Link to Results for the 2013 Rally of the Lakes
Press Release: Sunday April 21st @ 19:00 hrs
Rallying returns to Killarney
Crews registered for the FIA European Historic Rally Championship will lead the field
away from the start of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes on Saturday May 4th.
The Rally of the Lakes is the fourth round of the European Historic Championship and,
in addition to Irish and UK based competitors, the event has attracted crews from Sweden,
Italy and from the USA.
Speaking at the launch of the rally in the Brehon Hotel on Sunday evening Clerk of the Course
Dermot Healy said that developing the Historic element of the rally for cars which comply
with Appendix K of the FIA regulations has long been an ambition for Killarney and District
Motor Club who view this branch of the sports as an area of huge potential growth.
He went on to say that he would like to see other Irish Motor Clubs include classes in their
events for these Appendix K Cars since the availability of such classes on other events would
encourage more drivers to bring their cars into line with the Appendix K specifications.
He recalled that it was the Rally of the Lakes which first introduced the concept of Junior
Rallying to the Irish scene and when other clubs followed the Killarney lead, Junior Rallying
became an instant success and an important element of virtually every other rally in the
country leading to a well supported Irish Junior Rally Championship.
He believes that the same success could follow in relation to Appendix K Cars.
The battle for the Tarmac Rally Championship resumes in Killarney for the first two day
event of the series following on from the Galway International and the cancellation of
the Circuit of Ireland at Easter
Double Lakes winner Darragh Riordan will seek to make it three wins in a row, the first
person to do so since Bertie Fisher, while former the reigning Tarmac Champion Darren Gass
will be anxious to gather maximum Tarmac points following a non finish in the first round
Tarmac Championship leader and Galwaywinner Keith Cronin has opted to miss the Lakes
so that his ex Thomas Fitzmaurice Subaru can be driven by his uncle, Denis Cronin, himself
a former Lakes winner.
Others who have to be considered as potential winners are Gary Jennings and another
former Lakes winner Derek McGarrity, currently lying fourth in the Tarmac series,
while Thomas Fitzmaurice, who just missed out to Brian O’Mahony in a year long battle
for the 2012 National Rally Championship title will have the machinery and the local
knowledge to make life difficult for all the top seeds.
Local driver Alan Ring heads the Group N category in the Tarmac Championship on 22.5
points from Galway but the Moffett brothers, Sam,third on 15 points and Josh whose 18
points from Galway leaves him second in the title race, will not be far off the pace, even
in the relatively unfamiliar Killarney territory, so that the Munster Joinery sponsored crew
cannot afford to relax at any stage throughout the weekend
After much speculation it has been confirmed that Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will compete
in the National Section of the rally using James Coleman’s Mk 2 Escort.
Craig and Paul compete this weekend in the Azores Rally, a round of the European Rally
Championship in which they currently hold second place.
For Paul, the Rally of the Lakes stages will be home territory and indeed he has won every
trophy with the exception of the overall on the Rally of the Lakes over the years.
The combination of speed and local knowledge should make them likely contenders for the
top spot in the National event but they will have to contend with a whole host of others, including
some local crews, who all have much more powerful Escorts.
These include National Tarmac Leader Fergus O’Meara, Kevin O’Donoghue and Charlie Hickey
who expressed himself well pleased with the power of his new Mk 2 which he launched on the
recent Circuit of Kerry.
A good entry of non FIA Historic cars will compete for Tarmac Championship points over the
entire rally route and will be seeded in the main field based on their times and results to date.
The top four in the championship all resume battle in Killarney with James O’Mahony’s Volvo
holding a 5 point lead over the Mini of Galway’s Ray Cunningham .
John Spiers lies third on 17 points followed by Wesley Patterson a further two points adrift in 4th
The dark horse in this category has to be Mark Falvey, who will have significant home advantage
on his local stages on Saturday in the immaculately prepared replica of Billy Coleman’s Mk 1 Escort
Juniors join the rally on the second day and will compete over all the stages on that day.
The Lakes is also a counting round of the Southern 4 Championship where Daragh O’Riordan
and JJ Fleming share the lead, but the withdrawal of the Galway driver, who has sold his car,
leaves the way open for O’Riordan to advance to a commanding lead in the series.
Saturday’s stages start with Molls Gap, followed by Service in Liebherrs Container Cranes
factory at Fossa, before the cars tackle a loop of three stages at Gortnagane, Banard and
Following a further service break in Liebherrs these three stages are used again before the
cars return to Killarney at the end of the first leg of the rally.
