The 2004 Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes is to include a Junior Rally for the first time. The innovative move by Killarney & District Motor Club, which has been approved by Motorsport Ireland, will see young rally drivers tackle four...
The 2004 Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes is to include a Junior Rally for the first time. The innovative move by Killarney & District Motor Club, which has been approved by Motorsport Ireland, will see young rally drivers tackle four of the stages used by the International event on Sunday, May 2nd. The Junior Rally of the Lakes will be open to drivers under the age of 27 years, competing in cars of no greater engine capacity than two litres.
Announcing the creation of the Junior event, Noreen Marshall, Clerk of the Course for the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2004, said "In introducing the Junior category, we are making it possible for young drivers to compete, at a realistic cost, over some of the finest tarmac stages in Ireland. They will tackle the last four stages of the rally, at a reduced entry fee, for a separate set of awards".
"The primary aim of the Junior Rally is to give drivers who have difficulty in obtaining upgrading signatures on their competition licences, a chance to do so", she added. Entry to the Ordnance Survey Ireland Junior Rally of the Lakes will be confined to holders of Motorsport Ireland National A or National B competition licences, or equivalent grades of licence issued by foreign ASNs. Drivers taking part must be under 27 years on May 1st, 2004.
Some potential Junior Rally of the Lakes competitors include Killarney & District Motor Club members, Keith Cronin (Ballylickey), John Hickey Jnr. (Killarney) and Kevin O'Sullivan (Killarney), as well as Limerick cousins, Joe and Matt Shinnors, Armagh's Graham Nesbitt and 17 year old Ballincollig driver, Owen Murphy, winner of Ford's 2003 Rally Academy and a class victor on the recent West Cork Rally.
The Junior Rally of the Lakes also represents an excellent opportunity for drivers hoping to be included as finalists for Motorsport Ireland's 2004 Billy Coleman Award (for up and coming rally drivers) to get themselves noticed by the judging panel. The winner of the Billy Coleman Award receives a substantial cash prize to further his sporting career and various other benefits.