Ravens Rock Rally returns to Waterford

Pic2:  Dillon, Aoife, Luke and Cathal O’Brien enjoying the Tramore Races Photo: Mick Wall

Pic2: Dillon, Aoife, Luke and Cathal O’Brien enjoying the Tramore Races Photo: Mick Wall

The 2017 Ravens Rock Tarmac Rally returns to Waterford City and County on the weekend of June 24th/25th.
The rally has been an annual feature in Irish Rallying since the early 1970’s. It has had a nomadic relationship in the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary during the intervening years.
Happily, it has put down roots (of a kind) in Waterford.
Without exception Co. Waterford has some of the most challenging roads and stages that rival the best that the famed Kerry, Galway and Donegal International rallies boast about. The terrain in Co. Waterford is varied between fast flowing roads in the broad valleys, to the testing twist mountain roads that are along the backbone mountain regions of the county.
Not alone does the Co. Waterford play host to the motorsport fraternity, it also has attractions for the families and friends of the competitors who enjoy a more social and relaxed rest on the many tourist related activities available throughout the county.
The rally will be based in Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay who have supported the events of Carrick on Suir Motor Club since the 1980’s.
Preparation for the event started when the 2016 event finished. So, it’s not a quick look around to see what route is available. The personnel required to run the event are identified and the broad outline laid out on paper. The feasibility of the route is tested and tweaked, taking into account all the stakeholders from sponsors residents county council operations availability of the infrastructure required within the City limits to facilitate the Parc Ferme, start and finish locations and a suitable service area.
The Championship attracts competitors from all regions of Ireland together with strong support from English and Welsh based crews. Rally in Ireland on closed roads is a major attraction for the cross-channel crews who normally compete on the disused airfields or military sites that may be available to them.
Indeed Ireland and Waterford has a rising World Rally Star who plies his trade and more importantly ‘lives his dream’ competing with the best in the world competitors on the World Rally Championship. Craig Breen competes with the Citroen World Rally team on events throughout the world rallying circuits. Craig cut his teeth on the stages within a 50 kilometre radius of Waterford before progressing to the more demanding events of the British and then the European rally Championships.
The rally is expected to attract a capacity entry to the Waterford venue.

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