Ever the innovators of Irish motorsport, Killarney & District Motor Club has added another dimension to the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes weekend in 2004 with the introduction of the Friday evening Super Special at Killarney ...
Ever the innovators of Irish motorsport, Killarney & District Motor Club has added another dimension to the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes weekend in 2004 with the introduction of the Friday evening Super Special at Killarney Racecourse.
Sixty or so of the crews entered in the rally will be invited to take part in the Super Special, including the top World Rally Car, Group N and Modified seeds. The members of the Slowly Sideways organisation, who have added much to the spectacle of the Rally of the Lakes over the past couple of years, will also be demonstrating their ever-popular Group B machines at the Super Special.
Announcing Killarney & District Motor Club's plans, the Clerk of the Course for Rally of the Lakes, Noreen Marshall, said: "The Super Special will provide an ideal opportunity for people who may not otherwise be in a position to attend an actual stage of the Rally of the Lakes, or may be put off by the heavy traffic and large crowds, to get a taste of the action.
"It is also a chance for parents of the 'Playstation Generation' to bring their children to see real rally cars, perhaps for the first time. Many youngsters' first introduction to rallying nowadays is via computer games or the extensive television coverage the World Rally Championship receives, and it is in the sport's interest to encourage their enthusiasm. These are the drivers, co-drivers, service crews, organisers and marshals of tomorrow."
Crews taking part in the Super Special will tackle two and a half laps of a newly-laid tarmac course, totalling two miles. Up to three cars may be on the Super Special course at one time. Almost all the Super Special course will be visible from the covered stands at the Racecourse.
While the Super Special is an untimed event for 2004, this situation may change in future years if the inaugural event is adjudged a success.
Aside from the on-stage action, an area at Killarney Racecourse will also be set aside for merchandise stands, simulators and suchlike. Gates will open at 5.30pm.
The Super Special is being run in aid of Jamie Kent, the navigator seriously injured in an accident on the Cork '20' International Rally last October. Jamie remains hospitalised, six months after the accident, and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Nevertheless, he is in good spirits, and has received visits from some high-profile motorsport figures. A group of Jamie's friends are planning to bring him to Killarney for the rally weekend.
Admission to the Super Special will be charged at €10 per person. Children under 14 will be admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. The admission tickets will include entry to a draw for a brand new Suzuki Ignis Sport.
As the Racecourse is situated close to residential areas, certain restrictions will be imposed on vehicular access. There will be no parking facilities for spectators' cars in the Racecourse grounds. (An area will be available for Disabled Parking). No parking will be allowed on Ross Road or in any of the estates off it. Spectators will be asked to leave their cars in the public car parks in the centre of Killarney and walk to the Racecourse.