Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

BREEN AND NAGLE MIX IT WITH
THE BEST IN THE ARCTIC
The Irish pairing of Craig Breen and Paul Nagle enjoyed a strong performance on WRC Arctic Rally Finland at the weekend. They clinched fourth overall as well as claiming a useful haul of points of the power stage to secure a dominant result for the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team which took three of the top four places on the event.
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MOTORSPORT IRELAND 2021
YEARBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
The Motorsport Ireland 2021 Yearbook is now available in full on the Motorsport Ireland website. The Yearbook (commonly referred to as the Green Book), is the ‘Bible’ of Irish motorsport, containing all of the General Regulations that help to ensure safety and fair play across all disciplines of the sport. 
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STRONG SHOWING FROM CHARLIE EASTWOOD IN 2021 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES
Motorsport Ireland Young Race Driver of the Year 2018, Charlie Eastwood helped TF Sport to a clean sweep of race finishes, scoring their best finish at the last race of the ultra-compact two-week Asian Le Mans Series.
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JAMES ROE JR. SIGNS WITH TURN 3 MOTORSPORT FOR 2021 INDY PRO 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP
Reigning Motorsport Ireland Young Race Driver of the Year, James Roe Jr., has signed with Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, securing the first seat in the program for the upcoming season. James will join the Road to Indy ladder after making his mark in the Formula Regional Americas series over the past two years achieving a win, several top five finishes, and two team championships.
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CLUB RESILIENCE FUND APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9TH MARCH 2021
Motorsport Ireland would like to remind all affiliated clubs that applications for the Sport Ireland Club Resilience Fund must be submitted by Tuesday, 9th March 2021. The fund is designed to provide support to clubs that have incurred financial losses during 2020 due to COVID-19.
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FIA RALLY CARS PYRAMID:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Last year saw the introduction of a new FIA Rally Car Pyramid designed to structure the market, adapt Rally car categories to automobile industry changes, and above all, to respond to the demands of competitors. A handy guide has been created to keep you up-to date with what’s what, when it comes to different rally car classes.
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WATCH 2001 CHEROKEE TRAILS INTERNATIONAL RALLY FROM 7PM, THURSDAY 3RD OF MARCH

This week’s Motorsport Ireland – RIAC classic video from the RPM Motorsport collection is highlights from the 2001 Cherokee Trails International Rally. With a lack of rally action in Ireland in 2001 owing to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, RPM travelled to America to focus on the sizeable expat community who had been putting their stamp on the SCCA ProRally series. 

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LIMITATION OF THE VALIDITY OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WITHOUT FIA HOLOGRAMS (INTERNATIONAL EVENTS)

Since 2012, the FIA has gradually introduced a labelling system for all FIA-approved safety products based on holograms and which allows the FIA to: 

  • fight counterfeit products. 
  • identify valid products. 
  • increase quality control. 
  • increase traceability.

 In the case of the protective clothing approved according to FIA Standard 8856-2000, manufacturers have been producing FIA-approved overalls with this labelling system since 2013, and undergarments, gloves, balaclavas, and shoes since 2016.

However, overalls approved according to FIA Standard 8856-2000 that were produced before 01.01.2013 and undergarments, gloves, balaclavas produced before 01.01.2016, and hence not displaying the characteristic FIA hologram, are still accepted where FIA Standard 8856-2000 is accepted.

This fact has not only created confusion among users and scrutineers but has also reduced the effectiveness of the detection of counterfeit products as these products use the old labelling system without hologram.

For this reason, the FIA has decided to limit the validity of clothing without a hologram by the following dates: 

  • OVERALLS with the old labelling (without an FIA hologram) will not be accepted after 31.12.2022. 
  • UNDERGARMENTS, GLOVES, BALACLAVAS, and SHOES with the old labelling (without an FIA hologram) will not be accepted after 31.12.2023. 
  • This limitation will not apply to socks as labelling for socks has not changed.

The FIA Technical List 27 has been updated to reflect this decision.

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CHANGES TO RULES & REGULATIONS
 
There are changes to Rules & Regulations in this issue of the Motorsport Ireland Bulletin.

 

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Competitors are also reminded that extensions were granted to safety belts and seats in March 2020 that apply to national permit events:

 

APPENDIX 2 – SCRUTINY – SECTION 7. SAFETY BELTS / HARNESS – 9 MARCH 2020

 

APPENDIX 2 – SCRUTINY – SECTION 20. HEADRESTS & SEATS – 9 MARCH 2020

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