Clare Stages Rally 2017 Regulations







Round 6 - Top Part West Coast Rally Championship


Dear Competitor

As Clerk of the Course and on behalf of the organising Committee, I would like to extend a warm invitation to everybody who wishes to compete in the Charlie McEnery Motor Services Clare Stages Rally 2017 in association with Hotel Woodstock and M.Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd. This year’s Clare Stages Rally will take place on Sunday 17th September 2017. The Rally has a new base, back in our County town of Ennis, in Hotel Woodstock and we are delighted to welcome our new sponsors Charlie McEnery Motor Services, Hotel Woodstock and M.Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd on board. This year the rally is round 6 of the ever popular Top Part West Coast Rally Championship. It is a one day event with three old classic, smooth tarmac stages, repeated three times, totalling 120 kms. We have a very short road mileage of just over 134 kms, giving us an overall mileage of just over 254kms. We have centralised servicing on Sunday at the Ennis Mart Complex, Quin Rd, Ennis, which also hosts scrutiny on Saturday evening and Parc Ferme on Saturday night which will be manned by security officers. This venue will also be trailer park for the weekend. Service will take place after stages 3 and 6. Pacenote making will take place on Saturday 16 September. The first car will leave Parc Ferme at 9.30a.m on Sunday morning and returning to final control at Hotel Woodstock at 17.16p.m.on Sunday evening.


This year, as an incentive for competitors wishing to enter The Clare Stages Rally, we are delighted to announce that we are raffling 8 free entries, 5 main field and 3 juniors. The draw for the entries will take place live on Facebook at 8p.m. Thursday September 14th. Only paid in full entries will be entered for the draw. The winning competitors will be contacted on Thursday night. For further details please contact the event secretary, Margaret McCloskey on 087 2808159.


I am looking forward to meeting you all and giving you a big welcome to Clare in September.


Yours in Motorsport


Gerry O’Brien,

Clerk of the Course

2017 Clare Stages Rally


1. Announcement

The Clare Stages Rally is promoted by Banner Motorsports Club Ltd t/a Clare Motor Club and will be held on Sunday 17th September 2017. The competition will be held under the International Sporting Code of the FIA, the General Competition Rules of Motorsport Ireland including Appendix 25, Appendix 26, Appendix 28, Appendix 29, and Appendix 29.1 of the current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook and these Supplementary Regulations. Amendments to these Supplementary Regulations will be issued by numbered bulletins. All competitors who submit completed entry forms agree to be bound by these regulations.


2. Organisation



The Clare Stages Rally is organised/promoted by Clare Motorclub. These regulations have been submitted to, and approved by Motorsport Ireland who has issued Permit No: 17/142 for the holding of the competition.

Championships for which the rally counts:

  1.  Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.

