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2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship Focus on Munster. Cork, 22nd May 2003: The next round of Irelands premier one make Rally Championship, the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship, sees the crews head to the foothills of West ...

2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship
Focus on Munster.

Cork, 22nd May 2003: The next round of Irelands premier one make Rally Championship, the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Rally Championship, sees the crews head to the foothills of West Limerick, to compete in the Circuit of Munster Rally on the 1st of June.

With a starting line up of nine Pirelli shod Ford Focus, the competition will be a fierce as ever. The stages chosen by the Limerick Motor Club offer some of the most challenging stages in Munster and with a total of approximately 90 competitive stage miles, the event should prove to offer new challenge to the 2003 series crews.

Colm Murphy in the Kingdom Fast Fit Ford Focus started his title defence with a resounding victory on the first round of the 2003 series, however the competition should be much stronger in Munster, as the stages have not been used for many years. Local men Ken Lyons and Gerry Keyes (defending Ford KA Rally Champion) will undoubtedly bring the fight to Murphy in their back yard. John Foley (Midleton) has been the revelation of the 2003 series; he developed steadily throughout 2002 and has mounted a significant challenge in 2003 underlined by the second place finish on the opening round of the 2003 series. Oliver Stanley (Durrow) runner up in the 2002 series cannot be discounted and the fast flowing stages in Limerick should suit his style.

"After the excitement of the opening round, with the top three Focus finishing inside the top twenty in Killarney, I cannot wait for the Circuit of Munster. The terrain should suit the Focus and we are looking forward to another giant killing performance," said Tom Collins, Championship Director.

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