Ir­ish rul­ing sets prece­dent for R5s

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R5 cars were pre­vented from tak­ing part in last month’s Done­gal Mini Stages Rally be­cause they are not con­sid­ered suit­able for club­man events, set­ting a new prece­dent for sim­i­lar fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

In an ap­par­ent bid to get around the Mo­tor­sport Ire­land rul­ing event or­gan­is­ers tried to al­low R5 cars to run in ‘plus’ spec in­stead, but this idea was also ruled out. Three days be­fore the rally was due to get un­der­way a spe­cial meet­ing of Mo­tor­sport Ire­land’s Ral­lies Com­mit­tee was ar­ranged and af­ter­wards it was an­nounced that R5+ cars could not take part. Those af­fected by the de­ci­sion in­cluded Desi Henry, Alas­tair Fisher and Brendan Cumiskey.

Un­der Ar­ti­cle 2.6 of the Mo­tor­sport Ire­land Year­book – ‘Sin­gle Stage and Mini Stage Ral­lies’ – ho­molo­gated World Rally, Re­gional Rally and R5 cars are not per­mit­ted on any Sin­gle Stage or Mini Stage Rally. World Rally Cars that are out of ho­molo­ga­tion may com­pete on Non-re­stricted Mini-stage Ral­lies in Class 15. The only dis­pen­sa­tion given for ho­molo­gated, four-wheel-drive cars, are those from the Show­room Cat­e­gory.

The CEO of Mo­tor­sport Ire­land said that the con­fu­sion was the re­sult of “a sim­ple mis­take” on the mo­tor club’s part. “R5 cars were not banned be­cause R5 cars were never de­signed for Mini Stage Ral­lies such as Done­gal Mo­tor Club’s. Th­ese events were de­signed specif­i­cally for club­men.

“We are look­ing at it very se­ri­ously,” added Sin­clair. “Is the R5+ idea some­thing we want to pur­sue, or is it some­thing bet­ter left alone? We should reach a de­ci­sion soon.”

R5 cars can be up­graded to plus spec­i­fi­ca­tion by run­ning a big­ger re­stric­tor.

Fisher missed Done­gal in R5

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