Today’s Killarney Forestry Rally is the opening round of the 2022 Moriarty’s Centra Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship.
Competitors will score points depending on how many start their class and where they finish.
The championship is open to members of either Kerry Motor Club or Killarney and District Motor Club with a Kerry address.
There are more co-drivers than drivers in action this weekend which could have a significant bearing on where trophies go at the end of the year.
East Kerry co-driver Donagh Crowley is on pacenote duty for Ballyvourney’s Ger Lucey in a Mitsubishi Lancer E8.
Denny Greaney will partner Limerick’s PJ O’Connor in another Lancer.
Event -co-sponsor Cyril Wharton will make his gravel rally debut in a newly acquired Subaru Impreza. The former clerk of the course for the event has enticed Donal Falvey out of retirement for the rally.
Elaine Ni She is on pacenote duty for County Down’s John Gordon in a Ford Escort,
Tommy Commane will co-driver for Hal Lewis – the Limerick driver is starting his 51st year in motorsport.
Kerry Motor Club’s Mikie Cleary will mark his first Forestry rally start since 2006 alongside Ollie Kierce from Cork. The pair hatched a plan to enter the rally at the recent Galway International Rally.
Sam Leech joked that he believes that this loose surface rally will offer more grip than the recent tarmac Galway Rally.
There is a record number of Junior 1000 drivers entered in the rally. The special class for teenagers in 1000cc cars is making its Kerry debut and 17-year-old Mossie Costello from Tarbert is the second seed. As he still does not have a full road licence his co-driver Jonathan Keane will have to drive their Peugeot 107 on the road sections.
KDMC DRIVERS 2
KMC DRIVERS 1
KDMC CO-DRIVERS 2
KMC CO-DRIVERS 4
ALL KERRY-BASED CREWS 1
TOTAL KERRY COMPETITORS 9
Less than 5 per cent of the entry is from Kerry!
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