Fisher Foundation supports rally safety training ahead of Circuit of Ireland 2015
The Fisher Foundation has proven yet again to be at the forefront of rally safety after providing safety training for marshals and volunteers prior to the 2015 Circuit of Ireland. The 80 year old Circuit of Ireland rally was part of the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship.
Europe's top rally drivers made their way through the streets of Belfast and the Northern Ireland countryside over the Easter weekend. The Circuit of Ireland Rally featured a ceremonial start at Belfast's City Hall, and stunning stages in around Strangford Lough and St Patrick's Country - where almost 74,000 spectators lined the roads before a winner was crowned at Titanic Belfast
Safety in rallying was always of paramount importance to the three times Ulster Rally winner and during the 1980s he became increasingly aware of the need for improvement in safety standards at Irish rallies. To highlight the urgency in addressing the problem, Bertie, already one of the top Irish drivers withdrew from competitive rallying in 1986 to enable him to assist event organisers in the promotion and implementation of improved safety standards.
Ivan Fisher from the Fisher Foundation said “At the heart of the Fisher Foundation is the continued support of motor safety initiatives in recognition of Bertie's long established interest in this particular aspect of rallying. This training weekend truly demonstrated the dedication and professionalism of all involved. It is great to see such important work being carried out and we were delighted to be able to support this superb rally spectacle which has truly become a hallmark event for Northern Ireland”.