Dean Raftery has been nominated for this year’s Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award for his performances in March and April.
The 21-year-old from Craughwell, Co Galway, drove his Honda Civic to victory in the Junior class in both the Munster and Carrick-on-Suir rounds of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship.
He finished 13th overall in the Munster event, beaten only by much more powerful cars, most of which also had the advantage of four wheel drive on the loose-surfaced forest tracks.
In 2012, Dean tackled a full season of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship, winning the Junior title, taking second place in the two wheel drive category, and also taking the Junior class in the South East Stages series.
He was chosen as a wild card selection to the final stage of the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award 2012, going on to take one of the runner up positions.
The winner of the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award receives €50,000 worth of support to contest stage rallies nationally & internationally in 2014 along with the support of Billy Coleman co-ordinator, Tom Walsh, while the two runners-up will receive free entries into a number of MI permitted events in 2014, along with co-ordinator support.