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Travel to Galway for the Safety Direct Galway International Rally Weekend

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by Suzanne Barrett

Galway on the west coast of Ireland will be the venue for The Safety Direct Galway International Rally, which will be held from 5th February 2010 until the 7th February 2010.

The administrative headquarters will be based at the Clayton Hotel and visitors to the event will be assured a war welcome and exciting racing entertainment during the weekend. Visitors to Dublin can hire a car and travel west out of the city along the M4 in the direction of County Galway.

The village of Oranmore, where the main race section will take place is preparing itself for the onset of thousands of rally fans, all looking forward to three days of fast-paced action. Due to severe flooding in south Galway, rally officials have had to revise to route and close roads as they prepare for the main event.

The ceremonial start of the weekend will begin on Friday night in the heart of Oranmore, with centralised service on Saturday and Sunday taking place in the Oran Precast grounds. The finish ramp ceremony will occur on the Sunday evening as the winning crews return to Oranmore village.

The top entrants for the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Championship include Tim McNulty and David Moynihan, on board their Subaru S12B, while Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullally, winners of the Galway Summer Rally, will be racing in their Subaru S11.

There will be large support for the local crew of JJ Fleming and David Hogan in another Subaru, with massive interest sure to follow the multi-award winning driver Craig Breen, who will be giving a debut on tarmac to the new Ford Fiesta S2000.

The new Citroen Racing challenge is proving to be a popular one with competitors, with this series, which consists entirely of Citreon C2 R2s, being headed by 2009 British C2 champion, Martin McCormack.

There is local interest in the Modified entries series, where Tom Flaherty and Patrick Curley are on board their Ford Escort Mk2, as are fellow local entrants Tommy Flanagan and Leanne Flanagan. The three day rallying event continues to be as popular with the competitors as it is with the spectators and is set to bring €3.6 million to the local economy.

Until next time.

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