Day two begins with Stage 8 at Molls Gap followed by a loop of three classic stages at Healy Pass,
Cods Head and Ardgroom , which are each run twice, with service on Dinis Island in Castletownbere.
The final stage of the event is at Killmackillogue, the fourth of the quartet of great classic stages
in the Beara Peninsula.
First of the cars are expected back at the Finish Ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel at about 6pm on
Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie
Rally of the Lakes have announced details of this year’s event
which will take place over the May Bank Holiday
weekend 3rd to 5th of May.
Press Release 06.03.2013
Major European boost for Killarney’s Rally of the Lakes in receiving FIAstatus
Killarney’s Muckross House and Gardens was the scene for the official launch of the
Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes 2013, Round 4 of the FIA European Historic Rally
The Rally of the Lakes was chosen from seven rallies throughout the whole of Europe,
who were all looking for this prestigious title round of the European Historic Rally Championship.
COC of the event Dermot Healy quoted, this is a Hugh achievement for the
rally and in fact is the first ever FIA Historic Round to be hosted in Ireland.
Last year’s event was observered by a member of the FIA governing body.
He was highly impressed in particular with the classic stages,
the high standard of organisation of the event and also by the Killarney town itself,
with its scenery and hospitality.
Receiving FIA status is a major boost to the event overall,
as we are already attracting considerable interest from competitors
from all over Europe, America and one competitor already confirmed all the
way from New Zealand.
Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes
have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the
May Bank Holiday weekend 3rd to 5th of May.
Cartell.ie, Irelands leading vehicle history record company continue as title
sponsors for the 4th year, with additional support from the Gleneagle Hotel
Group, Ordnance Survey Ireland, KC Print and the hoteliers and traders of Killarney.
The 34th Rally of the Lakes will be a counting round of The Irish Tarmac Rally
Championship 2013, The Irish Tarmac Historic Rally Championship, The Irish
Tarmac Modified Challenge. The PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Championship
and new for this year and for first time on Irish soil Round 4 of the FIA European
Historic Rally Championship.
Clerk of the Course Dermot Healy will be taking on duty for his third year. He
has designed the most demanding route to test man and machine over the bank
He feels that replicating last year’s route on Sunday this year will not only
reduce recce time for competitors who did the event in 2012 but also takes into
account the great reaction of competitors who regarded the stages as the best
ever run by the Killarney Club.
As is traditional, each day starts with the iconic Molls Gap.
On Saturday the rally then head’s east of Killarney into the challenging stages of
Gortnagane, Bannard and Knockacullig keeping the action close to Killarney
and very accessible for spectators.
On Sunday the Rally goes south down along the Beara Peninsula taking in the
Most famous classic route of stages this country has to offer, such as Healy
Pass, Cods Head and Ardgroom, followed by one blast through the Killmackillogue
On the way home to the finishing ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel.
Totalstage distance is approximately 240 Km.
Centralized service in Liebherr Container Cranes Killarney on Saturday and in Castletownbere on Sunday
continue to be a feature of the event.
The event will start with a ceremonial start in Killarney town centre on Friday
evening and will finish at the Gleneagle Hotel at approximately 5pm on Sunday
after 2 hard days of rallying over some of the world’s greatest tarmac stages.
Exceptional accommodation deals are available at Rally Hq, the Gleneagle Hotel,
for crews and followers alike. Bookings and information at 064 6636000
Regulations and on-line entries available and further
information is available at www.rallyofthelakes.com
2013 Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes Promo Video
The Historic Rally of the Lakes 2013, the fourth round of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship,
takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 3rd - 5th in Killarney in the southwest of Ireland.
Renowned for the beauty of its surrounding lakes and mountains and its many hotels, bars and
restaurants Killarney has been welcoming visitors since 1850 and is regarded as the tourist capital of Ireland.
Killarney also has a long association with motor sport being one of the main stops on the 1901 Tour
of Ireland and also the host town, 1903, for the first ever hill climb run in Ireland
(Won by the Hon Charles Rolls, co-founder of the Rolls Royce Motor Company) From 1932 until 1980 i
t was the southern base for the Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The stages around Killarney became
justly renowned as some of the finest tarmac stages in Western Europe and formed the real competitive
core of the Circuit of Ireland.
Since 1979 Killarney has been the base for the International Rally of the Lakes and each year these
same classic tarmac stages make up the route of the two day event.
The 2013 Historic Rally of the Lakes will be run over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday with 8 stages on
Saturday and 7 on Sunday. Each Leg will start with the most famous tarmac stage in Ireland,
the 19km Molls Gap.
Service location will be centralised on both days.
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