North and South on board for Rally Ireland WRC Rally Ireland has today announced the appointment of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Course for its inaugural WRC Round in November next year. Tom Walsh, best known in Irish rallying as ...
North and South on board for Rally Ireland WRC
Rally Ireland has today announced the appointment of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Course for its inaugural WRC Round in November next year.
Tom Walsh, best known in Irish rallying as Billy Coleman's former team manager, is to take on the mantle of Clerk of the Course, whilst Belfast-born Fred Gallagher will be Deputy Clerk of the Course.
Walsh has been a familiar name in Irish Rallying since the mid-1970's, not only in his role as Coleman's team manager at the peak of his success, but also for his work as co-ordinator for numerous international teams and his chairmanship of the Tarmac Rally Organisers' Association.
A Limerick native, Tom now lives in Westport, where he is manager of the local Allied Irish Bank. He is a former member of the Motorsport Ireland Rallies Committee and is very much involved with his local club, Mayo and District Motor Club.
Fred Gallagher, meanwhile, has an impressive track record in rallying going back almost 30 years, competing as co-driver from 1981-1991 and again as recently as 1999. He also has three Safari Rally wins under his belt and has competed in almost 60 countries, from Ireland to the Ivory Coast.
Gallagher maintains his position as Clerk of the Course at Wales Rally GB, where he has served for the last 12 years. In addition, he has undertaken rally consultancy work in the US and Middle East and was Strategy Manager to the Nissan Rally Raid Team for the 2003 and 2004 Dakar Rallies. He is also active as an FIA Steward and delegate in the World Cross Country Cup.
Welcoming the announcement of the new team members at Rally Ireland, Motorsport Ireland Chairman John Naylor said: "We're delighted that Tom and Fred have agreed to come on board as Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Course for the first ever Rally Ireland WRC. Their appointment further reinforces that we have the skills and world-class talent in place to make Rally Ireland WRC the best round of the championship next year."
Rally Ireland WRC will take place from 16th -- 18th November 2007. The FIA World Rally Championship has a global television audience of more that 800 million people in almost 200 countries.