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Triton Showers are to become Title Sponsors of the 2015 National Rally Championship  See Statment  CLICK HERE

Link to the Triton Showers Championship Launch  Details Click Here 

Link to Events and Dates for 2015 Click Here

Link to Triton Showers Web Page  Click Here

 

Latest Championship Points 

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Triton Showers MD Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally on the recent Mayo Stages Rally Pic by Crspics.com   

 

TV COVERAGE OF DUNLOP SERIES REFRESHED BY TRITON SHOWERS
Organisers of the popular Dunlop National Rally Championship continue to fine tune the series with exposure of the eight round campaign sees Triton Showers joining the series as sponsors of the television coverage on TG4 and satellite channel Motors TV.
The extremely well-known brand has previously sponsored the Circuit of Ireland Rally, the Lurgan Park Rally and the ALMC Rally.  In addition and for the last sixteen years, Triton Showers have also sponsored the regional South-East Rally Championship.
From a competitive angle, Kevin Barrett M.D. of Triton Showers has been a long-time supporter of the Dunlop National Championship - both as a leading competitor and committee member.
The Triton brand also forms part of a three car rally team with Kevin along with Monaghan?s  Niall Maguire and Shane Maguire.  Triton Showers also supports Paul Barrett on the National Forest Rally Championship and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.?Television coverage of the Dunlop National Rally Championship is an integral part of the series and while we advertise on television, we are also conscious of brand awareness and that is why we have come on board.  The geographical spread of the championship to all four corners of the country is also very important in that respect.? said Triton Showers M.D., Kevin Barrett.    He added, ?The Dunlop National Rally Championship is a great series and its one-day format is very appealing to competitors.?
Meanwhile, Richard Talbot, Chairman of the Dunlop National Rally Championship committee remarked, ?The Dunlop Championship Committee would like to thank Kevin and Triton Showers for supporting our TV coverage for 2014 and wish the Triton Team every success for the Dunlop series in 2014 .?
The second round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, the Fel?s Point Circuit of Kerry takes place in Tralee on Sunday week next, April  6th.

 

Media Co-Ordinator,Dunlop National Rally Championship. 

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Dunlop National Rally Champions 2013 Declan and Brian Boyle being presented with the Vard Memorial Trophy by the Presentation Team of Steve Lynch Marketing & Public Relations Manager Dunlop, Wendy Vard, Richard Talbot Championship Chairman  Photo by www.crsPics.com  

 

 

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Dunlop National Rally Championship Awards Presentation Saturday November 16th 2013 Sheraton Athlone Hotel for details Click Here 

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Dunlop National Rally Champions 2013 Declan and Brian Boyle with  Laura McMenamin Dunlop Championship, Steve Lynch of Dunlop, Richard Talbot Championship Chairman  Photo Courtesy of Dunlop

 

    

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Clare Stages  Rally 2014

Entry List for Main Field of Round 7 of the  Dunlop National Rally Championship  The Clare Stages Rally Click Here 

Entry List for Juniors Click Here 

 For more info see www.claremotorclub.com 

Entries Remain Open To Enter log on to www.shannonsportsit.ie   

 

 

Dunlop National Championship Round 2 Fels Point Circuit of Kerry 

Circuit Of Kerry Winners  for 2014 Declan and Brian Boyle Subaru WRC Picture by Crspics.com  

 

 BOYLE IS KING IN KERRY

REIGNING Dunlop National Rally champions Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru WRC) took an emphatic victory in the Tralee based Fels Points Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally, the second round of the series.  Dominating all nine stages they finished a minute and 56.3 seconds in front of the Subaru WRC of British crew Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank.  The Cork/Derry duo of Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC) were a minute and 4.3 seconds further behind.Several of the top ten retired during the event, amongst them European Rally Championship leaders, Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16), who slid off the road on the fifth stage.  On the opening stage, Mount Eagle, to the east of Castleisland, Boyle was quickest - 5.5 seconds ahead of Breen with Hunter 9.7 seconds further behind in third.  James Stafford in his rear wheel drive Darrian T90 was fourth overall in a top six completed by the Subaru of Kevin Kelleher and Daragh O’Riordan (Ford Fiesta WRC).  Sam Moffett in his Fiesta that was converted to Regional Rally Car (RRC) specification, was seventh.Boyle also dominated the remaining two stages of the loop, Headley’s Bridge and Kielduff and returned to the Tralee service park with a commanding lead of 44.5 seconds.  However, the rally leader remarked that the tyre compound he had selected was far too soft.  Meanwhile, second placed Hunter reckoned his Subaru was down on power along with having fuel pressure problems during the entire loop of stages.  Kevin Kelleher (Subaru WRC) was quite happy with his third place position and opined that he had made the right tyre selection.  Hot on the heels of the Cork driver was James Stafford even though his Darrian had a transmission glitch on the second stage, he was only three tenths of a second behind Kelleher. Daragh O’Riordan changed the spark plugs after the opening stage where his Ford Fiesta WRC developed a misfire, he was a minute and 14.4 seconds of the lead.  Kenny McKinstry (Subaru WRC) was untroubled in sixth. Meanwhile, Craig Breen arrived at the service park having smashed the rear window following a heavy landing over a jump on the second stage.  The car suffered a broken drive shaft at the start of the third stage and he dropped down to seventh overall.  Sam Moffett admitted he was struggling to get to grips with the Fiesta RRC and the car was too soft.  “It’s bottoming out a lot and it is taking time to get accustomed to these controlled tyres.”  The Subaru WRC’s of Niall Maguire and Paddy McVeigh completed the top ten.Elsewhere, Roy White crashed on the opening stage and although he re-joined under Rally2, his opportunities of netting Dunlop points had evaporated.There was considerable change during the second loop, third placed Kelleher made his exit on S.S. 5 when his Subaru stopped with transmission failure.  Breen slid his Peugeot 208 T16 off the road on the same stage while Kevin Barrett, who was eleventh entering the stage, stopped with a clutch malady.  A stage earlier, Group N leader, Alan Ring retired his Subaru with gearbox problems at the beginning of the stage.Meanwhile, a trio of fastest stage times allowed Boyle extend his lead over Hunter to a minute and 26.3 seconds.  The rally leader had changed the tyres to a harder compound and also stiffened the suspension.  Hunter’s Subaru still suffered with low fuel pressure and he lost significant time on the faster sections of the stages.  An untroubled Stafford moved in the third and was followed by a somewhat downbeat Daragh O’Riordan (Ford Fiesta WRC).  Kenny McKinstry was fifth as Sam Moffett continued to acclimatise to the Fiesta RRC.  The Subaru WRC duo of Niall Maguire and Paddy McVeigh slotted into seventh and eighth respectively.  The final places in the top ten were occupied by Steve Wood (Subaru) and Mike Quinn (Escort), who led the battle of the Escorts with Killarney driver Ed Murphy just 3.5 seconds behind.  Boyle eased off on the final stage to take his second victory of the series.  Hunter claimed his first batch of Dunlop points with O’Riordan (Ford Fiesta WRC) taking third following the demise of James Stafford, who crashed out on the penultimate stage.  Kenny McKinstry in his first outing in a left hand drive car in almost six months came home in fourth place followed by Sam Moffett, who was quite pleased with his shakedown for the Circuit of Ireland Rally. Tyrone’s Paddy McVeigh (Subaru WRC) made up a few places to claim sixth place and garnered enough Dunlop points to move into second in the series.  Former triple champion Niall Maguire (Subaru) was seventh followed by British driver Steve Wood (Subaru WRC).  Killarney’s Ed Murphy (Escort) won the Modified category – his rival Mike Quinn (Escort) retired on S.S. 7 with mechanical failure.  Tommy Doyle was the top Dunlop Championship registered two-wheel drive exponent.Victory in the Group N category went to Dubliner Neil Tohill (Mitsubishi EvoIX).The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” was won by London based Mayo driver Anthony O'Brien and co-driver Aidan Gannon (Mitsubishi EvoVIII).Roscommon’s Cormac Phelan/Katja Auhl (Honda Civic) won the Junior category and the Kerry combination of PJ O'Dowd/John Young (Talbot Sunbeam) took the laurels in the Historic section. 

1. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 03m. 56.0s.

         2. H. Hunter/A. Marchbank (Subaru WRC S11) 1h. 05m. 52.3s.

       3. D. O'Riordan/T. McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 06m. 56.6s.

 4. K. McKinstry/K. Hull (Subaru WRC S14) 1h. 07m. 21.2s.

5. S. Moffett/J. O Reilly (Ford Fiesta RRC) 1h. 07m. 22.1s.

  6. P. McVeigh/G. McElhinney (Subaru WRC) 1h. 07m. 43.3s

     7. N. Maguire/Conor Foley (Subaru WRC S11) 1h. 07m. 49.4s

8. 9. S. Wood/K. Moriarty (Subaru WRC) 1m. 08m. 35.0s.

