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The Abbey Hotel Donegal Forest Rally is back for 2017 and announces their new date as Saturday May 1

Written on 23rd February 2017 by TJ Hegarty

 Press Release One

With the months flying in it will not be long until May 13th is upon us. Donegal Motor Club are delighted to confirm that they will be hosting round three of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship on the 13th of May 2017. The event will also be round two of the hotly contested 2017 Donegal Commercials Club Championship.

2015 was the last time the Irish Forestry championship was in Donegal and this year will be no disappointment. Even though, it has been two years since the championship has graced the hills of Donegal this year sets out to be the best year yet. This years’ rally will be based around Donegal Town with the Abbey Hotel as the title sponsor of the event.

Johnny Baird COC of this year’s event commented ‘preparations and planning are well underway with the help of my team. They are all working extremely hard together to pull out all of the stops and make this year’s event that little bit extra special. I would also like to thank all the staff in Coillte for their help to date.’ Everything is now coming together as we add the final touches to the stages and routes.

The Championship chairman Ray Fitzpatrick has been an invaluable help to date for the committee and has put in a lot of hard work on the running of a successful championship yet again for 2017. The J1000 incentive is a great way to bring in new faces to the sport and we hope to see a few ‘newbies’ in the Donegal woods come May 13th. This is an event that everyone in Donegal is looking forward to, especially the locals and the businesses around the Donegal Town area. So far, it looks to be a fantastic event and Johnny and his team are hoping for a safe, successful and enjoyable rally for all involved.

On last weekend’s opening round, the Willie Loughman Carrick on Suir Forest Rally it was Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton in their Fiesta who came out on top stop with a winning margin of 0.06 seconds ahead of his brother Sam Moffett. This shows the tight nature of the forest championship. Last year’s Champion Desi Henry had a steady start to finish 4th behind Keith Cronin.

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