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.

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Eves is nominated for Young Rally Driver of the Year

Kevin Eves has been nominated for this year’s Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award for his performances in March and April.

The 25 year-old from Pettigo, Co Donegal, drove his Toyota Corolla to outright wins in the National sections of both the West Cork and Killarney Lakes Rallies, having earlier taken third place in Galway in February.

Following these opening three rounds of the Irish Tarmac Championship, Kevin holds a healthy lead in the National points table, and is hopeful of being crowned as champion at the end of the season. He also intends contesting several single day National events to “keep his eye in”.

Kevin wishes to raise the awareness of his potential by continuing his successes, with the goal of switching to a current specification four wheel drive car in the future.

His most memorable performance to date has been the recent victory in Killarney against very strong opposition, where he took the lead early on the opening day and stayed there to the end, finishing almost one minute ahead of his nearest challenger.

Kevin works as operations manager in EnviroGrind, who are also one of his sponsors, along with JM Joinery, Building Cost Control, and Accapple Construction.

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 2018 along with the support of Billy Coleman co-ordinator, Ger Healy, while the two runners-up will receive free entries into a number of MI permitted events in 2018, along with co-ordinator support.

Five bi-monthly winners are selected from January-February, through to September-October, along with the highest placed eligible drivers 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.

Kevin Eves has been nominated for this year’s Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award

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