9. E. Murphy/J. McCarthy (Ford Escort) 1h. 09m. 10.6s.

 10. T. Doyle/L. Moynihan (Renault Clio R3) 1h. 09m. 13.9s

Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 2):

1. D. Boyle 40pts;

2. P. McVeigh 30 pts;

3. S. Wood 26pts.

4. T. Doyle 22 pts

=5. H. Hunter & R. White 18pts.

Media Co-Ordinator,Dunlop National Rally Championship.

 

 

Seeded Entry List for Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship The Fels Point Hotel Circuit Of Kerry Rally Sunday April 6th 2014

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Un Seeded Entry List for Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship The Fels Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally Click Here    

Round 2 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship is the Tralee based Fels Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally on Sunday April 6th,

For Regulations/entry form log on to www.kerrymotorclub.com and follow the link to on line entries or log on to www.shannonsportsit.ie   

For event updates Click Here

Declan and Brian Boyle winners  of Round one the Mayo Stages Rally

 

 

2014 Dunlop National Rally Championship Rd 1 Mayo Stages Rally

 

 Winners of Round 1 Mayo Stages Rally 2014 Declan & Brian Boyle Subaru S12B WRC.

Photo by www.crsPics.com    

 

Mayo Stages Rally Launch  

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Roisin Buckley Hotel Ballina  and Padraic Roche COC Mayo Stages Rally at the launch of the Mayo Stages Rally  Picture by Michael Donnelly www.mayopics.com

Successful Mayo Stages Rally Launch.

The countdown to the 2014 Hotel Ballina - Kennedy MotorsMayo Stages Rally is firmly on following a successful launch at Hotel Ballina, headquarters for the March 9th event. A large crowd was in attendance on Saturday night last to hear information about this year's rally from a selection of speakers, including Clerk of the Course Padraic Roche and Chairman of Mayo & District Motorsport Club Matthew Murphy.

Among those attending was Andrew Mullen, sponsor of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship, of which the Mayo Stages is the opening round. Local representatives includedBallina Town Mayor, Johnny O’Malley, Ballina Town Clerk, Carmel Murphy, Sgt Amanda Gaynor of Ballina Garda Station, members of Ballina Chamber of Commerce andcounty councillors.

Mayo & District Motorsport Club reports that a surge of competitors have entered the Mayo Stages Rally in recent days, with the entry list rapidly filling, any competitors intending to enter the rally are advised to get their entries in without delay to avoid disappointment.

Building on the success of last year’s event in Ballina, a rally festival and an array of entertainment has been organised by the Ballina Chamber of Commerce. This Festival will happen on Saturday the 8th of March 2014 from 1pm-9pm.

Full details on this year’s event, which will be the opening round of the 2014 Dunlop National Championship and the 2014 Sligo Pallets Border Championship, can be found at  www.mayomotorsportclub.com 

   

Round 1 Dunlop National Rally Championship 2014 The Mayo Stages Rally  Sunday March the 9th To View Rally Guide and  Download Regulations and Entry Form follow  Link 

 

Winners of the Mayo Stages Rally 2013 and Dunlop Champions Declan and Brian Boyle

Picture complements Joe Lagana 

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Dunlop National Rally Championship 2014.Details 

All one day events 
Recce on the eve of each event (No undue time of work 
Recce Saturday Rally Sunday )

Classes to suit all cars, Class 11 split Front and Rear wheel Drive. 

Registration can be done on the eve of a competitors first event and is free.

8 events best 6 scores to count Competitors must start 4 events to qualify 

Historic and Juniors best 4 events from 8 to count. Highest place Junior goes forward to the Billy Coleman interview stage 

TV for all events .

No need to purchase a new helmet if driving a homologated car as all events are National Events.

Intensive Social media up dates on Twitter and Facebook and on the Championship Web Site 

Standard Time cards and live results on all events with timing to a tenth of a second.
Dunlop Drive of the Day on each event for registered competitors 

We look forward to having you as a competitor for the 2014 Dunlop National Rally Championship where you will receive a warm welcome 

Rounds 2014. 
Mayo, Kerry, Carlow, Limerick Tipperary Galway Clare and Donegal 

For any queries contact Richard on 087 2680732 or e mail rt[email protected] 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunlop National Rally Championship 2014  Details 

  

 Championship Rounds

Mayo Stages Rally Sunday March 9th  Web Page   Link

 Circuit Of Kerry Stages Rally Sunday April 6th Web Page Link 

Carlow Stages Rally Sunday May 11th Web Page Link    

Circuit of Munster Stages Rally Sunday June 1st Web Page  Link

Tipperary Stone Throwers Stages Rally Sunday August 10th Web Page Link 

Galway Summer Stages  Rally Sunday August 31st Web Page Link

Clare Stages Rally Sunday September 21st Web Page Link 

Donegal Harvest Stages Rally Saturday October 11th Web Page Link   

 

    

 

 

 

 

West Lodge Hotel Bantry  Fastnet Stages  Rally Rd 8 Dunlop National Rally Championship 2013

 

 Regulations for the final Round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship The WestLodge Hotel Fastnet Rally are available at www.skibbdcc.com or you can enter on line at www.shannonsportsit.ie  

 

 

 

Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally 

Steve Wood and Keith Moriarty take the ead in the Dunlop National Rally Championship after 5 Rounds  3 Remaining Events Galway ,Clare and Donegal 

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 Dunlop National Rally Championship

On Behalf of the  

The Dunlop National Rally Championship Committee,

Our Sponsors Dunlop

Motorsportireland

Our Championship Clubs

All Dunlop Championship  Competitors

 We would like to extend our sincere sympathy  to all the Family and friends of Paddy Kiernan   Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and in particular to Gary at this very sad time.  RIP Paddy. 

      

Paddy and Paul Winners of the Dunlop Drive of the Day on the  Sligo Stages Rally Sunday July 14th 2013 

 

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On behalf of the Dunlop National Rally Championship ,Its Sponsors Dunlop, Its Committee/Competitors and Clubs  we wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Family and friends of Paul Mulcahy A true sportsman RIP. 

Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally August 11th 2013

 Details of Event and Regulations log on to http://www.tipperarymotorclub.com

Details of Rally Launch and and Press Release Click Here

Connacht Stages Rally (Sligo) Round 5 Dunlop Championship 2013

For all info Such as Seed Enrty List Time and Distance Schedule and Scrutiny Venue and Details  on this event follow on www.connachtmotorclub.com  

 

Round 2 Dunlop Nat Rally Championship Monaghan Stages Rally Sunday April 21st

 

 Winners of the Monaghan Stages Rally 2013

Sam Moffett/James O Reilly Subaru WRC S14

 Link to Club Web Page Click Here 

 

2013 Dunlop Rally Championship Round One Birr Stages Rally Feb 24th

Declan and Brian Boyle winners of Round one of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Abbeyleix Rally

Preview and Event Report Click Here Click Here  Press 

 

 

Dunlop Competitors Championship Guide will be available at Round One

 

BIRR STAGES RALLY ROUND ONE DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 SEEDED ENTRY LIST  CLICK HERE  

BIRR STAGES RALLY 2013 REGULATIONS  CLICK HERE  

TV FOR DUNLOP 2013

The Dunlop National Rally Championship will have all 8  rounds Televised on TG4, Motors Tv, Sky Sports,and Setanta Ireland for 2013.

 On the Limit Sports will again Film and produce the programmes 

The Dunlop Committee would like to thank Dunlop our Sponsors,The 8 Clubs,and MI for their support for Irelands Leading Premier Rally Championship TG4 will again have a weekly Motorsport Programme each wednesday night from March to October which will include the Dunlop Series 

Listing Dates and times to follow soon 

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Important Competitor Notice

Competitors are reminded to apply to MI now for your Licences and IRDS/BRDS if you intend competing on the Birr Stages Rally February the 24th  as cover notes will not be issued on the days prior to the event so get your application in ASAP  at least 14 days prior to when required   

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Competitor Up Date for 2013 Dunlop National Rally Championship

   

Andrew Slattery will debut the Peugeot  208 R2 in the Dunlop National Rally Championship  in 2013 This will be the Irish Debut of the "Peugeot Total Ireland Rally Team" car by the  Tipperary Peugeot Dealer.     

