International drivers in mix at Rally of the Lakes

Paul Rowley
Paul Rowley

The Rally of the Lakes is living up to its international tag with entries from nine different countries already received for the May 2-4 event.

For the second year in a row the Killarney-based event is a counting round of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship and this has helped boost the overseas entry.

Finnish driver, Pentti Veikkanen, a regular on the European scene for the last four years will bring his historic-rally spec Porsche 911 SC to the Kerry next month. He will be joined by his country men Klaus Wilkman in Triumph TR8  and Sverre Norrgård in a BMW 2002.

Swedish visitor, Mats Myrsell, an event front-runner in his home country will field another Porsche 911 in the  historic section of the rally.

Spanish driver Gonzalo Ambit, has only ever contested one rally outside Spain and that was in Italy but that has not deterred him from bringing his BMW 323i to Kerry.

Two Italian drivers, Lucky Lucky and Enrico Brazzoli  will contest the two-day rally in two of the sport’s most revered rally cars. The pair have entered a brace of Lancia Rally 037s, the last time such a car competed in Ireland was in 1983 in the hands of the late Pentti Airikkala. Luigi Zampaglione is the third Italian on the list driving another Porsche 911.

In the main field three Irish emigrants will return to their homeland from the USA. All three, Paul Rowley (Honda Civic), Martin Donnelly (Hyundai Accent) and Liam Egan (Toyota Corolla) are regular trans-Atlantic visitors to Irish events.

The rally has also attracted a large entry, across all categories, from  England, Wales and The Isle of Man.

Jersey, in the Channel Islands, is also represented on the entry list with West Cork native Ray O’Donoghue making the journey to compete on his home patch on the Sunday in his Ford Escort Mark Two. 

The 2014 River Ridge Recycling Lark in the Park will again be bringing rallying to the people of Londonderry with the service area again based in the city centre location of Ebrington, only a three minute walk from the city centre over the new Peace Bridge.

The event will a family fun day alongside the rally, with bouncy castles, clowns, face painting and much more including Cullen’s Funfair also being onsite throughout the day also, there will be something for all the family.

Action in the Park kicks off from 12 noon on Saturday next when the crews competing return from the new demanding road stage taking place just over the border in the An Grianan area, where they will tackle a stage previously used on the legendary Donegal International Rally.

The Maiden City Motor Club has selected local charity Foyle Hospice again to benefit from the proceeds of the Lark in the Park this year. Entry fee to the event being set at £5 per family.