Midland Motor Club is hosting a two day Autocross event this weekend. The venue this year has changed location and will take place in Tulsk Co. Roscommon on the 13th & 14th of August next.
This is Round 4 of the Midland Motor Club Clubman Championship sponsored by Johnston Toy town Longford. This event is recognised nationally as Round 8 of the National Autocross Championship supported again by main sponsors D & B Windows New Ross Co. Wexford. The event will bring competitors from all over the country to Tulsk to compete in this fantastic event, spectators can expect to see local and national competitors battle it out over the grass surface course using their skills in car control against the clock negotiating around the course.
There are two types of Autocross events; those held on a grass surface and those that take place on a loose surface; e.g. dirt tracks or quarries. Midland Motor Club Autocross is a grass surface event and the weekends schedule will start off with Mechanical Scrutiny on Saturday at 12:00 noon where each car will be checked by a Motorsport Ireland appointed scrutineer to make sure each car and competitor meets the regulations, safety requirements and equipment standards as set out by the governing body Motorsport Ireland. Motorsport Ireland (MI) is the National Governing Body for four-wheeled Motorsport in Ireland. MI is affiliated to the supreme authority for world Motorsport, which is the “Federation Internationale de l’Automobile” (FIA) based in Geneva and Paris.
The track has been specially designed to suit the field layout and will be marked out by Midland Motor Club officials on Saturday morning. The track will be marked with flags and arrows where competitors will compete individually “against the clock” with one practice run and three timed runs. The best time will count. A penalty of 5 seconds will be incurred for striking or passing on the wrong side of a standing Red marker flag. Marshals and event officials including Motorsport Ireland official will oversee proceedings on both days.
This year’s event has some surprises with the return of the Midget Cars taking part in the event on Sunday. This promises to be very exciting because Midget Car Racing is a form of racing involving cars of smaller dimensions than normal. In this part of the event the Midget Cars will race against each other on the track as opposed to the other Autocross cars that race against the clock. The first Midget Car Races were held as far back as 1936 with the present day machines being derived from a type of vehicle known commonly in the USA as a Bantam Car. These cars were quickly adopted initially in Ireland by a group of enthusiasts in Wicklow who raced them on grass. This format is still in use today. Midget Car Racing is very much a family orientated branch of the sport and is a very good and economical way to learn the concept of car control on slippery surfaces. Our next surprise of the weekend is special guest Tim McNulty. Tim who has relatives in Tulsk Co. Roscommon is well known both on the national and international circuit as a top Tarmac Rally driver. Tim with co-driver Paul Keily currently leads the Dunlop National Rally Championship with 80 points in their Subaru Impreza WRC S12B after four impressive wins in the championship so far this year. Good luck Tim and Paul in the next round. Tim will switch from tarmac to grass this weekend and tryout the course in a Honda Civic provided by local man Joe Lenehan.
Midland Motor Club(MMC) officials for this event are Gerry Kelly, Clerk of the Course, Joe Lenehan, Assistant Clerk of the Course, Sean Wallace, MMC Steward, Event Secretary Karen Kelly, Scrutiny Jimmy Halligan and Motorsport Ireland Steward John Duffy. As always marshals are required and anyone interested in helping out please contact the club officials above for details and training.
Thank you to the Tulsk Inn for their support and also the land owners Bernie and Joan Higgins Ballybeg Tulsk where the field event will take place. A special thank you to local celebrity Eugene Murphy compare last year, we are delighted Eugene can make it again on Sunday this year. Eugene has kindly donated his time to Midland Motor Club on many occasions. Time table for Saturday 13th: Check in & Scrutiny 12.00pm. First car timed run: 3:00pm. Saturday night: Prize giving and refreshments in the Tulsk Inn, with music to follow by “Acting the Maggot” Time table for Sunday 14th: Check in 10:00am. First timed run: 11:00am followed by prize giving, light refreshments in the Tulsk Inn Sunday evening, music from 5:00pm by Jimmy Hussey. Midland Motor Club is a proud supporter of charity, this year a donation will be made to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Further information on www.midlandmotorclub.com Gate admission is free, Please come along and support this enjoyable 2 day event.