Details of Killarney Forestry Rally revealed – February 19, Castleisland

Killarney Forestry Rally is back, Sunday, February 19th


Killarney and District Motor Club has announced details of its forthcoming Castleisland Forestry Rally.


For the second year in a row, the event will be run to raise funds for Irish Community Air Ambulance Southern Region.


Based in the Riverisland Hotel in the heart of the County Kerry town, the rally will be sponsored by two local businessmen, Cyril Wharton of Cyril Wharton Tool Hire and Niall Murphy of Castleisland Tyre Centre.


Clerk of the Course for this year’s event is Adrian Cronin who was ratified at the club’s recent AGM.


Adrian has been involved in the motor club since 2007 and was a key member of the teams that ran the Rally of the Lakes, and the Killarney Historic Rally last year. He will bring a fresh face and vast experience to this year’s Forestry Rally.


The 2023 event kicks off with mechanical scrutiny which will take place on Saturday, February 18 and this will be followed by a ceremonial start outside Rally HQ later the same evening.


On Sunday morning the crews will depart the centralised service park at Castleisland Mart at approximately 08.45 hrs. They will tackle a double loop of three demanding stages.


“Starting with the 12.5km fast-flowing smooth surface of Mullagherick Mountain, before heading back for Fornane and tackling a technical 10km of a much-loved test. Finishing off the morning loop by heading into Mount Eagle running in reverse to last year. This 11km test will be one to please all crews with new technical sections added to the fast-flowing roads of the Cordalwind farm,” explained the clerk of the course.


“Crews then head to Castleisland for the mid-day halt before heading back out in the afternoon to complete to same three stages in the afternoon loop. After the sixth and final stage, the crews will arrive at the finish ramp at around 4.30 pm.”

“Entries will be open for the event in the next few days and with a huge amount of interest in this year’s event, there are sure to be some fantastic battles.”


The 2023 event will be a counting round towards the following championships


Round 1 Irish Forest Rally Championship
Round 1 Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series, Junior 1600, Rally5 and Rally4/R2
Round 1 Moriarty’s Central Car Sales Kingdom of Kerry Championship


 
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