About Safety Direct and the Galway International Rally 2013
Safety Direct, Ireland’s leading supplier of health and safety products, are delighted to once-again be the primary sponsor of the “Safety Direct Galway International Rally 2013”. The Galway International Rally has a proud, successful history; including being the first ever round of the Irish Tarmac Championship in 1978.
Fantastic Entry for this week-end's Safety Direct Galway International Rally!
Galway Motor Club is delighted to confirm that there is a capacity entry of 115 teams for this year's Safety Direct Galway International Rally. The event is the first in Galway to support "The Gathering 2013" initiative bringing a welcome early season boost to visitor numbers to Galway city and county. It is expected to generate over 2,000 bed nights.
Victor Farrell, Clerk of the Course, said "Galway Motor Club is indebted to the staff of Galway County and City Councils, An Garda Siochana, Failte Ireland, the Road Safety Authority, the Directors and staff of Safety Direct, the 300 volunteer marshals from all over Ireland, and most of all the residents of the route in the east of the county for their assistance with temporary road closures to ensure the safe running of the event."
The event will have a Ceremonial Start in Eyre Square on Saturday 2nd February at 8pm, following afternoon scrutineering of cars at MotorPark, Terryland, from 2pm. These are ideal opportunities to see the rally cars and drivers prior to the start of the competition.
Headquarters for the event is the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway. The rally route will cover 8 closed road stages in East Galway, on Sunday 3rd February. The rally Service Park will be in Ballinasloe Mart grounds that day. Sunday evening will see the Ceremonial Finish, in Ballinasloe town centre at 5pm. Admission to all events is free over the weekend.
The Safety Direct Galway International Rally is an event that is sanctioned by the FIA under an official Permit issued by Motorsport Ireland, and supported by the RSA – The Road Safety Authority of Ireland. The 'Keep the Race in its Place' campaign is extremely successful in talking to young people who follow motorsport. The Galway Motor Club is eager to remind everyone of the need to drive safely at all times – hence the message "Keep the Race in its Place''. All competing cars will carry this logo and message, and Safety Direct is providing extensive signage to promote this road safety message.
Victor Farrell, Clerk of the Course, encourages fans travelling to the International Rally on the 3rd February to heed the message from the organisers to 'Keep the Race in its Place', to slow down, never drink and drive and to always wear a seatbelt. All spectators on the closed road stages must obey the marshals at all times. A comprehensive traffic management plan has been put in place with the support of the Gardai.
The nominated charity for the 2013 Safety Direct Galway International Rally is ACT for Meningitis. The charity's volunteers will be promoting awareness at various locations along the route and all support will be much appreciated.
The Official Rally Programme contains full listings of stage times, service area times, detailed Ordnance Survey Route Maps and all of the information required to locate the many spectator access points. The programme costs €10 and is available from Safety Direct at Riverside Commercial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway, the Clayton Hotel and from filling stations, newsagents and outlets in the city and county listed on the rally website, www.galwayinternationalrally.com
For 2013 rally enthusiasts worldwide will benefit from extensive media coverage of the event. County Galway based TG4 ,which provides "free to air" terrestrial TV nationally will broadcast two 30 minute programmes devoted to the event during February, while Motors TV will have a one hour programme on its Satellite Channel, available across Europe, on Friday 22nd February at 9pm. For 2013 the organisers have arranged facilities for the ever increasing number of on-line rally followers, with regular video uploads to be provided from the start, live interviews and action from the stages during the event. In another "first" for the rally, the progress of the event will be covered on the smart phone App "iRally", and on their website. Locally the event will receive extensive coverage from the Galway Bay FM sports and news teams on Sunday.
Leading Entries :
Top seeds are last year's winners and 2012 Tarmac Rally Champions, Darren Gass from Armagh, and co –driver Enda Sherry. He will be followed off the start ramp by Derek McGarrity from Belfast, triple British Rally Champion Keith Cronin from Cork and Garry Jennings from Enniskillen. The highest seeded local crews are JJ Fleming from Salthill in his Ford Focus World Rally Car, co-driven by Robbie Ward from Loughrea at number 8, Tom Flaherty from Circular Road at 12 in his Escort Mk2 and Eamon Dervan from Loughrea at 18 also in an Escort, and Neil Pierce from Loughrea in a Honda at number 22.