  

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Declan Boyle will contest the Dunlop National Rally Championship in 2013 in Ex Tim McNulty Subaru Impreza S12B The Donegal Native is a regular on the series over the last number of years and indeed won the Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive Award in 2010  

 

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Donagh Kelly & Kevin Flanagan in the Airtricity Subaru S11 will contest the Dunlop National Rally Championship 2013 

 

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Enda McCormack West Nyack New York & Martin Brady will be contesting Class 20 in the Dunlop National in 2013 Photo M Fielding

 

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Micky Carbin Evin Hughes Monaghan Evo 4 Class 20 will contest the Dunlop Nat in 2013

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James Belton /Mark Glennerster plan to contest this years  Dunlop Nat Rally Championship  

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Brian O Keeffe/Donacha O Callaghan will contest Group N on the 2013 Dunlop Nat Rally Championship

 

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Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry Plan to contest the 2013 Dunlop National Rally Championship in the Triton Showers/Maguire Transport Backed Subaru WRC  S11

 

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Rodney White /Sorcha Kelly  Talbot Sunbeam Class 13 National Rally Championship 2013

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Joe Mc Carthy/ Jason O Brien will contest class 3 in the Dunlop National Rally Championship 2013

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Dunlop National Rally Championship  Gala Awards  2012

The Dunlop National Rally Championship Gala Awards Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone  Saturday November 17th 2012

2012 Dunlop National Rally Champions Brian O Mahony John Higgins  with Laura Fuery and Richard Talbot   

 

  Richard Warbrick MD Dunlop Thomas Fitzmaurice Fionn Foley 2nd overall Richard Talbot Dunlop Chairman

Think Niall is enjoying the Evening 3rd O/A 

Richard Warbrick,Niall Maguire,Martin Walsh and Enda Sherry

Rally.ie and Dunlop MK2 Champions Frank Kelly,Brian Duggan and Liam Brennan 

Motorsportsafetyteam Group N Winners Colm Murphy.Richard Talbot and Don Montgomery 

 

Dunlop Junior Winners Bernard Foley,Alex Sinclair CEO MI and Paul Twomey

 

Dunlop Historic Champions Denis Collins,Paul Kiely,Tommy Commane 

 

M Farrell Award Winners Jonathan Pringle,James Coleman Chairman RC,Martin Byrne

 

 

Dunlop Spirit of the Championship Winner Jonny O Connor and Richard Talbot Championship Chairman   

 

  

Dunlop Drive of the Championship Winners Olivia Coen Brendan Flynn William Cavanagh 

 

DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONS 2012

Brian O Mahony/John Higgins Subaru S11

 

Round 8 Dunlop National Rally Championship Donegal Harvest Rally

2012 Dunlop National Rally Champions

L to R     ..National Rally Champion Winning Co Driver John Higgins,Laura Fuery Dunlop Registrar, Steve Lynch Dunlop,Brian O Mahony National Rally Champion Winning Driver and Richard Talbot Chairman Dunlop Championship 

 

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2nd Overall in the 2012 Dunlop National Rally Championship Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley with Steve Lynch of Dunlop and Laura Fuery and Richard Talbot Dnlop Championship

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3rd Overall in the 2012 Dunlop National Rally Championship Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry with Steve Lynch of Dunlop and Laura Fury and Richard Talbot of the  Dunlop Championship 

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Winners of the Donegal Harvest Rally 2012 Gary Jennings Neil Doherty with Laura Fuery & Richard Talbot of Dunlop Championship Photos by Dunlop and Dermot Kelleher 

  

Dunlop National Rally Championship Round 7 Clare Stages Rally

 

 Clare Stages Rally Winners and Championship Leaders Brian O Mahony and John Higgins

 

 Motorsport Safety Team Group N Championship Winners Colm Murphy Don Montgomery 

 

Dunlop Drive of the day winners and Historic Championship Winners Denis Collins Tommy Commane

3rd Overall Kevin Kelleher Ger Conway

 

2nd Overall Niall Maguire Enda Sherry with Laura Fuery Dunlop Championship

 

Dunlop MK2 National Champions 2012 Frank Kelly Liam Brennan

 

  Clare MC Committee 2012

 

COC Dermot Kelleher,Chief Marshal Gerry O Brien and Event Sponsors   

 

 See Press Page for More Details Regulations and Entry Form www.shannonsportsit.ie or download

Regs and Entry Form

Dunlop National Rally Championship Round 6 Stonethrowers Rally

Brian O Mahony / John Higgins Subaru S11 winners of the Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally Round 6 Dunlop Nat Championship

Photos Graham Chambers.com and Sean McHugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Dunlop National Rally Championship Round 5 Circuit of Munster Stages 

  Winners of the Circuit of Munster Stages Rally 2012 Colm Murphy/Dom Montgomery  with  Laura Fuery and Richard Talbot  of the Dunlop Championship Committee

   

Dunlop National Rally Championship Round 4 Carlow Stages Rally
 

 

Brian o Mahony John Higgins Winners of Round 4 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship The Carlow Stages Rally with Laura Fuery and Richard Talbot of the Dunlop Championship Committee 

                                   DUNLOP DAY 4

              O’MAHONY’S CARLOW CORKER

 Cork driver, Brian O’Mahony (Subaru WRC) and his Mayo co-driver, John Higgins took their first ever victory in a round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship on the Tullow based Mount Wolseley Hotel Carlow Rally, round four of the national series. 

 After an exciting duel with Dunlop Championship leaders, Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC), the Cork/Mayo duo emerged victorious by 14 seconds.  Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) were third – just three seconds further behind.  Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC) retired during the opening loop.

 The Modified category was won by Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort) and Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru) took a convincing victory in the Group N showroom category.

 Fitzmaurice was quickest on the opening test near Rathvilly where he posted a time two seconds quicker than O’Mahony with late entry, Wesley Patterson in his Mk. 2 Escort occupying third place – three seconds further behind and a second ahead of the Escort of Daniel McKenna.

Rally leader, Fitzmaurice reckoned there were copious amounts of gravel on the stages that made his task a little more difficult.

O’Mahony admitted he drifted wide at many junctions as he wasn’t able to slow the Subaru down.  Nevertheless, the Cork driver punched in the best times for stages two and three to lead Fitzmaurice at the Tullow service

by four seconds.  O’Mahony opined that one of the fuel pumps failed while Fitzmaurice reckoned he just couldn’t get in the groove, particularly on the third test.  Maguire in third had transmission woes and the launch control was also posing problems. 

Wesley Patterson (Escort) retired due to an altercation with the scenery on S.S. 3, meanwhile, Kevin Barrett’s Subaru failed to emerge from the third stage after a wire to the coil came adrift.

Daniel McKenna held fourth despite having to stop on the road section to replenish his Escort with oil.   Frank Kelly (Escort) had an eventful opening loop – on the first stage, he damaged the rear left rim, spun on stage two and overshot on the final stage of the loop - he was 17 seconds adrift of McKenna. 

Group N leader, Colm Murphy occupied sixth with an untroubled run while Gary McPhillips had a major spin on the opening test and couldn’t commit to his pacenotes, his Escort was a little wayward.

The final three places in the top ten were annexed by Declan Boyle, Roy White and Pat Donegan (Escort), who lost around forty seconds when he stopped to check on Wesley Patterson.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Pringle (Escort) had intercom issues on S.S. 3; Michael Curran (Escort) survived a monumental 360 degree spin; David Condell (Escort) also managed to survive unscathed after a brush with the scenery; Shay Power (Escort) spun on the first and third stages.

 O’Mahony eked a single second from the fourth stage, the top three all beat the bogey on Stage 5 and on Stage 6, the final stage of the second loop, O’Mahony traversed the stage eight seconds faster than Fitzmaurice to stretch his lead to 13 seconds.  Fitzmaurice recalled a spin on S.S. 6, meanwhile, Maguire, who was seven seconds further behind in third was still very much in the hunt.

 Frank Kelly, who admitted he had several moments on S.S. 4, moved into fourth and led the Modified category, Daniel McKenna, who was four seconds behind, was concerned about the lack of power from his Escort and rather than risk any further damage, he decided to withdraw.  Gary McPhillips (Ford Escort) was next, his Escort developed clutch troubles through S.S. 6.

In Group N, Colm Murphy (Subaru) had a substantial lead, he was 37 seconds ahead of Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi), who was equally untroubled.  Declan Boyle (Escort) was sandwiched between the duo and Sam Smyth (Escort) completed the top ten.  Roy White’s MG was misfiring although occasionally, it cleared itself.

 On S.S. 7, O’Mahony took another valuable four seconds, the leading trio again beat the bogey on the penultimate stage.  On the final test, Maguire, who had closed to within four seconds of Fitzmaurice, was quickest, however, the Monaghan man had to be content with third. 

