UK: Rally of the Lakes preview

SUPER SPECIAL TO OPEN ACTION PACKED RALLY WEEKEND The Remax (Killarney & Kenmare) Super Special Stage at Killarney Racecourse this Friday evening will set the scene for the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005. ...

SUPER SPECIAL TO OPEN ACTION PACKED RALLY WEEKEND

The Remax (Killarney & Kenmare) Super Special Stage at Killarney Racecourse this Friday evening will set the scene for the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005. Starting at 5.30pm, the Super Special will provide visitors with opportunities to meet the competitors and to see the rally cars in action, as the crews shake them down before the rally gets underway on Saturday morning. Former World Rally Champion, Colin McRae, who is driving a Course Car on the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005, will demonstrate his Ford Escort RS at the Super Special.

In addition to the cars which will be competing on the Rally of the Lakes, the Super Special will also feature a selection of Group B machines from the 1980s and earlier, including Audi Quattros, MG Metro 6R4s. The Group Bs were the mainstay of the World Rally Championship during that era, before the sport's governors outlawed them for being too powerful.

Visitors to the Super Special will be in with a chance of being driven around the course in one of the Group B cars, simply by entering a free competition at the Racecourse on Friday evening.

Aside from the on track action, the will be numerous other attractions at the Super Special, to cater for all the family, including a Rally Simulator, a Classic Car Exhibition, and merchandise stands, while for children there will a Bouncy Castle, Kiddies Go-Karting and Face Painting. Catering and bar facilities will also be available.

Admission to the Super Special is 10 euros, accompanied children under fourteen are free. Part of the proceeds from the Super Special will be donated to the Kerry Mountain Rescue Service.

The Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes gets underway at 8.47am on Saturday moring from the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. There will be fierce competition among the top seeds over two tough days of rallying to decide the outcome of this most prestigous of motorsport events.

* In a change to the Top Ten seeding previously issued, reigning National Forest Rally Champion and Northern Ireland Champion, Kevin Lynch, comes in from the reserves to start at No. 9, in place of Gareth McHale, who has opted out of the event.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Colin McRae , Gareth McHale