2.2 Officials:

Motorsport Ireland Stewards:   Brendan Flynn & Sean McHugh

Clare M.C. Steward: Matt Gleeson

Motorsport Ireland Safety Officer:  Rosemary Walsh

Clerk of the Course:  Gerry O’Brien

Deputy Clerk of the Course:  Christy Carey

Clare MC Safety Officer: Kieran Ambrose

Assistant Clerk of the Course:  Eddie Cogan

Secretary of the Event:  Margaret McCloskey

Entries Secretary: Margaret McCloskey

Chief Scrutineer: John Prendergast

Competitor Liaison Officer: Pat M Shiel

Rally 2 Coordinator: Winnie Shiel

Chief Marshal: Al Meaney

Assistant Chief Marshal: Maria O’Donoghue

Chief Timekeeper:  Eamon Magee

Radio Controller: Mary Fitzgerald

Rally Results: Angus Sealy

Chief Medical Officer:  Dr. Paul Rea

Chief Rescue Officer: Ivor Gleeson

Press Officer: Dermot Kelleher

Equipment Officer: Tba

Spectator Control: Anthony O’Connell

Stage Commanders:  SS1 – Cathal Mansell

         SS2 – Martin Leahy

         SS3 - David Murphy

Deputy Stage Commanders   SS1 – Ted Murphy

                      SS2 – John Fergus

                      SS3 – Tomas McGarry

Road Closed: Seamus McTiernan

Sweeper: Alan Kelly

Car Accountability: Pat Miniter

E.S.L.O: Greg Dormer

Service Area & Scrutiny Co Ordinators: Pat Killeen/John Walsh

Resident Liaison Officer: Jason Cummins


2.3 Rally Headquarters:

Headquarters will be based in Hotel Woodstock, Shanaway Rd, Lahinch Rd, Ennis, Co. Clare. Telephone Number 065-6899800.

2.4 Official Notice Board:

The official notice board will be situated in Rally Office at Rally HQ and will be in operation from 08.30am on Saturday 16th September 2017 until 30 minutes after prize giving on Sunday 17th September 2017


2.5 Judges of Fact:

∙ A List of ‘Judges of Fact’ will be posted on the official notice board. All named officials will be ‘Judges of Fact’.

∙ Judges of Fact will patrol the Road Sections/Service area. Among the “facts” they will be judging is Competitor driving, Servicing / Support in forbidden areas

∙ The decision of a Judge of Fact will be final.  A Judge of Fact may request to sign the competitor’s road book.




3. Timetable

  • Entries Open on 31st July 2017

  • Entries Close 6th September 2017

  • 10th September Final Instructions Posted

  • Seeded Entry list published 8th September 2017

  • 16th September 8.30 to 12.30 Register for Recce, Rally Office, Hotel Woodstock, Ennis

  • 16th September Recce from 9.00 to 5.00 (As per Appendix 25 Current MI Yearbook)

  • 16th September 14.00 to 20.00 Mechanical Scrutiny, at the Autobody Garage at the Ennis Mart Complex.

  • 16th September 14.30 to 20.30 Paper Scrutiny at Rally Office, Hotel Woodstock, Ennis

  • 17th September 8.00am Competitors Safety Briefing for All Crews at Hotel Woodstock, Ennis

  • 17th September 09.30am First Car away from the Parc Ferme at the Ennis Mart Complex

  • 17th September 17.16 First Car Finish Ramp, in Rally HQ

  • Full Provisional Results Rally H.Q 30 mins after last car in Parc Ferme

  • 19.00pm approx. Prize giving Hotel Woodstock, Shanaway Rd, Lahinch Rd, Ennis

4. Entries

4.1 Information:

Entries may be submitted by all persons holding a valid FIA Competition Licence or Commercial Entrants Licence. Entries can be made on the Official Entry Form, properly completed in all particulars, accompanied by the appropriate fee and forwarded to the Entries Secretary. OR On Line at  On Line entry forms when completed must be printed and posted also together with the entry fee to the Entries Secretary.

The number of starters in the main field will be limited to 131.

Historics will run in the main field and compete on stages 1 to 9.

There will be a maximum number of 20 juniors and they will compete on two thirds of the event.

4.2 Entry Fee:

The Main field/historics entry fee is €525 plus €270 insurance levy. Total €795 including personal accident insurance and standard IRDS insurance.

Entries to Class 16 (Junior Class) will be charged a reduced Entry Fee of €300 plus €188 insurance levy, totalling €488, including personal accident insurance and standard IRDS insurance.

If you wish to use online banking, please contact the Event Secretary for bank account details on 087 2808159

Cheques may only be post dated to August 29th 2017. There will be no cheques cashed before August 30th 2017.

The entry fee includes Personal Accident Insurance, IRDS Insurance at standard rate, (additional premium will be collected on the day from any driver with special conditions on their IRDS proof of cover). M.S.A Licence holders please ENSURE you have the correct BRDS cover letter BEFORE sign on Friday 15th September 2017. Contact Motorsport Ireland with any queries +353 (0)1 677 5628. Cheques, Bank Drafts or Postal Orders should be made payable to: Clare Motorclub.

