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Gareth McKay
27-10-2011, 18:16
Check Belfast Telegraph Story

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/circuit-of-ireland-now-on-track-for-irc-series-16069508.html


:):):)

isaacb
27-10-2011, 18:51
Be great to see that happening

Shane Prendergast
27-10-2011, 19:34
Great news alright but they should really rename the rally to circuit of NI or something! Its a pity its not ran like the way it used to be throughout the country!! Great news though if the IRC comes though!!

Michael Reilly
27-10-2011, 21:07
from rally.ie
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/circuit-of-ireland-now-on-track-for-irc-series-16069508.html

Calmc
27-10-2011, 21:23
great to see

billy wilson
27-10-2011, 21:48
some job been to a few irc events proper rallycars sound great :laugh::laugh:

euw938v
27-10-2011, 22:35
Lets hope so and keep everything crossed it will be promoted in the weeks ahead. First proper Circuit since the 80's work car and works drivers. Christmas is'nt even close yet and Im already looking forward to Easter !!!! There will be some credit due to Bobby Willis if he pull it off

john o malley
27-10-2011, 22:53
it wont be coming down south anyway thats for sure.. way too expensive, lol


great to see tho, will make the journey if it does come over

Art McCarrick
27-10-2011, 23:08
It will cross the border I would imagine, like Rally Ireland that will be it's main selling point....

Pat McHugh
27-10-2011, 23:10
Great news to hear fair play to all involved,dare I say an Irish man to throw a shot at winning it

Kevin O Brien
28-10-2011, 02:33
if it come's over with the help of god the hotel's/B&B'S/shops/ ect ect can keep calm and charge normal rate's and not Drive them outa the country as quick as they come in like rally ireland, hope they all larned from that!

Chris Campbell
28-10-2011, 05:57
Be excellent to see and it might attract more up and coming drivers to the shores for testing, in Dunlop and itc rounds like we had in 2007. :D

Andy Little
28-10-2011, 08:58
if it come's over with the help of god the hotel's/B&B'S/shops/ ect ect can keep calm and charge normal rate's and not Drive them outa the country as quick as they come in like rally ireland, hope they all larned from that!

Good point – if the events happens – then it can as quickly be taken away thanks to greed. Remember reading that this was a sore point with lots of people…

mexico mk 1
28-10-2011, 09:24
will privateers be allowed to run in wrc cars

toyscrota
28-10-2011, 10:19
Great news alright but they should really rename the rally to circuit of NI or something! Its a pity its not ran like the way it used to be throughout the country!! Great news though if the IRC comes though!!

some of the stages were / are run in monaghan tho shane.....

Last line of that article could still put a spanner in the works...more funding!

Be great to see tho, we need a major championship here regularly! :D

euw938v
28-10-2011, 11:04
Simple solution get Bord Failte And Northern Irish tourism boards to work with hotels and other accommodation types ensuring that room rates are kept at an acceptable price. If the rally does get IRC status funding will very difficult. Wonder is it much cheaper than hosting a WRC round

All okay here
28-10-2011, 13:47
Sure is it not £150,000 alone that eurosport need!!!

Sal
28-10-2011, 14:32
Hopefully the organisers will be able to raise the funds as I think the sum required is somewhere between a quarter and a half a million euro that Eurosport are asking. Get an entry like Ypres though and the investment will be worth it.

declanb95
28-10-2011, 16:02
will privateers be allowed to run in wrc cars

IRC rallys dont get that big of an entry, So would they not just run them 10minutes before/after the IRC drivers?

Am sure it will be a round of ITC sure?

Jason Black
28-10-2011, 18:44
IRC rallys dont get that big of an entry, So would they not just run them 10minutes before/after the IRC drivers?

Am sure it will be a round of ITC sure?

Yea it would still have to be a round of the itc?

Pat McHugh
28-10-2011, 21:27
it wont be coming down south anyway thats for sure.. way too expensive, lol


great to see tho, will make the journey if it does come over

Jasus I remember been in stages in Monaghan this year and most years it has been in the south.

Great negative attitude you have there

Aengus-F
03-11-2011, 13:21
David Bogie saying on his fb there will be no rally scotland in 2012, does this mean the circuit is likely to be included??

anto
03-11-2011, 14:17
If they can come up with the cash....

Aengus-F
03-11-2011, 16:25
What sort of additional finance would they be looking at, compared to what would normally be required to run the circuit as an ITC event???

Noel157
03-11-2011, 17:04
Eurosport, the IRC promoters, require €200-250k per event. More if live TV stages are requested. I'm sure it's something like €90-100k just to run a regular COI.

Wobbles
03-11-2011, 17:29
They will need to get a major sponser to put up the cash for this. But, it would have european audience, so we may see a non irish company sponser it. Really hope to see it run, and have live stages both days

anto
03-11-2011, 17:48
Eurosport ask for over a million if the rally wants live stages.

But they do show it live all over Europe to millions of people. The figures for Eurosport international are in the 10s of millions for nearly every program.

