ERC Circuit of Ireland 2015 Kicks Off

230 Replies

The European Rally Championship Circuit of Ireland 2015 kicked off with practice and qualifying for the ERC drivers, along with the ceremonial start at Belfast City Hall.

The day started with practice and qualifying on the Croft Hill in Holywood.

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

 

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

 

Service was based at the Titanic Quarter.

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

Craig Breen from Waterford, driving the Peugeot Sport 208 is one to watch at this year’s ERC Circuit of Ireland.

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

Russian Rally driver Inessa Tushkanova is entering this year’s Circuit.

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

 

The Belfast City Hall is surrounded by rally entrants in mixed conditions, as drivers sign autographs, the start order is revealed and they talk to the local press.

 

Circuit of Ireland 2015 Shakedown & Start

 

The main competition starts tomorrow and the schedule is as follows:

Friday 3rd April

09.20      Service out – Cars leave Titanic Belfast
10.35      Downpatrick podium as cars leave for competitive stages
13.20      Service Area at Titanic Belfast (Cars here for 30 minutes)
15.10      Downpatrick Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
18.17      Newtownards TT Stage starts
19.15      Service Area at Titanic (Cars here for 45 minutes)

Saturday  4th April

08.15      Service out – Cars leave Titanic Belfast
12.00      Hillsborough Castle Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
12.55      Service Area at Titanic Belfast (Cars here for 30 minutes)
13.55      Lisburn Power Stage Starts
16.30      Banbridge Regroup (Cars here for 15 minutes)
18.25      Service Area at Titanic (Cars here for 10 Minutes)
18.45      Finish ceremony and champagne spraying at Titanic Belfast

For more information see circuitofireland.net or follow the RMS forum.

Thanks to Graham Curry for the photos.

ERC Circuit of Ireland 2015 Kicks Off

 

Share.

