DEDICATED Darren McCormick has been appointed by Killarney and District Motor Club as the new clerk of the course for the Killarney Historic Rally which will be staged on Saturday, November 30.
He becomes the first second-generation clerk in the 42-year history of the club as he is following in the footsteps of his father, Gary, who clerked the rally three times between 1999 and 2001.
Growing up around KDMC Club events, Darren has taken on every role within the club, from marshalling, to equipment officer, chief marshal, club safety officer and deputy clerk of the course in the past but this year he has stepped up to the mark and will take charge of one the club’s most prestigious rally events.
Darren has put his own stamp on proceedings, specifically building this year’s rally around the competitor and, in doing so, he has selected the best classic stages available around Killarney, offering the competitor 120km of racing over eight special stages, followed by short road event which allows for an easy recce.
All stages are to be run in daylight this year with the centralised service at the Liebherr Container Cranes factory in Fossa and the Gleneagle Hotel will again be the rally headquarters.
The attendance at the launch included WRC co-driver Paul Nagle, Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Minister of State for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry and main sponsor Michael O’Mahoney of Rentokil-Initial who all stressed of the importance of the rally to the Killarney economy and praised the commitment and dedication of the voluntary club members involved
The event, which provides a welcome end of season boost to Kerry’s tourism capital and is estimated to be worth millions to the local economy, will receive extensive television coverage on RTE, TG4, Setanta Sports, Motors TV and Sky Sports.
Proceedings will get underway on the Friday evening with a ceremonial start on Main Street, Killarney at 7pm and the real action will get underway on the Saturday morning with the iconic Moll’s Gap, often rated by rally drivers as being the best and one of the most-challenging stages in the world.
Other stages will focus on Beallaghbeama Pass, Shanera, Rockfield and Coolick.
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