The Irish Open 2016
Mondello Park - Saturday 6th February
Congratulations to the 2016 Irish Open Champion,
Stephen McIlveen (8) in his Mitsubishi EVO who had a really superb
seven stage romp to come home the fastest driver of the day and
overall winner to claim the RSA Irish Open title for 2016.
Congratulations to the other rally & race car class
winners: Ben Donnelly (1), Kevin Doran (2), Christopher Woods (3),
Alan Woods (4), Malcolm Willis (5), Peter McKinley (6) & Gary Miller
Congratulations also to the Crosskart (buggy) class
winners: Paddy Kelly (9), Ronan Mackle (10) & Sean Casey (11) and
congratulations to Nicole Drought who won the ladies trophy for a
superb performance in her Honda Integra in class 4.
It was another great event at the superb facilities
at Mondello and we now look forward to our next visits in ROI at
Tynagh in May and October and a return to Mondello Park in August
for our 2016 Grand Prix.
The full results are now available to down load
through the Results link
on the left side of this page.
Next Event - Nutts Corner -
Sunday 21st February!
The next event on our calendar is the penultimate Round Five of the
Winter Championship at Nutts Corner on Sunday the 21st of February
and entries are now available.
The current Winter Championship and Nutts Corner
Championship points standings are available through the
Results link on the left side
of this page.
Just click the
link to enter by email or alternatively place your entry by phone or
text, 9am - 9pm on (+ 44)
07788 598461 and pay the
entry fee at reception on the day. If you don't get an immediate
'live' answer just leave a brief message and your call will be
returned as soon as possible.
It is also
to have the entry list prepared
prior to the event day to prepare scrutiny and noise test lists and other details. We
also need to avoid unnecessary start delays especially in the
'short day' winter
months so if you
do intend to compete please contact us either by phone, text,
email with your entry details.
Entries will be taken by phone, text, email and on-line and then
confirmed on the 'latest edition' of the Entry List which will be
available during the week before to view.
For Direct Entries phone: (00 44) 7788
ATTENTION ALL COMPETITORS
We have noticed for events during the last year that many
competitors abuse our very cooperative entry methods and leave it to
the last minute to enter which makes it extremely difficult for us
to arrange for the commitment of all the support services required
eg staff, time keepers, ambulance and catering.
We cancelled an event in January for this reason!
We naturally need to be sure that our events are viable to run
and that means having the minimum number of competitors taking part,
so it is in everybody's interest that we have received All
Entries by the Wednesday preceding each event to prevent
Other organisers issue fines and even reject late entries which
we want to avoid so it is in all competitors interest to cooperate
with us by making that simple call or text
well before the event day.
Congratulations to the Irish Open class Winners!
Event images available shortly
The dates and venues for the
SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
Sat 16 April – Aghadowey
Sunday 22nd May – Tynagh *
Sunday 11th June – Nutts Corner
Saturday 16th July – Aghadowey
TBA August – Mondello
Saturday 10th September – Moneyglass
Sunday 2nd October - Tynagh *
Saturday 22nd October – Aghadowey
in The Brown Trout)
Both the rounds at Tynagh will also form The 2016 RSA Tynagh
The best seven
rounds excluding the IGP will count towards Summer
The next NI Winter
Series will start in November 2016.
THE REMAINING WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP DATES FOR 2015/16
Sun 21st February – Nutts Corner
*Sat 19th March – Aghadowey
* Double points will be
awarded on the final day of the 2015/16 Winter Championship
This winter there are two additional separate
track championships, one at Nutts Corner and one at Aghadowey. All
rounds at each venue will count towards that specific track
championship. The RSA Winter Championship will be determined by the best three results
at Nutts Corner and the two rounds held at Aghadowey.
To qualify for inclusion in either track championship
competitors must have taken part in at least two rounds at the
Specific Event Information events at Nutts Corner
The gates to the circuit will be open from 7.30am
and it is advisable to arrive at the track by latest 8.30am to
organize service parking and parking for your trailer which may be
in a remote area separate from the main service area due to space
limitations. If unexpected delays with your arrival occur please do
not worry but it is advisable to phone our event number 07788 598461
so we can organize exceptional paddock access and delayed sign on
Scrutineering excluding noise testing (see detail
below) will commence at 8.15am in the service area behind
the main building individually at each competitors service area.
