Closed road stages for Irish edition of Tour Britannia

Spectacular closed-road stages over some of the most famous roads in Irish rallying history will feature in an Irish edition of Tour Britannia when the entire event crosses the water for some competition in Ireland during the 13-15 May classic race and rally tour.Building on the success of the 2014 event the 2015 edition, known as ‘Tour Ireland’, will start and finish in North Wales but will take in around 24 hours in Ireland by using the high-speed ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. Following documentation and scrutineering in Llandudno on Tuesday 12 May, the tour will start early on Wednesday 13 May and finish back in North Wales on Friday 15 May.The 2015 event will maintain the popular format of a race each day along with a range of special stages and event promoter Alec Poole says that four closed road stages in Ireland will be a spectacular new development for the event. On Wednesday afternoon, crews will head south of Dublin for four special stages through the classic Sally Gap in the Wicklow Hills before returning to Dun Laoghaire for the overnight halt. “These roads have not been used for rallying in 10 years so we are very fortunate that all the key people in motor sport in Ireland have opened doors for us to make this possible,” said Poole. On Thursday morning, there will be a race and a special stage at Mondello Park before the return ferry crossing.“We are splitting our three-day event between North Wales and Ireland next year, for what promises to be a feast of open road driving and stages,” said Poole. “It should be a great craic! For those who have never competed on closed roads before, this has to be one of the best motor sport experiences available.”To encourage as broad a spectrum of competing cars as possible, more emphasis will be placed on the event’s Index of Performance when determining the major awards. As usual, a regularity event will run alongside the competition section. The event is open to cars built before 31 December 1985, with an invitation class for cars produced after this date.To maintain the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie for which the event is renowned, entries will be limited and regulations and entry forms are now available from the event website: For more details, please visit the event website at

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