Sam Pearson, the new Clerk of the Course for the Donegal Motor Club’s Harvest Stages Rally based at Jacksons Hotel & Leisure Centre in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on 13th October 2018 has announced not only that the Regulations for the Rally are now available in the download section of the Motor Club’s website: www.donegalmotorclub.com, but that the first entry is already on its way.
“I invite all competitors to Jacksons Hotel in Ballybofey for what we plan to be a fitting climax to three major rally series – the Triton Showers National, The Sligo Pallets Border and the Donegal Commercials Motor Club Rally Championships. We will be running 118 Kms of rally stages, most of which have never been used before, contained in a compact route of just 130 road Kms. We are using three stages, repeated three times. They are in excellent condition and will provide the battleground to decide the winners of three great championships” said Sam. “Service will be centralised in Ballybofey and the layout of the rally should prove to be very cost effective.”
The Rally is already generating strong interest, not least from overseas, with the news that David Bogie, the British and Multiple-Scottish Championship winner is queueing up at the door with a very special entry. A week after he competes for Skoda on Rally GB, the UK’s round of the World Rally Championship, the winner of the National Section of the Donegal International Rally in 2016 will take to the start line in the Harvest Rally with a highly developed Mark 2 Escort.
“I have always loved coming to Donegal and had a great win at the International Rally in 2016. That was some weekend! We have a lot of friends in Ireland who keep telling us we should come back and do the Harvest. When I saw they had nearly fifty Mark 2 Escorts in the rally last year I could hardly believe it. It’s the natural home of these cars. My Escort is being rebuilt with a special Millington Engine, and the Harvest will be its first outing. I can’t wait to get it out and enjoy the crack again in Donegal” said David. “I’m hearing that a fair number of Scottish drivers want to do the rally this year. Be warned, this often ends with bagpipes…..”
The Rally HQ will be the fabled Jacksons Hotel and Leisure Centre in Ballybofey, a long-term supporter of the Motor Club. The newly refurbished 108-room hotel is running special accomodation packages for rally weekend and enquiries can be directed to their website at: www.jacksonshotel.ie or (074) 9131021.
The Harvest Rally attracted a full capacity entry when based in Dunfanaghy in 2017 and at Killybegs in 2016. Its return to one of the most popular host venues, at Jacksons Hotel, promises to deliver a memorable weekend of motorsport. The Clerk of the Course is asking that all available marshals, or people who can assist with marshalling, contact the Club through its website. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
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