Darren McCormick (left) with fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member Dan Keane at the recent Clare Stages Rally
Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally
Press Release One September 20th 2019
History is being made by Killarney and District Motor Club as Darren McCormick has been appointed as clerk of the course for the forthcoming Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally, the first second-generation clerk in the 42-year history of the club.
Darren is following in the footsteps of his father Gary who clerked the rally three times between 1999 and 2001. Gary has the unique distinction of acting as clerk of the course on all three of the club’s rallies having also run the International Rally of the Lakes five times between 2005 and 2009 and the now defunct Killarney Forestry Rally on one occasion.
Darren grew up around Killarney and District Motor Club events and has taken on every role within the club from marshal, to equipment officer and is the club’s current marshal coordinator where he manages club members efforts in supporting rallies run by other clubs all over Ireland.
His whole family have been heavily involved in the club over the years, with mother Maureen making history by becoming the first female Stage Commander on an FIA- sanctioned Historic Rally and his sister Tanya the youngest Stage Commander when she took charge of Moll’s Gap aged 17. His brothers Shane and Damian have also been involved with the club at different times.
This year Darren has stepped up to the mark and will take charge of one the club’s most prestigious rallies.
“I started in motorsport at a very young age,” said Darren. “I started out marshalling and covered all areas up along from arrival control to stop car. Then I started with the taping crews, went on to doing equipment officer, chief marshal, club safety officer and deputy clerk of the course.”
The November 30th event is seasoned favourite with competitors and fans and serves as an end of season get together for Irish and overseas motorsport community.
Darren and his team are well advanced with plans for the popular rally. A detailed route survey was carried out over the summer and details will be revealed in the coming weeks once the route is signed off by Motorsport Ireland Safety Officers.
Entries are now open and the club is expecting a capacity 160-car entry for the rally.
The weekend will kick-off with the traditional ceremonial start in the town centre on Friday evening and finish with a gala prize presentation and banquet dinner the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday night