THE now annual spring ALMC Endurance Trial kicks off the Endurance Trial season for 2013 and promises to be a real challenge for competitors.
Taking place on Saturday February 16th the event will feature 17 selectives, with many of them run under the cover of darkness.
This year's event will be led by former ALMC Stages Rally clerk of the course Noel Devlin and will once again return to its now traditional base at Luttrellstown Golf and Country Club, with the ever-difficult Luttrelstown Castle test featuring all but twice in the events schedule.
The Luttrellstown Castle selective, the most difficult and testing of the day, will feature as an opener to the event, run over no less than 12.5km, with a 14.5km test wrapping up the day's excitement at the venue. Speaking at the launch of the Trial, Devlin - a former Endurance event CoC turned competitor - promises a mix of old and new along with all the factors that make up a great trial event. 'It is all about giving competitors a day's trials, combining long selectives in challenging conditions spread across the day, and featuring something to suit every style of driver and navigator.
'This event will be no multi-venue autotest, it will be everything a competitor expects of an Endurance Trial plus a lot more.' The format for the day will see the club return to the familiar venue locations in Fairyhouse, Ashbourne, Garristown, Slane and Collon to name but a few, with some new venues added in new locations. Competitors can expect a day-time friendly event, with scrutiny taking place in Luttrelstown from 9am, followed by breakfast and an estimated noon start, with the first competing car expected to be back at event headquarters by 9pm.
Regulations for the event will be available shortly via the ALMC.ie website, with an expected entry fee of €190 that will include IRDS of €20 and personal accident of €30. If you are interested in taking part email event secretary Deirdre Gallagher on firstname.lastname@example.org or check out almc.ie for further details and to download the event regulations.