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Posted: January 9, 2020 10:28 AM - 1339 Hits

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IRISH MOTORSPORT TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2020

Posted: January 5, 2020 10:46 AM

Motorsport Ireland will exhibit at Autosport International, Europe’s biggest and most-influential motorsport trade fair, for the first-time next month. The annual event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in the UK will this year celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Irish governing body will use the four-day show, which runs between January 9th and 12th, to promote Irish motorsport to UK and international competitors and fans.

Motorsport Ireland has secured a stand within the main hall and in close proximity to the main Autosport Stage, the focal point of the entire exhibition. Representatives from the three major rally championships; The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, The Triton Showers National Rally Championship and the Valvoline Irish Forestry series will be on duty to promote and explain Irish rallying to the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the show. Members of the organising clubs that organise rallies within the three championships will also be on hand to explain to visitors the unique nature of Irish motorsport events and the associated legendary hospitality.

“Come for the rallying – stay for the craic” is a catchphrase that show attendees will hear over the four days.

Mondello Park, the Republic of Ireland’s only permanent motor racing circuit will share stand space with the rally clubs and will be aiming to attract UK and International competitors and supporters to the County Kildare venue during 2020 and beyond.

Some of Ireland’s biggest names will also be on the stand over the four days where they will happily engage with prospective visitors.

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will describe their Irish Tarmac Rally Championship winning campaign. The pair have several FIA European and FIA World Rally Championship event wins between them but still chose to do the majority of their 2019 rallying at home, further endorsing the unique nature of sport on the Emerald Isle.

Callum Devine, the newly crowned Irish International Driver of the Year for 2019, could well be the next Irish driver to make it on the international stage, and he and his co-driver Brian Hoy will unveil their plans for a tilt at the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship at the show.

Outgoing Billy Coleman award winner James Wilson received a lot of help from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy over the last 12 months, including runs in a PCRS-prepared Hyundai i20 R5 in international rallies. The Hyundai will be the star attraction on the Motorsport Ireland stage over the four days.

TO MONTE CARLO FROM BIRMINGHAM: FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON TO BE LAUNCHED AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL.

Posted: November 26, 2019 4:35 AM

2020 cars to be seen together for the first time at Autosport International
Saturday, January 11th to be World Rally Championship themed day at Europe’s leading motorsport show

Opportunity for fans to meet the teams before Rallye Monte-Carlo season-opener The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is one of the most challenging motorsport events in the world. The marathon 14-round season, with top drivers battling on a vast range of terrain and climate, will kick off in Birmingham, UK.

Europe’s biggest motorsport show, Autosport International, has announced the 2020 season will be launched at the show. The first public day of the show, Saturday 11th January, will be themed as ‘WRC Super Saturday’ and the stars from the big four manufacturer teams of M-Sport Ford, Hyundai Motorsport, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Citroën Racing will all unveil their 2020 challengers in front of tens of thousands of fans.

Confirmed drivers for the 2020 season include Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi and six-time world champion Sébastien Ogier. The Autosport International launch event will also showcase WRC team principals, co-drivers and the up and coming stars of WRC 2, WRC 3 and the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

Motorsport Network president James Allen said: “The WRC season launch is one of the undoubted highlights of the Autosport International Show. It’s increasingly rare for world championship level motorsport to offer fans such access to cars and stars. We are thrilled that the WRC has continued the initiative to open their season launch to the public and give show visitors an in-depth insight into what makes the WRC so special.

“Just one week after the launch, the very same stars and cars will travel from Birmingham to the French Alps ready for the opening round of the series, the Monte Carlo Rally, which starts on January 23. It is truly an opportunity for fans to mingle with their heroes on the eve of an epic global adventure.”

Oliver Ciesla, WRC Promoter Managing Director said:
“We are delighted to launch what promises to be another exceptionally competitive WRC season at Autosport International again. The first sight of newly-liveried 2020 World Rally Cars altogether, along with drivers and co-drivers appearing with their new teams for the first time, will set pulses pumping among the fans in the build-up to the opening round in Monte-Carlo a couple of weeks later. Autosport International marks the kick-off to the international motorsport season and WRC Super Saturday will provide the opportunity for our stars to talk about their hopes and ambitions for the forthcoming campaign, as well as giving fans access to their heroes and cars. I can’t wait!

Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network, one of the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related publishers, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards.

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