Mossie is all revved up

Fifteen-year old Tarbert driver is set to make road rally debut

Kerry's youngest rally competitor is set to make his driving debut on Saturday's Moonraker Rally in Ballyvourney.

Mossie Costello from Tarbert is only 15 but new rules brought in last year meant that under 17s car drive in forestry events provided a responsible adult drives the car on the road section.

Mossie has been competing in autocross events for the last two seasons in a self-prepared Nissan Micra. His father Jason and grandfather Joe were accomplished rally drivers and were on hand to help Mossie build his rally Micra in time for Saturday's event. They are the first third-generation family to be Kerry Motor Club members and rally drivers.

"I have done a few autocross events, but I am not sure what it will be like having someone talking to me through the helmet," said Mossie who was in Tralee on Saturday as part of the Rally Town exhibition on the eve of the Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry.

Other Kerry competitors on the Moonraker include David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) and Sean Fleming/Niall McLarnon (Ford Fiesta RWD).

Meanwhile, it is another busy two-week period for Paul Nagle and Craig Breen as they continue their challenges for the Italian and Irish rally championships. First up is this weekend's Rallye San Remo where the Kerry/Waterford pairing will contest this legendary Italian rally in the same Skoda Fabia R5 that they used on the Rally Il Ciocco e Valle del Serchio in the country's Tuscany region on last month.

Rallye San Remo, based just 30kms east of Monte Carlo shares many characteristics of its famous neighbour, with twisty stages running high in the Italian Alps.

The rally gets underway on Friday with a spectator stage on the streets of the riviera town before a further nine tests in mountains.

The rally finishes at around 6pm on Saturday. The following weekend they will be back on Irish soil and will be hoping to make it three wins from three starts in the Irish Tarmac Championship. They are behind the wheel of their Ford Fiesta R5 for the Easter Stages, round three of the series.

They have already taken victories on the Galway International Rally and the West Cork International Rally to lead the Irish Tarmac Championship The holy grail for the pair, of course, is victory on round four of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the Rally of the Lakes next month.