Galway International Rally (03rd - 04th February 2017)
The Corrib Oil Galway International Rally takes place from Friday February 03rd and Saturday February 04th 2017. 2017 marks the 46th anniversary of the Galway rally which began in 1971, and this event will also incorporate a city centre spectator stage. The 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 event will run over two days and will have a total of 15 closed road stages. The demanding route consists of 9 stages on Saturday centered on the town of Athenry with a further 6 stages being covered on the Sunday based in the town of Tuam in north Galway. Detailed Maps and time schedules will be available from the Official Rally Programme which will be available closer the event. A list of outlets will be published on the event website shortly.
The 2017 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.