Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will return to the scene of one of their most-famous victories at next weekend’s Ypres Rally Belgium.
The rally has been promoted into the World Rally Championship’s schedule for the first time this year.
The Waterford/Killarney crew will drive a third Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in the three-day event that gets underway on Friday afternoon (August 13).
The last time the rally ran, as a Belgian Rally Championship round in 2019, the Irish team ran out convincing winners in a privately entered Volkswagen Polo. It was Nagle’s second win in one of the biggest rallies in Europe. He previously guided Kris Meeke to victory there in 2009.
Championship rules dictate that they will run eighth on the road, their current World Championship standing’s position.
However, their road position will not carry the same advantage on the asphalt roads of Belgium as it would on gravel.
The leading cars will cut corners and drag earth and dust on to the racing line. If it rains during the event, these corners will very quickly turn to mud.
“You can add two seconds a kilometre to a stage time in the wet,” said Nagle.
This is their fourth World Rally Championship outing of the year. They were second in Estonia last month, eighth in Croatia in April, and fourth in the Arctic Rally Finland in February.
One Killarney entry in Déjà Vu Ireland West
Killarney garage owner Johnny O’Sullivan is the only Kerry driver to enter Déjà Vu Ireland West in Mayo next month. Johnny was part of the organising team on the Déjà […]
Killarney garage owner Johnny O’Sullivan is the only Kerry driver to enter Déjà Vu Ireland West in Mayo next month.
Johnny was part of the organising team on the Déjà Vu Tralee event in May. He and his son John drove a Mazda RX-8 as a sweeper car in the event that visited old rally stages in West Kerry earlier this summer.
Déjà Vu Ireland West was originally supposed to run in 2021 but was postponed several times as a result of the pandemic.
After many false starts the Westport-based event will finally get underway next month. This great motoring re-union of 130 historic rallying and supercars, will leave The Mall in Westport at 10am on October 1 and will follow a non-competitive 180km run through Connemara.
Spectators are in for a treat as the fabulous array of World Rally, Group 4, and Group A cars travel over some of the special stages that were used on the Circuit of Ireland and Galway International Rallies in the past.
“I really enjoyed the Tralee event, it was great to be part of it but this time we are going as participants,” said Johnny, who will be co-driven by his son John.
They will use the same Mazda that they drove in Tralee earlier this year.
Déjà Vu Motorsport is an organisation set up by former motorsport TV personality Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall and former international rally co-driver Beatty Crawford. Their events raise funds for local charities and after the Tralee meeting they donated €40,000 to Recovery Haven cancer charity in Tralee.
Entries for the Mayo event close today (Friday) and at the time of publication there was only one Kerry entry.
Replica Ghostbuster car star attraction in Cannonball run
By Sean Moriarty A replica of the 1960 Cadillac that starred in the 1984 Hollywood hit ‘Ghostbusters’ will be one of the star attractions when Cannonball rolls into Killarney next […]
By Sean Moriarty
A replica of the 1960 Cadillac that starred in the 1984 Hollywood hit ‘Ghostbusters’ will be one of the star attractions when Cannonball rolls into Killarney next Friday evening.
Cannonball is the largest organised road trip in Europe and this year the event will have the highest ever number of car entries including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin Porsche, Rolls Royce Bentley and Maserati.
Spectators will get up close and personal with 200 of the finest cars on the planet and enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for with both drivers and spectators in fancy dress.
The event, which raises money for the HOPE Foundation, will overnight in Killarney on Friday, September 9.
Among the varied cars will be the first Irish built ‘Ghostbusters’ Cadillac Ecto-1 including the iconic roof rack, Proton Packs for all of the crew, Ecto Goggles, P.K.E. Meters, and a slew of ghost traps.
“The first finish line and overnight stay will be at the Brehon Hotel. On Saturday September 10 the convoy will leave Killarney at around 10am,” said an event spokesperson.
After Killarney the road run will visit Limerick and Galway before another overnight halt in Sligo ahead of the finish line at Trim Castle in County Meath on Sunday, September 11.
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