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Connacht Sligo Stages Rally - NEW DATE - 2 Sep 18

Posted: August 11, 2018 4:33 PM - 8744 Hits

(Was 15 Jul 18 / 8 Jul 18)
Round 4 - 2018 National Rally Championship
Round 4 - 2018 Border Rally Championship
Round 4 - 2018 West Coast Rally Championship

Photo: James Burke


Posted: August 11, 2018 4:33 PM

As before , the organising committee of the Faac Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel - Stages Rally 2018 ,have unveiled a new series of incentives to encourage prospective competitors to submit their entries early, enabling the club to put the planning in place for the numbers expected . For those already having decided to compete on Sunday September 2nd , nothing should inhibit crews from submitting a fully completed entry, as no lodgements will be made before August 24th.

The first incentive draw will take place on August 15th with all entries received by 6pm on that date in with a chance of winning the Carty Group 500 euro win back voucher .The draw will go out live on Facebook and the winner will be contacted immediately following the draw.

A further draw will take place on August 22nd , which will include the total field of entries received at that point , including those eligible for draw one .The voucher will be redeemable against the entry fee providing the competitor starts the event. A reserve will be drawn on both nights, in the event of the initial winner not starting.

A third draw , sponsored by National Automation , will take place on the Sunday morning of the event at drivers briefing, among all on the starters list , a further win back opportunity for competitors , one for main and one for junior field, consisting of the entry fee less the insurance levy.

Ideally any competitors fully committed to starting Sligo should act immediately to avail of all three draw opportunities and maybe be one of the lucky winners.

Entries are open and Regulations are now available:

SLIGO SEPTEMBER REBORN - Triton National Rally Championship

Posted: July 28, 2018 10:51 AM

The Motorsport Commission has approved a date change request from the Connacht Motor Club to host the FAAC Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Rally on Sunday September 2nd. next.

The rally was originally scheduled to take place on July 8th. last, however, due to the effects of the extremely hot weather conditions that led to melting tar on the road surface, the Sligo organisers with consideration for all road users - in particular the local residents along the rally route - and the other relevant stakeholders, took a responsible decision and postponed the event for a week. However, within a few days and with all the original concerns remaining, the Connacht Motor Club subsequently decided to cancel the rally.

Since then, the club has been involved in further discussions with all parties including Motorsport Ireland, who admitted that the loss of the event would be detrimental to both their own and the Sligo based club’s financial resources.

An application for a new date and for championship status within the Triton National Rally Championship was endorsed by the Rallies Committee and within hours was approved by the Motorsport Commission. The series will still comprise of seven rounds with the best six scores to count.

The revised Triton National Rally Championship is as follows:

    Round 4: Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally (August 12)
    Round 5: Sligo Rally (September 2)
    Round 6: Clare Rally (September 16)
    Round 7: Donegal Harvest Rally (October 13)
Currently, the top positions in the Triton Showers National Rally Championship after three rounds are as follows:
    1. Declan Boyle 59pts;
    2. Joe McGonigle 44pts;
    3. Donagh Kelly 42pts;
    4. Josh Moffett 38pts;
    5. Stuart Darcy 34pts;
    6. Kevin Barrett & Roy White 26pts;
    8. Niall Maguire 25pts;
    9. Chris Armstrong 19pts;
    10. Desi Henry 16pts.

Regulations available for new date:

Posted: July 23, 2018 7:08 AM

Having being granted a new date of September 2nd , it was imperative to have regulations published for the rescheduled Faac Simply Automatic / Sligo Park Hotel - Stages Rally 2018 as early as possible. As counting rounds of the Triton National , the Sligo Pallets Border and the Top Part Rally Championships it was necessary to accommodate crews in altering their plans.

The club sincerely thanks those who had entered the original date , but we would appeal , should they be available to compete on the new date , to submit a new entry , in order to keep the administrative process efficient. We apologise to those whom the rescheduled date does not suit but we look forward to having them join us in the future. We look forward to welcoming new entrants who find that the September 2nd date fit better into their competitive calendar.

Connacht Motor Club are highly appreciative of the loyalty and support from sponsors through the difficult period of the last number of weeks and look forward to giving them a new platform as we approach the new September 2nd date .

Regulations are now available to download from the club website

Entries open on July 23rd and close on August 22nd .


Posted: July 18, 2018 7:25 AM

Connacht Motor Club are delighted to be granted a date change to run their Sligo Stages Rally 2018 on Sunday September 2nd having a traumatic period of uncertainty over the past number of weeks . The work and effort by the organising committee in preparation for the original date will be hugely beneficial in the run into the new date.

The Club sincerely acknowledges the support and encouragement from Motorsport Ireland , the Rallies Committee ,the National Championship sub committee , the Local Authorities and fellow Motor Clubs during this difficult period.

The team are extremely appreciative of all the volunteers who had made themselves available for the planned date and appeal to their loyalty to assist us again.

We thank competitors for their patience and understanding to date and ask that they indicate their commitment and submit their entries at an early date .

Regulations will be available to download at www.connachtmotorclub.com


Posted: July 18, 2018 6:49 AM

"As many of you will be aware, due to the high temperatures we have being experiencing over the last few weeks, Connacht Motor Club had to move their Sligo Stages Rally from its original date, July 8th, to a week later, July 15th. Unfortunately as the temperatures did not drop considerably in that time, the club in consultation with their stakeholders made the very difficult decision to cancel the event. The loss of this event, which had a very respectable entry, was going to leave quite a considerable hole in Motorsport Ireland’s finances along with the financial hurt to the club.

