Fri, 15th April 2022

MOTORSPORT IRELAND ROUND UP & RESULTS FROM APRIL 9-10
Cian Carey (pictured) claimed a new Mondello Park lap record in the season opening ICCR meeting. Also covered in this round up are the second round of the Motorsport Ireland Forest Rally Championship, TDC's Multi Venue Autotest and Limerick Motor Club's 2 day Autotest.
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DAVID SHEANE RIP
Tributes have been paid to the late David Sheane who passed away earlier this month. Sheane was one of the most significant and influential figures in Irish motorsport introducing Formula Vee to Ireland in the 1970s before creating Formula Sheane at the turn of the millenium. 
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MOTORSPORT IRELAND RALLY SAFETY TRACKING SYSTEM WEBINAR
On March 31st, Motorsport Ireland delivered a webinar of the Rally Safety Tracking System, providing a comprehensive overview of the operation and use of the Safety Tracking System for competitors and organisers on Motorsport Ireland stage rallies. You can rewatch the webinar below.
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ALEX DUNNE JOINS US RACING FOR 2022 ITALIAN F4 CHAMPIONSHIP
Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year, Alex Dunne, will race in Italian Formula 4 this year with US Racing, making him the team’s fifth driver in the series. It marks a return to the team for the 16-year-old, who contested three ADAC F4 rounds with the German outfit in 2021 and picked up two podiums and two poles. He started the year in Spanish F4, taking pole on his debut with Pinnacle Motorsport.
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APPENDIX 16 UPDATE
Motorsport Ireland would like to remind all Junior Rally Licence Holders that Appendix 16 of the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook, which relates to the Billy Coleman Award, has been updated. Click the link below to see what has changed.
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UPDATE RE RHD CONVERTED R5/RALLY2 CARS ON INTERNATIONAL RALLIES.
Following a meeting of the Motorsport Ireland Rallies Commission, Technical Commission and Safety Commission on Monday April 11th, consensus was reached to find a solution to include right hand drive converted R5/Rally2 cars in international rallies. A proposal will shortly be sent to the Motorsport Council for approval. Competitors are reminded that there's no change to how these cars are classified on national permit events and they can win those events. 
RPM CLASSIC VIDEO UPLOAD: WATCH THE 2002 CIRCUIT OF IRELAND

This week’s Motorsport Ireland – RIAC classic video from the RPM Motorsport collection is highlights from the 2002 Circuit of Ireland Rally where Andrew Nesbitt was on maximum attack as the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship resumed after a Foot and Mouth Disease enforced hiatus. 

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LIMITATION OF THE VALIDITY OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WITHOUT FIA HOLOGRAMS (INTERNATIONAL EVENTS)

Since 2012, the FIA has gradually introduced a labelling system for all FIA-approved safety products based on holograms and which allows the FIA to: 

  • fight counterfeit products. 
  • identify valid products. 
  • increase quality control. 
  • increase traceability.

 In the case of the protective clothing approved according to FIA Standard 8856-2000, manufacturers have been producing FIA-approved overalls with this labelling system since 2013, and undergarments, gloves, balaclavas, and shoes since 2016.

However, overalls approved according to FIA Standard 8856-2000 that were produced before 01.01.2013 and undergarments, gloves, balaclavas produced before 01.01.2016, and hence not displaying the characteristic FIA hologram, are still accepted where FIA Standard 8856-2000 is accepted.

This fact has not only created confusion among users and scrutineers but has also reduced the effectiveness of the detection of counterfeit products as these products use the old labelling system without hologram.

For this reason, the FIA has decided to limit the validity of clothing without a hologram by the following dates: 

  • OVERALLS with the old labelling (without an FIA hologram) will not be accepted after 31.12.2022. 
  • UNDERGARMENTS, GLOVES, BALACLAVAS, and SHOES with the old labelling (without an FIA hologram) will not be accepted after 31.12.2023. 
  • This limitation will not apply to socks as labelling for socks has not changed.

The FIA Technical List 27 has been updated to reflect this decision. You are reminded this applies to International events only.

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CHANGES TO RULES & REGULATIONS
There are changes to Rules & Regulations in this issue of the Motorsport Ireland Bulletin.

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Competitors are also reminded that extensions were granted to safety belts and seats in March 2020 that apply to national permit events:

APPENDIX 2 – SCRUTINY – SECTION 7. SAFETY BELTS / HARNESS – 9 MARCH 2020

APPENDIX 2 – SCRUTINY – SECTION 20. HEADRESTS & SEATS – 9 MARCH 2020

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