The fourth round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, the FAAC Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Rally that was due to take place on Sunday next will not go ahead as planned.
Following a meeting, the organising team at the Connacht Motor Club issued the following statement early this morning. “Due to the current exceptional weather conditions the committee of the Connacht Motor Club have made the difficult decision not to run the FAAC Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Rally on Sunday next, 8th. July. We wish to sincerely acknowledge the support of the various stakeholders and agencies to date, in particular the residents on the route and competitors entered for the event. Currently, we are exploring our options including a potential window of opportunity for Sunday 15th. July and after consultation with the key stakeholders a further statement will be issued on the evening of Wednesday, 4th July.”
Like many other parts of the country but in particular in the West of Ireland, melting tar is posing a huge problem and the Connacht Club has taken the sensible and correct option. A number of years ago the club cancelled the final loop of three stages of their rally due to similar circumstances.
Commenting, Clerk of the Course Robert Lyttle said, “Yes, it’s disappointing but it is the correct decision. We have a very good relationship with the Sligo County Council, an Garda Síochána, the emergency services and the residents along the rally route, the competitors and indeed with all the other stakeholders as well. It is paramount for our club that we continue to protect all those relationships. Indeed, we will be working with all concerned to explore the options.”
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