The Event

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The IMSF Mondello 50 is a fundrasing event in Mondello Park on the 12th-13th of May 2018 that will encompass all facets of motorsport on the island of Ireland. What better way to celebrate 50 years of motorsport at Ireland’s only purpose built race track?

Over 2 days fans will be able to see over a dozen motorsport disciplines display their skills over a number of live arenas, all within the confines of Mondello Park. As well as live action there will be a number of displays, trade stands and special guests to keep you entertained!

Mondello Park International Race Circuit is the only FIA Licenced Motor Racing circuit in the Republic of Ireland and was opened in its original layout in 1968. Prior to the opening of the circuit all racing in Ireland had taken place on closed public roads but with safety becoming a big issue the days of the street circuit were numbered and with the demise of the last track at Dunboyne a permanent circuit was badly needed.

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Live Arenas

Live arena 1: Rallying and drifting. Ireland’s 2 most popular motorsport disciplines in 1 place! Marvel at the skills of some of Ireland’s best drivers from the comfort of the grandstand, or if you are feeling brave enough, passenger rides will be on offer. The famous turn 1 at Mondello is certain to provide some spectacular action!

Live arena 2: Rallycross, autocross, trials. Motorsport isn’t always about being neat and clean, sometimes it has to be down and dirty too! Live arena 2 caters for the disciplines that aren’t afraid of a challenge. The speed and power of rallycross and autocross cars is tempered by the steady, methodical nature of trials events, both sporting and navigational. With trials event usually taking place on quiet, private land or in the middle of the night, this will be a great chance to see these disciplines.

Live arena 3: Racing, karting, hillclimb and sprint. For out and and out speed, live arena 3 is the place to be. Race cars, karts and sprint cars will tear around this section of track touching 100mph at times!

Live arena 4: Autotesting: One of the earliest and purest forms of motorsport, auotesting is the ultimate test of precision driving. Marvel as the drivers make their cars dance in a series of complex maneuvers that will leave you scratching your head in amazement!

Display Area

In the display area, car and truck manufactures will display their latest products. Trade stands will sell their wares and a display of vintage and exotic cars will provide a captivating spectacle.

Rallying

Special Stage Rallying is the most popular form of Motorsport in Ireland and it continues to grow in popularity all the time. There are many reasons for this, one being the fact that events can last from eight hours for a single day, to as long as twenty-four hours of competition on a three-day event. This form of Motorsport evolved back in the 1950’s from what we nowadays call Navigation Rallying. Since then, it has rapidly become an Irish favourite and large crowds of spectators attend many events.

Special Stage Rallies take place on sections of open road with a 30-mph speed limit and “special stages” which are closed to the public. Events are decided by the time taken to travel a particular route. It is generally over the “stages” that events are won and lost when competitors have to drive over the closed roads as fast as they can in order to produce the quickest time. The less time you take, the fewer penalties you incur.

There are two types of Special Stage Rallies: forestry events which are held on the forest (dirt) roads and tarmac events which are held on tarmac roads.

Racing

Nowadays millions of people are ardent fans of the coverage of the Formula One Grand Prix on television. However many people do not realise that for a fairly modest outlay they too can take part in Circuit Motor Racing even if it would be at a slightly lower level!

There is nothing quite like driving a purpose-built Racing car as fast as you can alongside 20 others to get the adrenaline pumping through your veins! Racing is an exciting and vibrant sport that can be enjoyed by competitors, spectators and officials alike. However it is not all glamour, and getting started will require a little organisation on your part and a certain amount of form filling. The long road to the winner’s podium has to start somewhere!

Autocross

There are two types of Autocross events; those held on a grass surface and those that take place on a loose surface; e.g. dirt tracks or quarries.

In either case, a circuit is laid out and cars compete individually “against the clock”. If the circuit is long enough cars may be started at intervals so that more than one car is on the track at any one time. However, as the event is “against the clock”, no passing is allowed. A competitor will usually get four to six attempts to set his or her best time and the result is decided: by the total time taken in loose surface events, or by the best time for anyone run for grass surface events.

