Motorsport Comes to Glenstal

Limerick Forest Rally

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October 16th 2016 marked the autumn round of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship. Limerick Motor Club perfected their preparations and returned the Lyons of Limerick Jaguar and Land Rover backed event to its former heritage to run the now classic stages; “Glenstal”, “Mother Mountain” and the altitude tipping “Keeper Hill”. The stages have been described by former event winners as being extremely technical, extremely challenging and relentless. Clerk of the Course Cathal Mansell commented: “The event preparations are going to plan. We are fortunate to be able to use the same versions of stages which were last used in 2000 under the Thomond Limerick Forest Rally name.  They’re sure to be a big test on man and machine.”

Rally cars were parked overnight on the terraces at Glenstal. The following morning cars were checked by supimg_6946-copyport teams img_6932-copyand race marshalls.

First out  in the 2WD category was Rearcross local (and former Glenstal Cook) Grainne Caplis who was driving  a Corsa converted to gravel spec with co-driver Paul Murphy   .

Local crews confirmed for the event were John Byrnes, Alan Shinnors and former national champion and event winner Dermot Kelly, who drove  4WD Mitsubishi Evo’s.

 

 

Check out Limerick Motor Club’s website for results.

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