About Author

Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

Graham 14:49 | Tue 02 Dec, 2014 | Report
Service & HQ once again to be Titanic...
Cess 18:03 | Tue 02 Dec, 2014 | Report
Idris Elba rumored to be putting in an entry as part of a Discovery documentary
swansty 21:58 | Tue 02 Dec, 2014 | Report
Already been out PR'ing the stage. It's amazing how popular the event is, with the vast majority of residents excited about it rather the just tolerating it. As always, marshals will be required so let me know if you want to get involved, even if you have no previous experience.
Graham 07:09 | Wed 03 Dec, 2014 | Report
| Already been out PR'ing the stage. It's amazing how popular the event is, with the vast majority of residents existed about it rather the just tolerating it. As always, marshals will be required so let me know if you want to get involved, even if you have no previous experience.
simialr enough to last year i presume ?
swansty 08:45 | Wed 03 Dec, 2014 | Report
| simialr enough to last year i presume ?
The plan is to keep it similar as it was well received by drivers.
Cess 10:46 | Wed 03 Dec, 2014 | Report
Not half! "It was quite crazy, with the jumps. We made a huge jump... I brake much more for the crest before, and then the next one we were flying!" Like Finland on tarmac, he said :D
Graham 10:00 | Fri 09 Jan, 2015 | Report
Circuit of Ireland appoints new Clerk of Course 74642 Circuit of Ireland Rally organisers have announced that County Mayo man and well known rally official Tom Walsh, will take over the role of Clerk of Course for the 2015 event. Andy Gilmore, who managed the 2014 rally has had to give up the role due to his work commitments. Originally from County Limerick, Tom Walsh has been involved in rallying since 1969 when he took on his first marshalling role with a rally - the Circuit of Ireland. During the 1970’s and 1980’s Tom managed rally star Billy Coleman over a 14 year period helping him clinch three Circuit wins. Tom had a five year tenure as Chairman of the Tarmac Rally Organisers Association (TROA) and was Clerk of Course for the first ever Rally Ireland WRC in 2007 and Sporting Director for the 2009 Rally Ireland WRC. Tom is currently a member of the Motorsport Ireland Commission. “I got hooked on rallying in the 1960’s when as a young lad I first watched the Circuit of Ireland close to my home in Co Limerick and later I became a marshal at the Circuit. Since then I have referred to it as my ‘iconic rally’ so when Bobby called me and asked if I could take on the Clerk of Course position I had no hesitation in accepting!” explained Tom Walsh. Paying tribute to Andy Gilmore’s contribution to the Circuit of Ireland, event director Bobby Willis said, “As a member of the Circuit organising team and event Clerk of Course, Andy played a vital role in the management and development of the Circuit and has helped to make it such a hugely successful event which last year attracted a total of almost 74,000 spectators. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Andy for all his hard work – it really has been hugely appreciated by competitors, organisers and all our marshals and other volunteers. “Looking forward to early April we’re delighted to have secured Tom Walsh as our new Clerk of Course. Well-known and respected in the rallying world, Tom has a tremendous range of experience and expertise which he can bring to the Circuit of Ireland enabling us to further enhance the event for both drivers and spectators.” The Circuit of Ireland Rally takes place from Thursday 2nd April until Saturday 4th April 2015 and will be the third of ten rounds in the 2015 European Rally Championship. The 2015 Circuit of Ireland will also be counting rounds of the 2015 Irish Tarmac Championship and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.
Graham 09:54 | Wed 14 Jan, 2015 | Report
Belfast to play central role in 2015 Circuit of Ireland Rally 74641 Europe’s top drivers will be revving up in the heart of Belfast over a three-day period this Easter when the city welcomes the 2015 Circuit of Ireland Rally. Circuit of Ireland organisers have announced that Belfast will again be a key host of the international event, with a ceremonial start taking place at the City Hall on Thursday 2 April. The Circuit, which will run across stunning stages in counties Antrim and Down, will be part of the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship for the second year and counts as round two of the 2015 FIA ERC Junior Championship. The rally will finish back in Belfast on the evening of Saturday April 4 and the winner will be crowned at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the site of the Rally HQ and Service Park, which will welcome over 1,000 competitors and team personnel over four days from Wednesday 1 April. Following the success of last year’s rally, Eurosport Events will again broadcast footage of this year’s Circuit, and expects to attract more than 14 million viewers globally. It’s anticipated the event will generate over £1.5m for the local economy, as thousands of spectators and teams officials travel to Northern Ireland, and book an estimated 10,000 bed nights. Belfast City Council is a key partner of the Circuit of Ireland and Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon said: “I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland Rally has once again chosen Belfast for its ceremonial start and finish line. Following on from the success of last year’s rally, I have no doubt that this year’s event will be bigger and better. “It’s fantastic to see Belfast now recognised as one of the world’s premier sporting venues. Our reputation for hosting events continues to grow as we also look forward to hosting the start of the Tall Ships races this summer.” Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said the organising team was keen to build on the huge success of the 2014 event. “Last year’s ceremonial start at Belfast City Hall created an amazing atmosphere for fans and provided a great welcome for rally stars from across Europe so we’re thrilled that Belfast City Council is partnering with us again. “The stages across counties Antrim and Down were massively successful, attracting almost 74,000 spectators while over 14 million viewers across the world watched the various stages in 2014 on Eurosport and its global media partners. “This year we hope to make our legendary event even bigger and better and we’re confident that fans will enjoy another fantastic line-up of world-class drivers across challenging stages. “We’re delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is part of the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship and Junior Championship for the second year and we look forward to welcoming some of the great up and coming young drivers from overseas, as well as our first Northern Irish contender to commit, Jon Armstrong.” Twenty year Armstrong, from Kesh in County Fermanagh, is embarking on his first ERC Junior Championship this year and will head to the Rally Liepāja in Latvia next month before returning to Northern Ireland ahead of the Circuit of Ireland Rally. He’ll be competing in a new car this season - a Peugeot 208 R2 - and he brought it to Belfast City Hall so Lord Mayor Councillor Nichola Mallon could get a sneak preview. ”I’ve been watching the Circuit of Ireland as long as I can remember and I’m very excited about taking part in it this year for the first time. Driving in an event at home is always nice as the fans are great and I’m hoping that will help me stay relaxed and focussed come Easter weekend.” For the first time this year, each round of the ERC, including the Circuit of Ireland, will award a 20,000 euro prize to the highest placed privately entered drivers. This year’s event will also be counting rounds of the 2015 Irish Tarmac Championship and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship. Circuit organisers will soon announce further details on the rally route, stages and entries. For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit www.circuitofireland.net Follow on Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland. For up-to-date information visit www.circuitofireland.net For ERC details visit www.fiaerc.com
Artoir 10:02 | Wed 14 Jan, 2015 | Report
Hopefully get the weather for it again, last year was a cracker.
Graham 11:31 | Fri 20 Feb, 2015 | Report
Going to be a lisburn power stage and a newtownards stage too which is good


Ads keep the doors open at RMS.  Support the site by disabling your Ad Blocker for rmsmotoring.com and this message will disappear