McRae to drive at Rally of the Lakes

Former World Rally champion Colin McRae is to appear at the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005, which will take place over the May weekend.

Former World Rally champion Colin McRae is to appear at the Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005, which will take place over the May weekend.

The Scot, who claimed the World title in 1995, will use his own Mark II Ford Escort RS as course car, and his presence is certain to attract huge crowds to the Killarney-based event.

His co-driver in the Escort will be Roger Herron.

The Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005 has as its top three seeds the drivers who have won the past three events.

2002 winner, Andrew Nesbitt is top seed, followed over the start ramp by last year's victor, Derek McGarrity and 2003 winner, Eugene Donnelly.

Austin McHale, seeded at four, has also won the rally on three previous occasions. These four drivers have also amassed 10 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship titles between them.

The top ten seeds also includes Peadar Hurson, Eamonn Boland, Tim McNulty, Gareth McHale, JJ Fleming and Denis Cronin, the highest seeded Killarney & District Motor Club member, who won the recent West Cork Rally.

The Ordnance Survey Ireland Rally of the Lakes 2005 will be the third round of the Pirelli Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, and the second round of both the West Euro Cup and the 023 Tiles Southern Four Rally Championship.

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