West Cork attracts Finnish rally star


The 2019 Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally will see one of the most recognisable and popular rally stars of his generation, Mikko Hirvonen set to compete on this year’s event. The Finnish superstar and former Ford works driver will take the wheel of a Ford Escort Mk2 for St. Patrick’s weekend. Mikko helped Ford to manufacturer titles in both 2006 & 2007 and he was runner up in the World Rally Championship four times behind Sebastian Loeb.                                                             Mikko Hirvonen.  Pic​: Ger Leahy


He retired from the World Rally Championship scene in 2014 after taking fifteen career victories in the series. In recent years he has competed on rally raids, most notably the Paris-Dakar Rally. Mikko has some Irish tarmac experience having competed on Rally Ireland twice in 2007 & 09 as well as the Cork 20 Rally in 2007which was used as a warm up for Irelands WRC round that year.


Cork Motor Club are also delighted to announce a media partnership with two of the biggest brands in Cork, C103 Radio and the Southern Star newspaper. Both C103 and the Southern Star have given great coverage to the event over the years and this deal will strengthen the links between the rally and local media.


Entries will open for this year’s rally on Friday 8th February and regulations will be available to download from that date on www.westcorkrally.com and www.corkmotorclub.com. A rally guide for this year’s rally is already available from both of those sites. With the rally being the second round of both the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and the British Rally Championship as well as the opening round of the PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship there is a lot of interest, and any accommodation queries should be directed to chamber@clonakilty.ie.

Kevin O'Driscoll Press Officer Email:kevin@westcorkrally.com Phone: +353 86 286 6256

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