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29 Sept 2022

Record entry for 50th anniversary Knockalla Hillclimb

The Knockalla Hillclimb, which has been named after the late Danny Gormley, takes place this weekend

Record entry for 50th anniversary Knockalla Hillclimb

The Knockalla Hillclimb takes place this weekend.

The 2022 Knockalla Hillclimb has hit record number of entries.

Over 100 competitors will take part in the event this Saturday and Sunday.

‘The race to the clouds’ will set Irish records with organisers saying the vast entry list is ‘unheard of’.

Race Secretary Sam Pearson has confirmed that Motorsport Ireland agreed this week to the Donegal Motor Club’s request to run extra numbers due to the unprecedented demand.

The Knockalla Hillclimb is Ireland’s most famous ALEKTO Irish Hillclimb Championship venue and easily it’s most scenic.

“We are blown away by the interest in the 50th anniversary Hillclimb,” Clerk of the Course Michael Kelly said.

It’s an unheard of entry in Irish Hillclimbing. It’s obvious that so many are coming out to pay tribute to our former COC Danny Gormley, as we are renaming the event in his memory. We have been inundated with people who want to join in the tribute.

“We want to thank Motorsport Ireland, series sponsors ALEKTO and the Hillclimb Commission for their help. This will be the first Hillclimb since Danny passed away in 2021.  With their help we are confident that everyone that entered will now get to run on the hill so spectators should aim to be in place early. Its going to be a busy weekend up the most spectacular venue in Irish motorsport.”

Among the stunning array of cars that will be on show includ John Donnelly’s specialist Pilbeam MP62 rocketship and Kerrykeel’s Ernest Stewart in his Chrysler Hunter. Ernest competed in the first Hillclimb and is still going strong.

Action each day runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

Kelly said:  “Our event is only possible thanks to the generosity of Kelly’s Toyota, DMG Motors and CBM Signs as title sponsors, but their enthusiasm to mark this as a special 50th anniversary has been infectious. We are really looking forward to a very special weekend.

“We are also delighted to receive the support of St. Eunan’s GAA in Letterkenny, who operated the camping facilities on the Donegal International Rally weekend, and are supplying essential safety equipment for marshals and officials. It is a much appreciated gesture.

“Spectators are advised to approach from Kerrykeel/Portsalon as car parking will be available and a shuttle bus will operate up the hill from the start line. No spectator access will be possible from the Rathmullan side, and the road will be closed at the Glenvar junction.”

“With added pressure on paddock space Chief Marshal Francie Devine has put out a call for anyone wishing to marshal to contact him via the Motor Club Website or Club Facebook, and reminds all spectators to proceed with extreme caution while the competition is running.

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