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Insurance costs contribute to rally cancellation

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Insurance costs contribute to rally cancellation thumbnailColeraine native Garry Jennings won’t get the chance to defend his Galway Rally crown in 2018. WK47009. Pic: Roy Dempster

SOARING costs associated with running rallies in the Irish Republic have forced organisers to cancel the first round of the Irish Tarmac Championship.
The decision not to hold the Galway International in February has been prompted by financial fears, according to the President of Galway Motor Club.
The biggest concern centres on a potential lack of entries because of the levies competitors find themselves having to pay. These were reluctantly introduced by Motorsport Ireland at the beginning of the year to meet steep insurance premiums which it says amounted to two hundred per cent.
“The decision not to run in 2018 was a very difficult one for the Directors," admitted Shiels. "Running the first major rally event each year brings added pressures. The event ran very successfully in 2017 despite a very uncertain environment prevailing. Not having a rally will be disappointing, however, the club could not carry the financial risk involved should key elements to its success not fall into place. We now begin to plan for 2019.
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