The organisers of the EPS Bison/Red Mills 2002 Killarney Historic Stages Rally, the Killarney & District Motor Club, have attracted entries from the leading exponents of Historic and Classic rallying from Ireland and further afield for the event which will take place on Sunday, December 1.
The competing crews will tackle ten stages during the day, and the respective winners in the categories for Historic, Post-Historic and Classic cars will arrive at the Finish Ramp, adjacent to the Dromhall Hotel (Rally Headquarters) at 5.45pm on Sunday evening.
Dessie Nutt, a GP from Blackrock, Co Derry, has won the Historic section for the past four events, and he returns to further extend his winning streak with his Porsche 911.
His main rivals will be John Keatley, also a former winner, and Drexel Gillespie, who finished runner-up to Nutt on the last occasion this event was run.
In the Post-Historic section, it is Manxman, Martin Freestone, who is the top seed, having had considerable success in his Mark1 Escort throughout 2002. He won the category at this event in 1999, while two of the other top Post-Historic seeds, Lloyd Hutchinson and John Farrell, are also former winners.
The Classic section is the most likely to produce a local victory, as KDMC members Tom Randles and Donie O'Sullivan should be well in contention. They will however, be sternly challenged by capable visiting drivers, such as Philip Shaw, Kieran O'Neill, Phil Collins and James Lambert.
The rally route includes famous stages, such as Molls Gap, Kilmackillogue, The Healy Pass, Cod's Head and Ardgroom. The final stage, Derreenderragh, will be run in darkness, providing a final sting in the tail before the conclusion of the event.