Galway International Rally takes place from Saturday, February 7th to Sunday, February 8th 2015. 2015 marks the 44th anniversary of the Galway rally which began in 1971, and this event will also incorporate a city centre spectator stage. The Colm Quinn BMW sponsored Galway International Motor Rally is the first major motorsport event annually in Ireland. Over the years the event has attracted entrants from England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, the former Czechoslovakia, France, America, Gambia, Belgium, Arabia, Norway and Finland.
The rally, although based in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit will take place in the Gort area with Service being held at Gort Mart on both days. The event will run over two days and will have a total of 14 stages. The demanding route consists 6 stages on Saturday, with a further 8 stages being covered on the Sunday. Maps and time schedules will be available from the Official Rally Programme available before the event.
The 2015 event will have International Status and will be the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. It is a true International event with competitors traveling from all over the world for a chance to compete on the Galway roads. One such competitor is Kai-Dieter Kölle, with navigator Bianca Hutzfeldt, who are bringing their iconic Porsche 911 all the way from Northern Germany to Galway to compete over the unique terrain of the “Wild Atlantic Way”. The 5 time North German Rally Champion is relishing the challenge having competed on over 80 European events including the Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland.
The event is one of the most popular in the Global Group Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, and has been it's first round since the series was founded in 1978. It is based in Galway's Clayton Hotel.