Just over one month after its originally scheduled start date, the 2018 ‘Parts for Cars’ Irish Rallycross Championship will finally get the green light at Mondello Park this Sunday, April 8th. The weather put paid to the original season opener, but the season will still have a six date calendar with this weekends rescheduled event.
Sunday’s season opener will run on the familiar clockwise Mondello Park Rallycross Track which is the first of four different circuit layouts to be used this season. Following the opening round the drivers will be back in action at Mondello Park unusually quickly, as the championship returns to the Kildare circuit on April 21st & 22nd to race on a completely new circuit as part of ‘Showdown’, a combined Irish Drift Championship and Irish Rallycross Championship event.
This weekend’s entry list is headed by multiple Irish and former European champion Derek Tohill with his Parts For Cars Fiesta. The reigning champion’s main opposition in the 4WD Supercar division will come from the Mitsubishi of Noel Greene, the Escort Cosworth of Derek Jobb and another Fiesta driven by Declan Kelly.
The 2WD Modified Division remains the most popular class in Irish Rallycross with a quality eleven car entry headed by the Lotus Exige of Lloyd Spendlove and Michael Coyne’s Vauxhall Nova. There’s plenty of variety in the Modified ranks with both front and rear wheel drive represented on grid featuring everything from the rare Vauxhall VX220 to a Honda Civic.
A strong Production Class entry, the one make Fiesta class, an increased grid of Junior Rallycross drivers, Rallycars and Rallycross Buggies will round out the very varied entry list for what should be a great start to the new season
Sunday’s event begins with practice from 09:30 followed by three runs of heats and the decisive finals where championship points will be won and lost.
Tickets are available to buy on-line form the Mondello Park web site at the discounted price of just 12.50, compared to 15.00 at the entrance gate. For more information the Parts for Cars Rallycross Championship can be followed on the series dedicated facebook page.
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