Limerick Forestry Rally - 1 Mar 20

Posted: February 27, 2020 4:29 AM - 2499 Hits

Round 2 - 2020 Irish Forest Rally Championship
Round 2 - 2020 Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series
Round 2 - 2020 South East Stages Rally Championship

Marshal Information

Posted: February 27, 2020 3:39 AM

Following the success of last year’s ‘Golden Ticket’ draw for marshals, we are delighted to announce that €1,500 has been ring fenced for all marshals, timekeepers and stage commanders that give assistance to Limerick Motor Club during the event. This incentive is to reward the sacrifice that these volunteers make to our events week in week out, in all weather conditions throughout the country. This incentive is kindly sponsored by the competitors. Each volunteer will be given a golden ticket with the draw taking place after the event. Up for grabs are five prizes of a half day tuition at a professional rally school.

    Stage 1
    Meeting point: Stage Entrance
    Time: 8:30am
    No shop at this meeting point.
    Coordinates for stage 1 entrance are as follows:
    N 52 19'23.351
    W 9 08'29.684

    Stage 2
    Meeting point: Moloneys Maxol, Abbeyfeale
    Time: 8.50am

    Stage 3
    Meeting point: Centra, Castleisland
    Time: 9.30am

Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship 2020 - Round 2 Preview

Posted: February 27, 2020 3:25 AM

The mud and stones have barely been washed off some cars, but this weekend see’s the hugely exciting Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship buzz back to life as we head to Abbeyfeale for Round two of the 2020 season, the Keltec Engineering Limerick Forest Rally.

A new base for this year’s event, but a lot of the stages and team behind the scenes have stayed the same from the weather halted event last year. Undeterred by the freak Snow Blizzards that cut their efforts short last term, COC Anthony Nestor and the Limerick Motor Club have put in huge work to make the 2020 event a true classic that should be remembered for quite some time.

The stages, based around the Limerick and Cork border, are incredibly quick and the club have made massive efforts to ensure their quality once more. The six tests will see crews navigate over 66KM of some of the most rewarding high-speed thrills that Irish rallying has to offer.

Heading the field, and most definitely the early favourite, are Round 1 winners in Carrick-on-Suir two weeks ago James Wilson/Arthur Kierans. The 2018 Billy Coleman award winner showed blistering pace in the changeable conditions last time out and has really gotten up to speed quickly with the PCRS prepared Hyundai i20 R5. The young Armagh star has made the Forestry Title his main focus in 2020, and if the pace shown so far is anything to go by, its going to take a serious effort to derail Wilsons ambitions in the Motorsport Ireland backed car.

The pair who came closest to toppling Wilson in Carrick were Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan in their Mitsibushi Evo 9, but the latest news just breaking is that 2019 Irish Forest Champions Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty are back for the 2020 season in their Ford Fiesta R5. Fresh from an impressive run in Fivemiletown last weekend, McCourt is rearing to take the battle to Carbin and Wilson and make a serious effort to retain his crown!

In the 2WD section, all eyes will be on the battle of the Ford Escorts, with Round 1 winners Gary Kiernan/Daren O’Brien set to be pushed to the limit by a raft of big name opposition who have a lot more Loose Surface experience than the Monaghan man. Michael Conlon/Grace O’Brien had a great event in Carrick-on-Suir to take second place, but they know that there are even more friendly rivals to deal with in Limerick.

Chief among these is 2019 Valvoline Irish Forestry 2WD Champions David Crossan/Aileen Kelly who start their defence this weekend having skipped Round 1, as have fellow Class 14 MK2 Escort crew David Condell/Paul Kelly, winners of the gruelling 2-day Cork Forest Rally in 2019.

Behind them, the FWD battle is once again sure to dominate the conversation, with the R2 battle once more set to rage between the Opel Adam of Jordan Hone/Paul Hone and the Ford Fiesta’s of Marty Gallagher/Dean O’Sullivan & Kyle White/Sean Topping.

In Class 11F, inspirational young navigator Sara McFadden will make her Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship debut alongside current class leader Ian McCarthy in his Honda Civic. The visually impaired Mayo woman has quickly grown a reputation as an incredibly skilled co-driver, and the Limerick Forest Rally will be a first venture off tarmac and into the Woods!

