100 rally cars to line up in Cork for memorial event

OVER 100 rally cars will race around Cork city’s former landfill site later this month in a special charity fundraiser.

The 2011 Darren Swanton Memorial Great Stuff Caterers Cork City Rally Sprint will take place at the Kinsale Road civic amenity site on Sunday, May 22.

Drivers will be able to hit speeds of up to 100 miles per hour along one stretch of the 4.2 kilometre gravel circuit.

The rally is named in honour of Darren Swanton — a former Cork Motor Club (CMC) member and motorsport fan from Grange, who died of cancer in 2009, aged 30.

The inaugural rally last year, which was won by Brian O’Keeffe, raised just over €28,000 for local charities. Organisers are hoping to top that amount this year. The main beneficiary will be Marymount Hospice, which cared for Darren in the final stages of his illness.

Marymount is due to open its new hospice at Curraheen later this year.

The rally has been backed by some of Cork’s top sports stars, including Munster player Billy Holland and Cork senior footballer, Noel O’Leary.

The launch was attended by the director of Ford European Motorsport Gerard Quinn, an honorary lifetime member of CMC.

Brian Allen, whose company Great Stuff Caterers is sponsoring the event, said he was delighted to support the cause again. The event is being organised and promoted by Cork Motor Club in association with Cork City Council and the Bishopstown Lions club.

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