Rally ready to roar around Mallow
The countdown is really moving up through the gears as final preparations are made to what is expected to be a bumper weekend of motorsport in Mallow this Saturday & Sunday.
The whole town is expected to come alive to the crackle of highly tuned race machines as the annual Crafted Fitted Furniture sponsored Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally brings an exciting format, big racing names and fantastic action.
Running over 14 closed special stages, and clocking over 150km of high speed tests through the woodlands, mountains and windfarms of North Cork, the Cork Motor Club, and especially event Clerk of Course Paul Casey, have put together a route and an overall event that is among the finest loose surface rally events in Ireland.
A double round of the hotly contested Irish Forest Rally Championship, the rally has grown on the success of last year's event, one that heralded the return of the very popular two-day format, and become even better for 2019.
"Entries have been strong right from the start, with a huge amount of interest and buzz building both in talking to people within the rally world, dealing with the countless local businesses that support the rally or in the social media world," said course clerk Paul Casey.
Supported once more by a host of local businesses, the rally brings a key economic boost for the wider Mallow area.
Cork Motor Club say they are really delighted to welcome J&M Breen Distributors onboard once more as an associate sponsor of the event. The Kanturk based firm are a leading supplier of goods to the motor trade and no strangers to this rally. Crafted Fitted Furniture, the Mallow based furniture group, remain as title sponsor for a fifth successive event.
The organisers say very few events nationally can compete with the compact and centralised hub of locations used, all within a tight radius of Mallow. Rally HQ is once again based in the Hibernian Hotel, with scrutiny taking place at Ears Motorsport in the Quartertown Business Park. 'Pairc Ferme' for the whole weekend, as well as documentation and briefing, will take place in the Cork County Council Annabella complex.
Saturday, July 27, will see the first crews, the Junior 1000 machines driven by some of the youngest crews in Irish rallying, leave Mallow at 10am, with six stages lying ahead to the west of Mallow.
Sunday morning will bring over one hundred competing cars, with the first crew on the road at 07.30am, heading to an early morning service halt at Mallow Autograss, at their facility in the heart of the Ballyhoura mountains.
Further event information and build up on the 'Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally' page on Facebook.
Sponsored By: Eamonn Tarrant & Son Skoda Banteer & Value Tech Kanturk
A short opener to get cars and crews warmed up on paper, but a technical and fast stage in reality. Caught out a few drivers last year. The fast-uphill section at the start soon transitions into a technical descent with plenty of opportunities to be brave and make up time.
Sponsored By: Irish Roll Forming Ltd, Donoghmore & Mallow Motor Factors
A real high-speed rollercoaster, Bweeng saw some real high-speed action in 2018 and is a drivers favourite. A short tarmac section in the middle links two stretches of fast and flowing traditional forest rally sections.
Sponsored By: Mallow Chamber & O'Leary Crash Repairs Mallow
At a monstrous 18.5km in length, Boggeragh Drive is over 40% longer than any other stage in the Irish Forest Championship. Passing through large sections of Wind Farm road, the stage is incredibly quick in places, with the top cars being pushed right to the limit.
Sponsored By: Exact Signs, Kildorrery
The return to the Ballyhoura's, after a break of five years, and a classic Jim Walsh Cork stage is a fitting welcome. Looping around the Mountain that gives the stage its name, this is a short and sweet blast to start a second, long, day of rallying.
Sponsored By: The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow
Running alongside the Army barracks, this is definitely the most technical and demanding stage for the drivers, with a seeming never ending string of corners, most of them quick, where time can be easily found if brave.
Sponsored By: Custom Engineering, Blackpool
The undulating landscape of the Ballyhouras and the sequence of new windfarm roads have made for some incredible, fast driving terrain.
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Streamhill is destined to be remembered as an absolute classic Rally Stage. Fast, smooth, full commitment and more, the mix of roads combine into one of the finest stretches of Gravel stage seen in quite a while!