With the 2013 Galway International Rally only a week away the Airticity Rally Team have teamed up the Donegal Motor Club, Motorsport Ireland ambassador Toni Kelly and Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee to help raise road safety awareness and support the “Keep The Race In Its Place” campaign.
Speaking at the launch, held at Kelly Motor Group in Letterkenny, Airtricity driver Donagh Kelly spoke of the importance of road safety. “The Galway rally is only a matter of days away now and I’m sure I speak for all the drivers and organisers when I say the safety of the competing crews and spectators, as well as normal road users is upmost in our minds.
“We would like to remind everyone watching the rally how important it is to follow the rules of the road and stay safe. We hope you enjoy the weekend’s motorsport and we are all happy to be able to provide the entertainment but please leave the racing to us and hopefully we all can have a safe, enjoyable weekend together.”
Toni Kelly, herself a rally driver, and native of Co. Donegal had this message for motorsport enthusiasts: “As a spectator, watching a rally take place right in front of your eyes is an exhilarating and exciting experience but many often forget that it is a sport that incurs a lot of background safety checks and strict regulations for those involved. It is not something that just anyone with a car can attempt to replicate. What I would say to any rallying enthusiasts is to look to a professional school or track to fulfill that ambition and not risk the lives and safety of others by taking to public roads with what can be potentially fatal consequences.”
The Galway International Rally, round 1 of the 2013 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship kicks off with the ceremonial start in Eyre Square Galway on Saturday 2nd February follow by 8 challenging stages on Sunday 3rd.
More info can be found on www.galwayinternationalrally.com