Entries Now Open for the 2017 Joule Donegal International Rally
Posted: April 25, 2017 6:09 AM
The 2017 Joule Donegal International Rally takes place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June and entry forms and regulations are now available via www.donegalrally.ie. The Joule Donegal International Rally is Ireland’s only three day event and attracts some of the best rally teams and crews from around the world.
The entry fee for the main field three-day rally is Eur 1,375, the entry fee for the historic crews is Eur 840, running Saturday and Sunday, and for the junior crews is Eur 565, who will be running on Sunday, these prices including all insurance levies. Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 17th May.
Clerk of the Course, Eamon McGee is encouraging rally crews to register early for this year’s event:
“The Joule Donegal International Rally remains the only three-day International Rally in Ireland, and crews will have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous stages in the world. Names such as Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Fanad Head and High Glen will raise the pulse of even the most seasoned competitors. These stages mixed with others will see crews’ complete twenty stages over the weekend. Entry for this year’s Donegal International Rally closes a few days after the Donegal Forestry Rally and I’d like to remind club members that by marshalling at this event it will help gain points that will enhance chances of obtaining an entry to the year’s rally in June.”
Preparations and plans are almost finalised for this year’s event which sees some minor changes to the route.
“The 2017 rally route has evolved from last year. This means crews will once again get the maximum stages mileage yet at the same time; it keeps road mileage to a minimum. Crews will take on six stages on the opening day of the Joule Donegal International Rally in the Letterkenny/Ballybofey area with centralised service area in Letterkenny. On Saturday, crews will tackle some famous stages such as Knockalla and Gartan Lake as part of the eight scheduled stages and the service will be based in Milford. On the final day, crews will battle it out around Glen, Fanad and the Atlantic Drive hoping to secure a place on the leaderboard,” McGee added.
Organisers of the event and the Donegal Motor Club have worked hard to keep costs to a minimum for competitors.
'Donegal is Go' for 2017 Joule Donegal International Rally
Posted: April 10, 2017 10:24 AM
Plans are well underway for this year's Joule Donegal International Rally, which takes place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June. The three-day event attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the county and is estimated to be worth €25 million to the local economy.
One of the biggest sporting events in Ireland, the Joule Donegal International Rally brings some of the best rally teams and crews from around the world to the northwest. Last year's event welcomed crews from Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, the USA and New Zealand and Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee believes the 2017 event will continue to be an international draw:
"We're looking forward to hosting the cream of Irish and international talent in Donegal this summer. The 2017 Joule Donegal International Rally is Ireland's only three-day event and a counting round of both the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Championship and the FIA European Rally Celtic Trophy. We'll be continuing with a tried and trusted routine with scrutiny on Thursday, followed by three days of non-stop action from Friday to Sunday".
"Events like the Joule Donegal International Rally wouldn't happen without the support of the local community, Gardaí and our main sponsor, Joule. This is the third year that Joule have sponsored the event and we thank them for their continued support. Safety is always paramount and I would ask spectators to obey marshals and official instructions to ensure that everyone enjoys the Donegal experience," Eamon added.
Joule is Ireland's leading manufacturer and designer of energy efficient hot water cylinders and solar heating systems. Ian Barrett is the company's Chief Executive and he says the partnership is a good fit:
"Donegal is one of the best rallies in Europe and this event has captivated drivers, navigators and motoring fans, across five decades. The Donegal landscape is a huge part of the event's appeal and is one of the main reasons the county topped National Geographic Traveller's Cool List for 2017. We're delighted to be partnering with an event that gives people the opportunity to experience one of the world's most thrilling sports in the coolest place on the planet."
For more information on the Joule Donegal International Rally visit www.donegalrally.ie or www.donegalmotorclub.com. To follow the event details visit the Donegal Rally Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account.
Posted: April 10, 2017 10:24 AM