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Ireland misses out on 2011 calendar slot

Rally Ireland set to miss out on a slot on the 2011 WRC calendar
Motorsport Ireland has revealed that Rally Ireland has missed out on a slot on the proposed calendar for the 2011 World Rally Championship season.

Ireland made its debut on the WRC schedule back in 2007 and was given the honour of opening the 2009 campaign – with Sebastien Loeb winning for Citroen on both occasions.

Event organisers had hoped that Ireland would have returned to the WRC schedule again next year – having run on alternate years since making its maiden appearance on the calendar.

However, a brief statement from Motorsport Ireland has revealed that series promoters North One Sport has stated that Ireland is not on the proposed calendar to be considered by the FIA World Motor Sport Council next month.

“Motorsport Ireland had presented North One Sport with a detailed plan for the 2011 event at a meeting in London in September 2009,” the missive read. “FIA president, Jean Todt, has made it clear that the FIA will control the calendar for each Championship but a strong geographical spread is necessary for world championships.

“Rally Ireland will continue to participate as a partner in the World Rally Organisers Group with a view to capitalising on any opportunities that may arise.”



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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 12:35 PM

Having attended both Rally Ireland WRC events in 2007 & 2009, as well as every Rally of South Wales (sorry, GB) and RAC rally over the last 25 years, I can honestly say that Rally Ireland was a better event - by far. The Irish people were all fantastic, and very enthusiastic about the rally everywhere we went. The event was a big deal, and took over Sligo and Enniskillen. The stages were fantastic. In contrast Rally GB gets shunted around the **** end of Swansea & Cardiff, the service areas are an absolute embarassment. The local people don't seem to want us there, and look at us with disdain. However, I suppose Ireland is considered a small market for the car manufacturers ?



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