Entries have opened for the Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry with organiser Kerry Motor Club predicting a bumper entry for the April 8 event.
As a counting round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and the Top Part West Coast Championship the Tralee-based event is on target to attract a star-studded entry for the rally.
The opening round of the West Coast Championship took place in Nenagh, County Tipperary in early February where local ace Roy White took the laurels. The Ford Fiesta World Rally Car driver has already outlined his plans to contest the entire Triton series after finishing runner-up last year and winning the title in 2016.
The opening round of the series is the Mayo Motor Sports Club Achill Rally on March 10 after which Kerry Motor Club will get a better indication of who is committing to the series and who is likely to arrive in Tralee the weekend after the Easter break.
Regardless, those who do register for Circuit of Kerry are in for a treat.
Roads in West Kerry that have not been used in seven years form the backbone of the rally, with the addition of another valley stage that has not been used since the late 1990s.
A unique rolling loop system means some of the stages will be visited two or three times, as a result competitors will face 11 special stages, a record number of tests for national rallies in recent years.
In total the route will comprise of 110kms of timed stages over classic and demanding Dingle Peninsula roads.
One of the unique selling points of this popular rally is the Rose Hotel itself. The home of the internationally renowned Rose of Tralee International festival is regarded as one of the best rally headquarters in the country.
Its superb facilities ensure that signing-on, drivers’ briefing, and marshal hosting can all take place under one roof while the complex’s extensive car park allows the service park and overnight parc ferme to be situated on the hotel grounds and within walking distance of all other activities.
Entry forms and event regulations can be downloaded from