Craig Breen and Paul Nagle did their future career prospects the world of good with their superb second place finish on last weekend’s Ypres Rally Belgium.
The Irish crew are without a full-time drive for next season as they are currently on a car-share programme with Hyundai Motorsport.
Last weekend’s Belgian rally was just their fourth event of the year, yet they impressed team bosses by challenging for the lead on Friday and the early part of Saturday. They actually led the rally after special stage four on Friday evening.
However, team orders came into play on Saturday morning and they were told to avoid racing teammates Thierry Neuville and Martin Wydaeghe.
The positions remained the same until the rally finished on Sunday afternoon at the famous Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix race way in Wallonia region of Belgium.
It was their second time in as many events that Breen and his Aghadoe co-driver finished on the second step of the podium following their success in Estonia last month.
“It is nice to have two podiums in the same year. I don’t think I have done it before,” said Breen at the post event press conference.
“Podiums help regardless. They help in every sense. For sure, it helps our cause and it puts us in a stronger position. Apart from anything, on the contract side, it gives myself and Paul confidence going forward. We definitely feel much more confident.”
As a result of Hyundai’s car sharing policy they will sit out next month’s Acropolis Rally Greece – Spaniard Dani Sordo will drive the car there – but the Irish team look certain to be selected for October’s Rally Finland.
Traditionally, Rally Finland is the point in the season where contracts for the following year are finalised and another good run there should see them secure a full-time contract in 2021.
Triple treat for car lovers this weekend
Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]
Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.
Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.
The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.
“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.
On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.
Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.
“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.
Racecourse revs up for motor show
Car lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, September 19 when two of Killarney’s best-loved motoring events come together for a car show at the racecourse. Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has joined forces with Cars N’Coffee Killarney to stage an event that is open to: “Vintage, classic, retro and modern cars,” according […]
Car lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, September 19 when two of Killarney’s best-loved motoring events come together for a car show at the racecourse.
Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has joined forces with Cars N’Coffee Killarney to stage an event that is open to: “Vintage, classic, retro and modern cars,” according to event organisers.
Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club usually holds its annual show at Killarney Racecourse but the event has not run since June 2019 as a result of the pandemic.
Cars N’Coffee Killarney held one low-key event last summer after hosting successful monthly meetings in 2019.
Now, the two shows are coming together to create one big motoring event that will cater for all aspects of car culture in the Killarney area.
Over 200 cars, from the 1930s to modern times will be on display at the Ross Road venue.
Tom Leslie, of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club is a member of the organising committee.
Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser at a special launch event on Wednesday night he said he was looking forward to re-starting the car scene in Killarney.
“It is great to be back in action and we are delighted to be linking with Cars’NCoffee to create one big motor show in the heart of the town,” he said. “We will have everything from the 1930s to the 2000s, featuring vintage, classic, retro and modern cars.”
The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort.
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