A Mayo Co-driver is one of seven people who will now come under the umbrella of Motorsport Ireland’s Rally Academy until the end of 2020.
After an exhausting selection process which took place in Athlone recently, 24 co-drivers were whittled down to a final group of seven.
21 year old Lorcan Moore from Crossmolina was selected.
The selection process took a number of factors into account including; their application forms, in-car footage supplied by the applicants, an exam on the rules of the sport, their pacenote writing ability, a media interview and a more in-depth interview from experienced co-drivers.
The selected co-drivers will receive tuition from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy in all aspects of co-driving. They will get to make notes with a current top-level driver and sit in for a test in an R2 and an R5 Rally car as well as being invited to the Billy Coleman Award Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance. Crucially, the successful seven will also get first option of any opportunities that may come available and receive ongoing mentoring/support from some of Ireland's most experienced and respected co-drivers.
The other six successful applicants are: Eamonn Creedon, aged 28 from Co. Cork, Dylan Doonan, aged 21 also from Co. Cork; Conor Mohan, aged 21 from Co. Monaghan, Dean O'Sullivan aged 31 from Co. Donegal, Derek O'Brien, aged 32 and Grace O'Brien aged 31 both also from Cork..
Lorcan will no doubt be looking to emulate fellow Crossmolina native Killian Duffy who is one of Ireland’s top co-drivers, and over the years has travelled all corners of the globe and competed at the sport's highest level.
The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy is co-ordinated by Mayo man Sean McHugh and is funded by former Irish Rally Champion John Coyne, through the Team Ireland Foundation.