Pictured at the event launch is of David Henry, General Manager of the Quality Hotel Clonakilty, event sponsor on the left, and Greg McCarthy Clerk of the Course on the right. (photograph courtesy of Ger Leahy)
With just weeks to go to the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally, over 120 entries have already been received for the event; with 100 of these in the main field it is shaping up to be a very competitive rally between some of Ireland’s top drivers. Donagh Kelly in his Ford Focus WRC will be coming back to attempt his fifth successive win. The popular Donegal driver, who lists Ardfield as one of his favourite stages in the country, will face a challenge from his fellow county man Declan Boyle in his Fiesta WRC, as well as current Tarmac Champion Sam Moffett, Robert Barrable and Brendan Cumiskey.
The National Rally entry to-date is also very strong with Kevin Eves returning to defend his win from last year and take the Bones O’Connor Modified Trophy back to Donegal. He will face tough opposition from Wesley Patterson, Adrian Hetherington, Gary Kiernan, Rob Duggan, Kevin Gallagher, Frank Kelly, Cormac Phelan and the returning John Dalton, who hasn’t competed in Clonakilty since 2013.
As usual there is a lot of interest from the UK with regulars such as Wayne and Adrian Evans and Colin Rowe being joined for the first time by Karl Simmons and Martyn England.
The Historic Rally has received entries from Owen Murphy, Dewi Bowen, Alan Watkins, Duncan Williams, Neil Williams, Andy Johnson and Martin Freestone to name but a few.
The rally is the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, FIA Celtic Trophy and the PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship, which should attract a lot of interest from both championship regulars and clubmen alike.
Potential crews wishing to put in an entry are reminded that Cork Motor Club also have the facility to accept payment by credit cards. Further news is available on www.westcorkrally.com and www.corkmotorclub.com.