The drivers briefing is scheduled for 10.00am
with noise testing and the observation lap to commence immediately after. Signing on
will take place in the Circuit Clubhouse from 8.00am and number
plates will be provided. It is advisable to bring adhesive (duct
tape) to attach the plates to your car. All competitors will be
required to complete an entry form at signing on (excluding those
entries completed and paid on line)
The event will be held over
seven timed runs through the day with competitors best five
counting towards their score. A trophy presentation for First,
Second and Third place in the classes will take place in the
Clubhouse shortly after the last stage has been completed and
the fastest overall driver from all classes (except class 7, 9, 10 &
receive The Overall Winners Award and there will be an
additional award for the fastest overall time of the day.
The latest edition of the on line
entry list will be available during the week before the event and
for additional information phone 07788 598461.
information for Nutts Corner Events
Please be aware that
all competition cars must
pass a mandatory noise test at
scrutineering and may be subject to random testing throughout the
event with on track meters. Any car which is found to be over the
permitted noise limit of 105dba at
3500 - 4000 rpm
(5000 - 5500 rpm for race buggys) WILL
be disqualified from the session and not allowed to compete until
satisfactory repairs have been completed. Particular
attention will be given to turbocharged and motorcycle engined cars
and anti lag systems are strictly forbidden at this venue. Please
be advised that entry fee refunds or 'carry-overs' will not be
issued to competitors where their car has failed a noise test during
this event. Iphone users can download an appropriate app to measure
noise with phones so testing and modifications should be carried out
before presentation of cars at scrutiny to avoid any disappointment.
Signing On and Scrutineering will be
available from 8.15am in the morning and the drivers briefing will
take place at 10.00am. Late arrivals will be accommodated but may be
penalised with reduced stage runs.
Information for Nova/Corsa Challenge Cars - Class 1 & 2
Class 1 and Class 2 competitors are
advised that we will be conducting detailed random scrutiny at every
event from now on to enforce compliance of the class regulations as
of October 2012, details of which are available by selecting the
appropriate button on the left side of the homepage.
have now passed since the regulations were updated as a result of
competitor requests and we will enforce these regulations in
full. We expect
serious competitors to comply with these regulations and be advised
that we will not permit any non compliant car to compete in either
class 1 or 2 until we are satisfied that it concurs to the class
It is in competitors interest to
ensure that cars conform to the RSA regulations and the
appropriate bolts are drilled ready for mandatory sealing. Any
car found to be unsuitable or unprepared for sealing to comply for
the regulations for class 1 or 2 will
not be permitted to
run in the challenge classes but will be allowed to compete in class
The Future Development of Class 1 & 2
The availability of Vauxhall Nova and Corsa B cars and components
has seriously dried up in recent years therefore it is necessary to
integrate an alternative car/cars into the class and commence a
rebuild of the junior class 1 and the class 2 adult series. This
concept has proved to be fundamental since 2002 to the early talent
development of several of the recent past and current leading
national and international Irish Rally drivers and we would like
this to continue.
After some careful consideration we have decided to introduce the
Ford Fiesta built exactly to MSA and MI regulations (with a few
exceptions tba) as raced in the Kirkistown and Mondello race series' in 2015. We believe this gives
a cost effective way to acquire used cars at a reasonable cost which
are basically 'ready built' and with the addition of a passenger
seat and harness fitted, they are ready-for-use with the RSA. It
would appear that they have a similar performance to the current RSA
specification Corsa's and Novas in both classes so the integration
should be relatively straight forward. If we discover any
significant motor or other performance imbalance during the first
series, measures will be taken immediately to ensure an even
'playing field' for all class competitors. The current Nova/Corsa
regulations still apply and random scrutineering will be undertaken
to ensure compliance with the regulations for all types of
cars. The 2015 Fiesta regulations can be found in the
Motorsport Ireland website and we will have the specific regulation
details available here soon. We want this new development to be a
positive one for all class competitors so we intend to keep in close
contact with all the interested parties. An opportunity immediately
after the drivers briefing and after the prize giving at each event
will be available to discuss any issue as the classes rebuild.
Tyre choice for all will be as is currently specified for Class 1 &