This week's RIAC-Motorsport Ireland classic video from the RPM Motorsport collection is action from the Summit 2000 Rally with commentary from Gary Gillespie and Alan Tyndall.
With the Galway International, Circuit of Ireland and Ulster rallies not running in the year 2000, the Irish Tarmac Championship was looking a little sparse. To fill the void, the Summit 2000 Rally was created as a one off addition to the calendar. Utilising private roads over Slieve Rusheen on the Cavan/Fermanagh border, the event attracted a star studded entry, including former World Rally Champions Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist. But it was local heroes who were to lead the way with Andrew Nesbitt, Derek McGarrity and Daniel Doherty all leading throughout the course of the day amid constantly changing conditions. In a final stage charge, Nesbitt overhauled Doherty to win, aided by the exclusion of McGarrity. It was the start of an incredible run for Nesbitt, which would see him go unbeaten in a 10 rally streak, which finally ended in July 2002.
This programme will be available to stream below from 7pm on Thursday, October 15th.
Next week’s upload will feature the 1990 Lurgan Park Rally. Always a popular single venue event, 1990 brought heavy rainfall and a surprise winner in the form of Ken Colbert.
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