Round 6 of the McLoughlin Industrial Flooring Irish Rallycross Championship will be held on the 23rd of August and will be the 2nd time the Championship heads west this season to Tynagh Co. Galway.
The first outing on the Galway circuit was a huge success. Despite heavy rain all afternoon the racing was spectacular. The circuit threw up a lot of challenges and provided over taking opportunity at almost every corner. Two of the finals were both won and lost on the very challenging final hairpin on the final lap and even 2 times European RX touring car Champion, Derek Tohill got caught out under braking at the end of the long and very wet back straight. Both Pat Ryan and Paddy Bateman lost out on victory when it looked like they had done all the hard yards while Willie Coyne found himself finishing 2nd in the Super Final after making his way up from 2nd place in the modified B final. It’s that kind of circuit. Anything can happen at any time and the weather can change quicker than Lady Gaga at an award ceremony!!!
Word has spread about the success of new circuit and already there are a number of drivers on the entry list who will be making their Tynagh debuts. Amongst them are Ballymena man James McVickers in his Renault Clio V6. James went well at the British double header back in June and is keen to get back to put the wide arch Clio through its paces.
Reigning modified Champion, Pearse Browne, will be double driving his BMW Compact with George Tohill and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. William Kellett of Kellett Motorsport missed out last time due to a clash of events so he’ll have some points to make up in the Junior Championship. Damien O Donavan, who is the only Munster man on the entry list so far, marshalled here back in May. Since then he has bought a very competitive Peugeot 205 from Keith Kerrshaawe and will be making his Rallycross debut at round 6 so we wish him the best of luck.
Irelands longest serving Rallycross drivers, John Dowling and Jack Lenehan will be out too. The pair have competed in almost every season since Rallycross began in Ireland back in the early 80’s. It’s been rumored that the duo have a combined age of nearly 140 (it would be pushing 210 if you add Tommy Graham into thr equation) but you can be sure they will be pushing hard as always to prove that experience is more valuable than youth when it comes to Rallycross!!!!!!
As always there will be a Rallycar class for those who want to come down and race against the clock. It’s a brilliant way of getting valuable seat time in your Rallycar as well as a great opportunity to play around with set ups and test your skills on a challenging mixed surface Circuit.
Anyone looking for entry forms or more information about this event should contact Colin Dowling:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 7868392.
Pictures by Mark Ashby.