Rally Guide includes all details regarding how to enter, dates, scrutiny, rally HQ and service location. Entries will be open Easter week and will be accepted until May 5th at 6 pm. The entry list will then be published on May 8th.
Rally Guide Available
Posted: April 3, 2017 4:28 AM
Posted: February 21, 2017 4:37 PM
Press Release 1
Posted: February 21, 2017 2:43 PM
With the months flying in it will not be long until May 13th is upon us. Donegal Motor Club are delighted to confirm that they will be hosting round three of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship on the 13th of May 2017. The event will also be round two of the hotly contested 2017 Donegal Commercials Club Championship.
2015 was the last time the Irish Forestry championship was in Donegal and this year will be no disappointment. Even though, it has been two years since the championship has graced the hills of Donegal this year sets out to be the best year yet. This years' rally will be based around Donegal Town with the Abbey Hotel as the title sponsor of the event.
Johnny Baird COC of this year's event commented 'preparations and planning are well underway with the help of my team. They are all working extremely hard together to pull out all of the stops and make this year's event that little bit extra special. I would also like to thank all the staff in Coillte for their help to date.' Everything is now coming together as we add the final touches to the stages and routes.
The Championship chairman Ray Fitzpatrick has been an invaluable help to date for the committee and has put in a lot of hard work on the running of a successful championship yet again for 2017. The J1000 incentive is a great way to bring in new faces to the sport and we hope to see a few 'newbies' in the Donegal woods come May 13th. This is an event that everyone in Donegal is looking forward to, especially the locals and the businesses around the Donegal Town area. So far, it looks to be a fantastic event and Johnny and his team are hoping for a safe, successful and enjoyable rally for all involved.
On last weekend's opening round, the Willie Loughman Carrick on Suir Forest Rally it was Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton in their Fiesta who came out on top stop with a winning margin of 0.06 seconds ahead of his brother Sam Moffett. This shows the tight nature of the forest championship. Last year's Champion Desi Henry had a steady start to finish 4th behind Keith Cronin.
Posted: February 21, 2017 2:43 PM