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Killarney International Rally of Lakes - 4-5 May 19

Posted: April 18, 2019 9:07 AM - 4166 Hits

Round 4 - 2019 Tarmac Rally Championship
Round 2 - 2019 Southern 4 Rally Championship

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Video: Launch Night

Posted: April 18, 2019 9:07 AM

Rally Launch - 14 Apr

Posted: April 13, 2019 10:35 AM

2019 Rally of the Lakes Launch
From 6pm - Sunday 14th of April at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney
All Welcome

On Line Entry / Regulations

Posted: April 3, 2019 2:21 PM

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Video: Promotional Day

Posted: April 2, 2019 8:20 AM


Posted: March 11, 2019 10:40 AM

What an amazing time it is for Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award winner James Wilson, as he now looks forward to defending his Junior British Rally Championship lead on this weekends West Cork Rally with co-driver Arthur Kierans in the Peugeot 208 R2. The other exciting news is a fabulous opportunity to drive an R5 Hyundai on the legendary stages of the Killarney Rally of the Lakes in May has now fallen into place. It’s a busy time for James and this development could have a wider significance for the James’s progression towards the top in rallying.

“It’s been a sensational time for me since being declared the winner of the Billy Coleman Award, and following the exciting announcement of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy it’s become even more exciting for me also! Thanks to the new programme I will be lining up to tackle the awesome Killarney Rally of the Lakes in May in a PCRS RallySport prepared Hyundai i20R5!

This is the first part of an expanded programme of Irish events that I will contest this year as part of the development programme in the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy. It’s all been made possible thanks to funding from former Irish Tarmac Champion- John Coyne through the Team Ireland Foundation, and it really is a dream come true” said James.

It’s an ideal opportunity for the County Armagh driver to learn the techniques of the four wheel drive R5 weapon, as this is very much the next step up from the R2 class in rallying. Indeed the R5 category is currently the most competitive in Irish rallying with former Billy Coleman Award winner and factory Citroen WRC driver- Craig Breen even contesting Irish events in a Fiesta R5 this season.

“We are already trying to make plans for 2020 and of course the R5 path is the one to take, so any extra experience we can gain this season will be invaluable. I can’t get carried away totally with the excitement about Killarney however, as the main focus for now is on the West Cork Rally. It’s another classic event, and I contested it two years ago. In fact it was the first time out in the 208 R2 and I loved the stages then.

From memory it’s quite a fast rally with high commitment needed, but yet there are two days to get around so you have to get to the finish also. With so many four-wheel drive crews ahead of us there could potentially be a lot of mud pulled out so I think everyone will need to assess the conditions on the first loop of stages. It’s great to be home rallying and for West Cork to be a round of both the British Championship and Irish Tarmac Championship is a big coup. I certainly cant wait to get onto the opening stages on Saturday.”

Competition is going to be fierce and James following his opening BRC win on the Cambrian is seeded first in a very strong field of the little 1600cc R2 machines. “The first round was so close it proves how great a class R2 is, and again there are at least six or eight crews who are really capable of winning the category. We are hoping to get a test in the car before-hand as it was Ypres last summer that we were last on tarmac with the 208. We just need to get re-acquainted with the grip levels of the tarmac tyres. The car itself has been re-prepared meticulously by the PCRS team. It required routine maintainence and the tarmac set up put on after the Cambrian which was good.”

In addition to the 50,000 euro funding from the Billy Coleman Award thanks to Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland and the individual motor clubs, James’s BRC campaign is also supported by Road Tankers Armagh, Rigual, TEC Industrial, James Wilson Garage Services and Philip White Tyres. Also James will be aiming to win the generous £2500 first prize from Peugeot Sport UK/Ireland for the first 208 R2 home.

With James also tenth overall in the BRC drivers standings there is a lot to play for on West Cork’s flowing roads, and a lot to think about for the future in rallying for the young engineer!

Fassbender to tackle Molls Gap

Posted: February 27, 2019 6:17 AM

The Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes received a major boost this week with the announcement that Michael Fassbender will participate on the May Bank Holiday event. The Killarney native will be suited and booted competing with an eagerly expected field of 160 rally cars.

No stranger to motorsport, Michael successfully competed in two seasons of the North American 488 Challenge and currently is competing with Porsche in the Porsche Cup series.

The Killarney native has also taken up the role of event ambassador, fully committed to increasing the profile of this exciting event and motorsport in general. An avid motorsport fan and a regular competitor on the racing circuits, Fassbender is looking forward to the Rally Ambassador role and supporting his home event and added,
“Since its inception in 1979, the Rally of the Lakes, epitomises the essence of Road Racing. It is both an honour and a pleasure to be this year’s Rally of the Lakes ambassador.”

Clerk of the Course, Dermot Healy and his team are celebrating this milestone in style with many support events to the main event with a family friendly theme at the core.
“We are absolutely delighted that Michael has offered his support to this year’s event” Dermot continued, “His contribution in helping us promote the event will be far reaching.”

Classic Stages with A Twist

Posted: February 27, 2019 6:15 AM

The 2019 Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes is getting into gear for the upcoming 40th Anniversary event taking place over the May Bank holiday weekend (3rd, 4th & 5th May). The event is hosted by the Killarney and District Motor Club and is run this year by appointed Clerk of the Course is Dermot Healy.

Dermot, a prominent figure in Irish Motorsport and an experienced Clerk of the Course has introduced a challenging twist to this year’s 16 stage event. Three of the Saturday’s classic stages, Ardgroom, Cods Head and the Healy Pass stages are run in reverse. Classic stages that you may have never seen before.

An event could be forgiven for taking the easy option by running the same stages year in year out, however Dermot and his crew have introduced a twist on some of the classic Rally of the Lakes stages, offering drivers a new challenge that has been absent in recent years.

“Where the Saturday route is familiar to most, running them in reverse order offers crews a new challenge and levels the competition for all” Dermot added, “The response from crews has been very positive and welcome the challenge ahead.”

Sunday’s stages stay close to home with four loops of two. Centralised service in Liebherr carpark and a short road section to the finish ramp make the Sunday stages very compact for both spectators and crews alike.

“We are very mindful of the challenging Saturday route for crews so keeping Sunday’s route as compact as possible while offering great challenging stages was our goal” Dermot went on to add, “Finding suitable routes is a constant challenge and this year we have pushed the boundaries in ensuring the event is challenging, safe and fun for all participating.”

Dermot and his team understand the importance of promoting the sport at every turn,
“We want to use this year’s 40th Anniversary occasion to broaden the appeal of the event and sport to a wider audience.” However, Dermot remained tight lipped on the details at this early stage but shared one last comment, “We can learn a lot from the Golden Years of Rallying.” Is that a hint of things to come…?

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Posted: February 27, 2019 6:15 AM

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