Statoil Galway International Rally 1999

Statoil Galway International Rally 1999 Galway Motor Club has confirmed a star-studded entry for the Statoil Galway International car rally scheduled to take place on the earlier weekend of February 5th/6th/7th, 1999. Last year's winner Austin...

Statoil Galway International Rally 1999

Galway Motor Club has confirmed a star-studded entry for the Statoil Galway International car rally scheduled to take place on the earlier weekend of February 5th/6th/7th, 1999. Last year's winner Austin McHale is expected to contest his trusty Toyota Celica GT4 against the Ford Escort WRCs of Eamonn Boland from Wexford and the Statoil-backed Stephen Murphy from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.

The many Subarus will include a Prodrive-prepared Impreza for Bertie Fisher. The 1980 and 1982 winner Jimmy McRae will again have a four wheel drive Porsche 911. His 30-year-old former world champion son Colin McRae, from Lanark, Scotland this weekend marks the first appearance of the new Ford Focus World Rally Car with Nicky Grist.

This will be the sixth year of Statoil's sponsorship of the first round of the Toshiba Equium Irish Rally Championship, which will again feature a 'rolling loop' system of stages for 1999. The event will be held over the first weekend in February 1999. Entries are already reaching 100 mark, and close on next Monday, January 18th.

The competition will start from Eyre Square in the heart of Galway on Saturday morning, February 6th. That day the competitors will cover nine stages near Tuam in north Co Galway before returning to Galway for an overnight halt.

The Sunday restart has been brought forward, with service on the coast road between Oranmore and Galway from 9.40am, prior to tackling the famous Dyke Road spectator stage in the heart of Galway city. After that it is south towards Gort for eight more stages, and the first car is due back to Eyre Square finish arch on Sunday evening at 5.30pm.

Accommodation enquiries should be directed to Ireland West Tourism, Aras Failte, Victoria Place, Galway, Tel. 00 353 91-567673/563081, Fax 00 353 91-565201, email: user@western-tourism.ie. The event kick-starts the IR£221 millions plus tourism season in the west of Ireland, and is estimated to generate over IR£3millions during the first weekend in February.

Further information from: - Brian G.Thornton, Tel./Fax. 00 353 91-524557 Email: btgalway@iol.ie

Statoil Galway International Rally 1999 February 5th, 6th, 7th Organised & Promoted by Co. Galway Motor Club Ltd. ROUND 1, TOSHIBA EQUIUM TARMAC & HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIPS http://www.iol.ie/~jordane/

You are cordially invited to a Reception to announce details of the Statoil Galway International Car Rally in the Corrib Great Southern Hotel, Renmore, Galway on next Monday, January 18th, 1999 at 6.30 pm. and to welcome Statoil Ireland for its sixth annual sponsorship of this event.

RSVP (regrets only) to Brian G. Thornton Vice President & Media Officer 12, Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, GALWAY, Ireland Tel./Fax. +353 91-524557 email: btgalway@iol.ie

+++++++++++++++++++++++ Statoil Galway International Rally 1999 February 5th, 6th, 7th Organised & Promoted by Co.Galway Motor Club Ltd Round 1, Toshiba Equium Irish Rally & Historic Championships http://www.iol.ie/~jordane/ 12, Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, GALWAY, Ireland Tel./Fax. 00 353 91-524557 Email: btgalway@iol.ie

PRESS ACCREDITATION

Press facilities will be available for accredited press persons in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (G-MIT) opposite the Corrib Great Southern Hotel. Galway Motor Club and/or the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology cannot be responsible for you while attending the Press Office nor while you are at or near the Statoil Galway International car rally.

Access to the G-MIT will be on production of your Press Card to the Security personnel who have strict instructions only to allow admittance to persons involved with the Rally. Galway Motor Club will not therefore be issuing any card, and so the practice of former years in requiring photographs in advance has been discontinued. However, to assist our preparations, please indicate if you, or one of your staff will be attending, and in what capacity.

You are requested on arrival to "sign on" at the Press Office in accordance with R.I.A.C. standard procedures.

Please therefore complete/return the following form: -

NAME .........................................................................

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PUBLICATION NAME...................................................................

TELEPHONE #......................................FAX #..............................

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Please return to: - Brian G.Thornton 12, Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, GALWAY, Ireland. Fax. 00 353 91-524557 Email: btgalway@iol.ie

NOT FOR PUBLICATION: - Press Office contacts - Voice 00 353 91- 770534; Fax 00 353 91- 770821/770599. Rally Office 00 353 91-755662 (public callers) Operational Friday 5th February 16.00 hrs. > Sunday 7th February 21.00 hrs. (except overnight!)

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Series Other rally
Drivers Colin McRae , Nicky Grist , Stephen Murphy , Austin McHale , Jimmy McRae