STARS FOR CIR­CUIT CEL­E­BRA­TION

Cir­cuit of Ire­land win­ners to join spe­cial event

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Seven for­mer win­ners of the Cir­cuit of Ire­land will gather in Kil­lar­ney at Easter to cel­e­brate the his­tory of Ire­land’s most fa­mous rally.

The Cir­cuit Deja Vu event has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of those with a love of the fa­mous rally and the high­light of the week­end will be a run over stun­ning Kerry moun­tain roads on Easter Sun­day (March 27), re­vis­it­ing clas­sic stages from the event’s his­tory.

As well as seven win­ning driv­ers, 10 vic­to­ri­ous co-driv­ers will be on hand and the or­gan­is­ers have been forced to close the en­try. A to­tal of 150 cars and crews have en­tered fol­low­ing a re­mark­able re­sponse to this non-com­pet­i­tive event.

Ire­land’s best-known rally driver Paddy Hop­kirk will head the field in a replica of his Monte Carlo-win­ning Mini Cooper ’33 EJB’. Hop­kirk won the Cir­cuit five times be­tween 1958 and 1967. Sev­en­time win­ner Jimmy Mcrae and triple win­ner Rus­sell Brookes will also be there, with Brookes driv­ing his Tal­bot Sun­beam Lotus.

“This great cir­cuit re­union would not be the same with­out Jimmy Mcrae,” said or­gan­iser Beatty Craw­ford of the most suc­cess­ful driver in the rally’s 85-year his­tory.

Ir­ish ace Billy Cole­man, an­other three-time win­ner, will drive a Roth­mans Porsche 911, while Adrian Boyd, win­ner in 1960 and 1971, will drive his re­cently re­stored Alpine Re­nault.

Ca­hal Cur­ley and David Llewellin are the other for­mer win­ners on hand, while for­mer rac­ing driver Gra­ham Bir­rell will drive a BMW and fa­mous co-driv­ers Ian Grindrod and Terry Har­ry­man will also take part.

He ral­lied as a young­ster Cole­man won event in 1984 His­toric F3: Good­wood stars

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