Mayo Stages Rally 2020 confirmed for Castlebar

Motorsport: Mayo Stages

Around the corner: Declan Boyle winner of the last Mayo Stages Rally which took place in Achill in 2018. Photo: Alan Maguire.

Around the corner: Declan Boyle winner of the last Mayo Stages Rally which took place in Achill in 2018. Photo: Alan Maguire.

Mayo and District Motorsport Club are delighted to officially confirm that the Mayo Stages Rally 2020 will take place on Sunday, March 8, in the Castlebar area.

Clerk of the course for the event is David Breen, who comes with a wealth of knowledge, having successfully headed up the Mayo Stages Rally in 2016. David and his crew have secured local sponsorship with Castlebar businessmen Gerry Casey (Casey’s Londis ) and Pat Jennings (TF Royal Hotel and Theatre ) coming on board as joint title sponsors.

Pat Jennings has been involved in previous events and the rally headquarters for the weekend will be located in the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre. Gerry Casey is no stranger to motorsport, being a member of Mayo and District Motorsport Club and there is no doubt that he will be competing on the stages himself that weekend.

The event returns to Castlebar after an absence of eleven years; the club hosted the annual event in various locations in the Claremorris and Ballina areas between 2010 and 2016 and more recently, two successful events in Achill in 2017 and 2018, before taking a year out of the rallying calendar in 2019.

David Breen and his team, many of whom are local to the area, have already spent a number of months checking out potential locations for the stages and they are currently in the process of putting plans in place to ensure that the event runs as safely and smoothly as possible.

The rally comprises of three stages run three times and the stages are located in the Castlebar/Westport area. Part of the preparations require the rally team calling to all residents along the three stages to meet and explain to them first-hand how the event will run and what to expect on rally weekend.

The Mayo 2020 Stages will be the opening round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship in addition to the opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and it promises to be an exciting weekend for both competitors and spectators alike.

While the joint title sponsors – Casey’s Londis and the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre have been confirmed, there is still an opportunity for other local or regional businesses to get on board and sponsor an individual stage.

The local community can expect to welcome rally crews from all four corners of Ireland as well as from overseas from March 6 to 8 and in addition to the influx of visitors to the area, there will be a lot of media coverage between newspapers, radio/television slots and social media which attracts a strong following and makes it a very worthwhile event to support.

Any individual or business interested in sponsoring a stage can contact clerk of the course David Breen. More information regarding the rally launch and other social events which will take place around the rally weekend will be available nearer to the event on the club website www.mayomotorsportclub.com or through club social media.

 

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