The directors of Munster Car Club are pleased to announce some details for the final round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the AceSigns Cork 20 International Rally. The event takes place on the 1st & 2nd of October and Colman Hegarty is once again Clerk of the Course and brings vast experience to the role having run the event on a number of occasions to date. AceSigns are once again title sponsors, for the third year in a row, to continue a very successful partnership with the rally.
As with 2015, the Rally Headquarters will be the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Little Island, with the competitive action taking place around the Fermoy area. There will be fourteen stages in total with Saturday’s eight stages to the south of Fermoy and the six remaining stages on Sunday to the north of the town. Speaking earlier today Colman Hegarty was predicting an exciting conclusion to the Tarmac Championship saying “this has been the most open and competitive Tarmac Championship in many years and with the bonus championship points on offer in Cork there is a good chance that the battle will go right down to the wire. If this happens the spectators will be in for a treat having the country’s top drivers fighting to get their name on the Tarmac Championship trophy”.
As well as being the final round of the Tarmac Championship, the rally is also a counting round of the popular clubman PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship. The Cork 20 Rally is one of the oldest events in Europe having been initially a 20 hour endurance rally. It became an International Rally in 1977 and over the years has seen some of the best drivers in the world compete on it. Drivers such as Sebastian Loeb and Ari Vatanen won the event while Mikko Hirvonen, Dani Sordo and Markko Martin also competed here. Top Irish drivers such as Billy Coleman, Frank Meagher, Bertie Fisher, Austin McHale and Andrew Nesbitt are just some of the top Irish names to have had their names inscribed on the winner’s trophy. Whoever wins this year’s rally will be adding their name to a very prestigious list.