Second placed, Fitzmaurice retains his lead of the Dunlop series as O’Mahony became the third different winner in the four rounds to date.

 Kelly survived a major moment with a chicane on the final stage to take the honours in the Modified category, the Tyrone driver extending his lead in both the inaugural Dunlop National Mk. 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category within the Dunlop series.  Kelly finished 28 seconds ahead of Gary McPhillips.   Colm Murphy (Subaru) had an untroubled run to claim the Group N category.

The top ten was completed by Declan Boyle (Ford Escort), Sam Smyth (Ford Escort), Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi EvoIX) and Tom Cave (Citroen DS3).

 The “Dunlop Drive of the Day” was won by Galway’s, Eamonn Dervan/Keith Gardiner (Ford Escort).

1. B. O’Mahony/J. Higgins (Subaru WRC) 1h. 07m. 38s.

2. T. Fitzmaurice/F. Foley (Subaru WRC) 1h. 07m. 52s.

3. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 1h. 07m. 55s.

4. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 09m. 00s.

5. G. McPhillips/D. Barrett (Ford Escort) 1h. 09m. 28s.

6. C. Murphy/D. Montgomery (Subaru) 1h. 09m. 55s.

7. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Ford Escort) 1h. 10m. 05s.

8. S.Smyth/A.Smyth (Ford Escort) 1h 10m. 57s.

9. J. Moffett/D. Lennon (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 11m. 01s.

10. T. Cave/C. Parry (Citroen DS3) 1h. 11m. 23s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 4); 1. T. Fitzmaurice 72pts; 2. N. Maguire 68pts; 3. B. O’Mahony 56pts; 4. F. Kelly 39pts; 5. D. Boyle 34pts & 6. K. Barrett 30pts.

 

 

  
Carlow Launch Night
 
DUNLOP DAY 4: 

 
CARLOW CALLS DUNLOP HALF WAY MARK 
 

DUNLOP National Rally Championship leader, Thomas Fitzmaurice in his Subaru WRC tops the entry for the Tullow based Mount Wolseley Hotel Carlow Rally on Sunday next.  The nine stage event promoted by the Carlow Car Club, marks the halfway mark of the popular Dunlop series as Kerry driver, Fitzmaurice battles to fend off the triple challenge of rivals, Niall Maguire (Monaghan), Brian O’Mahony (Cork) and Kevin Barrett (Maynooth), all in similar S11 Subaru WRC’s. 

It’s one of the most fascinating title tussles in recent times of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  Fitzmaurice, who won the opening round in Abbeyleix on his first national outing in a WRC, also won the last round in Kerry but was pushed all the way by Brian O’Mahony, who was edged out on a tie-break.

With the 2012 series consisting of eight rounds with the best six to count, there is little room for error.  Triple Dunlop champion, Niall Maguire, who won the Mayo Rally and was also very much in contention in Kerry until a puncture ended his hopes of victory, has shown a good turn of speed in 2012.  Currently the Monaghan driver is just two points behind series leader, Fitzmaurice.

 

Having come so close to taking his inaugural victory in the Kerry round of the Dunlop series, Cork’s, Brian O’Mahony (Subaru WRC), will be keen to redress the situation in the Tullow based event.  With one non-finish to his credit (he was forced to retire from the Mayo Rally when his Subaru caught fire) the Carrigaline ace knows it will be important to keep Fitzmaurice at bay. 

The final driver in the title chasing quartet, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC), fresh from his win in the recent Maze Long Kesh Festival of Speed event, is another driver to have failed to finish one of the three events to date and bearing that in mind, a top finish on the roads of County Carlow is vital to his Dunlop bid.

 

Limerick’s, Colm Murphy (Subaru) is the top seeded Group N driver as he chases the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award.  Opposition in Carlow includes Monaghan pair, Shane Maguire (Subaru) and Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi Evo IX).  Maguire bids to atone for non-finish in Kerry and Moffett, who actually picked up his first points of the Dunlop campaign in Kerry, will be expected to improve his points tally in County Carlow.

The top ten also features Clonmel’s, Roy White (MG S2000) and British driver, Tom Cave (Citroen DS3 R3), who led the British Rally Championship prior to the last round in the Kielder Forests  a few weeks ago.

 

The race for the inaugural Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category will be intense with the talented Daniel McKenna the leading entry.  The Monaghan man, already nominated for the 2012 Billy Coleman award, is astonishingly quick.  With Gary McPhillips,Wesley Patterson Frank Kelly, Declan Boyle,  Camillus Bradley, Pat Donegan, Jonathan Pringle, Sam Smyth, Michael Curran, Neil Williams, Shay Power, Gareth Lloyd, Ian Davies, Wayne Evans, Trevor Culbert and James Coleman, all on the entry, the battle for supremacy should be intriguing. 

Currently, Frank Kelly leads the category, the Tyrone driver is just three points ahead of Donegal’s, Declan Boyle. 

 

Elsewhere, the entry also includes John Hendy (Toyota Corolla), Gwyn Thomas (Ford Puma), Lloyd Hutchinson (Mini) and Joe Connolly (Ford Escort).

 

In the Historic section, Denis Collins (Ford Escort) is the number one seed while the top four drivers in the Junior section are Christopher Snow, Bernard Foley, Damien Boyle      and Padraig McCarthy, all in Honda Civics.

 

Organising Club: Carlow Motor Club.

Clerk of the Course:  Aidan Kelly.     

Rally Headquarters: Wolseley Hotel, Tullow.  Tel: 059 91 80100

First Car Away: Wolseley Hotel, Tullow 08.30. 

 

S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Rathvilly (13.70 Kilometres) 09.41; 12.19  & 14.57.

S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Clonmore (17.80 Kilometres) 10.14; 12.52 & 15.30.

S.S. 3, 6 & 9: Blacklion (15.00 Kilometres) 10.49; 13.27 & 15.30.

 

Service: 08.56; 11.34 & 14.12.



Finish Ramp: Mount Wolseley Hotel. 16.45.



Top 10 Starters:



1.    Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC)

2.    Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)

3.    Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins (Subaru WRC)

4.    Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)

5.    Colm Murphy/Don  Montgomery (Subaru)

6.    Shane Maguire/Martin McGarrity (Subaru)

7.    Josh Moffett/Domhnall Lennon  (Mitsubishi Evo IX)

8.    Roy White/James O'Brien (MG S2000)

9.    Tom Cave/Craig Parry (Citroen DS3 R3)

10.   Daniel McKenna/ TBA     (Ford Escort)


Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 3); 1. T. Fitzmaurice 54pts; 2. N. Maguire 52pts; 3. B. O’Mahony 36pts; 4. K. Barrett 30pts; 5. F. Kelly 25pts & 6. D. Boyle 22pts.

 
Media Co-Ordinator,

Dunlop National Rally Championship. 

 

Final Instruction, Time and Distance and Event info for the Carlow Stages Rally 

 

   

 
 
