Sligo Stages Rally 2018

September Date approved for Sligo Stages Rally 

The Motorsport Commission has approved a date change application from the Club to run the event on Sunday, 2nd September and retaining National Championship status

See the Motorsport Commission Statement - more details later 

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SLIGO STAGES RALLY 2018

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2018 COMPETITOR INFORMATION  

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Stages 2018 

 

2018 SLIGO STAGES RALLY

Robert Lyttle - C.O.C.  

 

 

Rally 2018

 
3 CHAMPIONSHIPS ON OFFER

Triton Showers National Rally Championship

Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship

Sponsors & Associate Partners

kerrigan Connacht Signs McGowan Landscapes Glen View Sligo Haulage Carty Group

Sligo Pallets Border 2017
Triton 2017
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Good weather impacts the FAAC Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Sligo Stages Rally

Press Release

Update 7th July

You will be aware that we postponed our event scheduled for Sunday, 8th July. Unfortunately, the original concerns remain and this has led us to the decision to cancel the 2018 Sligo Stages Rally.

Our decision was influenced by the exceptional weather conditions and associated risks, we have continued to monitor & review the position closely this week to see if our genuine concerns could be mitigated. We have received tremendous support from everyone since our original decision – this includes Motorsport Ireland, Local Authorities, Gardai, Sponsors, Competitors, Media personnel, Residents on the rally route, Sligo Retail Park, Union Road Business Park Collooney, Murray Ambulance Service, fellow Motor Clubs and especially everyone committed to helping with the running of the event.

It is gratifying to know that the event is important in different ways to so many people, however, we have concluded that the risks remain such that our efforts could still be in vain by next weekend and rather than prolong a further period of uncertainty particularly during the peak tourism season, the sensible option is to abandon our efforts for the 2018 event.

The event has been a feature of the Irish Motorsport calendar since 1980 and there has been only 2 other occasions when factors beyond our control meant that the event didn’t happen – these include 1990 (Insurance crisis) and 2001 (Foot & Mouth) and the last thing we expected to pose a problem for 2018 was an overdue period of good weather conditions!

This has been a difficult decision for us, however we would rather look forward to 2019 with optimism, rather than look back on 2018 with regret should the circumstances have caused difficulty - we will now give the team a well deserved break and regroup for the 2019 season in due course.

Sincere thanks to everyone involved for your support, understanding and patience in this matter and apologies to all for any inconvenience arising from the uncertainty relating to the event.


Issued Saturday, 7th July, 21:00.
Padraic Boylan, Club PRO.
 

 

Press Release

Update 4th July

Further to our press release of the 3rd July, Connacht Motor Club have secured the necessary permissions and support from the Local Authorities and Motorsport Ireland and are committed to running the event on Sunday the 15th July.

The exceptional weather and associated risks that influenced our original decision remains a concern. We will continue to monitor the conditions and will make a further statement on Saturday evening.

Thank you to our sponsors, competitors, fellow motor clubs, local authorities and all residents along the route for their understanding and continued support.

 

Issued Wednesday, 4th July, 23:30.

Padraic Boylan, Club PRO.
 

Press Release  

Due to the current exceptional weather conditions the committee of Connacht Motor Club have made the difficult decision not to run the Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday next, 8th July.

We wish to sincerely acknowledge the support of the various stakeholders and agencies to date, in particular the residents on the route, and competitors entered for the event.

Currently, we are exploring our options including a potential window of opportunity for Sunday 15th July and after consultation with the key stakeholders a further statement will be issued on the evening of Wednesday, 4th July.

 

Issued Tuesday, 3rd July, 1:00am
Padraic Boylan, Club PRO.

 

 

 

Ciaran Phelan Faac Simply Automatic with Anthony McCoubrey Deputy COC

at the 2018 Rally Launch 

See Gallery Section for more photos courtesy of James Burke Photography

 

Support from Loyal Local Businesses

With entries already open for the 2018 Faac Simply Automatic – Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally its all systems go for the July 8th event.

Robert Lyttle COC has selected an appealing loop of 3 by 3 stages circling a convenient, very accessible central service park. Much of the footwork has already been carried out by the stage teams on the ground and they are very encouraged by the level of support they have received from the residents and communities on the route. Three stage, scrutiny, service area sponsors and an award for fastest local crew have been secured from businesses previously supportive of the rally. This will compliment the already secured title sponsors of Faac Simply automatic and Sligo Park Hotel.

Herron Auto, Kerrigan Quarries, Glenview Decorative Stone, Gulf /Hot Rods, Sligo Haulage and Distribution and Mc Gowan Landscapes have all generously come on board for a further year.

The opening stage of the day is sponsored by Kerrigan Quarries, a Killargue Co. Leitrim based facility, established in 1989 providing a wide range of construction products to the building industry and the privateer.

Stage 2 is sponsored by Glenview Natural Stone, an Arigna based business supplying a broad range of decorative golden sandstone and specialist sands to the landscape arena in Ireland and mainland Europe.

The 3rd stage of the loop is sponsored by Herron Auto, a 2nd generation family run Opel and Kia dealership serving customers in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

The service area complex is again sponsored by Gulf /Hot Rods at the Sligo Gate at the Collooney Roundabout, the intersection of the N4 and the N17. One of our longest supporters, with a state of the art service station, restaurant and shop, providing to all the needs of the commuter. All the broad range of services will be available to those in the service area and the spectators calling for a visit.

