The famous West Cork Rally will be the opening round of the 2019 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship – putting the BRC and Irish Tarmac Rally Championship competitors into an exciting head-to-head battle over St Patrick’s weekend.

Based in Clonakilty, the two-day mid-March event has been a favourite with British crews for any years. First run in 1977, the Cork MC-organised event contains some classic Irish closed road stages, including the Ring, Glandore and Ardfield.

“We are delighted to have been approached by the BRC, and it’s a great reflection on our event,” says Clerk of the Course, Greg McCarthy. “The rally has progressed greatly since becoming a full round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. I think it will be great for the championship to have another event as joint rounds. We have always tried to change things around year-on-year, so there will be some differences – but the event will run on pretty much the same way as it always has.”

“We have been working with the Tarmac Championship for a while now and we listen to competitors from Ireland who support the BRC strongly,” added BRC Manager Iain Campbell. “The timing of the West Cork Rally works well for both championships at the start of the season. I visited West Cork this year to see the rally and the area. St. Patrick’s weekend in southern Ireland on classic roads is a weekend that all will enjoy.”