The Donegal International Rally returns for its 50th anniversary this June, and what an event it will be! This year the rally will take place from the 17th to the 19th of June.
Joule is returning as the main sponsor of the rally and once again the organisers have laid on three days of some of the most demanding stages to be found anywhere across Europe.
Donegal Motor club chairman Brian Brogan is looking forward to welcoming competitors and fans alike, ‘the rally is an integral part of Donegal tourism, it brings a minimum of 25 million euros to the local economy, already every hotel and bed and breakfast in the county is full. This rally sets the standard that other rallies across the country aspire to, that is down to the team involved but also, the warm welcome extended by the local community.
Ian Barrett MD of Joule was quoted ‘As a business, we are delighted to be involved with the Donegal International Rally again. It is an ideal vehicle to promote our brand to a wider audience. The rally is internationally renowned, and having the Joule name has been a major benefit to us over the years’.
Eamon McGee is again the Clerk of the Course and is naturally looking forward to the event. Eamon has a small dedicated team working feverishly behind the scenes to bring together the largest sporting event outside Dublin. Donegal is round five of the Tarmac Championship and a round of the European Rally Trophy. Eamon was eager to explain what is in store for the competitors; ‘This year sees a mix of classic stages and some stages that have been tweaked and improved since last being used. McGee continued, this year we are starting 161 cars in the main field plus up to 25 historic entries and 25 junior competitors. Entries opened on Thursday the 11th of May and close on Thursday the 25th of May. The main field will enjoy twenty stages giving them over 300 competitive kilometres over the three days.
It looks as if the rally will once again run maximum numbers in each category, proving once again that Donegal has it all!
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