Entries to be sent to:

Name: Margaret McCloskey

Address: 7 Drom Slinne, Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary 

Tel: 087 2808159 (6p.m – 10.30p.m)



4.3 Entry Criteria:

In the event of an excess of 131 main field entries being received the following criteria will be applied to all entries received from the opening to the closing date of entries.

  • Top Part championship Overall awards and 1st , 2nd & 3rd in Class, (Entries must be received by  closing date)

  • Paid up CMC Members that have assisted with running stage events by the club, or assisted with events run by CMC for other clubs in 2017

  • 20 Entries at Organisers discretion  

4.4 Classes: As per Appendix 29.1 of MI Yearbook

For further details on requirements for cars in classes 1 – 7 refer to Appendix J articles 252 – 261 (Article 260 refers to cars in Group R) Refer to Appendix 29.1 Classes, Notes on Classes 1 to 20 and Historic Cars Classes 17, 18 and 19, Motorsport Ireland Yearbook 2017 , for further information on Class eligibility.

4.5 Late Withdrawal of Entries:

Withdrawals of entries after raffle for free entries will result in 25% of entry fee withheld.

Failure to withdraw an entry in the correct manner i.e. by contacting the event secretary directly, may result in the loss of the full entry fee

5. Reconnaissance

5.1 Information:

Pace notes will be allowed on the event and competitors will be allowed to make pace notes on Saturday 16th September 2017 between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Recce stickers must be displayed on the outside top corner of the windscreen of the reconnaissance car. Competitors must sign on at Rally HQ before entering any stage as per Art 3 above.

5.2 Pace note providers:

Pace notes will be available for sale by third parties. The club has no involvement in their preparation and accepts no responsibility or liability for their accuracy or otherwise.

5.3 Restrictions:

∙ Your attention is also drawn to Appendix 29, Article 4.8 of the Current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook referring to a competitor found on a stage outside the reconnaissance period.

∙ The Maximum Speed allowed on a stage during the reconnaissance is 60 KPH unless a lower limit is indicated by a traffic sign or a written instruction issued by the organisers.

∙ Traversing the stage in the wrong direction is expressly forbidden.

∙ A maximum of three runs per stage is permitted, competitors will be signed in and out of each stage

∙ The special stages will be open to normal traffic therefore the safety and rights of other road users must be respected and due care must be shown to other traffic.

∙ The organisers will monitor the behaviour of competitors on the reconnaissance route.

5.4 Penalties: Reports of breaches of above regulations will be submitted to Motorsport Ireland who may convene a tribunal of inquiry.




6. Administrative checks:

∙ Documentation scrutiny is located at Rally Headquarters, Hotel Woodstock, Shanaway Rd, Lahinch Rd, Ennis, Co Clare. Competition licences, I.R.D.S. or BRDS proof of cover, and other documentation must be presented at documentation scrutiny


  • Mechanical Scrutiny will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 between 14.00 – 20.00 at the Autobody Garage on the Ennis Mart Complex.

  • All competitors are required to have door decals on their car and have the first part of the Mechanical scrutiny sheet completed before they present the car for scrutineering.


  • Logbooks are required for all cars.


  • ALL CARS must be presented at Parc Ferme within 30 minutes of completing Mechanical Scrutineering.


  • Driving of competing cars off the specified route to/from Scrutineering may lead to exclusion.


After completing Mechanical scrutiny competitors are required to present themselves at documentation scrutiny in Rally HQ.

7. Servicing


  • There will be a designated fixed service area in the Ennis Mart Complex


  • Outside of the service area Support/Service is expressly forbidden (Art 11.5 Appendix 29 MI Yearbook).


  • Judges of Fact will monitor the route.


  • Ground sheets must be utilized by all crews.


  • Waste bins will be provided in the Service Area and all crews are requested to place all rubbish in the bins.


  • Competitors are requested to remove all waste oil from the service area.

  • Competitors and Service Crews are required to have all items belonging to them, including trailers, removed from the Service Area Complex by 8pm on Sunday 17th September as the Mart complex will be locked from this time.

