Video: Rally enthusiasts to converge on Longford for Moto Stages Rally

The Midland Motor Club Moto Stages Rally will be launched on Thursday, March 16 in Longford Arms Hotel

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A large crowd of rally enthusiasts are set converge on the town of Longford and the general area over the weekend of Sunday, March 26 as the Midland Motor Club will host its annual Moto Stages Rally.

This year’s Moto Stages Rally is a counting round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and Midland Motor Club are delighted to have the Longford Arms Hotel on board as main sponsors in association with A Plus Skip Hire.

The official launch of the Midland Moto Stages Rally 2017 takes place on Thursday evening, March 16 in the Longford Arms Hotel starting at 7.30pm.

Event PRO Barry Molloy told the ‘Leader’, “Many rally drivers and their cars will be on view together with officials and motorsport fans alike. Refreshments will also be served, so why not come along and get up close with the rally cars and drivers for this important event in the motorsport calendar.”

The Midland Moto Stages Rally is also round 2 of the Colton Motors Midlands East Rally Championship and the Johnstown Toy Town Midland MC championship.

Some of the top rally drivers in the country will take to the Longford roads on the weekend of March 25 & 26.

Leading the Championship after round 1 is Sam Moffett and James Fulton in a Fiesta WRC car while Boyle brothers, Declan and Brian, are lying in 2nd place in a similar Fiesta WRC with Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley in 3rd place in their Focus WRC car.

Mr Molloy said the Midland Motor Club is grateful to all the rally sponsors, including Stephen McCann of A Plus Skip Hire, who is no stranger to rallying and will be hoping for a top 10 finish as he competes in a Fiesta S2000 rally car.

Longford native Paul Rowley, Principal of Admore Air Conditioning Corp, is competing in the National Rally championship in a Citroen. Paul, who is USA based, completed the first round of the championship in Birr recently securing 20th place overall in his Citroen DS3 R5 rally car.

Another supporter of the rally is Enda McCormack of McCormack Contracting who is looking forward to competing in the event. There will of course be lots of local competition looking to do well, including Sam Johnston who will be looking to improve on the opening round of the championship and is competing in his Honda Civic.

Sean Cahill, Clerk of the Course for the rally, together with his team, have been busy for the last four months planning for the event.

Midland Motor Club is grateful to Longford County Council and the Gardaí for their assistance in the build up to the event, together with all the residents along the rally route who, without their support, the rally would not take place.

Mr Molloy concluded, “Safety again is a priority for the organisers and the club would appeal to everyone attending over the week end to stay safe, do not stand in a dangerous area and obey all marshals. Remember to ‘Keep the Race in its Place’.”

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