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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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Toyota roadshow a big hit with Killarney motorists

Motorists got to see the all new fully electric Toyota BZ4X for the first time at the Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday. The newly launched car was one of 20 on […]

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Motorists got to see the all new fully electric Toyota BZ4X for the first time at the Gleneagle Hotel on Sunday.

The newly launched car was one of 20 on show as part of Kelliher’s 231 Toyota Roadshow that was held on the hotel’s grounds last weekend.

The all new Corolla Cross SUV hybrid electric was also on show for the first time outside Kelliher’s showroom Tralee.

“You can see first-hand the size, styling and driving position of this spacious, high-riding SUV with our most advanced Hybrid Electric and safety technologies yet,” Kelliher’s marketing manager, Yvonne McMahon, said.

The roadshow ran from 11am to 4pm and there was strong turnout of people there for the event.

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Breen and Nagle to defend Historic Rally title in special car

Craig Breen has coaxed Paul Nagle out of retirement for next month’s Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally. The Aghadoe man made the announcement at the rally’s official launch at the […]

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Craig Breen has coaxed Paul Nagle out of retirement for next month’s Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally.

The Aghadoe man made the announcement at the rally’s official launch at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Sunday.

In October Nagle announced his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

He was in Japan this week to complete the handover to Breen’s new co-driver James Fulton and returned to Ireland on Sunday just in time for the launch.

The 2021 event winners will drive the Ford Sierra Cosworth that Frank Meagher drove to victory in the 1992 Circuit of Ireland Rally.

The late Tipperary driver was Breen’s childhood rally hero and he recently completed a full restoration of the Sierra.

The Killarney rally will be the car’s first appearance since the restoration.

“We are looking forward to going out for a big battle with some local drivers,” Nagle said.

Killarney and District Motor Club confirmed at the launch that it had received 230 entries for the 150 available spaces.

Sunday’s launch was attended by several dignitaries including TD Danny Healy Rae and Niall Kelleher who is the Mayor of the Killarney Municipal District and president of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

“This event is a great advertisement for Killarney; the exposure it gives and the much-needed business at a quieter time of the year,” Mr Kelleher said.

“To those visiting our town please do enjoy yourselves.”

Echoing those words Healy-Rae said: “This is a great event for the town of Killarney, coming at the dead end of the year, and it gives great exposure for the County of Kerry.”

Club chair Dan Keane welcomed the politicians’ support for the rally.

“It is hugely important that elected officials recognise the importance of motorsport in Ireland,” he said.

Garda Gary Carroll of the Kerry Roads Policing Division was there to bring a road safety message to the large group of rally fans who attended the event.

“Keep the race in the place,” he said. “This is a wonderful event and adds to the town of Killarney and County Kerry.”

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