Carlow Stages 2012 Entry List
Car,Driver,Navigator,Make/Model,Class
1,Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley,Subaru Impreza WRC S11, 8
2,Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry,Subaru Impreza WRC S11, 8
3,Brian O'Mahony/John Higgins,Subaru Impreza WRC S11, 8
4,Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally,Subaru Impreza WRC S11, 8
5,Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery,Subaru Impreza N12, 4
6,Shane Maguire/Martin McGarrity,Subaru Impreza N11, 4
7,Josh Moffett/Domhnall Lennon,Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, 4
8,Roy White/James O'Brien,MG ZR,15
9,Tom Cave/Craig Parry,Citroen DS3 R3, 7
10,Daniel McKenna/TBA,Ford Escort Mk2,14
11,Gary McPhilips/Donal Barrett,Ford Escort Mk2,14
12,Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan,Ford Escort Mk2,14
14,Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle,Ford Escort Mk2,14
15,Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson,Ford Escort Mk2,14
16,Pat Donegan/TBA,Ford Escort Mk2,14
17,Jonathan Pringle/Martin Byrne,Ford Mark 2,13
18,John Hendy/TBA,Toyota Corolla Twincam,13
19,Gwyn Thomas/Anthony O'Conaill,Ford Puma Cosworth 4x,15
20,Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth,Ford Escort Mk2,13
21,Michael Curran/Sean Hayde,Ford Escort Mk2,14
22,Jim McKenna/Treanor Thomas,Ford Escort Mk2,14
23,John McQuaid/Seamus O'Connor,Ford Escort Mk2,14
24,Neil Williams/Eurig Davies,Ford Escort Mk2,13
25,Shay Power/John Rafter,Ford Escort Mk2,13
26,Gareth Lloyd/Jim Crowe,Ford Escort Mk2,13
27,Ian Davies/Ryland James,Ford Escort Mk2,13
28,Wayne Evans/Sion Jones,Ford MK 2,13
29,Trevor Culbert/Ray Fitzpatrick,Ford Escort Mk2,13
30,James Coleman/Kaye Shanahan,Ford Escort Mk2,13
31,Mark Nangle/TBA,Subaru Impreza, 4
32,Paddy McVeigh/Stephen O'Hanlon,Subaru Impreza N12B, 4
33,Lloyd Hutchinson/Kevin Flanagan,Austin Mini Cooper S, 9
34,Keith Power/TBA,Renault Clio, 6
35,Neil Tohill/Gerard Tohill,Mitsubishi Evo 9, 4
36,Enda McCormack/Martin Brady,Mitsubishi Evo 9,15
37,Eamon Dervan/Keith Gardiner,Ford Escort Mk2,13
38,John Nolan/John Smithwick,Ford Escort Mk2,13
39,Enda McNulty/Paul Sheridan,Ford Escort Mk2,13
40,Ian Gunning/Fred Holmes,Ford Escort Mk2,13
41,Joe Connolly/John J Connolly,Ford Escort RS Mk2,14
42,John Hade/Sharon Nolan,Ford Escort,13
43,David Condell/Eamonn Hayes,Toyota Starlet RWD,13
44,Graham Kelly/Fergal Kelly,Ford Escort Mk4,13
45,Johnny Curran/Mikey Walsh,Ford Escort Mk2,13
46,Ryan Loughran/James McCarville,Ford Escort Mk2,11
47,Neil Pierce/Enda O'Leary,Honda Civic,11
48,Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden,Toyota Corolla Twincam,11
49,Stephen Greaney/Kieran Feeney,Citroen C2 R2, 6
50,Joey Carroll/Mark Kirwan,Citroen C2,11
51,Pat Price/Stephen Price,Subaru Impreza N12B, 4
52,Eoin Woods/Cathal McGrath,Ford MK11,13
53,Alan Commins/James Commins,Peugeot 205 RWD,12
54,Vincent Collins/Fintan Kilroe,Ford Escort Mk2,12
55,Johnny Murphy/Martin Nolan,Ford Escort Mk2,13
56,Wyn Thomas/TBA,Ford Escort,12
57,Russell Dagge/Bruce Burges,Ford Escort Mk2,11
58,Niall Fortune/Brian Kirwan,Ford Escort Mk2,13
59,Mark Kane/Colin Fitzgerald,Ford Escort Mk2,13
60,Liam Bowhan/Damien Connolly,Toyota Starlet RWD,13
61,Martin McLaughlin/Danny McLaughlin,Ford Escort,11
62,James Dunphy/Tommy Slattery,Honda Civic, 2
63,William Hamilton/Peter Curran,Mitsubishi Evo 9, 4
64,Billy Hayes/Pat Knox,Honda Civic Type R, 3
65,Sean O'Carroll/Ian Stanley,Ford Escort Mk2,13
66,Jonathan O'Callaghan,Ella Ryan,Peugeot 106 GTi,11
67,Paddy Kiernan/Darren O'Brien,Ford Escort,10
68,Michael Carbin/TBA,Peugeot 205 GTi,10
69,PA Bellew/Andres Reid,Ford Escort Mk2, 9
70,Shane Googan/John Hennessey,Ford Escort Mk3 G3,13
71,Moss Fitzgerald/Alistair Wyllie,Toyota Corolla GT,11
72,Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs,Ford Puma S1600, 6
73,Roger Donnan/Pierce Doheny,Ford Puma, 6
74,Timmy Ahern/Tim Leahy,Honda EG6,11
75,Paul Doyle/Philip Duggan,Ford Escort Mk2,12
76,William Walsh/Brian O'Keeffe,Toyota Corolla,11
77,Leo Doyle/TBA,Ford Escort Mk1,12
78,Larry Brady/Anthony Brady,Ford Escort Mk2,13
79,Ciaran Cloke/David Crean,Peugeot 306, 7
80,Hugh Jones/Llion Williams,Ford Escort Mk2,13
81,Trevor Hutton/Clint Hutton,Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7,15
82,Sean Moran/Keith Moriarty,Toyota Corolla Twin Cam,13
83,Stephen Rushe/Conor Hagan,Ford Escort Mk2,10
84,John O'Donnell/Philip McDonald,Peugeot 205 RWD,10
85,Michael Dowling/David Dowling,Ford Escort,12
86,Ken Treacy/Martin Comerford,Peugeot 206 GTi, 9
87,Eamonn Dowling/Sarah Dowling,Ford Escort Mk2,12
88,Kenneth Corrigan/Michael Connolly,Ford Escort Mk2,11
89,Allen Buckley/John Masterson,Suzuki Swift GTI, 9
90,Maurice Greaney/TBA,Honda Civic, 6
91,Gareth Owens/Gethin Sollis,Ford Escort Mk2,12
92,David Geraghty/Lisa O'Dowd,Ford Escort G3,11
93,John Bonner/Rory Kennedy,Ford Escort Mk2,11
94,Thomas Lynch/Stephen Delaney,Honda Civic EK4, 6
95,Enda Gerety/Jeff Case,Honda EG6,11
96,Edward McNamara/Padraig Raggett,Honda Integra, 7
97,Paul Woods/Philip Woods,Honda Civic, 3
98,John Lynch/Brian Kirwan,Citroen C2, 6
99,Brendan Curran/Shane Curry,Ford Cosworth 4x4,15
100,John Kelly/TBA,Peugeot 106 GTi, 6
101,Edward Kelly/Paul Kelly,Peugeot 106 GTi, 6
102,Paul Lacey/Arthur Walshe,Ford Escort Mk3 G3,13
103,Andrew Leacy/Niall Whitty,Toyota Corolla,11
104,Steven McCabe/Moroney Carrie,Ford Fieata rwd,11
105,John Kenny/TBA,Ford Escort Mk2,13
106,Chris Cullen/Derek Byrne,Ford Puma, 5
107,Andy Nash/TBA,Honda Civic EK4, 2
108,Michael Nevin/David Forde,Ford Escort Mk2,10
109,Colin Davies/Katie Davies,Ford Escort Mk2,10
110,Oliver Stanley/Michael Hennessey,Ford Focus,13
111,Tony Canny/David O'Brien,Ford Escort Mk2,13
112,P O'Shea/R Hennessy,Ford Escort Mk2,10
113,Bobby Hennessy/Sarah Jane Stamp,Honda Civic,11
114,Richard Dalton/Alex Wilsdon,Honda Civic, 2
115,Simon Monaghan/John Moran,Honda Civic,11
116,Eoin Neville/TBA,Honda Civic, 2
117,Joe Moffitt/Fint Byrne,Honda Civic, 3
118,Paudie Casey/Tony McCarthy,Toyota Corolla Twin Cam,13
119,ED Colton/Claire O'Mahony,Chrysler Avenger,10
120,Stephen Brennan/John Rooney,Honda Civic Vtec,11
121,Cyril Kerr/Peter Keohane,Ford Escort Mk2,11
122,Michael Conroy/Patrick Duffy,Peugeot 106 GTi, 2
123,Billy Watchorn/James Clynch,Peugeot 106 GTi, 2
124,Pat Delaney/Willie Fitzpatrick,Talbot Sunbeam,10
125,Pierce Doheny/Damien Lawlor,Opel Corsa,10
126,Michael Ormond/Declan Grogan,Honda Civic, 3
127,John Murphy/Niall Fitzpatrick,Ford Escort Mk2,12
128,Michael McNamara/Graham Amond,Ford Escort Mk2,11
129,Dario Tempesta/Aidan (axe) O'Dwyer,Vauxhall Nova, 1
130,Brendan Furlong/Brendan Kearns,Peugeot 205 GTi,10
131,Darragh O'Brien/Niall O'Brien,Peugeot 205 GTi,10
132,Steven Scallon/Tadhg Doyle,Honda Civic Type R,11
133,Seamus Flynn/Ian Munnelly,Ford Focus,11
134,Liam O'Neill/Declan O'Neill,Ford Mark 2,10
135,Martin Hendrick/TBA,Vauxhall Nova, 9
136,Kieran O'Sullivan/Patrick O'Gorman,Peugeot 205 GTi,10
137,Jimmy Doyle/Andrew Griffin,Toyota Starlet RWD,10
138,James Furlong/Mark Furlong,Talbot Sunbeam,10
139,William Tutty/Thomas Tutty,Peugeot 205 GTi,10
140,John Barry/David Busher,Austin Mini Cooper, 9
141,Thomas Abbey/Lee Kavanagh,Opel Corsa, 9
142,Dan Gorman/Luke McRedmond,Ford Escort Mk2,13
143,Pat Delaney/Paddy Brady,Peugeot 205 RWD,13
144,Kieran Guinan/Alan Higgins,Ford Escort Mk2,12
145,Adrian Cannon/TBA,Honda Civic, 2
Historic
H1,Denis Collins/Tommy Commane,Ford Escort,18
H2,Philip McKibbin/Padraig Brick,Ford Cortina,18
H3,PJ O'Dowd/TBA,Talbot Sunbeam,18
H4,Richard Mauger/Steve McNulty,Ford Escort Mk2,18
Juniors
J1,Christopher Snow/Sean Brunton,Honda Civic,16A
J2,Bernard Foley/Paul Twomey,Honda Civic,16A
J3,Damien Boyle/Joseph Boyle,Honda ,16A
J4,Padraig McCarthy/Eoghan McCarthy,Honda Civic,16A
J5,John O'Connor/Gerard Conway,Citroen C2 R2,16A
J6,David Roche/Thomas Roche,Honda Civic,16A
J7,Andy Hayes/Billy Collins,Citroen Saxo VTS,16A
J8,James Bradley/Maria Kehoe,Honda Civic,16A
J9,David Carmody/TBA,Honda Civic,16A
J10,Andrew Ryan/TBA,Peugeot 106 Cup Car,16A
J11,Shane Hade/Luke Hade,Toyota Corolla RWD,16A
J12,Shay Delaney/Alan Maloney,Vauxhall Nova,16A
J14,Richard Moore/Richard Cleary,Honda Civic eg6,16A
J15,Padraig Deasy/Edel McCarthy,Nissan Sunny,16
J16,Seamus Heaney/Michael Culleton,Honda Civic,16
J17,Eamonn Bates/Jason Stafford,Suzuki Swift GTI,16
J18,Dean Raftery/Aileen Kelly,Honda Civic EK4,16
 

