Quirke expands American rallying schedule

Kenneth Quirke’s has added two more American rallies to his 2021 schedule.

The West Kerry co-driver has signed up for the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri on March 20 and 21 alongside Martin Donnelly in a Ford Fiesta R5.

An example of the roads that feature on the Rally of the 100 Acre Wood

He will also contest a rallysprint in South Carolina with fellow New York-based Irishman Liam McNelus in a Ford Fiesta R2.

The Rally of the 100 Acre Wood is round two of the American Rally Association’s National Rally Championship. Quirke is already entered in round one – The Sn* Drift Rally on February 19 and 20 in Michigan – as codriver to former Irish Tarmac Rally Champion John Coyne in a similar Ford Fiesta.

“The rallysprint is really only to allow Liam blow off the cobwebs after the winter,” said the New York-based Camp native,

The Rally of the 100 Acre Wood maybe just over six weeks away but the entry list is already nearly at capacity.

“There is a savage entry in for it. 91 already out of a maximum of 95,” added Quirke “And two of those spots are reserved for the Subaru team and anyone else that finished in top five last year is guaranteed an entry.”

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The two-day event will be based in Salem, Missouri and will feature over 200km of gravel stages on forest roads.

Salem Missouri town centre on rally weekend

Quirke is not the first Kerry man to co-drive for Donnelly. Glenflesk’s Brian Doherty has been his regular partner since 2013 and they have contested over 20 rallies together, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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