The Billy Coleman Award - for the Young Rally Driver of the Year(View Previous Winners)

The Billy Coleman Award was created in the year 2000 to help young Irish rally drivers take the next step into international rallying and emulate the achievements of the great Billy Coleman.

The first recipient of the award, Rory Galligan, certainly fulfilled that ambition and competed as a works driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Subsequent winners have continued that success, including 5 British Rally Championship titles and Junior World Rally Championship successes.

Sport Ireland fully recognises motorsport and are a partner in the award scheme ensuring a much improved package and giving the award higher status. The clubs running rallies under a national permit also contribute to the initiative.

All press releases relevant to the Billy Coleman Award will be published in the news section below but you will find much more content on the official Billy Coleman Award Facebook page.


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Moffett gains Young Rally Driver of the Year nomination

Josh Moffett nominated for Young Rally Driver of the Year photo by Pablo Photography

Josh Moffett has been nominated for this year’s Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award for his performances in July and August.

The 24 year-old from Clontibret, Co Monaghan, finished third in the Tipperary Rally and seventh in the Ulster International two weeks later, a round of both the Irish Tarmac Championship and the British series. He has since gone on to score his first International win, driving his Fiesta to a thrilling late victory in the Cork 20.

Josh began rallying in 2010 driving a Peugeot 106, winning a Junior class in his first event, the Galway International, and progressed through a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo in which he won the Production Car class in both the National and Valvoline Forestry series in 2013, going on to take the overall Forestry title last year.

He intends to finish the year with outings in the Glens of Antrim Rally, the final Forestry Championship round, and the Wyedean Rally in England.

Josh is currently a design engineer/production manager in Combilift, who are his principal sponsor. He also has support from IFM Farm Machinery, DSV Transport, Aisle-Master and Gaffney Motor Factors.

The winner of the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award receives €50,000 worth of support to contest stage rallies nationally & internationally in 2017 along with the support of Billy Coleman co-ordinator, Tom Walsh, while the two runners-up will receive free entries into a number of MI permitted events in 2017, along with co-ordinator support.

Five bi-monthly winners are selected from January-February, through to September-October, joined by the highest placed eligible driver from both the Junior Championship in the Triton Showers National series and the Junior category in the Valvoline National Forestry Championship, and a wildcard selection, as the award finalists.

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