Bumper sea­son of mo­tor­sport is planned for Kerry road this year

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - Sean Mo­ri­arty

MO­TOR­SPORT en­thu­si­asts in the county are set for a very busy 2019 with five events planned in Kerry or just over the county bounds.

Cir­cuit of Kerry

KERRY Mo­tor Club is at an ad­vanced stage of plan­ning for its April 7 Cir­cuit of Kerry and club mem­bers were out in force over the week­end con­duct­ing fi­nal route sur­veys and vis­it­ing res­i­dents along the pro­posed route.

Based again in the Rose Ho­tel in Tralee the rally will fea­ture nine stages in the gen­eral Castleis­land area over roads that have not been used for ral­ly­ing for a num­ber of years. The rally is on an opt year from the Tri­ton Show­ers Na­tional se­ries, how­ever, it will form the se­cond round of the lo­cally spon­sored Top Part West Coast Cham­pi­onship and the open­ing event in the Mo­ri­arty’s Centra King­dom of Kerry Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Eoin Duf­fin has been ap­pointed as clerk of the course and as a rally driver him­self has cho­sen a route that will be both chal­leng­ing to com­peti­tors and one that al­lows safe spec­ta­tor view­ing.

More de­tails will be re­leased as they get fi­nalised with both the club and lo­cal bod­ies like res­i­dent asso­ciations and Kerry County Coun­cil.

Rally of the Lakes

KIL­LAR­NEY and Dis­trict Mo­tor Club’s Rally of the Lakes on May 4 and 5 will cel­e­brate its 40th run­ning with an al­most brand new route.

Clerk of the course Der­mot Healy and his and his team un­der­took a route sur­vey over the Christ­mas break. While it is far too early to con­firm ex­actly what roads the rally will visit he con­firmed in a so­cial me­dia post:

“We have plans well un­der­way to make the 2019 event some­thing very spe­cial. I can tell you the stages for this year’s event will be very dif­fer­ent as well as be­ing spec­tac­u­lar. Some have not been ral­lied in over 20 years. We have some ma­jor plans and sur­prises in store which will be rolled out over the next few weeks.”

Forestry Ral­ly­ing

TWO ma­jor forestry ral­lies will take place just over the county bounds this year and one will in­clude stages in Kerry.

Lim­er­ick Mo­tor Club will base its March 3 forestry rally at Rockchapel GAA Grounds in County Cork and will run the fa­mous Mount Ea­gle for­est gravel stage as part of its itin­er­ary.

Mount Ea­gle has been used by both Kerry Mo­tor Club and Kil­lar­ney and Dis­trict Mo­tor club over the years, the last time over ten years ago when KDMC last or­gan­ised a count­ing round of the Ir­ish Forestry Rally Cham­pi­onship. Clerk of the course for this event is well­known New­castlewest-based co-driver An­thony Nestor who is a pre­vi­ous win­ner of the Cir­cuit of Kerry and the Rally of the Lakes. Mun­ster Car Club will run its Abbey Ho­tel Moon­raker Forestry Rally out of Bal­lyvour­ney, county Cork on Satur­day, April 13.

Kil­lar­ney His­toric Rally

THE coun­try’s only ded­i­cated rally for his­toric and mod­i­fied rally ma­chin­ery will run slightly ear­lier this year – on No­vem­ber 30 – in an ef­fort to gain more day­light run­ning hours.

Castle­gre­gory Golf Club held their Cap­tains’ Drive-in on Sun­day. Pic­tured from left are John Dil­lane, Mens Cap­tain, Karen Tess, Ladies Cap­tain, and Club Pres­i­dents Ed­die Han­nafin and Meryln O’Con­nor.

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