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Cork Jim Walsh Forestry Rally - 28-29 Jul 18

Posted: June 20, 2018 4:32 PM - 716 Hits

Rounds 3 & 4 - 2018 Irish Forest Rally Championship

Regs now available for Cork Forest Spectacular

Posted: June 20, 2018 4:29 PM

Following the recent announcement of the return of the popular Two-Day Format, the organisers of the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally are delighted to announce further details for what is certain to once again be Ireland’s premier Gravel rally. The hugely popular event roars in Mallow, Co. Cork on July 28th & 29th, with everything from Scrutiny, Pairc Ferme and Rally HQ, the Hibernian Hotel, within a 2km radius.

First and foremost, on behalf of the organisers we are delighted to continue our fantastic partnership with CFF Group who remain Title Sponsors for a Fourth year. Paul and Diane O’Connor have grown a once local North Cork firm into one of the largest Bespoke Furniture providers in the country, and their premier position within their sector is a perfect match for the event quality to be expected on the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally.

The team from Cork Motor Club have been working hard over the past few weeks to ensure that the stages are in pristine condition, with re-grading completed now on all the route ensuring that conditions are perfect for every crew, from our young J1000 competitors through to front running WRC Cars. The Stage Preparation efforts are a huge investment from Cork Motor Club to ensure that the Jim Walsh Cork Forestry will be Irelands showpiece gravel event yet again!

The stages themselves are split into a 3x2x2 format over both days, with centralised service after each pair of tests. The Twelve stages are a mixture of old and new forest classics, complete with a real blend of traditional, technical but flowing forest roads through to wide open, full on, Wind Farm roads. These stages have each been specially selected by a core of experienced competitors that CMC are delighted to have as a part of the organising team.

The entry fee for what is sure to be a spectacular event has been set at €875 (including all levies) in yet another competitor friendly move from the organisers, with many single day events costing more than six-hundred euro. Scrutiny will take place on Friday evening, but is also available Saturday morning by arrangement with the COC. The first car will leave Pairc Ferme at 11.30am on Saturday, with a 09.00 start on Sunday. Both days will count as scoring rounds of the 2018 Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship.

Speaking to event COC Paul Casey, he has been strong to encourage competitors to get their entry in as soon as possible. “My phone has been buzzing since we made the announcement of the return to the Two-Day Format for the Jim Walsh. I have been receiving a lot of calls from both New and Old Competitors, all very excited to be a part of this great event. I encourage anyone wishing to compete to get an entry in before the closing date as interest is understandably huge and we are expecting a large demand to get on the entry list.”

The Event Regs and Entry Form are now available on www.corkmotorclub.ie, and make sure to keep up to date with all the latest event info on the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally page on Facebook.

Cork Motor Club's Jim Walsh Forest Rally returns to a two day format for 2018

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:03 PM

It's all systems go as the countdown begins to the Jim Walsh Cork Forestry rally, the country’s premier Gravel rally which roars into to Mallow, Co. Cork on July 28th and 29th. After a break of eleven years, the event returns to its two-day format of old, with both days counting as separate rounds of the 2018 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship.

Cork Motor Club are delighted to announce a number of exciting new details of the 2018 event, as besides the return It's of the two-day format, an all-new Rally HQ will be based in the Hibernian Hotel in the heart of Mallow. The event is expected to be a massive boost to both the town and the region, with a large economic benefit brought by competitors and spectators alike. It is highly recommended to get your accommodation booked quickly as many local hotels are reporting that reservation numbers are growing daily. A Rally Special is available, while stocks last, in the Rally HQ, so please make sure to contact the Hibernian Hotel and mention the Jim Walsh Forest Rally!

The action kicks off late Saturday morning in one of a raft of competitor friendly measures taken by the organisers. Both days consist of six Forest stages chosen by the incredibly experienced team in CMC to provide an exciting challenge to the crews. Competitive distance over the two days is approximately 120km, all within short distance of the centralised Service for both legs. Scrutiny will be available to crews on Saturday morning in a further effort to minimise the cost and time commitment for competitors.

The stages themselves are a real treat, featuring a mix of both tests used in recent years as well as the return of several classics that have not been used in the Jim Walsh Forrest Rally for quite a while. The route has been carefully chosen to provide the best rallying challenge, and the club are delighted to announce that the stages are in superb condition and all set to welcome the competing crews come the end of July.

Speaking today, event COC and Cork Motor Club Chairman Paul Casey was excited with the prospect of two-day Forest Rallying returning, as some of the greatest events he had competed on were ‘The 2-Days’ in the mid 00’s. Paul has a strong team behind him that have already been working hard to get the groundwork done for the event, and preparations truly begin in earnest today to provide competitors with truly the best event possible. The emphasis on making the event more competitor friendly was of vital importance to the organisers, with initiatives like the Saturday Scrutiny, Late Start, Centralised Service and Low Road Mileage all at the forefront of the planning stage of the Event. As the cost of Rallying continues to increase, it’s hoped that measures like these will help encourage competitors to come out for a blast in the Woods.

As a double counting round of the Valvoline Forest Rally Championship, the Jim Walsh is a fantastic opportunity for crews to pick up large amounts of Championship Points. The support of Forestry Chairman Ray Fitzpatrick was invaluable in the return of the two-day format this year. The Forestry Championship is one of the most popular Motorsport series in the country with dedicated TV coverage & a large and successful Social Media presence which is incredibly attractive for competitors and sponsors alike. The addition of a Two-Day Jim Walsh Forest Rally is great boost to the profile of the Championship.

Regulations and Entry Forms will be available shortly

Club Website

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:03 PM

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