Press Release #1

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With just six weeks to go, preparations are nearing completion by The Kerry Motor Club for the longest running rally in the Kingdom The 2016 Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally on Sunday April 3rd. Kerry Motor Club are delighted to welcome and thank The Fels Point Hotel which has just been rebranded The Rose Hotel as our main sponsor and Rally Headquarters for this event which is Round 2 of both the Triton National and Top Part West Coast Rally Championships, who are back to support us for yet another year.

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Kerry Motor Club  are also delighted to have the support of Aherns BMW, Kellihers Toyota and Tralee Chamber Alliance again this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our Sponsors and Rally Programme advertisers, as without your support and generosity events like this would not be possible. We would also like to thank the Residents and Landowners who reside on the 3 stages for their co-operation and patience and for putting up with the inconvenience in allowing us to close their roads. Without your support there would be no rallying in the Kingdom.

We wish to extend to all competitors and spectators a “Céad Míle Fáilte” to Kerry for the rallying, the hospitality and the “craic”, for this, the 42nd year of rallying in The Kingdom. This year’s rally will have three stage locations covering 119 km. These special stages have been carefully selected by clerk of the Course Tom Barrett and Club Safety Officer Richard Talbot.  Tom and his team have being working very hard over the past few months to get this rally up and running.

The rally will begin on Saturday morning April 2nd with crews and service teams from all over Ireland, and the UK descending on the town of Tralee. The crews will sign on at The Rose Hotel and then make their way out to make their notes and familiarisation of the 3 stages before they tackle them in competition on Sunday morning.

Mechanical scrutiny of all rally cars takes place at Kingdom Crash Repairs Premises in the Monavalley Industrial Estate, Tralee from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday afternoon with paper scrutiny taking place in Rally Headquarters up to 7.30pm. Also on Saturday evening there will be a Ceremonial Start in Lower Ashe Street, Tralee at 6pm where the top cars and competitors will be presented to the general public. The cars will be parked in Pairc Feirme which is the large car park adjacent to The Rose Hotel, Fels Point overnight awaiting take off at 10am on Sunday morning.  This car park will also be the Service Park for the rally where service of the rally cars will take place throughout Sunday.

On Sunday morning the cars will leave The Rose Hotel and head towards Castleisland to tackle Special Stage 1 ‘’Knights Mountain’’. Having completed this stage the crews will head towards Abbeyfeale to tackle Special Stage two ‘’Headley’s Bridge’’. Upon completion of this stage the crews will head towards Brosna to tackle Special Stage three ‘’Mounteagle’’. The cars will then head back to service in Fels Point to be refuelled and checked over. Then the crews will head out once again to do battle on the stages. The winning car is expected back at the Finish Ramp at The Rose Hotel in Tralee at 5.30pm on Sunday evening where the winners will be crowned.

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