In­ter­na­tional tal­ent headed to Kil­lar­ney for His­toric Rally

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT - Sean Mo­ri­arty

NEXT month’s Ren­tokil-Ini­tial Kil­lar­ney His­toric Rally is shap­ing up to be the big­gest in its 23-year his­tory, with some of the big­gest names, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, hav­ing al­ready placed en­tries for Ire­land’s only rally ded­i­cated to his­toric and mod­i­fied rally cars.

Sev­eral former Bri­tish cham­pi­ons have en­tered, led by ral­ly­ing roy­alty Jim McRae in a Vaux­hall Firenza. McRae will be joined by fel­low Scots­man David Bo­gie, an­other former Bri­tish cham­pion and a former win­ner of the Done­gal Na­tional Rally. Bo­gie will drive a newly built Ford Es­cort M2 in the mod­i­fied sec­tion.

Welsh­man Osian Pryce makes his first visit to the event. A former win­ner of the Ul­ster In­ter­na­tional Rally and a for­mi­da­ble com­peti­tor in any en­vi­ron­ment, sec­ond place on a Span­ish na­tional rally last week­end proves his lack of Kil­lar­ney ex­pe­ri­ence will be no de­ter­rent on De­cem­ber 1.

Belfast driver Jonny Greer is no stranger to Kil­lar­ney, he fin­ished fifth on the Rally of the Lakes this year in a Ford Fi­esta R5 but he is a new­comer to his­toric ral­ly­ing and it re­mains to be seen what car he brings to Kerry in a few weeks.

The lo­cal en­try will be headed by former his­toric sec­tion win­ner Mark Falvey in his Ford Es­cort Mk1 while Rob Dug­gan makes the long trip home from Mel­bourne to de­fend his mod­i­fied crown.

Kil­lar­ney and Dis­trict Mo­tor Club, un­der the stew­ard­ship of new clerk of the course Martin Far­rell re­vealed a tra­di­tional route for the end of sea­son event with Moll’s Gap, Caragh Lake and Bal­lagh­beama all fea­tur­ing on the route. How­ever, there will be no night stage on this oc­ca­sion, the rally fin­ish­ing with a run over a stage near Kil­cum­min.

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