Au­to­grass thrills this week­end in Bal­lyguy­roe

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE Mal­low Au­to­grass will hold a two days of high-oc­tane ac­tion this week­end at their Bal­lyguy­roe track.

SOME of Ire­land’s lead­ing drivers will go head-to-head in north Cork this week­end as the Mal­low Au­to­grass Club hosts one of the most im­por­tant week­ends of rac­ing on its an­nual cal­en­dar.

Hun­dreds of au­to­grass fans are set to flock to the club’s Bal­lyguy­roe track deep in the Bal­ly­houra Moun­tains for two days of high-oc­tane dirt track rac­ing fea­tur­ing an im­pres­sive and eye-catch­ing ar­ray of cars.

The event, which will see com­peti­tors take part in round three of the Driver of the Year Cham­pi­onship, will also see the drivers com­pet­ing for the an­nual Damien Forde Memo­rial Cup.

A huge mo­tor-sport fan and a highly re­spected and much loved mem­ber of the Mal­low Au­to­grass Club, Damien died in June 2015 after the trac­tor he was driv­ing struck a ditch near Glan­worth.

He played an in­stru­men­tal role in bring Au­to­grass back to north Cork after and eight-year ab­sence but sadly never got to com­pete in many events at the Bal­lyguy­roe track.

Damien’s sister-in-law, Gil­lian Forde, said the Mal­low Con­tracts spon­sored memo­rial cup is a fit­ting trib­ute to his memory.

“Damien was a fun-lov­ing and friendly club mem­ber who was held in high es­teem by all who knew him,” said Gil­lian.

Gates will open at noon on Satur­day with each of the com­pet­ing cars un­der­go­ing a ridged scru­tiny ahead of the first race at 4pm.

On Sun­day there will be a lap of hon­our for Damien Forde be­fore rac­ing gets un­der­way at 11am, with fe­male drivers com­pet­ing for the Arches Cup and ju­niors rac­ing for brag­ging rights in the Donal O’Brien Cup.

Divers in all classes will com­pete over the week­end for fi­nal race where the win­ner, the ‘Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons’ will take home the much sought after Damien Forde Cup.

For more de­tails of the event and to find out more about the Mal­low Au­to­grass Club visit their ded­i­cated Face­book page.

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