There will be no Irish eyes smiling on Jim Clark Rally

Following a review of this year’s Jim Clark Rally, to be held on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 27-29, the organisers are disappointed to announce that the event will not, as originally hoped, incorporate a round of the 2011 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

It had been hoped that the Jim Clark, a counting round of the top Irish rally championship from 2003 to 2009, would once again form part of that series after a year out in 2010. However, taking a number of factors into consideration, the decision to again drop out of the Irish championship for this year has had to be taken.

Jim Clark Rally manager Colin Pagan said: “There are considerable costs involved in being part of an international series such as the excellent Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. However, in the current financial climate we have not been able to find the necessary funding to cover these.

“After considering the low number of registered Irish competitors, and the significant outlay involved by us, particularly for television coverage, we just cannot go ahead without financial assistance. As we have not been able to attract relevant financial support, we feel there is no alternative but to continue our sabbatical from the Irish series.

“The competitors from across the Irish Sea are a popular addition to the weekend of rallying, and we are disappointed they may not all be over in May. However, we have put in place a drivers’ incentive scheme so that hopefully we can continue to attract Irish competitors over to an event which so many enjoy.

“We had been planning to accommodate the WRC competitors of the Irish championship within a separate event, but this will not now take place. The drivers’ incentive scheme will only be open to those registered for the Irish series and who are eligible for classes R1, 2 and 3.

“But the Jim Clark Rally weekend, including the British Championship counting Inter-national Rally on the Friday and Saturday, and the Scottish Championship round of the Reivers Rally on the Sunday, goes ahead and promises as always to be a great three days of rallying in mainland Britain’s only closed public road event.”