Killarney Historic Rally launch set for Sunday

Killarney and District Motor Club will launch its Rentokil-Initial Historic Rally on Sunday at the Gleneagle Hotel.

This year’s rally will feature a host of new innovations, some that have never been seen before in Irish rally. All details will be revealed at the press conference on Sunday which is open to the public.

Already, new clerk of the course, Darren McCormick has put his own stamp on the rally.

A history-maker in his own right as Darren is the first second-generation clerk appointed by the club and follows in his father Gary’s footsteps who previously ran the ally in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“It is a great honour to be selected by the club to run one of its premier events and even greater to put into practice the things Gary thought me over the years, “said Darren.

An extensive route survey has been carried out by the organising committee and while competitors will be familiar with all of the route, new sections on every stage will make the November 30 rally one of the most competitive yet.

One of the biggest changes is a new version of Moll’s Gap, the stage will now run to nearly 20-km but the finer points of this section will not be revealed until nearer the event.

Entries are set to exceed the permitted 160 cars, with interest coming from all over Ireland and the UK.

Sunday’s event gets underway at 3pm, and rally fans from far and wide are invited to attend.

The club will confirm at the launch the names of some of the drivers and types of cars that will be in action in Killarney at the end of November, as well as revealing some of the new concepts set be introduced this year

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