A unique feature of this year’s event is Scrutiny which will be hosted at the Sligo Retail Park at Carraroe, where competitor cars once undertaking mechanical scrutiny will go direct into parc ferme. The retail park, with picturesque views of Knocknarea will allow spectators to conveniently view all aspects of the safety inspections being carried out on the cars. Bringing this activity into this retail hub is enabled by the sponsorship of market leading Sligo Haulage and Distribution operating out of its distribution facility in Tubbercurry. The company, recipients of numerous haulage industry awards is indicative of the professionalism and success of this haulage and courier fleet.

The local competitor support is also recognised and thanks to Mc Gowan Landscapes, sponsoring an award for the highest placed local crew home. The North Sligo based landscape business with 24 years experience carry out projects extending across the North West of Ireland under the experienced guidance of director Roger Mc Gowan.

As we approach the first incentive draw on June 20th sponsored by the Carty Group, the organising committee are appealing to competitors who are planning entering Sligo to submit their entries early enabling the club to put plans in place for the expected numbers. It should be noted that cheques received will be not be lodged before June 29th. Those eligible for the 1st draw will also be in with a chance in the 2 remaining draws on June 27th & July 8th.
 

Entry incentives could contribute to cheaper entry

With entries for Faac Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally now open, the Club are delighted to announce no less than 3 draws in which competitors could, upon being drawn out of the hat, receive a rebate on a significant portion of their entry fee.

National Automation, a subsidiary company within the Faac Group & in addition to Title sponsor, are planning to give something back to the competitor. National Automation with bases in Boyle Co Roscommon and Citywest Business Park Dublin, are sole Irish distributors for the Faac and Genius range of automation for gates, barriers, entrances and automatic doors. They are also mainline distributors for other quality associated products and provide the training, technical support and service, both on and off site.

The National Automation draw will take place immediately before drivers briefing on the morning of the rally & comprises of a Win Back for the Main/Historic field and also, 1 for the Junior field to the tune of the entry fee less the insurance levy. Ciaran Phelan, General Manager of National Automation, a regular competitor himself has great empathy with those competing and the costs involved and therefore, he is very conscious that a Win Back on the morning of the rally should put a crew in a good frame of mind starting the event.

Following on from last years scheme, the Club has 2 early entry incentive draws again this year. The draws will take place on June 20th and June 27th & will include all those having a fully completed entry submitted to the Event Secretary at that time and a lucky winner will be picked out to receive a rebate of €500 on their entry fee. It is hoped that this will encourage those who are already planning to compete to submit their entry early assisting the planning process in advance of July 8th.

The first draw on June 20th has kindly been sponsored by the Carty Group, a long established company, with its headquarters in Collooney, Co Sligo with expertise in major Civil, Water, Wind and Marine projects. Iarla Carty of Carty Group, himself an avid competitor in the historic category for numerous years is very aware from both perspectives of the importance of entering at an early date.

Competitors are encouraged to focus on the earlier date, as that will make them eligible for all 3 draws.
 

Sligo Stages Rally offers 3 Championship options again for 2018

With planning progressing well for the July 8th Sligo Stages, Connacht Motor Club are delighted to bring together a winning formula similar to last year, to host the 2018 event .

Taking on the mantle as Clerk of the Course, Robert Lyttle who now holds the record of most number of events at the helm, will undoubtedly bring some innovative edges to the already well primed event management. His knowledge in both the planning and deliverance of stages events, supported by a dedicated experienced team, will present competitors with a well run, well orchestrated event on the day.

One of the key ingredients in event preparation is the financial support from sponsors, and once again Connacht Motor Club are delighted to confirm, both Faac Simply Automatic and Sligo Park Hotel as joint title sponsors.

Faac Simply Automatic, a leading global brand in the manufacturing of automation for Gates & Barriers, Entrances & Automatic Doors & Access Control Systems are now synonymous within rallying circles, with Ciaran, Aine, Cormac and Katja regular participants at rallies around the country. Following a successful association last year with Faac and the local distribution wing National Automation, Connacht Motor Club are excited to expand this relationship in 2018.

Of course Sligo Park Hotel has been connected with Sligo Stages Rally now for nearing three decades, renowned for its hospitality and generally accepted as the home of rallying in Sligo. Its recent extensive programme of refurbishment and branding has further enhanced the comforts and profile of this contemporary style four star hotel.

Sligo Stages Rally is once again a round of three of the most prestigious championships in the country, the Triton National Championship, the Sligo Pallets Border Championship and the Top Part West Coast Championship .
 

Triton Showers National Rally Championship

  • Mayo Stages - March 11th 
  • Circuit of Kerry - April 8th 
  • Cavan Stages Rally - May 27th 
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July 8th 
  • Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally - Aug 12th
  • Clare Rally - Sept 16th 
  • Donegal Harvest Stages Rally - Oct 13th 

 

Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship 

  • Mayo Stages Rally - March 11th
  • Monaghan Stages Rally - April 22nd 
  • Cavan Stages Rally - May 27th
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July 8th 
  • Galway Summer Rally - Aug 26th
  • Donegal Harvest Stages Rally - (Sat) Oct 13th

 

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship 

  • Birr Stages Rally - Feb 18th
  • Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally - April 22nd
  • Limerick Circuit of Munster Stages Rally - June 3rd
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July 8th
  • Galway Summer Rally - Aug 26th
  • Clare Stages Rally - Sept 16th 

 

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