The International Rally of the Lakes received a major boost this week with the announcement that Michael Fassbender will participate in the May Bank Holiday event. The Killarney native will be suited and booted competing with an eagerly expected field of 160 rally cars.

No stranger to motorsport, Michael successfully competed in two seasons of the North American 488 Challenge and is currently competing with Porsche in the Porsche Cup series.

Fassbender has also taken up the role of event ambassador, fully committed to increasing the profile of this exciting event and motorsport in general.

An avid motorsport fan and a regular competitor on the racing circuits, Fassbender is looking forward to the Rally Ambassador role and supporting his home event.

“Since its inception in 1979, the Rally of the Lakes epitomises the essence of Road Racing,” he said.

“It is both an honour and a pleasure to be this year’s Rally of the Lakes ambassador.”

Clerk of the Course, Dermot Healy and his team are celebrating this milestone in style with many support events to the main event with a family friendly theme at the core.

“We are absolutely delighted that Michael has offered his support to this year’s event,” Dermot said. “His contribution in helping us promote the event will be far reaching.”

This year’s International Rally of the Lakes promises to be an exciting one with an A-list of drivers from past and present, as the Rally celebrates its 40th anniversary with the introduction of the Lakes RallyFest Ireland section. This new and innovative pre-1990 section will bring a fresh dimension to the event.

The event is the jewel in the crown of Irish rallying with breathtakingly picturesque backdrops that compare to the best rally stages in Europe.

But this year promises to be the highlight of the Irish Rallying calendar with the Killarney & District Motor Club pulling out all the stops to present a memorable event for all the family.