FIA starts Celtic Rally Tro­phy be­gin­ning with West Cork Rally

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Driv­ers will fight for the in­au­gu­ral FIA Celtic Rally Tro­phy in ad­di­tion to Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship points on next week’s West Cork Rally.

The new se­ries forms part of the FIA Euro­pean Rally Tro­phy, re­vised to be the main sup­port level for the ERC, with 25 events in­cluded from 16 coun­tries across the con­ti­nent in a cal­en­dar re­leased by the FIA re­cently.

Th­ese will then be split into sub-se­ries, with the In­ter­na­tional Rally of the Lakes, Done­gal In­ter­na­tional Rally, Ul­ster Rally and Rally Isle of Man join­ing West Cork to make up the Celtic se­ries.

Each of the events will run to full In­ter­na­tional sta­tus ac­cord­ing to pa­pers seen by MN. There is no reg­is­tra­tion fee and the se­ries is open to all com­peti­tors hold­ing an in­ter­na­tional li­cence and com­pet­ing in an FIA ho­molo­gated car up to the R5/S2000 level, which fits with both Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship and Tar­mac Rally Or­gan­is­ers As­so­ci­a­tion reg­u­la­tions.

For West Cork, it marks the se­cond time in the event’s his­tory it has held In­ter­na­tional sta­tus, while Septem­ber’s Rally Isle of Man was for­merly a long-term top- tier co­ef­fi­cient 20 ERC round.

The Manx event is a counter for the Mod­i­fied and His­toric sec­tions of TROA. As the de­cider of this new se­ries as well as the in­creased-points fi­nal BRC round, it is likely to at­tract crews in con­tention.

Other se­ries that will make up the new Tro­phy in­clude Balkan, Baltic, Cen­tral and Iberian, with the top three in each to move on to an end of year shootout to de­cide the win­ner.

The re­vi­sions are the brain­child of FIA stew­ard Andy Millns, with Mike Broad tak­ing on the co­or­di­na­tor role for the Celtic events.

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