Rally Ireland was a new addition to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in 2007. History Early The World Rally Championship was formed from well-known international rallies nine of which were previously part of the International Championship The 2007 World Rally Championship season was the 35th season in the FIA World Rally Championship. It will not be part of the 2008 schedule, but will return as the First round of the championship in 2009. The North-South event is the largest sporting occasion on the island of Ireland with over 250,000 spectators and a TV audience in 180 countries.
The 2007 event took place between 15 and 18 November 2007, starting with the Super Special Stage in the grounds of the Stormont Parliament Buildings on the outskirts of Belfast, County Down. Marcus "Bosse" Grönholm (born February 5 1968 in Kauniainen) is a former Finnish rally driver Lough Gill or Loch Gile in Irish is a Lake mainly situated in County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim, in Ireland. County Sligo ( is a county in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. The 2007 World Rally Championship season was the 35th season in the FIA World Rally Championship. Events 326 - The old St Peter's Basilica is consecrated 1302 - Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Parliament Buildings, known as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont area of Belfast, served as the seat of the Parliament of Northern Ireland Belfast ( is the capital city of Northern Ireland and the seat of government in Northern Ireland. County Down, ( Ulster Scots: Coontie Doun. is one of the nine counties that form the province of Ulster and one of six counties that form
The remainder of the event was based in the north-west of Ireland in the counties of Sligo, Fermanagh, Donegal, Leitrim, Tyrone, Roscommon and Cavan. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world County Sligo ( is a county in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. County Fermanagh (fɚr'mænɘ Contae Fhear Manach or Fear Manach ('Men of Monach'in Irish) is the westernmost of the six counties that form Northern County Donegal (ˌdʌnəˈgɔːl Irish: Contae Dhún na nGall. County Leitrim ( is one of the counties of Ireland and is part of the province of Connacht. Not to be confused with Roscommon County Michigan, United States County Roscommon (Contae Ros Comáin is a County located in central Ireland County Cavan ( Contae an Chabháin in Irish) is a County in Ireland.
Rally Ireland was managed on a day-to-day basis by the co-founders Sean O'Connor and Ronan Morgan who have many years of WRC and other sporting experience between them. The Chief Executive is David Marren, who has extensive experience in Formula 1. The Board of Directors is chaired by Eddie Jordan, founder of Jordan Grand Prix Formula 1 team, and the deputy chairman is Trevor Ringland, the former Lions Rugby International player who has 34 caps for Ireland. Edmund "Eddie" Jordan (born March 30, 1948) is the founder and former owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which Early history Jordan's success in lower formulae inspired the creation of a Formula One programme for the 1991 season. Trevor Maxwell Ringland (born November 13, 1959 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a solicitor and former Rugby Union winger The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British Isles Rugby Union Team or "British Lions" Rugby union side comprises a pick of the best players from
A steering committee which is charged with developing the event is in place. This committee is chaired by Austin Frazer and includes representative of Motorsport Ireland (MI) and The Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs (ANICC).
Rally Ireland received strong government support from both sides of the border . It continues a long tradition of cross-border rallying in Ireland, which dates back to the early years of the Circuit of Ireland Rally in the 1930s. The Circuit of Ireland International Rally is an annual automobile rally, which was first held in 1931
The first Rally Ireland was the 15th and penultimate round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2007. The 2007 Rally Ireland ( 1st Rally Ireland) 15th round of 2007 World Rally Championship, was run on November 15 - November 18 This was the first time that the WRC had visited the island of Ireland. Sligo was the headquarters for Rally Ireland. Sligo (disambiguation Sligo ( (ˈslaɪɡoʊ "sly-go" Irish ˈɕlʲɪɟəx is the County town of County Sligo in Ireland. Rally Headquarters was at The Clarion Hotel in Sligo and the Service Park, where all necessary mechanical work on competing vehicles is carried out, was at the nearby Institute of Technology, Sligo. Institute of Technology Sligo ( ITS) formerly Regional Technical College Sligo is a Higher education institution located in Sligo, County After the full 20 stages the top 10 finishers are as follows:
|1||1||Sébastien Loeb||3:01:39. Career Early career Loeb was born in Haguenau, Alsace, and grew up in Oberhoffen-sur-Moder. 2|
|2||2||Dani Sordo||3:02:32. Daniel Sordo Castillo (born May 2, 1983 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a Spanish driver in the World Rally Championship 6|
|3||9||Jari-Matti Latvala||3:03:27. Jari-Matti Latvala (born April 3, 1985) is a Finnish rally driver competing in the World Rally Championship. 4|
|4||4||Mikko Hirvonen||3:03:56. Mikko Hirvonen (born July 31, 1980) is a Finnish rally driver currently driving for the BP Ford World Rally Team in the World 9|
|5||7||Petter Solberg||3:04:35. Petter "Hollywood" Solberg (born November 18, 1974 in Askim) from Spydeberg i Østfold, Norway, is a professional 0|
|6||18||Guy Wilks||3:07:37. Guy Wilks (born 22 January 1981 in Darlington, County Durham) is a Rally driver, from Great Britain. 1|
|7||16||Matthew Wilson||3:11:44. Matthew Wilson (born 29 January, 1987) is a World Rally Championship driver from Cockermouth in Cumbria, England. 1|
|8||20||Gareth McHale||3:12:47. 5|
|9||21||Andreas Mikkelsen||3:14:47. Andreas Mikkelsen (born June 22, 1989) is a Norwegian rally driver 4|
|10||53||Niall McShea||3:18:11. 3|
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