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Killarney Historic Rally

Killarney and District Motor Club is expected to announce details of this year’s Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally in the coming days.
Rallying has been given the green light to return by Motorsport Ireland and Sport Ireland. Already, the Tralee-based Kerry Motor Club has revealed details of its November 7, Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally. The Historic Rally is scheduled to run two weeks after the Kerry event and an announcement to this effect is expected to be made early next week.

World Rally Championship

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle have been selected to tackle Rally Finland next month by the Hyundai Motorsport World Rally team.
It will be their fifth World Championship start this year, but more importantly, it presents another chance for the Irish crew to impress team bosses before the 2022 team lineups are fully announced.
Breen and Nagle are chasing a full-time seat in the WRC, their current arrangement with Hyundai means they share a car with Spaniard Dani Sordo and he has been given the nod for the Acropolis Rally Greece this month.

Belgian Rallying

Dublin-based Kilcummin co-driver Damian Fleming is contesting this weekend’s Tour of Flanders in Belgium alongside Stephen McCann. Considered one of the classic events of Belgian rallying the ‘Omloop’ gets underway tomorrow night (Friday). The Cavan/Kerry crew, former winners of the Kerry Winter Rally, will use their usual Ford Fiesta R5 for the two-day, 19-stage rally.

Sidecar racing

Killarney sidecar racer Siobhan Ardener only managed to finish one of her three races at last weekend’s Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship meeting at Mondello Park.
Hampered by a pre-event hand injury, her weekend went from bad to worse. A suspension issue forced retirement in race one, a small crash ended race two.
Despite all the trials and tribulations she and her driver Fergus Woodlock finished the third race of the weekend and left the County Kildare venue in fourth place in the championship standings. Two rounds remain, one each in September and October.

Motorcycle racing volunteer

Killarney man, Mike Kissane, better known for his role as a racer and coach within the ranks of Killarney Cycling, has become a member of the highly respected ‘Orange Army’ at Mondello Park.
The ‘Orange Army’ are a group of motorcycle racing fans who volunteer to keep events going.
Last weekend marked the third Dunlop Irish Masters Superbike Championship meeting of the year and it was Mike’s third time helping out behind the scenes.

UK Motorcycle racing

Kevin Coyne is returning to the British Superbike Championship (BSB) this weekend after an injury-enforced lay-off.
Coyne hurt his shoulder during a crash at Brands Hatch on July 24.
He did not race in August as a result of his injuries.
He is entered in the National Superstock 600cc class in this weekend’s BSB round at Snetterton.
Depending on how this weekend goes in terms of fitness, Coyne hopes to contest the remaining four rounds of the BSB.

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Colin O’Donoghue makes rallying history in Belgium

Colin O’Donoghue drove himself into the record books at the weekend as he became the first son of a winning rally driver and Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC) member to win an event. Colin scored the biggest win of his career after he and his co-driver Kieran O’Donoghue won the Escort Rally Special in […]

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Colin O’Donoghue drove himself into the record books at the weekend as he became the first son of a winning rally driver and Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC) member to win an event.

Colin scored the biggest win of his career after he and his co-driver Kieran O’Donoghue won the Escort Rally Special in Belgium on Sunday.

It was the first overseas event, as a driver, for the former winner of the modified section of the Killarney Historic Rally.

His father Kevin won the Kerry Winter Rally in 2006 making the O’Donoghues the first father and son from KDMC to win events outright.

Colin and several other Irish drivers decided to enter the rally, based at the famous Chimay motor-racing circuit near the French border, due to uncertainty on the resumption of the sport in Ireland.

“It was a class experience,” said Colin. “I will have to go back and defend the title. It was a lot more-bumpier than I expected, the roads were very like roads on the Galway Summer Rally.”

His run was not without problems, a broken gear selector, a readout board fell off and landed near the peddles, and a broken right rear shock absorber were just some of his tribulations.

Field results were confusing too and with two stages left to run he wasn’t sure if it was himself or Belgian rival Pieter-Jan Maeyaert who was leading the event.

“One website said he was leading, another said we had 22 seconds advantage with just one stage to run, the results were slow uploading,” added Colin. “We went into the last two stages, and went as hard as we could, even with the broken shock and came out 28 seconds up.”

He was co-driven by Kieran O’Donoghue, the Glenflesk man is no relation, but is well-known for his skills behind the wheel of a Honda Civic on local Junior rallies.

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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 […]

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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.

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