Assess Ireland International Rally of the Lakes to be launched on Sunday
Killarney and District Motor Club will launch the Assess Ireland International Rally of the Lakes at the Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday afternoon.
The 42nd running of the biggest rally in Kerry will take place on April 29 and 30.
So far over 220 crews have entered, setting an all-time record for the event and beyond doubt proving the rally’s popularity. Along with a high volume of entries, there is strong representation across all the categories, including the Juniors and Historics who will run separately from the main field, allowing for an extra 50 cars to take part in the event.
The club plans to have over 200 cars at the start line trying to ensure that all who have entered will be able to enjoy the iconic stages.
Rally fans can expect an action-packed weekend, beginning with the now-traditional ceremonial start on Main Street on Friday night.
The rally returns to the Beara Peninsula on Saturday for the first time since 2019 and the route will include classic favourites like Cod’s Head, Ardgroom and the Healy Pass.
Sunday’s route also features some new roads, and after two runs over Moll’s Gap and Beallaghbeama the rally heads to east Kerry.
The sting in the tail includes two runs over Gortnagane and a stage that has not been used for rallying since the 1983 Circuit of Ireland – the last time the famed five-day event visited Kerry.
“We will have a couple of special announcements regarding the town centre at the launch,” said the clerk of the course Dermot Healy.
With entries set to close on Friday, April 14, the club will be in a position to reveal some of the big names that will tackle the rally in just over two weeks’ time.
New for 2023 is title sponsors Assess Ireland. – front runners when it comes to providing automotive and engineering inspection services. It provides a nationwide service through its network of engineers.
Established in 1999, Assess Ireland currently employs a team of more than 80 highly skilled people throughout Ireland including engineers, finance, customer support and logistics teams.
Assess Ireland is headquartered in Tralee creating employment for more than 40 people in Kerry and supporting the local economy.
Assess Ireland offers a range of motor services to the corporate insurance sector as well as providing engineering/work equipment inspections to a wide range of businesses both locally and nationally.
Conor Deasy, Managing Director of Assess Ireland said,
“Give our involvement in the automotive and engineering sectors, the sponsorship of the Rally of the Lakes is an ideal event for our company to be associated with.
“We are delighted to be supporting one of the most famous annual motorsport events.”
“It is our intention to continue as the main sponsor for a minimum of three years.”
Sunday’s launch gets underway at 330 pm, there will be a static display of some of the competing cars, and local drivers, including Muckross man, defending champion and recent Circuit of Ireland Rally winner Noel O’Sullivan will be on hand to answer queries about the rally.
The event also marks former World Rally Championship co-driver Paul Nagle’s switch to rally organisation and he has been appointed assistant clerk of the course with specific responsibility for the event’s safety tracker devices.
Sunday’s launch is open to the public and all are welcome to attend and hear about the 2023 rally.
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