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Rally Ireland adds staff to key positions

Rally Ireland gets ready for FIA World Rally Championship Rally Ireland has announced three additions to its key management team in preparation for hosting the FIA World Rally Championship next year. Former Clerk of the Course at Rally...

Rally Ireland gets ready for FIA World Rally Championship

Rally Ireland has announced three additions to its key management team in preparation for hosting the FIA World Rally Championship next year.

Former Clerk of the Course at Rally Finland, Kai Tarkiainen, joins the Rally Ireland team as Sporting Director with responsibility for overseeing all of the sporting elements of the event.

Tarkiainen has an impressive career in WRC, having worked his way up through the ranks in Finland over the past ten years, and gaining international experience as Assistant Clerk of Course in Rally Turkey. Additionally he has been FIA Steward in Monte Carlo and Sweden and is a former member of the FIA WRC Commission's Organisers' Working Group. He is still actively co-driving in the Finnish Rally Championship. Rally Finland has won the WRC "Rally of the Year" four times.

Belgian Alain Penasse comes on board as Quality Assurance Manager to oversee event management. Penasse brings to the table significant WRC management experience, having been assistant manager of the Championship-winning Toyota team. His experience in motor sport includes the development and management of WRC Guest Programmes, client liaison with manufacturers, event management, driver management and event promotion; all valuable assets to the team at Rally Ireland.

The role of Spectator and Safety Management is to be taken on by Dubliner Noel Clarke, who has over 28 years experience in rallying, including acting as Clerk of the Course and Competitor Liaison Officer for numerous national and international events. A member of the Serious Incident Advisory Group at Motorsport Ireland, Clarke was part of the group that compiled the Strategic Plan for motorsport in Ireland and was also part of the implementation group for the plan. Clarke is an Inspector in the Irish Police service, An Garda Siochana attached to Garda headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Rally Ireland General Manager John Bristow said: "We have great skills and knowledge of rallying both north and south, but the World Rally Championship is a huge step up for us. We're delighted that Kai, Alain and Noel with their extensive international experience will be part of the team delivering WRC and embedding our place as one of the top rounds in the championship."

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: rally ireland

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