Karting

Karting in Ireland is governed by Motorsport Ireland which is part of the FIA. The FIA is the world governing body for most forms of motorsport around the world such as F1, WRC and World Rallycross.

Many F1 world champions such as Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton raced karts when they were younger and a lot of the current drivers began their careers in karts and continue to use them to keep fit. Fernando Alonso has his own kart race circuit and brand of kart.

Classes are divided up by age and kart and engine type.

  • MiniKart (6-8 years old)
  • Cadet (8-12)
  • Mini Max, Junior Max, Mini X30, Junior X30 (Varying from 11-16 depending on experience)
  • Rotax Max (16+)
  • X30 Senior (16+)
  • 125 Open (16+)

Drifting

Mondello Park International Race Circuit is the only FIA Licenced Motor Racing circuit in the Republic of Ireland and was opened in its original layout in 1968. Prior to the opening of the circuit all racing in Ireland had taken place on closed public roads but with safety becoming a big issue the days of the street circuit were numbered and with the demise of the last track at Dunboyne a permanent circuit was badly needed.

Hillclimb

Hillclimbs take place on closed roads where competitors compete to achieve the fastest time driving up a hill. The hill is usually about 1 mile long with competitors getting a practise run and 3 timed runs.

Sprints are similar type events to a hillclimb but take place on a relatively flat surface and the venue may be a closed road or a race track.

Mondello Park International Race Circuit is the only FIA Licenced Motor Racing circuit in the Republic of Ireland and was opened in its original layout in 1968. Prior to the opening of the circuit all racing in Ireland had taken place on closed public roads but with safety becoming a big issue the days of the street circuit were numbered and with the demise of the last track at Dunboyne a permanent circuit was badly needed.

Trials Bikes

Much like Sporting Trial cars, Trial Bikes are a motorsport discipline not based on speed and power. The bikes use relatively small single-cylinder engines (typically 250cc or 300cc at pro level), tuned to maximise torque and traction rather outright horsepower, so designers don’t have to try shoehorn a massive engine into the frame.

Secondly, the sport is all about balance, poise and the ability to make a motorcycle defy gravity, so bikes need to be built to be as light and manoeuvrable as possible. A lightweight, small bike is thus much more suited to being ridden over obstacles than something based on the motocross or enduro off-road machines.

Autotest

Autotests are one of the oldest disciplines in competitive motorsport in Ireland and are a real test of a wide range of driving skills. It is also one of the least expensive branches of motorsport. Each event consists of a number of tests (usually 10 or 12), that involve competitors carrying out a sequence of vehicular manoeuvres, as instructed in the test diagrams issued by the organisers. These manoeuvres include circling of pylons, “throwing” the car on the handbrake, crossing of lines and driving through slaloms, both forwards and reverse, in either first or reverse gears. Each driver is timed on each test and times are totalled to give results in each event. Whoever is quickest through the tests of the day is the winner.4×4 vehicles, even perfectly standard ones straight from the showroom, are capable of quite remarkable feats of cross-country driving.

The format of the competition is that competitors must negotiate three courses, four times, at each event. The course consists of a series of “Gates” which the competitors must pass through cleanly and without stopping. Needless to say, “Gates” will be located on the most difficult ground to test the skill of both the driver and machine.

Navigation Trials

Navigation Trials are as much a test of map reading and direction finding skills as they are competition driving. They are a relatively cheap form of Motorsport and are fantastic fun! Each competing car carries two people (the crew) consisting of a driver and a navigator. At the start of the event competitors are given a list of grid references from which they must work out the prescribed route, which can be anything from 96 to 224 kilometers in length. The crew must then travel the route adhering to a strict average speed limit of 48kph for the entire event. Along the route, there are manned time controls where you must check in. Penalties can be gained for various reasons such as arriving early or late at the controls, or for approaching from or departing in the wrong direction. The purpose of the exercise is to complete the entire route, maintaining the average speed and picking up as few penalties as possible. Night Navigation Trials take place under cover of darkness.

It has often been stated that a brilliant navigator in a well driven Morris Minor will succeed where a poor navigator in a fast car will fail. As speed is not the deciding factor of this sport, you may in fact compete in any standard road car.

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