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The Windscreen Company Cork Forestry Rally - 8 Sept 02 After the summer break the forestry rally season will recommence on Sunday September 8th with the Cork Forest Rally. Organised by Cork Motor Club, this year's event will return to the...

The Windscreen Company Cork Forestry Rally - 8 Sept 02

After the summer break the forestry rally season will recommence on Sunday September 8th with the Cork Forest Rally. Organised by Cork Motor Club, this year's event will return to the Duhallow area and have a new sponsor & COC for one of the most popular forestry rallies in the country.

The Windscreen Company is the title sponsor for the 2002 rally. The Windscreen Company are windscreen replacement specialists who operate a nationwide mobile service, from two base depots, which are situated in Kerry and County Cork. This enables clients to avail of either a drive in service or a free mobile service anywhere in the country.

New Clerk of the Course John S Quill is delighted with the link up. "Having a sponsor such as John & Sandy Corrigan come on board means the club can concentrate on organising the rally, and not have to worry about the financial aspects." Work started on the event early in the year with the organising team meeting nearly one a week for the past few months. The safety plan was drafted and approved by the Motorsportireland appointed Safety Officer in July, giving the green light to the event.

The year's event will consist of 4 stages run 2 times each in the forests near Kilavullen & Banteer. John Quill continues the story. "I drove these stages back in March when we started work on this years event, and was delighted with the stages. Competitors are going to really enjoy them. A special thanks to Tom Murphy and Michael Doyle for all the work in keeping the woods in top condition." Each of the stages requires a team to run and set-up the locations, to make it save for both spectators and competitors. It's the job of the stage commander and their deputies to draft in and coordinate all the timekeepers, marshals and the ambulance & rescue crews for their stage before the day of the rally. All these need to be in place before the first rally car will be allowed on the stage.

The crews will start arriving in the Duhallow area on Saturday afternoon for Mechanical Scrutiny at Eamonn Tarrent's Skoda Garage in Banteer. Here, every car with be checked most importantly from a safety point of view and also that it is eligible for the class in which it has entered.

After the record number of entries for last year's rally, interest in the 2002 event is just as high. Regulations and entry forms were posted out to competitors in early August and were also available to download on the new look Cork Motor Club website at www.corkmotorclub.com.

Last year's winner Dominic McNeill in the black Escort World Rally Cars and current leader of the KBB Doors National Forest Championship Eugene Donnelly with Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle in the ex-Nesbitt Toyota Celica were among the first entries to arrive for the rally. Charleville's Dermot Kelly with John Brennan co-driving along with event sponsor John Corrigan were among the local crews who gained some match practice competing against likes of Eugene Donnelly on the recent Dogleap stages in Co. Antrim. Another driver making the journey from the North of Ireland is John Donnelly (Escort WRC) with Corkman Greg McCarthy navigating.

The headquarters for the 2002 event will be at the Duhallow Lodge on the main Mallow-Killarney road. It is from here that the rally will start and finish. The first car will go over the start ramp at 9:00am on the Sunday Morning, with the winner expected back by 5:00pm. Service will take place just off the main Cork-Mallow Road. Programs with full details on the stage locations and entry list will be on sale at the Headquarters and in petrol stations in the Kilavullen/Mallow/Banteer areas.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Paul Nagle , Michael Doyle