Rallycross was created in the 1970's as a form of motorsport made for TV. Events take place over a combination of tarmac and loose surfaces. Most competitions involve a series of heats leading to qualification for finals and ultimately the super final race for the fastest competitors on the day. There would normally be between 5 and 8 cars competing together on the track at any one time, with races lasting on average just 4 minutes. This results in an intense examination of the ability of the driver to not only drive at racing speeds but also to perform at the highest possible level. Rallycross provides an experience bearing close to the ultimate G force thrill. It is fair to say that there is no class for Sunday drivers!
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Types of Vehicles
Modified saloon cars with various engine, chassis and suspension modifications. Drive can be 2 or 4 wheel with special competition tyres fitted. Cars are segregated into various classes depending on engine capacity and whether or not they are 2 or 4 wheel drive.
When and Where
Rallycross events take place from October to April and are presently based at Mondello Park near Naas, Co.Kildare.
Licence Requirements and Starting Age
A speed category "National B" grade licence is required. The minimum age limit is 16 years. A medical certificate is required and this is part of the licence form. A Road Traffic Act driving licence is not required. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from their parents or guardians. There is a special junior class for 14-16 year olds, with special licence requirements and vehicles as per Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
A first time licence costs as little as €40 if you are a member of one of our Affiliated Motor Clubs - non-club members pay €80.
How to get Started
If you are interested in becoming involved then the first step is to contact Motorsport Ireland, the governing body of the sport, at phone 01-677 5628. Motorsport Ireland issue competition licences and we annually publish a "Yearbook" containing all the rules and regulations for Irish Motorsport. The "Yearbook", in DVD format, is issued free with every competition licence or alternatively you may buy a hard copy costing €30. A calendar of events is also published on this site and you can download a Licence Application Form here.
Special Equipment Required
Competition cars must have a full roll cage fitted. The windscreen must be laminated or rigid plastic type. Two extra high mounted brake lights, towing eyes for breakdown, a dual circuit brake system, integrated seat and headrest, electric cut off switch, mud-flaps on all driven wheels, fire extinguisher and a full safety harness are all required. Exact specifications are published in the current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
Competitors are required to wear a crash helmet (open or closed face type allowed), fire proof overalls, underwear, socks, gloves and fire resistant boots.
Outlets for Clothing / Equipment
CSE Motorsport, Provincial House, Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick (068) 32599
EARS Motorsport, Muddy Hill, Mallow, Co.Cork (022) 42050
Marks Models, 14 Hawkins Street, Dublin 2. (01) 6715809
Murray Motorsport, Unit 20, Beechlawn Industrial Complex, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 (01) 4500555
PR Reilly Ltd., 221 Howth Road, Killester, Dublin 5 (01) 8336924
Ashgrove Interparts, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin (01) 2805066
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Officials / Marshalling
One of the best ways to learn all about a particular division of Motorsport is to get involved in the day to day organisation. So if you do not feel ready to compete, or simply would like a sociable, friendly attachment to Rallycross, your invaluable help would be more than appreciated. Contact anyone involved from the motor clubs around the country and get activated. It could change your whole life and at the same time help others enjoy a great exciting sport held in a responsible controlled environment.