Dunlop National Rally Championship 2012 News

DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP BEAMING ON TG4

Irish motorsport has stepped up a gear and each week from now until late October will be beamed around the country on TG4 thus increasing the profile of the sport that also provides a significant boost to the economy of the region where the rally takes place.  The Motorsport Ireland Show is a new weekly 30 minute programme aired on TG4 on Wednesday nights at 11pm.  This week’s programme features the recent third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, the Circuit of Kerry.

 That event ended in dramatic circumstances when local ace, Thomas Fitzmaurice (Subaru WRC) edged out his Cork rival, Brian O’Mahony (Subaru WRC) on a tie-break after the end of an action packed eight stage event over the roads around Tralee. 

The eight round Dunlop series is developing into one of the most exciting championship battles in recent years with former Dunlop champion, Niall Maguire and Dunlop regular, Kevin Barrett, like Fitzmaurice and O’Mahony, also driving S11 Subaru WRC’s. 

The race for the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award, the inaugural Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy, the rally.ie award for the top two-wheel drive competitor and the Dunlop Junior Rally Championship ensure there is plenty of variety in the action packed 30 minute programme.

 The transmission dates for the remaining five rounds of the Dunlop series are as follows: Carlow - May 23; Circuit of Munster – June 20; Tipperary Stonethrowers – August 29; Clare October 3 and Donegal – October 31.

 Meanwhile, along with the coverage of the Dunlop series, rounds of the Irish Tarmac Championship and the Valvoline National Forestry Championship will also be transmitted on Wednesday nights between now and the end of October.

 Alex Sinclair, Chief Executive of Motorsport Ireland, believes this is an important step forward for the sport.  “To be able to offer a quality weekly motorsport programme to Irish supporters is a huge step forward for the sport in Ireland.  This will help give exposure to the sport at all levels and hopefully this will entice more sponsors to motorsport that in turn will sustain the sport and help it to grow further over the coming years.”   He added, “We are indebted to our sponsors, Dunlop and Valvoline, and to our clubs for their support in order to make this show a reality.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Tyndall and Mick Bracken for their assistance in putting the deal together with TG4 and for producing - free to air - some of the best motorsport imagery in the world”.

 Ronan Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sport TG4 remarked, “TG4 are very pleased to be broadcasting the new Motorsport Ireland series and to give viewers all over Ireland the opportunity to see the best motorsport events from around the country”.

 For more information log on to www.nationalirishrallychampionship.com – the home of the Dunlop National Rally Championship or www.TG4.ie   

 Media Co-Ordinator,

Dunlop National Rally Championship.

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New weekly Rally Programme on TG4 

TG4 will broadcast a weekly Motorsport Programme every wednesday night from April to October at 11pm featuring the Dunlop National Rally Championship/The Valvoline Foresty Championship and the TROA International Tarmac Championship in Conjunction with MotorsportIreland/On the Limit Sports and Rpm .

We would like to Thank TG4 for their continued support for the Dunlop National Rally Championship and this new weekly  Motorsport Programme in conjunction with Motorsportireland/On the Limit Sports and RPM. 

March 21st Birr,

March 28th Mayo,

April 18th Kerry,

May 23rd Carlow,

June 20th Limerick,

August 29th Tipperary,

October 3rd Clare,

October 31st Donegal, 

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Round 4 Dunlop National Rally Championship the Carlow Stages Rally On Line Entries are now open Link  

Round 3 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Carlton Hotel Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally  

Sunday April 1st 2012

HQ: Carlton Hotel Tralee

 www.kerrymotorclub.com 

                 

     FITZMAURICE  TAKES CIRCUIT OF KERRY ON A TIE BREAK 

The local crew of Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru) won a pulsating Carlton Hotel Circuit of Kerry, the third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, after a tie-break with the similar Subaru WRC of Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins.  
Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry, also in a Subaru WRC, were 32 seconds further behind in third.  It was the fifth time in recent history that the rally was won in such circumstances.  
Meanwhile, Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort) won the Modified category to move into the lead of both the inaugural Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category.
Victory in the Group N showroom class went to Eugene Meegan/Brian Sharkey (Mitsubishi EvoX).  

On the opening stage, Headley’s Bridge, Fitzmaurice set a cracking pace to open up a lead of 14 seconds over the opposition.  Maguire was second quickest – a mere second ahead of Barrett with O’Mahony a similar time frame behind in fourth.  Barrett, second on the road, remarked that the dust from Fitzmaurice’s Subaru hung in the Kerry air and was a problem.  Maguire was untroubled as O’Mahony recalled a spin that cost him a few fleeting seconds.  Fitzmaurice topped the time sheets on Desmond’s Grave and arrived at the Tralee service park with a 23 second lead over Barrett.  Maguire was three seconds further behind with O’Mahony in fourth - 37 seconds off the lead.  
Frank Kelly (Escort) led the Modified category, the Tyrone driver nine seconds in front of his Donegal rival, Declan Boyle, they were fifth and seventh respectively split by the Mitsubishi of late entry, Eugene Meegan.  
Colm Murphy (Subaru) admitted he was a little off the pace – he was eighth – eleven seconds behind Meegan.  The final places in the top ten were annexed by Mike Quinn (Escort) and another late entry, Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi).  Quinn’s progress was stymied by brake troubles.
Elsewhere, having posted the sixth best time on the first stage, Roy White (MG S2000) slipped to 13th. when his car stalled at a junction.

Having made some adjustments to the suspension, O’Mahony proceeded to punch in the best times for the repeat of both stages to move into second – eleven seconds behind leader, Fitzmaurice, who spun and lost vital time on S.S. 4.  Maguire was third with Barrett in fourth reporting a slipping clutch.  
In the Modified section, Frank Kelly was a slender second ahead of Declan Boyle.  Colm Murphy (Subaru), who was seventh, led the Group N category – three seconds ahead of Eugene Meegan (Mitsubishi).  Mike Quinn (Escort) in ninth continued to be hampered by brake problems.  The top ten was completed by Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi).

The afternoon stages on the outskirts of Tralee served up more exciting fare.  On Stage 5, near Camp, O’Mahony and Maguire topped the time sheets, covering the stage in a time of five minutes and three seconds with Fitzmaurice, who clipped a chicane bale, a second behind as he continued to lead O’Mahony – the margin between them stood at ten seconds.  On Stage 6, O’Mahony was quickest albeit by a second to leave the deficit at nine seconds.  Maguire was just three seconds behind in third but Barrett retired when his Subaru overheated.
In the Modified category, Kelly led Boyle by four seconds with both drivers extracting the maximum from the Ford Escorts.  Group N leader, Colm Murphy slid his Subaru off the road on Stage 6 leaving Meegan at the top of the showroom category.  Mark Donnelly was sixteen seconds further behind.  Kerry drivers, Tommy Mason and Charlie Hickey, in Ford Escorts, rounded off the top ten.