Lastly, the closest battle of all on Round 1 of the season was in the M’O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 series, where only 1.2 seconds separated the Nissan Micra of Reece Pollock/John Burke and the Toyota Aygo of Kyle McBride, who this round will be navigated by Declan Casey. The field of J1000 crews will be the first to leave the Rally HQ in Abbeyfeale on Sunday morning, with six incredible stages lying in wait for what is sure to be a great days rallying!

Limerick Forest Rally 2020 - Entry Fees Reduced

Posted: February 20, 2020 3:06 PM

Regarding the use of trackers on our event, competitors (guardians of J1000 competitors) with completed entry forms by 5pm on 19/2/2020 were contacted seeking their views. Those NOT in favour of using trackers won by 5 votes. Limerick Motor Club has considered the views of competitors and therefore, trackers will not be used on the event. As a result of this and the decision to remove the Benevolent Fund contribution, entry fees have now been revised as follows:
Main Field: €653
J1000: €428

KELTEC ENGINEERING LIMERICK FOREST RALLY 2020 IN ASSOCIATION WITH T JUNCTION CARS LTD - PRESS RELEASE 1

Posted: January 20, 2020 3:25 PM

On Sunday March 1st, some of Ireland’s leading rally crews will descend on the mid-west for the Keltec Engineering Limerick Forest Rally. Organised and promoted by Limerick Motor Club, we are delighted to announce Kilmallock based Keltec Engineering as title sponsor for 2020. Keltec Engineering have shown their faith in the rally once again following their associate sponsorship of last year’s event. Managing director Thomas Sheedy is no stranger to motorsport as he competes in the Irish Hillclimb & Sprint Championship. We also welcome our new associate sponsor T Junction Cars of Newcastle West who have come on board. Owner and clerk of the course for this rally, Anthony Nestor, has recognised the benefits of sponsoring such an event. The HQ for the loose surface rally weekend event will be in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale.

Limerick Forest Rally counts as round 2 of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship, Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship and the newly formed Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series, all of which will ensure a high quality entry from Ireland and further afield. We would like to acknowledge the roles of Ita Doonan, Ray Fitzpatrick and their Irish Forest Rally Championship team for their co-operation with Limerick Motor Club over the past number of years. As a new era for the championship begins, we look forward to working with Deirdre Burke and Paul Casey.

Clerk of the course, Anthony Nestor, has laid on a compact route of three exceptionally smooth stages with each stage to be tackled twice totalling 66km in a 3-1-2 format. Anthony would like to thank Coillte, Abbeyfeale Community Council and Kostal for their support of this event. Speaking on behalf of Abbeyfeale Community Council, chairperson Maurice O’Connell said
“Abbeyfeale Community Council are delighted to welcome this year’s Limerick Motor Club Forest Rally to Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. We wish the organisers and participants every success in this exciting event and welcome all supporters and visitors from throughout the Country and abroad to our beautiful and friendly town and community. Wishing everyone involved a safe and exciting weekend”.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Golden Ticket’ draw for marshals, we are delighted to announce that €1,500 has been ring fenced for all marshals, timekeepers and stage commanders that give assistance to Limerick Motor Club during the event. This incentive is to reward the sacrifice that these volunteers make to our events week in week out, in all weather conditions throughout the country. This incentive is kindly sponsored by the competitors. Each volunteer will be given a golden ticket with the draw taking place after the event. Up for grabs are five prizes of a half day tuition at a professional rally school.

Spectators are, as always, welcome to the rally and in return we ask you to arrive early, stand in spectator areas, obey and respect the marshals, only park in suitable areas, leave only your footprint and always KEEP THE RACE IN IT’S PLACE. Programmes containing stage maps, itinerary, entry list, etc. will be available from local shops in the days leading up to the rally.

For more information visit www.limerickmc.ie and keep an eye on social media for the latest updates. Limerick Motor Club would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend and we look forward to welcoming you all to west Limerick on Sunday March 1st.

Event Poster

Posted: January 20, 2020 3:25 PM

Club Website

Posted: January 20, 2020 3:17 PM

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