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Sunday 15 September 2019

International rally ready to roar around Millstreet

Pictured at the launch of the Cork 20 International Car Rally in Millstreet were Kevin O'Riordan President Munster Car Club; Patrick Coleman, Eamonn Tarrant, Billy Sheahan,Stephen Collins and Clerk of the Course Kevin O'Riordan.
Pictured at the launch of the Cork 20 International Car Rally in Millstreet were Kevin O'Riordan President Munster Car Club; Patrick Coleman, Eamonn Tarrant, Billy Sheahan,Stephen Collins and Clerk of the Course Kevin O'Riordan.

John Tarrant

MILLSTREET promises to be a hub of activity next month for the Orchard Motorsport Cork '20' International Rally.

MILLSTREET promises to be a hub of activity next month for the Orchard Motorsport Cork '20' International Rally.

The Duhallow location will play host to the best drivers and cars from Ireland, UK and beyond for an action packed motor feast on Saturday/Sunday October 5/6.

Backed by associate promoters, the Millstreet Development Group, the two day event offers an all-star line-up in motor sport that sees the concluding round of the Irish Tarmac Championships.

The field will include current leader Garry Jennings, Donegal winner Sam Moffitt, defending Cork 20 champion Darragh O'Riordan in addition to a multitude of other WRC cars.

At the launch in the Wallis Arms Hotel, MC Martin Walsh said the event moves from the traditional Cork City centre to be based in Millstreet, well known for its many achievements and the home of Irish rallying great Billy Coleman.

"Millstreet is the spiritual home of rallying with so many great drivers from the region such as Coleman, Ger Buckley, the Falveys and Moynihans", he said.

Billy Sheahan, representing the Millstreet Development Group, thanked the Munster Car Club for granting the Cork 20 to Millstreet.

"We feel that we 've a very special event, all involved are looking forward to the rally. Thanks are extended to the stage sponsors and those supporting the rally programme", he said.

Clerk of the course Kevin O'Riordan said the rally takes 11 months to prepare and the support of overall sponsors Brian and Doreen Stinson of Orchard Motorsport is ever important to its continuation.

"It involves a massive change to move out of Cork City. The volume of work is immense," he said.

"The main focus behind the rally base relocation is to ensure the maximum can be achieved from a compact event to suit participating crews", he added.

Millstreet met the criteria thanks to the classic stages in the surrounding terrain, complimented by the availability of the multipurpose Green Glens complex.

"The key component of the rally is that everything will be centralised at the Green Glens, where the rally office, trailer park, scrutiny area and service park for both days will be based," said Mr O'Riordan.

Apart from the organising committee, 250 volunteers are also involved in the event.

"The Gardai, county council and HSE contribute immensely as is the goodwill of residents over the routes. All need to be respectful to property of owners who are giving up access to their homes," added Mr O'Riordan.

The Saturday leg of the event will see a loop of three classic stages, repeated twice, followed by a single run over the Clara stage close to the town as the last stage Saturday evening.

The Sunday leg will see a loop of four stages repeated twice followed by a single run over the closing Clara stage.

The total distance over the full course of the two days of 212km stage mileage is just 140km, eliminating lengthy road sections and reducing costs to the competitor.

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