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In just under 4 weeks all paths will lead to the South West as the Independance Music and Arts festival takes place in Mitchelstown on the August Bank Holiday weekend. But little will everyone there know that the 2018 Limerick Motor Club sprint will be taking place only a few miles away in Glenroe.
With Limerick Motor Club running the same 2.5km course as last year with some tweaks to hopefully make the day run a little more streamlined it is bound to draw crowds of at least 20 and possibly 30 to the ditches of Glenroe.
So with everyone heading to the South West for the August Bank Holiday Weekend do you really want to be left behind? And with tickets for the Music Festival sold out the Limerick Motor Club Sprint is your last chance to be there.
High Drama for Barrett on day one
All enjoyed sunny Sunday
Willie Barrett was taking his Civic to the limit on day one of the Carlow hillclimb held in glorious sunny conditions. At the first chicane he needed some extra space so he climbed the bank at the left and proceeded on two wheels down the road dropping safely onto four wheels after a few meters. He finished third in class 2 and 12th overall.
Declan Gannon (BMW M3) finished 15th overall and was the sole entry in class 10.
Ben took his borrowed BMW M3 to 10th overall and fourth in class 3B
Father and son James and Jamie O'Rourke sharing the family Fiat Punto finished fourth and seventh in class 8 with the son ahead. They had spent the day having close shaves at the chicanes.
Also working at the event were MI safety office Kieran Ambrose and chicane judge of fact Gerard O'Connor.
Day two Sunday led to one change in the club's driver line up Joe Clifford was driving Willie Barrett's Civic, Declan Gannon chose not to drive Sunday. Gerard was on flag location 3 an interesting tight right where drivers were choosing a variety of lines.
Ben O'Brien improved to eight overall and third in class 3B. Willie Barrett was 12th overall and fourth in class 2. Jamie O'Rourke finished fifth in class 8 with his father James only 1.64 seconds behind. Joe Clifford ended up keeping the two O'Rourkes apart.
Full results below