O’Mahony set a scintillating pace and moved ahead on the penultimate test, he finished the stage ten seconds quicker than Fitzmaurice to move into the lead, albeit by a second with Maguire 15 seconds further behind in third.
In a dramatic final stage, Fitzmaurice was a second quicker than O’Mahony, both had the same overall time but with Fitzmaurice posting the fastest time on the final stage, he took the laurels on a tie-break.  Meanwhile, Maguire, who punctured on the final stage, was third – 32 seconds behind.

Kelly won the Modified category after a great duel with Boyle, who was six seconds behind.  Mike Quinn (Escort) was next in classification.  Group N winner, Eugene Meegan (Mitsubishi) was seventh in a top ten that also featured the Escort trio of Tommy Mason, Frank Sweeney and Charlie Hickey.  Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi) retired with transmission woes.    

There were joint winners in the Dunlop “Drive of the Day” - West Cork’s, Jason Roycroft/Nicole O’Shea (Honda Civic) and Donegal’s, Adrian Cannon/Niall Morley (Honda Civic). 
  
1. T. Fitzmaurice/F. Foley (Subaru WRC) 58m. 23s.
2. B. O’Mahony/J. Higgins (Subaru WRC) 58m. 23s.
3. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 58m. 55s.
4. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 00m. 13s.
5. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Ford Escort) 1h. 00m. 19s.
6. M. Quinn/G. McEnery (Ford Escort) 1h. 01m. 19s.
7. E. Meegan/B. Sharkey (Mitsubishi) 1h. 01m. 48s.
8. T. Mason/P. Doody (Escort) 1h. 02m. 44s.
9. F. Sweeney/J. Cogan (Escort) 1h. 03m. 34s.
10.C. Hickey/J. Hickey (Escort) 1h. 03m. 43s.
 
Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 3); 1. T. Fitzmaurice 54pts; 2. N. Maguire 52pts; 3. B. O’Mahony 36pts; 4. K. Barrett 30pts; 5. F. Kelly 25pts & 6. D. Boyle 22pts.
 
Thomas Fitzmaurice /Foinn Foley 1 Overall Winners

 

 

   

Brian O Mahony /John Higgins 2nd overall   

    

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           DUNLOP Round 3  Preview

    FITZMAURICE HOPING TO REIGN IN THE KINGDOM

 Local hero, Thomas Fitzmaurice (Subaru) heads up a fascinating entry for Sunday’s Carlton Hotel Circuit of Kerry, the third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  The eight stage rally is always one of the most exciting events in the Dunlop series and has ended in a tie break situation on at least four occasions including three involving current Dunlop leader, Niall Maguire.  Just two years ago, Derek McGarrity edged out Dunlop regular, Kevin Barrett.

On home ground, Fitzmaurice faces his Dunlop rivals, Niall Maguire, Kevin Barrett and Brian O’Mahony, all in S11 Subaru WRC's.  

Although it’s his first season in a Subaru WRC, Fitzmaurice has made the transition very quickly - winning in Abbeyleix and recovering to take fifth in Claremorris after he was down in 85th. position after the first stage.  Running at number one poses no problems for the Abbeydorney driver. “I don’t think about it, once you put yourself under pressure you don’t perform.  We found an issue with the gearbox and how the incident in Claremorris happened.  Points wise, Mayo was a bit of a comeback alright.  I’m missing the experience, it’s a case of learning what the car can do, the likes of Niall (Maguire) and Kevin (Barrett) have that while Brian (O’Mahony) is hungry now and will go well.”    On his chances in Kerry, he remarked, “Going back over the last five years, I never had any luck in the Circuit of Kerry, on the last two occasions, I haven’t even finished.  Consistency is what wins the Dunlop championship, I would like to do well in Kerry but it is not going to come at the risk of the championship, you just got to be wise and smart.”

Kerry born driver, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC), who lost out on a tie-break to Derek McGarrity on the 2010 Circuit of Kerry, always performs well in the Kingdom.  He was very much in the hunt in Claremorris until a puncture ended his chance of taking victory.  Currently, he is in third place in the Dunlop campaign – six points behind Maguire and four behind Fitzmaurice.  

Another driver to perform well in Kerry is Monaghan’s, Niall Maguire, amazingly, he has finished in tie-break situations on no fewer than three occasions, yet, only winning on one occasion.  He travels to north Kerry as series leader.  “I’m surprised to be leading the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  Make no doubt about it, Kerry will be a tough event, Thomas (Fitzmaurice) is local and will go hard as will Kevin (Barrett) and Brian (O’Mahony).  With all of us in S11’s, it’s a great championship this year.”

Having retired from the last round in Mayo, Cork driver, Brian O’Mahony (Subaru WRC) needs a strong performance in Kerry especially as this year’s campaign is based on the best six out of eight events. 

Meanwhile, former Circuit of Kerry winner, Derek McGarrity, who was set to drive his recently acquired MINI WRC as a shakedown for next week's Circuit of Ireland, has withdrawn his entry.


Fresh from his fourth place finish in Claremorris, Clonmel’s, Roy White will campaign his MG S2000 and will be aiming for another top result.

 Limerick’s, Colm Murphy (Subaru) is the top Group N entry and having missed the last round, will be keen on making up for lost ground in the race for the Motorsport Safety Group N award. 

Meanwhile, the top ten is completed by the Ford Escort trio of local ace, Mike Quinn, Tyrone’s, Frank Kelly and Donegal’s, Declan Boyle, all looking for points in the chase for the inaugural Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category.  This has the hallmark of a fascinating battle.  Elsewhere, the entry includes John McQuaid, Jonathan Pringle, Tommy Mason, Charlie Hickey, James Coleman, Frank Sweeney and Mike Walsh, all in Ford Escorts. 

Relative newcomer, Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle, is the top Modified competitor along with Camillus Bradley, who is not competing in Kerry.  Pringle has only contested about nine rallies to date and is certainly making an impression.

Aside from Colm Murphy, the Group N contingent in Kerry features Clonakilty’s, Kevin Kelleher (Mitsubishi) and Monaghan pair, Shane Maguire (Subaru) and Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi).

Cork driver, Stephen Carey (Honda Civic) the reigning Dunlop Class 3 champion, will be competing in his 50th. rally and has been seeded at number 50 to mark the occasion.

 Organising Club: Kerry Motor Club.

Clerk of the Course:  Senan Raggett.     

Rally Headquarters: Carlton Hotel, Tralee.  Tel: 066/7199100

First Car Away: Carlton Hotel, Tralee 08.15. 

 S.S. 1 & 3: Headley’s Bridge (18.50 Kilometres) 09.21 & 11.45.

S.S. 2 &4; Desmond’s Grave (16.40 Kilometres) 09.57 & 12. 21.

S.S. 5 & 7: Bothair na Gloch (8.95 Kilometres) 14.04 & 16.06.

S.S. 6 & 8: Scotia’s Grave (9.70 Kilometres) 14.36 & 16.38.

Service: adjacent to Carlton Hotel, Tralee.  08.15; 10.34; 12.58 & 15.00.

 Finish Ramp: Carlton Hotel, Tralee. 17.02.

 Top 10 Starters:

 1.    Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC)

2.    Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)

3.    Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)

4.    Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins (Subaru WRC)

5.    Derek McGarrity/James McKee (MINI WRC) ***** WITHDRAWN

6.    Roy White/James O/Brien  (MG ZR)

7.    Colm Murphy/Don  Montgomery (Subaru)

8.    Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery  (Ford Escort)

9.    Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort)

10.   Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle  (Ford Escort).

 

 

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Circuit of Kerry Winners 2011

Darren Gass / Enda Sherry

Subaru S11 WRC 

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    Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry Winners of Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship the Mayo Stages Rally  2012        

       

                     DUNLOP DAY 2:

            MAGUIRE WINS IN CLAREMORRIS

 IN an exciting finish, Niall Maguire and co-driver, Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) won the McWilliam Park Hotel/Fleet Transport Magazine Mayo Rally, the second round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  They finished nine seconds ahead of the similar car of Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally with the Mitsubishi of Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan a further   44 seconds behind in third.  Pre-event Dunlop series leaders, Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC) made a great recovery, 85th after the opening stage, they finished fifth. 

Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Escort) won the Modified category.

 Last year’s winner, Barrett led after the opening test although Seamus Leonard posted a time five seconds quicker, he was late at the stage arrival control as tried to solve a misfire on the road section.  Eventually, he replaced the plugs and the situation was sorted but he was penalised three minutes that actually dropped him to 96th. in general classification after the completion of the stage. 