Galway Entries in the Historic Car section include Ray Cunningham from Carnmore in a Mini Cooper, James Power from Loughrea in an Escort Mk1 and Pat Neville from Taylors Hill in a Volvo 142. The Galway competitors will be competing for the prestigious Brian Thornton Memorial Cup.
Safety Direct Galway International Rally Timetable:
Saturday 2nd February 2pm : Scrutiny at Motorpark, Terryland.
Saturday 2nd February 8pm : Ceremonial Start in Eyre Square.
Sunday 3rd February 9am : 8 Special Stages in East Galway.
Sunday 3rd February 5pm: Finish in Ballinasloe Town Centre.
Sunday 3rd February 7pm : Prizegiving at Clayton Hotel, Galway.
Leading Local Entries:
Car Driver Navigator Address Make/Model
8 John Joe Fleming Robbie Ward Salthill Focus WRC
12 Tom Flaherty Patrick Curley Rahoon Escort Mk2
18 Eamon Dervan Greg Kennedy Loughrea Escort Mk2
22 Neil Pierce Enda O Leary Loughrea Honda Civic
24 David Quigley Des Sherlock Loughrea Honda Civic
25 Pat Kelly Jonathan Kelly Ballybane Subaru
31 Jonathan Folan Ger Myers Galway Subaru
H4 Ray Cunningham Adrian Cusack Carnmore Mini Cooper
There are 115 entrants, the Top 10 seeds being:
Car Driver Navigator Address Make/Model
1 Darren Gass Enda Sherry Armagh Subaru Impreza S10
2 Derek McGarrity James McKee Belfast Subaru Impreza S14
3 Keith Cronin TBA Cork Subaru Impreza S11
4 Gary Jennings Neil Doherty Enniskillen Subaru S12B
5 Thomas Fitzmaurice Fionn Foley Tralee Subaru S12B
6 Donagh Kelly Kevin Flanagan Donegal Subaru Impreza S11
7 Declan Boyle Brian Boyle Donegal Subaru S12B
8 John Joe Fleming Robbie Ward Galway Ford Focus WRC
9 Eoin Doyle Peter Brennan Waterford Ford Focus WRC
10 Sam Moffett James O'Reilly Monaghan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
Regular updates and more detailed information will be available on the rally visit: www.irallylive.com
Information provided by Mark Parsons,
Media Officer, Safety Direct Galway International Rally 2013.
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26th January 2013.
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Safety Direct and the Galway International Rally 2013
Safety Direct, Ireland’s leading supplier of health and safety products, are delighted to once-again be the primary sponsor of the “Safety Direct Galway International Rally 2013”. The Galway International Rally has a proud, successful history; including being the first ever round of the Irish Tarmac Championship in 1978. Today the rally is still the traditional season opener, drawing top competitors and huge crowds of spectators to Galway every year for the February festivities. It has also been a favourite of works World Rally teams, who have used the event in the past couple of years as a shakedown for Rally Ireland. Commenting on this years event, Safety Direct spokesperson Alan Fair stated, “This is a very exciting event for Safety Direct to be involved with. An occasion of this scale is wonderful for Galway city and county and we are only too happy to be a part of it bringing so much revenue to the area and local business”.
This year’s Safety Direct Galway International Rally will take place on the weekend of the 4th & 5th February, and rally headquarters will once again be situated at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit, Galway.
The Galway Motor Club, organisers of the rally, are pleased to have Safety Direct on board again as their main sponsor. Victor Farrell, Clerk of the course for the Galway International stated, “Safety Direct are an ideal sponsor for the Galway International Rally. They are a well-established local company with a great interest in the sport and carry a huge range of quality products and equipment. They even have a large range of Road Safety products which is entirely complementary for this event.” As well as being the main sponsor of the event, Safety Direct have a personal interest in the rally as they are sponsoring two cars taking part in the event.