With just under five weeks to go, Sunday, February 24 is a date for your diary. It sees the return of the Abbeyleix Stages car rally.
The Birr and District Motor Club who promote and run this event are delighted to announce details of the upcoming tarmac stages rally to be held on the weekend of February 23 and 24.
We are delighted to have the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix back on board again this year as title sponsors of the event. The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel will be the rally headquarters for the weekend and we would like to thank them for their continued support since we moved the rally to the town of Abbeyleix back in 2010.
Also this year we are delighted to announce that Laois Tourism have come on board as associate sponsors for this event. We would also like to thank them for their help and support. Clerk of the course Bill Ryan and his hard working team are putting the finishing touches to months of preparations into this ever so popular event.
Again this year were are privileged to be hosting the first round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship including the Dunlop National Mk2 Champions Trophy and Dunlop National Juniors Championship. We will also be round one of the popular Loughran signs Midlands East and Top Part West Coast Rally championships.
This years event sees a new stage format being introduced. There will be four special stages, two 18km stages, a 10km stage and a 16km stage all of which will be competed on twice.
Rally Headquarters will be the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix with parce ferme in the car park behind the hotel.
Mechanical scrutiny will be held on Saturday 23rd of February in Durrow beside Oliver Stanley’s garage on the Cork Road, with trailer park across the road.
This years Service Area has also changed. Service halt will now be held just outside Borris-on-Ossory in Campions yard. The crews will leave Abbeyleix on Sunday morning and head to service before they contest the first stage of this eigh stage event. Entry fee for the main field is €495 (8 stages), with Juniors and Historics €250 (4) stages.
Every year the club runs its tarmac rally they like to give something back to the community. This year the club are having a fundraiser for North Tipperary, Offaly and Laois Alzheimers society, Barretstown Children’s Hospital and St Fintan’s Hospital Portlaoise.
Tickets are now on sale at a cost of €5 each or a book of 3 for €10. Some of the top prizes include a holiday for two at the value of €1000 euro, a trip to the Eifel rally in Germany. A two-day trip on the Shannon for four people and a weekend hotel break for two people plus many more prizes.
There will be a raffle and the draw will take place in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on 27th of April so please support these worthy causes.
The Regulations for the upcoming rally went online on Monday last and can be downloaded from www.birrmotorclub.com or further information can be got from rally Secretary Clodagh Henehan 087-9117707 or Rally Press Officer Ronan Shanahan 086-0615869.
The 24th of February is fast approaching so get those entries in!