Kerry’s youngest rally driver will today (Wednesday 26) have a16th birthday to remember.
Mossie Costelloe is preparing for his second rally of the season and his fourth rally of his career.
Last year Motorsport Ireland introduced a new junior class where drivers, aged 15 or over, could take part in forest rallies provided their car did not exceed 1000cc and that they employed an experienced co-driver who drives the car on the public non-competitive road sections.
The Tarbert youngster was the first, and so far only, Kerry competitor to sign up for the new series.
Last year he tackled two rallies, the Moonraker in Ballyvourney and the Cork-Two Day Forestry Rally in Mallow in a self-prepared Nissan Micra.
In the off season he went all out, and with help from his father, well-known local rally driver Jason, they built a Hyundai i10 and he plans on contesting all rounds of the series this year.
Today is his 16th birthday and he will celebrate it by preparing for Sunday’s Limerick Forestry Rally which is based in Abbeyfeale.
His season has not got off to the best of starts. His first outing, ten days ago, on the Carrick-on-Suir Rally, ended in retirement after an electrical failure in his new car.
“It was heart breaking,” he said. “The first rally of the year was not meant to be.”
This article was first published in the February 26 issue of The Kerryman. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to The Kerryman.