Donegal International Rally news – new operations team announced

The Organisers of the 2023 Donegal International Rally have announced changes to the structure of the event for 2023, arising from an intensive review of the Rally over the winter by the Club. 

Dedicated teams, operating with a central co-ordinator, will handle defined areas of the rally, ranging from such things as accommodation for marshals and competitors to the delivery of technical services and media support. Long term event planning will address the Rally’s promotion, fundraising and sponsorship arrangements, the aim being to secure its’ position as the primary International motorsport event in Ireland well into the future.

The in depth review looked into the huge workload involved in staging the rally and the need to plan for the long term support of the personnel, equipment and resources required. The drive to better integrate the event with support from local businesses, the local community and local authorities is well under way, with significant progress already reported. 

The new structure, and the key personnel to head up each team, was adopted with a huge vote in favour at a very well attended Club meeting on the 9th January. Preparations are already started to ensure that the fabled ‘Donegal Experience’ continues for visitors and competitors alike for 2023 and beyond. The “Next 50” begins now.

After 10 years at the helm, and having successfully brought the Donegal International Rally from its 40th through to its 50th anniversary in 2022, Eamon McGee has decided to stand down as Clerk of the Course.  Eamon is a legendary figure in Irish motorsport and a key organiser within Donegal Motor Club. He has wished the Club all the best with the selection of a new Clerk of the Course and in the running of the new structure.

Nominations for the position of Clerk of the Course are expected to be taken at the next meeting of Donegal Motor Club on 8th February next and further developments will be announced in due course. 

Donegal International Rally 2023 Management Team.

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