FIVE World Rally Championships cars have already been confirmed for participation for a North Cork-based rally to take place this August.
The Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally, which serves as Round 5 of the Valvoline Forest Rally Championship, is to take place on Sunday, August 18 in the Ballyhoura Forest, with The Corbett Court in Ballyhea hosting the rally headquarters.
Following discussions with competitors, the rally distance has been expanded and will now total eight stages with total competitive distance now set at 85km.
"Some of the territory now included in the rally has not been used in almost ten years so there should be something new in there for even the most seasoned campaigners," a spokesperson for the rally said.
Clerk of the course for the event Sean Daly said his team have been busy putting a lot of work into the event.
"Our aim from the outset this year is to deliver an event based on what the competitors want," he said. "The team has attended all rounds of the championship this year and have met with competitors from far and wide to find out how best to tailor our event to the needs of the competitors. The feedback we have been continually hearing is 'give us more competitive kilometres and service time'. This is exactly what we have done," he said.
"All this year's stages are in the famous Ballyhoura forest complex known for its super smooth, fast flowing stages," he added.