If you have teenagers who want to take up motorsport you will need to read this. 

𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗿 Club launches junior autocross/rally series for 15 to 18 year olds

Clare Motorclub is running its third Autocross in Ballycumber Co Offaly on October 17 and if you have teenagers who want to take up motorsport you will need to read this. 

John Naylor, President of Motorsport Ireland attended the most recent Autocross which took place on September 12 and he suggested that the club should consider a J1000 class for the next event.

Suggestions are always talked about and it’s always a good sign when more suggestions are added. One such suggestion by Greg Shinnors was that the J1000 class would carry navigators in order to help these competitors gain experience with the car on loose surface. 

With massive support coming from Clare Motor Club Directors, Sean McHugh and Greg Shinnors from Motorsport Ireland’s Rally Academy, Brian Keegan Chairman of the Motorsport Ireland Autocross Commission along with the members of the Autocross Commission and Motorsport Ireland, the class was put together. 

The class features J1000 rally cars traditionally seen in forest stages in recent years. The age group for this event is slightly different to forestry stages in that forestry is 15 to 18 year olds but the Autocross competitors are  from 14 to 18 years. Only this J1000 class will be permitted to carry a navigator.

Gerry O’Brien Clerk of the Course for this event is very excited about this new venture which keeps getting more and more support. Entry fee for this class is €75. The entries for this class in Clare’s October event, along with the traditional Classes 8 and 9 for Autocross Juniors and Intermediates have been very kindly sponsored by Naylor Engineering. 

Killian Duffy from Onthepacenote has very kindly agreed to make safety notes for this event for the J1000 class. 

The Motorsport Ireland Autocross commission and the Billy Coleman Award see that this has the ability to be a major step forward in nurturing young competitors  for the future. 

The event consists of three timed runs of three 1-km laps, with the fastest run to count. 

All c J1000 cars will get a two-lap familiarisation run before the real action starts. 

The event takes place in Ballycumber Co Offaly on Sunday October 17 and gates will be open at 7am. Clare Motor Club’s venue in Ballycumber is very popular as it also caters for buggies and 4wd saloons. The venue is centrally located and easily accessed from M6 Motorway.

Entries are open and can be made here 

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