Rally of the Lakes 2014 Launch

April 21, 2014 by Sean Moriarty  

New roads to compliment some of County Kerry’ s most famous rally stages and a route that incorporates stages that have not been used in ten years are set to make this year’s Rally of the Lakes the most challenging in recent times.

The third round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship takes place in Killarney on May 2-4. The rally will, for the second time, be a counting round of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship as well as being round two of the Southern Four Regional Rally series.

The official launch of the event took place at rally headquarters, The Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday night last, where organiser, Killarney and District Motor Club, revealed preliminary details of the rally’s 2014 route.

The new availability of previously unused roads near Kenmare means that Moll’s Gap, Ireland’s most-famous rally, stage will be longer, and the same network of roads will allow for a new start location for Ballaghbeama. There will also be a new service park on the grounds of Kenmare Mart.

The rally will also venture in to West Cork for the first time since 2004 with classic stages like Borlin and Lough Allua back on the agenda along with a reverse run down Moll’s Gap to close the weekend’s action.

Speaking at the launch on Saturday night, Clerk of the course Dermot Healy said: “We have put in a lot of effort over the winter months, finding new roads, and tweaking existing stages, so we know we will be able to offer the competitors some of the best roads in Kerry and Cork, but with fresh challenges that even regular supporters of the event will not have seen before.”

Entries have opened for the rally, and can be made via Killarney and District Motor Club expects a rush of entries following both last weekend’s Fel’s Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry and next weekend’s Discover Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally.

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