Motorsport extravaganza set for the Hub

CARRICK-on-Suir Motor Club have announced details and the time schedule for the indoor Motorsport extravaganza which will be staged in the Hub arena, Kilkenny City on Sunday, May 22.

CARRICK-on-Suir Motor Club have announced details and the time schedule for the indoor Motorsport extravaganza which will be staged in the Hub arena, Kilkenny City on Sunday, May 22.

It is now only two weeks before the doors open on Ireland’s biggest Motorsport show when the Irish Motorsport Expo comes to Kilkenny. The Expo has been organised to showcase all the disciplines of Irish Motorsport in Ireland.

These cover stage rallying, karting, circuit racing, autocross, hillclimb/sprint, trial and autotest.

The Expo will also serve as an introduction for people who would like to get involved in motorsport. Highlights of the day will include the Young Drivers Forum and the official launch of Carrick-on-Suir motor club’s premier event, the Ravens Rock Rally, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Ravens Rock Rally will be staged for the second year in succession in Kilkenny on June 26.

Doors at the Hub will open at 11am on Sunday, May 22. The entertainment will get underway outside the Hub complex with the BeatFM Beat fleet who will have a host of giveaways.

A great family day is on the card in the Cillin Hill as the Carrick-on-Suir motor club have lined-up some of the most influential exhibitors in Irish Motorsport.

At the show people will see Killian Duffy on the Pace Note, chequered flag, autofashion, CSE Motorsport, Kiltorcan RaceWay, Halfords, Ed Sport, Wishart Motorsport, Orchard Motorsport, Craig Breen rallying and Joe McConnell Oils.

additional exciting events at the show include a raffle of James Coleman’s co-drivers seat for 00 course car for this year’s Ravens Rock rally, timed gearbox change challenge featuring Buckstown Motorsport

Unveiling of the STIG which has a top prize of a €400 holiday voucher, Kick Start Trials.

Building on the success of the Motorsport Forum held at the club’s Halloween Historic Stages Rally the club has decided to hold their second such event a the Expo. They will keep the same format but this time concentrating on the blossoming Irish talent coming through the ranks.

The panel includes current Billy Coleman award winner, Robert Barrable; FIA WRC Academy participants Alastair Fisher and Craig Breen; Motorsport Ireland and RSA Young Driver Ambassador Toni Kelly; young chargers in the Valvoline National Forestry Championship Vincent McAree and Stephen Wright.

Host for the forum will be renowned Irish motorsport journalist Martin Walsh.

The forum format includes a one on one interview with each of the panel with Martin Walsh. Following this Martin will begin a discussion with the panel on the subject of rallying for young drivers in Ireland.

The forum will end with a question and answers session from the floor. The forum kicks off on the main stage in the Hub arena at 5pm.

Following the forum the day will come to a close with the officially launch of this year’s Ravens Rock rally and unveiling this year’s event sponsors. Clerk of the Course John Rafter will give details about the clubs 40th hosting of their premier rally.

The launch will start again on the main stage in the Hub at 7pm

Over the next two weeks in the build up to the Expo, Carrick Motor Club are running a name the stig competition with a prize of a €400 holiday voucher for the winner. Clues will be uploaded to the Carrick Motor Club website (www.carrickonsuirmotorclub.com), the club’s facebook page and to Rally.IE. People can email in there answers.

Do you know who the Stig is?