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Friday 2 December 2016

Two Lamborghini drivers on charity road-trip charged

A Lamborghini Huracan
A Lamborghini Huracan

Glamorous charity road-trip Cannonball has distanced itself from two Lamborghini drivers who found themselves in court over road traffic offences.

The annual event kicks off at the 3 Arena and takes some 175 supercars on a tour of Ireland.

Celebs including Padraig Harrington and Keith Duffy have participated in the past.

In Galway this year, two of the drivers on the tour were charged with road traffic offences.

Noel McCloskey (35), from Windsor in England, appeared before Galway District Court charged with drunken driving at College Road on Saturday, September 10.

He is due back in court again on October 17.

At the same hearing, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Ashley Hyst (27), from Eccles in Manchester, after he failed to show up in court to answer his bail.

Mr Hyst faces charges of fraudulently using the registration mark 2AY on a Lamborghini Huracan, while the correct number of the vehicle was LH16PET, at O'Brien's Bridge, Bridge Street, on September 11.

He is further charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and with failing to stop for gardai.

Organisers of the event have said that the two men in question have been "barred for life from Cannonball, and we have a complete zero-tolerance policy against drink driving".

A spokeswoman said that the arrests happened a number of hours after the Cannonball event finished.

Shocked

"We were really shocked and disappointed when this was brought to our attention," she said.

All drivers who participate in the road trip take part in a full safety briefing prior to the event and all drivers are vetted fully, according to organisers.

Mr Hyst was registered as a passenger for the event and not a driver.

"We are very disappointed that the actions of two individuals could taint this event, which has raised almost €900,000 to date for Irish charities and provides a really special free spectator experience for over 150,000 people all over the country," the spokeswoman added.

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