Pictured are Jeremy O'Connor Deputy Clerk of the course Midland Stages Rally, Kevin Barrett Triton Showers, Martin McKenna President Motorsport Ireland and Bernie Flynn Midland MC.
The Triton Showers National Rally championship was launched in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth last Saturday.
MC Martin Walsh gave a brief outline of the event with Triton as main sponsor in their third year of a three-year sponsorship deal.
This is Ireland’s premier rally championship kicking off with Birr Motor club’s event on February 26 followed by Midland Motor Club’s Moto Stages rally on March 26 in Longford town. The Midland Motor Club takes in counties Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon.
The rotation format of the championship sees alternative clubs running the eight events this year which concludes with the Fastnet rally in Bantry in October.
Many of last year’s competitors were in attendance including Roy White from Clonmel who won the 2016 championship in his Fiesta WRC. He hopes to defend his title this year but will have stiff competition from Declan Boyle from Donegal also in a Fiesta WRC.
The championship is once again being aired on our TV’s with On the Limits sports programme.
This year will also see Donagh Kelly a previous winner of the championship in 2015 will compete in a Focus WRC.
Niall Maguire from Monaghan, three times previous winner is back and will drive an Impreza WRC.
This year’s rounds consist of;
1 Birr Stages Rally based in Nenagh (February 26)
2 Midland Moto Stages Rally based in Longford (March 26)
3 Monaghan Stages Rally based in Monaghan (April 23)
4 Circuit of Munster rally based in Rathkeale, Limerick (June 4)
5 Raven’s Rock Rally based in Waterford (June 25)
6 Sligo Stages rally based in Sligo town (July 9)
7 Galway Summer rally (August 27)
8 Fastnet Rally Skibbereen (October 29)