With just over a week to go to the Killarney Forestry Rally, Kerry Motorsport News can reveal some of the Kerry competitors expected to start the Castleisland-based rally.
The February 20 rally is being run to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
This list of Kerry entrants is not by any means the final list and is based on entries received and not on entries accepted.
A seeded entry list is expected over the weekend.
All of these competitors could qualify for the Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship too.
In no particular order here are some of the Kerry drivers and co-divers who entered into the event.
It seems, just like the recent Galway International Rally, that there are more competing co-drivers representing the two Kerry clubs than there are drivers.
Regular Forest Rally competitors PJ O’Connor from Broadford and Denny Greaney from Cordal have entered their Mitsubishi Lancer E9
West Kerry co-driver Elaine NI She is alongside John Gordon in a Ford Escort Mk2 and will be amongst the expected two-wheel-drive category frontrunners.
Mossie Costello is the only Kerry entrant in the Junior 1000 category.
Limerick driver Hal Lewis is about to embark on his 50th year of motorsport and he will Kerry Motor Club’s Tommy Commane in the hot seat in his Ford Escort.
Rathmore school-teacher Declan Casey is alongside Hugh McQuaid in another Ford Escort Mk2. Casey is chasing the Irish and Welsh Historic Championships this year.
Killarney and District Motor Club’s Liam Moynihan has teamed up again with Cathan McCourt in a Ford Fiesta R2. They finished second overall in Galway last weekend and were third overall on the Killarney Historic Rally in November.
Moyvane’s Mike O’ConnorJ Jr, without doubt, Kerry Motor Club’s biggest supporter of loose surface motorsport has entered in his Mitsubishi Lancer E4.
Brian Doherty will drive his Ford Fiesta on the event with Colin Fitzgerald on the notes.
Event sponsor Cyril Wharton and co-driver Donal Falvey are also entered in a newly acquired Subaru Impreza.
More Kerry crews are expected but this is what is known at this point.