8. Features of the Rally

8.1 Competitors Safety Briefing:


Competitors Safety Briefing will be held at 08.00am on Sunday 17tth September 2017 in Rally Headquarters. It is compulsory for at least one member of the crew to attend. Art 3.2. Appendix 25 Current Motorsport Ireland yearbook.


8.2 Route Information:


The rally will take place over a route of 120 stage Km and with centralised service after stages 3 and 6.




Please remember at all times:




8.3 Rally Information:

Rally Information will be available on and on the Clare Stages Rally 2017 Facebook page.


9. General


9.1 Rally 2

9.1.1 The rally will operate Rally 2 in accordance with Art 13, Appendix 29 of the Current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook (as published on MI Website)

9.1.2 A crew retiring from the rally between Parc Ferme Out and Arrival Control SS3, may restart the rally from Service Out Control after 3 stages, or Service Out Control after 6 stages.

Cars retiring from the rally on Special Stages 3, 4 & 5 or the following road sections, may only restart from Service Out Control after 6 stages.

No restart will be permitted for crews retiring on Special Stages 6, 7, 8 & 9.

A restart will not be permitted where a crew has been excluded for non-compliance with eligibility requirements, traffic violations or a decision of the COC/R2C (Rally 2 Co-ordinator).

On retirement the crew must hand in their time cards to Car Accountability or the marshal/timekeeper at the next available location/Time Control.

Crews must retain the duplicate copy of the time card, to present to R2C as proof of stages completed.

9.1.3 Competitors must register for Rally 2 if they wish to restart from Service Out Control after 3 stages or from Service Out Control after 6 stages by contacting the R2C prior to a time that will be specified in Final Instructions.

Service Vehicles will not be permitted to access the Stage or any closed road between runs. The organisers will, where possible, endeavour to remove any car to the nearest location where it can exit the stage.

The transport of the car from that location is the responsibility of the competitor. The car must return by direct route to the Service Area.

9.1.4 Competitors availing of Rally 2 must present themselves at Service Out Control after 3 stages or Service Out Control after 6 stages, with their car, for re-scrutiny. Due time is 10 minutes before their original due time at that Control, and 15 Minutes maximum lateness will apply.

9.1.5 The R2C, once satisfied that the crew meets the conditions for a restart, will issue new time cards which will have a restart time and restart Control Number.

The restart position within the field shall be at the discretion of the COC/R2C.

9.1.6 The organisers reserve the right to disallow restart on safety grounds or if the restart would interfere with the running of the rally.

9.2 Penalties:

9.2.1 Penalties will be applied as per Article 13.5, Appendix 29 of the Current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook (as published on MI Website)

9.3 Award Eligibility:

9.3.1 In order to be classified as a finisher the crew must complete a minimum of 5 special stages, which must include the final loop of stages and the finish control.

9.3.2 Crews completing the rally under Rally 2 regulations will be eligible to score points in Championships.

10 Awards


1st  Overall 2 Trophies

2nd Overall 2 Trophies

3rd  Overall 2 Trophies

1st, 2nd & 3rd in Class 2 Trophies

Best Ladies Award 2 Trophies

Juniors 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2 Trophies

Historics 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2 Trophies


Noel McCullagh Award is awarded to highest overall placed CMC crew.


Dermot Molloy Trophy- Must be Clare crew (driver and navigator). Cars eligible for award are all Classes up to 1650cc competing on same 6 stages as Junior’s. To be eligible for award, both crew members must be fully paid up member’s of Clare Motor club before 1st September 2017.


Please note that the Noel McCullagh and the Dermot Molloy Awards are not class awards.





For crews who have not already won an award, best

Connaught MC 2 trophies

Kerry MC 2 Trophies

Best Limerick MC 2 Trophies PLEASE CLAIM YOUR

Best Galway MC 2 Trophies ELIGIBILITY ON YOUR

Best Birr MC 2 Trophies ENTRY FORM



N.B. Overall winners are not eligible for class awards.

If 5 or more entries are not received in each class, the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate classes or reduce the awards accordingly.