Co-Drivers Allowed at Suirway Group Rallysprint Opener
Whilst many rally drivers were delighted at the announcement of Mondello Park’s Suirway Group Rallysprint championship, allowing them to dust off their cars after a long break, it seemed Co-Drivers would not be so lucky. The restrictions on dual occupancy initially precluded the presence of a navigator or Co-Driver from competing at the opening round of the championship on August 16th. This all changed today though, as Motorsport Ireland clarified that the restrictions had been relaxed.
The event caters for all rally classes, including Juniors and the entry already includes a number of WRC and R5 cars. The mixed surface stage is just under 7km and crews will tackle it a number of times during the day.
Roddy Greene, Mondello Park: “It is great news. We are aware that Co-Drivers are as much of the team as the drivers themselves and it would have been difficult for them to stand and watch their car and driver competing without them. This news means that from the opening round on August 16th, full crews can compete in all the classes.”
Sunday 16th August – Round 1
Sunday 18th October – Round 2
Sunday 1st November – Round 3
Sunday 6th December – Round 4
There will be the following classes in accordance with App 30, Paragraph 9, 2020 MI Yearbook:
Entries are just €210 and are now open on https://mondellopark.ie/rallysprint-competitor-entry/
Class 1: 2WD Rally Cars up to 1450cc normally aspirated
A Cars up to 1450cc with only 2 valves per cylinder
B Cars up to 1450cc with more than 2 valves per cylinder
Class 2: 2WD Rally Cars from 1451cc up to 1650cc normally aspirated
A Cars from 1451cc up to 1650cc with only 2 valves per cylinder
B Cars from 1451cc up to 1650cc with more than 2 valves per cylinder
Class 3: 2WD Rally Cars from 1651cc up to 2100cc normally aspirated
A Cars from 1651cc up to 2100cc with only 2 valves per cylinder
B Cars from 1651cc up to 2100cc with more than 2 valves per cylinder
Class 4: 2WD Rally Cars from 2101cc up to 3500cc normally aspirated
Class 5: All 4WD Cars
A 4WD Group N complying with their last published homologation papers as per FIA Appendix J
B 4WD Rally Cars including all WRC complying with their last published homologation papers as per FIA Appendix J and National Tarmac Class 15
Class 6: Rallycross Cars up to 1650cc
Class 7: Rallycross Cars 1651cc to 2150cc
Class 8: Rallycross Cars over 2150cc
Class 9: Rallycross Supercars
Class 10: Cars up to 1400cc being driven by Junior Speed Competition Licence holders aged 14-16 years inclusive. Co-drivers allowed subject to their holding a minimum of a National B Competition Licence and be 21 years or over*.
For Junior Speed Licence details – see Appendix 1.
Class 11: Buggies
Class 12: 16 to 18 years old up to 1600cc, co-driver allowed.
Upgrade from Class 10 may only be made after 6 finishes in Class 10.
Images from Tony Gavin Photography