Mayo Gears up for Forest Rally

Mayo & District Motorsport Club are proud to announce details of the Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally taking place on Sunday 18th October 2015. Based in Ballina, the event will be the sixth round of the Motorsport Ireland Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship.

Clerk of the Course Trevor O’ Connell said “We are delighted to see the return of a Forest Rally to Mayo after an absence of 15 years, I’m very pleased to welcome on board Crockets on the Quay (Ballina) as main sponsor, as without their help and the help of associated sponsors an event of this magnitude would not be able take place. I would also like to thank my team as we have brought together some of the best forest stages anywhere in Ireland. My thanks go to the local community, land owners and to Coillte and the assistance they have given over these past months, as we have worked hard to overcome difficulties thrown up by the terrain and the weather. I hope everyone will find this very worthwhile and a challenging motorsport competition for the competitors. Thanks also to Motorsport Ireland and the Forest Rally Championship Sub Committee for giving us the opportunity of hosting this event, and we hope it will be a strong round of the championship for the 2015 season.”

While you can be guaranteed plenty of rally related family entertainment and action throughout Ballina over the weekend, the real action will take to the loose surface forest tracks on the morning of Sunday 18th with the competing field leaving Parc fermé in Ballina and moving down the road for the main event which consists of two challenging stages run twice in the Ballycastle and Moygownagh area.

This is an important event in the Motorsport Ireland Valvoline Forestry Rally calendar as it is the penultimate round in the 2015 championship and the last of the Southern rounds. After round five which took place in Enniskillen, Mayo will be a deciding event for many competitors and it is sure to attract an exciting list of entries.

“Whether you’re a frequent forest rally competitor or one of our many Mayo Autocross regulars who wants to make the step up, the Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally is the event of 2015 that you don’t want to miss, It’s an rally organised by competitors for competitors” Trevor stated, “and this is reflected by us making it a user friendly event; centralised service in Ballycastle on tarmac and scrutiny available Saturday evening or Sunday morning along with Parc fermé at Rally HQ, Crockets on the Quay in Ballina, that coupled with a 40km compact loop of competitive stages, it makes for an exciting event for all types of competitor” says Trevor.

Regs and Entry form are available to download shortly on the club website,

The official launch of the Crockets on the Quay Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally takes place on the evening of Friday 2nd of October in Crockets on the Quay and all are welcome to come along. For further information on the event keep an eye on the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, @MayoMotorClub and on the club website.