Topaz Donegal International Rally 2009 goes ‘radical’

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Donegal Motor Club has released preliminary details of the Topaz Donegal International Rally Ireland for the June 19th – 21st event. The rally is a pivotal round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, and incorporates a National Rally for modified cars, a section for older, Historic, rally cars and a round of the Ford Fiesta Challenge on Saturday 20th. A Junior Rally, for up and coming drivers, takes place on Sunday 21st.

Danny Gormley, Clerk of the Course said “We are delighted with Topaz’s continued support of the Rally, particularly in the current economic climate. They have brought new thinking to the event and have helped us open up the sport to a much wider audience. Topaz is a wholly Irish owned company and their commitment has been fantastic. They understand the significance of the Rally for the region, as well as being a major sporting event.” 

“For 2009 we’ve made fairly radical changes. The route has been given a major shake-up and only two stages from last year’s route remain the same. I have no doubt competitors are going to find it a real driving challenge”

“Donegal poses a unique challenge in Irish rallying. For example, the National part of the event, for modified cars, has taken on a life of its own in recent years. It seems that the very best Mark 2 Escort crews in Ireland and the British Isles have adopted it as their unofficial ‘Olympics.’ That part of the entry has proved to be very popular with spectators.”

“I should say a particular thanks to Motorsport Ireland who have helped us with measures to give competitors better value for money. This year will see the introduction of “Rally Restart”, where competitors who break down may be allowed return to the rally the following day, subject to certain conditions. ”

“I would appeal to competitors to study the entry selection criteria in the Regulations carefully and to provide the fullest possible details of their results. We are also inviting help from Marshals available to help us run the rally and they can contact us via the website.

The Rally Regulations and Rally Accomodation details are now available on our website at: donegalinternationalrally.com.”

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