Rally Of The Lakes. A major date on Ireland's motorsports calendar is an on-road rally seeing drivers take death-defying twists and turns around the lakes and mountains over the May bank holiday weekend.
A major date on Ireland's motorsports calendar, this on-road rally sees drivers take death-defying twists and turns around the lakes and mountains of Killarney over the May bank holiday weekend.
The Rally attracts an unprecedented entry of across its four sections – International, modified, historic and junior.
Action gets underway with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre on Friday night where organiser, Killarney and District Motor Club have laid on a family entertainment evening where fans can meet the leading drivers, while watching action from previous events on a gig screens set to a back drop of live music provided by local bands and djs. The rally finishes up at The Gleneagle on Sunday evening with an awards ceremony in the INEC later that night.
There is a separate event for young drivers, but the main focus is on the competitors in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, with the top drivers from Ireland north and south out in force on what must be one of the most scenic rally routes anywhere in the world. There is also a round of the West Euro Cup, bringing drivers in from further afield.
The rally has been running since 1979 and in 2008 formed the third round in the 2008 Global Group Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. Since 2011 it has been sponsored by vehicle check company Cartell and known as the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes.
The organising committee of the Rally have taken a look at the current characteristics and changes of rallying in Ireland and have designed, structured and built the Rally of the Lakes completely around the modern day competitor, while also maintaining the uniqueness that the Rally of the Lakes holds worldwide.
One of the organisers main objectives is to bring the Rally into the heart of Killarney and base the event completely in and around the radius of the town. It is achieved this by using a stage format, a choice of new and old stages and the use of Liebherr Container Cranes as the centralised service area for the entire event. This makes the event attractive to both the competitors and the spectators to enjoy.
Saturday morning kicks off with an old Circuit of Ireland favourite "Gortnagane" which runs parallel with the main Killarney to Millstreet road, then it's across the road and into the fast technical Banard stage, followed by centralised service at Liebherr Container Cranes Factory Killarney.
This loop is repeated, then it's time to head out for the evening loop towards Listry for a brand new stage called "Dromin" which should be a real sprint and challenge, followed by a crowd pleasing Blast through the "Rockfield" stage and into service once again. A repeat run over this loop finishes off the day.
Sunday morning starts with the iconic Molls Gap, followed by the mountainous Beallaghbeama Pass and the fast flowing Shanera stage. Then into service at Liebherr Container cranes Killarney.
This Loop is of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama Pass is repeated and into service again, before heading out to the spectator friendly loop of Carragh Lake, Shanera and Carragh Lake stages."
The Rally of the Lakes is the third round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship, and the FIA European Celtic Trophy Cup.Have You Found What You Are Looking For?