Rally driver Colin O’Donoghue is to switch from competing on four wheels to two wheels this weekend.
The Killarney-based driver, the winner of the Modified category in the 2019 Killarney Historic Rally, the last event to run in the county before the pandemic set in, will change disciplines on Sunday by tackling the opening round of the Pro Ride Enduro Championship at the Todd’s Leap off-road complex in County Tyrone.
He hopes to contest the entire five-round championship on his KTM 300 EXC Two-Stroke as well as retuning to rallying when the sport resumes in the Republic of Ireland.
O’Donoghue has been riding off-road motorcycles for a few years, at private facilities near Killarney and Tralee, but this will be his first competitive outing on two-wheels.
“I have raced quads at Todd’s Leap before but never a motorcycle,” he said, ”It keeps me very sharp for rallying. “There will be two races on Sunday, morning and evening, and each taking over two hours.”
He will be joined by experienced off road racer, Ballybunnion’s Niall Gunn (KTM 250) and will race in the expert class. Killarney’s Aaron Farrell (Husqvarna 250) will make his his race debut and will compete in the clubman class.
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