The best thing is if a company like red bull come in and would pay for it all.. Or maybe tourism Ireland 6 hours of helicopter shots of our country side would get a lot of people to our shores!

Aengus-F
03-11-2011, 18:58
Our government's finest accountants exaggerated our debt by 3.6 billion......surely they could throw us a million to bring an international event here!!:D:D

Andy Little
03-11-2011, 19:04
They will need to get a major sponser to put up the cash for this. But, it would have european audience, so we may see a non irish company sponser it. Really hope to see it run, and have live stages both days

I wish them luck getting a major sponsor. That's what has happened to the IRC Rally Scotland. All the praise, plaudits don't mean anything if they can't get finance. And Rallying isn't going to bring a big money sponsor in the UK. I hope it's different in Ireland.....

t...rev
04-11-2011, 00:35
Quote from todays Autosport re COI.
"Discussions are ongoing with the event promoter and local tourism boards" said Eurosport Events' Francois Ribeiro. "They have an offer from us. It's up to them."

Andy Little
04-11-2011, 21:52
Quote from todays Autosport re COI.
"Discussions are ongoing with the event promoter and local tourism boards" said Eurosport Events' Francois Ribeiro. "They have an offer from us. It's up to them."

Something is wrong with a sport when it relies on Tourist boards/regional assemblies for finance to run an event. Remember when events used to happen with big money sponsors?
Here in UK we've apparently lost 2 award winning International sporting events;
IRC Rally Scotland & UCI MTB XC World Cup at Dalby....
Both because the backer (both tourist boards) had their funding pulled and so no event.

I do worry about the future of the sport - what happens when Tourist boards/Regional/Local government decides it's had enough of Rallying??

Cess
04-11-2011, 23:51
Every sport is struggling for sponsorship. Northern Ireland isn't exactly blessed with massive companies with huge advertising budgets and a soft spot for rallying. If the NITB or Tourism Ireland think that the Circuit of Ireland is the ideal promotional tool to market the country, then so be it. Their money is as good as the next man's and it would be better than the rally not happening at all.

Even the MTV European Music awards got £900k to come to Belfast from the Government; and that's a global event that has already massive blue-chip sponsors.

euw938v
05-11-2011, 02:18
Cross border Initative between both tourism boards could be viable option but in a far reduced financial capacity from Rally Ireland back in 2007 and 2009. Red bull is one option but why don't the powers that be try and get multiple smaller sponsors rather then seek a large title sponsor. Agreed there will be great difficulties in attaining sponsors but don't restricted the search to just Ireland.

CADDYE555
05-11-2011, 20:54
For a potential sponsor to come onboard they have to see some kind of return on investment or they need to see a benefit to their business either in financial terms or a raise in profile.. With the kind of money involved it's hard to see any business getting a sound return... Having said that I can think of 3 individuals that could potentially benefit greatly from the circuit being an irc round.. Namely craig breen, ali fisher and Robert barrible... Can you imagine the hype that could be generated with these guys competing on home ground against the best s2000 drivers in the world. It could potentially make or break their respective careers. Am sure there has been well in excess of a million euro spent keeping them boys racing the past few years so would it be unreasonable to expect the three lads to make a sizable contribution to the event to ensure it runs? After all in my view they would be the big winners in the end....

Thomas Mc Caul
14-11-2011, 20:59
Whats the latest on this! Is it happening?

jojo
14-11-2011, 23:09
are u for real !! get a grip man.......


For a potential sponsor to come onboard they have to see some kind of return on investment or they need to see a benefit to their business either in financial terms or a raise in profile.. With the kind of money involved it's hard to see any business getting a sound return... Having said that I can think of 3 individuals that could potentially benefit greatly from the circuit being an irc round.. Namely craig breen, ali fisher and Robert barrible... Can you imagine the hype that could be generated with these guys competing on home ground against the best s2000 drivers in the world. It could potentially make or break their respective careers. Am sure there has been well in excess of a million euro spent keeping them boys racing the past few years so would it be unreasonable to expect the three lads to make a sizable contribution to the event to ensure it runs? After all in my view they would be the big winners in the end....

Gareth McKay
16-11-2011, 14:17
The Roger Albert Clark Rally announces exciting Prize Packages for first three podium places....
1st Overall receives entry package to the 2012 Sol Rally Barbados [see details below]
2nd Overall receives free entry to the Legend Boucles de Spa 2012
3rd Overall receives free entry to the Circuit of Ireland 2012

... Details.....
The winners of this year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally could be off to Barbados next June to compete on the SOL Rally Barbados with a prize valued at over £5000.
Colin Heppenstall, rally manager of the RAC, has arranged three major prizes for the leading crews this December and the package is topped by the Barbados package, which includes entry, flights, accommodation and hire car for the duration of the Barbados event.
The other two podium finishing crews will also be rewarded with free entries for the Boucles de Spa next February and the Circuit of Ireland in April.
“I’ve been working on this for some time now,” said Heppenstall. “I’m excited to be able to tell everyone about the prizes.”