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Rally Ireland 2007 update on route layout

Something Special for Rally Ireland Rally Ireland has announced ambitious plans to introduce a Super Special Stage to its premier WRC round next November. Organisers today released concept drawings of a track layout they're planning to...

Something Special for Rally Ireland

Rally Ireland has announced ambitious plans to introduce a Super Special Stage to its premier WRC round next November.

Organisers today released concept drawings of a track layout they're planning to custom build which will see here two competing cars set off on two parallel tracks and race head to head. Rally Ireland's Super Special Stage will kick off and conclude three days of action that will see the cream of the world's rallying talent compete against top Irish drivers.

Sean O'Connor, co-promoter of Rally Ireland said: "We want the first WRC round in Ireland to be spectacular. We know that rally fans will turn out in their tens of thousands to witness this event, but we want to appeal to people who may never have been at a rally before and encourage them to come and see our sport, and to see how thrilling and exciting it is."

O'Connor went on to say that Rally Ireland has met with ISC, the international television rights holders who expect strong international interest from broadcasters for such a live feed from Ireland. "Starting and finishing the event with the Super Special Stage will greatly facilitate live TV coverage internationally and, as such, really help establish Rally Ireland in the WRC," he concluded.

A number of WRC events have incorporated Super Special Stages into their event, which have proved to be a huge hit with spectators. The most famous of these is the Acropolis Rally in Greece, which won WRC Rally of the Year in 2005, and who host their Super Special in the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Rally Ireland WRC will take place from 16th -- 18th November 2007. The FIA World Rally Championship has a global television audience of more that 800 million people in almost 200 countries.

-credit: rallyireland.org

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