Overseas competitor reception at Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally on Friday night

Overseas competitor reception at Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally on Friday night

Kerry Motor Club has attracted a sizeable overseas entry to the Circuit of Kerry Rally.

Kerry Motor Club and Tralee Chamber Alliance will host “An Overseas Competitors Reception” at 9.00pm on March 31 in the Rose Hotel.

Kerry Motor Club will formally welcome the large group of overseas entrants that are participating in Sunday’s Circuit of Kerry Rally.

These include Donegal’s Declan Boyle won the rally in 2014 and 2006. He and his Welsh co-driver Patrick Walsh return in another Polo Giti.

Walsh is also the first of many overseas competitors in the rally.

Waterford’s Andrew Purcell will have London-based Kerry co-driver Shane Buckley on the notes in their Skoda Fabia R5

Both Walsh and Buckley and many more will be fighting to take home to London Irish Motor Club Perpetual Shield which is presented to the highest-placed overseas competitor in the event.

Welshman Hugh Hunter has won several forest rallies in his native land, and he will make his second visit to the Circuit of Kerry in his Ford Fiesta. He will be joined by his Countryman Steve Woods, a previous podium finisher in Tralee and former Circuit of Munster winner.

Woods will be followed over the start ramp by the English/Welsh crew of John Stone and Dafydd Evans in a Polo GTI R5.

London-based Cork man Michael O’Brien will steer a Ford Focus on the event and he will be joined by fellow London Irish Motor Club member Paul McDevitt who is the top historic seed in the rally.

Welsh visitor Gwyndaf Evans (Ford Escort) a double winner in `1992 and 1994 joins multiple Scottish champion David Bogie who makes his first appearance in Kerry in a Ford Escort.

Son and father Tomas and Ian Davies will drive an Escort and a BMW M3 in the rally. Tomas finished third overall in Kerry four years ago and the Welsh man was the inaugural winner of the London Irish shield on that occasion.

Kerry brothers Ross Hilliard and Joey Hilliard are another crew to represent the London Irish Motor Club in their Ford Escort.

Tralee businessman and sponsor of the RallyTown event in Tralee town centre on Saturday afternoon John Corrigan will drive an Opel Corsa. His co-driver Niall Mulcahy will travel from the Netherlands for the rally.

Three drivers will return home from Australia for the rally. Kerry’s Amy Burke and Limerick’s Donal Balfe are both based in Perth and East Kerry’s Billy McCarthy currently lives in Brisbane


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