WHAT IS THE BILLY COLEMAN AWARD?
The Billy Coleman Award was created in 2000 to help young Irish Rally Drivers take the next step into international rallying and emulate the achievements of Billy Coleman. The first recipient, Rory Galligan (RIP), certainly fulfilled that ambition and competed as a “works” driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Many subsequent winners have achieved International success at British Rally Championship (BRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) level.
Sport Ireland fully recognises motorsport and is a partner in the award scheme ensuring a much improved package and giving the award higher status. Motor clubs running rallies under a national permit contribute to this initiative.
The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy which is funded by the Team Ireland foundation will provide additional Training and Development support thanks to the philanthropic donations received from friends of the sport.
To learn more about the Billy Coleman Award, download Appendix 16 of the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
Reigning Billy Coleman Award Winner, Josh McErlean