Junior 1000 contestants in last weekend’s Killarney Forestry were treated like royalty on the eve of the event.
They all attended the ceremonial start in Castleisland’s Main Street on Saturday night and had the honour of being first over the ramp.
All crews were given a starters trophy, the first time ever a round of the Irish forestry rally championship did this – and they were presented by none other than local World Rally Championship star Paul Nagle.
The Junior 1000 class was introduced into the Sligo Pallets Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Rally Championship a few years ago. It allows 14-to18 years the chance to compete on stage rallies, in limited capacity 1000cc cars while adult navigators drive the road sections.
Organisers Killarney and District Motor Club held a draw for a return to the event’s entry fee and the winner of this award went to Ryan Caldwell from County Meath.
Kerry Motorsport News offered the price of a set of pace notes to one of the junior drivers and the winner of this draw was Tommy Cronin from County Cork.
The Killarney Forestry Rally was the first of five rounds – hopefully, more rallies will follow suit and encourage the next generation of rally drivers
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