Safety plan in place for Laois car rally

A COMPREHENSIVE safety plan is in place for Heartlands Rally which takes place on roads around Laois this weekend (Sunday, May 10).

A COMPREHENSIVE safety plan is in place for Heartlands Rally which takes place on roads around Laois this weekend (Sunday, May 10).

The Laois Rallysport Club is expecting an influx of the rally drivers and fans is due in town this weekend for the second annual running of the rally. Competitors are due to sign on at rally headquarters O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Main Street, Portlaoise on Saturday morning with the rally taking place on Sunday around Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Mountrath area.

Two specatators died at a rally in Cavan in May and the organisers of the Laois event say they have taken all the precautions.

“Having ran a safe event last year and in preparation for Heartlands Rally 2012 Laois Rallysport Club have put in place a comprehensive safety plan for the event in conjunction with Motorsport Ireland the governing body for motorsport in Ireland.

“Spectators are welcome and to ensure their safety are asked to obey marshals at all times. Most importantly spectators should never stand on corners or in front of an escape road. The marshals on each location will advise on safe viewing points.

“Residents on the stages are asked to ensure that any animals (especially dogs and horses) are keep well clear of the roads during the times given. Where possible these animals should be kept indoors. Please ensure that children are adequately supervised,” say the organisers.

The scrutiny of the cars will take place over at County Hall on Saturday evening where cars are inspected to ensure they are safe to compete.

Laois Rally Sport thanked its sponsors and said the rally could not run without the support of the residents on the stages.

A ceremonial start will take place outside O’Loughlin’s Hotel from 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night where the top 10 seeded drivers and local crews will drive their cars down the main street and be interviewed before returning to Parc Feirme for the night.

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