Through a huge effort on the part of the club and with the blessing of the Rallies Committee, an alternative date has been found. The Motor Sport Commission today approved a date change application from the Connacht Motor Club to run their successful Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday the 2nd of September retaining National Rally Championship status. The Motor Sport Commission made this decision having considered all events which might be affected by the date change along with what was for the greater good of the sport."

Yours sincerely,
Leo Hassett
Chief Executive
Motorsport Ireland

2018 Connacht Sligo Stages Rally - POSTPONED

Posted: July 7, 2018 5:16 PM

(Was 15 Jul 18 / 8 Jul 18)

New Date - 3 Sep 18

Press Release - NEW DATE 15 Jul 18

Posted: July 5, 2018 4:46 AM

Further to our press release of the 3rd July, Connacht Motor Club have secured the necessary permissions and support from the Local Authorities and Motorsport Ireland and are committed to running the event on Sunday the 15th July.

The exceptional weather and associated risks that influenced our original decision remains a concern. We will continue to monitor the conditions and will make a further statement on Saturday evening.

Thank you to our sponsors, competitors, fellow motor clubs, local authorities and all residents along the route for their understanding and continued support.

Event Postponed

Posted: July 3, 2018 4:54 AM

"Due to the current exceptional weather conditions the committee of Connacht Motor Club have made the difficult decision not to run the Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday next, 8th July.

We wish to sincerely acknowledge the support of the various stakeholders and agencies to date, In particular the residents on the route, and competitors entered for the event.

Currently , we are exploring our options including a potential window of opportunity for Sunday 15th July and after consultation with the key stakeholders a further statement will be issued on the evening of Wednesday, 4th July."

Entries Received

Posted: June 26, 2018 7:35 AM

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Entry incentives could contribute to cheaper entry

Posted: June 3, 2018 2:32 PM

With entries for Faac Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally now open , the Club are delighted to announce no less than three draws in which competitors could , upon being drawn out of the hat , receive a rebate on a portion of their entry fee.

National Automation , a subsidiary company within the Faac Group have kindly , in addition to Title sponsor, are planning giving something back to the competitor. National Automation with bases in Boyle Co Roscommon and Citywest Business Park Dublin , are sole Irish distributors for the Faac and Genius range of automation for gates , barriers , entrances and automatic doors. They are also mainline distributors other quality associated products and provide the training, technical support and service , both on and off site .

The NAL draw which will take place immediately before drivers briefing on the morning of the rally, will comprise of a Win Back for the Main/Historic field and one the Junior field , to the tune of the entry fee less the insurance levy. Ciaran Phelan ,General Manager of National Automation ,and a regular competitor himself would have great empathy with those competing and the costs involved , therefore he is very conscious a Win Back on the morning of the rally would put a crew in a good frame of mind starting the event.

Following on from last years introduction , two early entry incentive draws will take place again this year. The draws which will take place at close of business on June 20th and again the 27th will include all those having a fully completed entry submitted to event secretary at that time and a lucky winner will be picked out to receive a rebate of 500 euro on their entry fee. It hoped that again this will encourage those who are already planning to enter, submit theirs early assisting the planning process in advance of July 8th.

The first draw due on June 20th has kindly been sponsored by the Carty Group , a long established company ,with its headquarters in Collooney Co Sligo with expertise in major ,Civil , Water ,Wind and Marine projects .Irla Carty of Carty Group , himself an avid competitor in the historic category for numerous years would be very aware from both prospectives of the importance of entering at an early date .

Prospective competitors are encouraged to focus on the earlier date , as that will make them eligible all three draws.

Regulations available

Posted: May 28, 2018 4:25 PM

Faac Simply Automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally 2018

Posted: April 1, 2018 4:44 AM

With planning progressing well for the July 8th Sligo Stages , Connacht Motor Club are delighted to bring together a winning formula similar to last year, to host the 2018 event.

Taking on the mantle as Clerk of the Course, Robert Lyttle who now holds the record of most number of events at the helm, will undoubtedly bring some innovative edges to the already well primed event management. His knowledge in both the planning and deliverance of stages events , supported by a dedicated experienced team , will present competitors with a well run , well orchestrated event on the day.

One of the key ingredients in event preparation is the financial support from sponsors , and once again Connacht Motor Club are delighted to confirm, both Faac Simply Automatic and Sligo Park Hotel as joint title sponsors .

Faac Simply Automatic, a leading global brand in the manufacturing of automation for Gates & Barriers, Entrances & Automatic Doors & Access Control Systems are now synonymous within rallying circles, with Ciaran, Aine, Cormac and Katja regular participants at rallies around the country. Following a successful association last year with Faac and the local distribution wing National Automation, Connacht Motor Club are excited to expand this relationship in 2018.

Of course Sligo Park Hotel has been connected with Sligo Stages Rally now for nearing three decades , renowned for it hospitality and generally accepted as the home of rallying in Sligo. Its recent extensive programme of refurbishment and branding has further enhanced the comforts and profile of this contemporary style four star hotel.

Sligo Stages Rally is once again a round of three of the most prestigious championships in the country , the Triton National Championship , the Sligo Pallets Border Championship and the Top Part West Coast Championship.

Club Website

Posted: April 1, 2018 4:44 AM

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