Fate of Wexford Rally to be learned this week*

*This article was written before last week’s government announcements and appeared in Kerry print media last week – it is republished here for historical reason and to show Kerry Motorsport News sets a national news agenda from a local perspective*

Kerry rally competitors, officials and fans will learn this week if the sport can return to competitive action in this country in September.

Wexford Motor Club secured a date for its rally in the new calendar that was redrafted by Motorsport Ireland two weeks ago.

The future of this year’s rally depends on the government’s easing of current COVID-19 restrictions and an announcement is expected on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

Set for September 5 and 6, the Wexford Rally is always popular with Killarney-based competitors. Killcummin co-driver Damien Fleming finished second last year alongside Stephen McCann in a Ford Fiesta R5.

Damien Fleming and Stephen McCann finished second on last year’s Wexford Rally in their Ford Fiesta R5.

However, the organising club has now said that: “The running of the event is governed by the implementation of the governments Phase Four restrictions and the issuing of event permits.”

A decision on the future of the event will be made on August 11 giving Wexford Motor Club less than four weeks to finalise event preparation and attract enough entries to balance the books.

In a further blow to event organisers the Irish governing body has prohibited overseas competitors from contesting Irish events until further notice.  The Wexford Rally, given its proximity to Rosslare Harbour, has always relied on Welsh drivers to make the event financially viable.

Versions of this article were previously published in The Kerryman and The Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to both weekly titles.

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