Pre-event Dunlop series leader, Thomas Fitzmaurice (Subaru WRC) spun and lost almost two minutes and ended the stage down on 85th. place Brian O’Mahony, third on the road, lost some ten seconds at the stage start when his Subaru stalled twice, he lost more time when he encountered the stricken Subaru of Fitzmaurice. 

Prior to the ceremonial start, O’Mahony had to change the propshaft, he finished the stage in ninth place - 27 seconds behind rally leader, Barrett.  Meanwhile, Donagh Kelly was impressive and slotted his Mitsubishi into second place – six seconds off the top and three ahead of Niall Maguire. 

Roy White (MG S2000) was fourth with Shane Maguire (Subaru) and Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) completing the top six.  Josh Moffett slid his Mitsubishi off the road.  O’Mahony gleamed five seconds off leader Barrett on the second stage and the pair shared the same time on the third stage where Leonard set the fastest stage time.

 At the Claremorris service, Barrett recalled an overshoot on the second test as he led Donagh Kelly by 15 seconds, the latter had a brush with a bank on the third stage at Knock.  Third placed Maguire, who was five seconds behind Kelly, opined that he just could not get into the groove and could not find a reason, although he did remark that he was braking far too early at the various.  O’Mahony was fourth with fifth placed Roy White (MG S2000) reckoning that he was lacking in confidence due to his indiscretion in the opening Dunlop round in Abbeyleix.

Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) experienced a major moment on the third stage.  Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) was the top Modified competitor although he reckoned he lost time with a misfire on the final stage of the loop.  The top ten was completed by the Mk. 2 Escorts of Frank Kelly, Camillus Bradley and Pat Donegan.

Fitzmaurice and Leonard climbed to 18th. and 34th. respectively but Shane Maguire dropped to last, his Subaru had fuel pump troubles.

 Out on the second loop, Niall Maguire (Subaru ) made a vast improvement - due principally to a change of tyres.  The Monaghan man was quickest on S.S. 5 while Leonard set the best time on both the fourth and sixth stage.  At the final service halt, Maguire and Barrett shared top spot.  Third placed Kelly remarked that as the road conditions dried out, he was losing touch with the more powerful cars of his rivals, the Donegal driver was sixteen seconds off top spot. 

Meanwhile, Brian O’Mahony (Subaru) lost some forty seconds when he had to stop close to the stage finish of S.S. 4 due to a fire.  Although the Cork driver was able to finish the stage and start the fifth test, he was forced to stop when the fire re-ignited.  At the service halt, it was detected that oil had seeped from a crack in the gearbox casing and it dropped on to the turbo causing the fire.

Both Fitzmaurice and Leonard continued to charge through the leaderboard and were sixth and ninth respectively. A delighted Roy White (MG S2000) stated that he enjoyed the second loop, he was fourth with Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) fifth despite a spin on S.S. 4 that cost him some twenty seconds.  Seventh placed Declan Gallagher continued to be hampered by the misfire in his Toyota Starlet.  Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle, who has only competed in about nine rallies, completed the top ten.  Retirements included Frank Kelly (crash) and Declan Boyle (fuel pump).

 Barrett eked two seconds from S.S. 7 but punctured three kilometres from the finish of the penultimate test with Maguire taking a five second lead.  The Monaghan driver sealed victory with fastest time on the final stage to win by nine seconds and move into the lead of the Dunlop Rally Championship. 

Elsewhere, Kelly took third with White untroubled in fourth.  Fitzmaurice completed his recovery to take fifth.  Bustard survived a major moment over a big jump while Bradley, the top two-wheel drive exponent, clipped a rock and damaged a rim on S.S. 7. 

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” was won by Donegal’s, Mark Ewing/Graham Henderson (Honda Civic).

 1. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC)1h. 11m. 30s.

2. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 11m. 39s.

3. D. Kelly/K. Flanagan (Mitsubishi) 1h. 12m. 23s.

4. R. White/J. O’Brien (MG S2000) 1h. 13m. 20s.

5. T. Fitzmaurice/F. Foley (Subaru WRC) 1h. 13m. 26s.

6. T. Bustard/K. Bustard (Mitsubishi) 1h. 13m. 57s.

7. S. Leonard/J. McCafferty (Subaru WRC) 1h. 14m. 06s.

8. C. Bradley/C. Henderson (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 40s.

9. P. Barrett/P. Ward (Ford Escort) 1h. 15m. 13s.

10. J. Pringle/M. Byrne (Ford Escort) 1h. 15m. 20s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 2); 1. N. Maguire 36pts; 2. T. Fitzmaurice 34pts; 3. K. Barrett 30pts.

 

Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally 2nd Overall Mayo 2012.

Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan 3rd Overall Mayo 2012.

 

Roy White/James O Brien 4th Overall Mayo

 

Trevor & Kenny Bustard Winners of Dunlop Group N and 6th Overall Mayo 2012 

 

 Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson 2 Wheel Drive Winners and 8th Overall  Mayo Stages Rally 2012  

Dunlop Drive of the Event Winners Mark Ewing/Graham Henderson  with Laura Fuery and Richard Talbot Dunlop Championship

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         Mayo Stages Rally Preview

     Winners of Mayo Stages Rally 2011

CLAREMORRIS AWAITS DUNLOP  CONTENDERS

 THE second round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, the McWilliam Park Hotel/Fleet Transport Magazine Mayo Rally features no fewer than six World Rally Cars in a competitive top ten that will go head to head over nine testing stages in the Balla/Kiltimagh region of the county.

 Top seed, Kevin Barrett in his Subaru WRC will be determined to get his Dunlop title bid back on track after finishing a disappointing sixth on the opening round in Abbeyleix at the end of last month.  The Maynooth driver won the Mayo event last year, beating his Dunlop nemesis, Niall Maguire by 51 seconds, no doubt he will try and replicate that form to bring an end to his Dunlop drought - his last and only win in a round of the Dunlop series came at the Galway Summer Rally in 2010.  “I picked the wrong tyres for the opening loop in Abbeyleix and when you drop that kind of time there is no way back.  In reality, what we saw in the opening round is that Thomas (Fitzmaurice) has got on to the car very well while we all knew that Brian (O’Mahony) would be quick. Along with Niall, Seamus Leonard and Aaron MacHale it will make for an interesting day.”

 Opening round sensation, Kerry’s, Thomas Fitzmaurice in the ex-Valentino Rossi/Patrick Elliott Subaru S11 will start from the number three slot as leader of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  “It won’t be easy, the stages in Abbeyleix suited me, you can take that kind of pace from Group N.  If the stages are technical, then Kevin (Barrett) and Niall (Maguire) will be hard to beat, they are familiar with the one-day events.  I was surprised with myself in Abbeyleix.  I knew Brian (O’Mahony) was going to be quick and to be honest, tyre choice cost him the rally.  You can be sure that won’t happen again.”

 The Abbeyleix Rally was a great contest between Fitzmaurice and his Cork rival, Brian O’Mahony, also in a Subaru S11.  Tyre choice proved crucial on that event and no doubt, both will be eager to take victory in the west of Ireland.  O’Mahony will have his Mayo co-driver, John Higgins calling the pacenotes and hoping for a win in his local event.

 Former triple champion, Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) wasn’t that far off the pace in Abbeyleix, he lost time with a puncture and the Monaghan man will be intent on ensuring he will be an integral part of the battle in Mayo.  It will be interesting to see how series interloper, Seamus Leonard (Subaru WRC) will fare against the opposition over the nine stages. 

 Meanwhile, former Dunlop champion, Aaron MacHale, who won the title in 2007 has withdrawn his entry as his ’03 Ford Focus WRC will not be ready in time.

 Monaghan’s, Daniel McKenna (Ford Escort) has also withdrawn his entry leaving Frank Kelly, leader of the Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category as the top Modified competitor.

  The top ten seeded list is completed by Clonmel’s, Roy White (MG S2000), who crashed out on the opening round in Abbeyleix after making a good impression on the opening stage, will be intent on making amends.

 Elsewhere, the Mayo entry includes the Group N cars of Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi), Shane Maguire (Subaru), Donagh Kelly (Mitsubishi) and Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi) while the Modified category in reinforced by Camillus Bradley, Pat Donegan, Mickey Conlon – all in Ford Escorts and the Toyota Starlet of Declan Gallagher.

 Organising Club: Mayo & District Motorsport Club.

Clerk of the Course: Padraic Roche.     

Rally Headquarters: McWilliam Park Hotel. Claremorris. Tel: 094 93 78000

 First Car Away: McWilliam Park Hotel. 08.50. 

 S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Craggagh Hill (12.8 Kilometres) 09.33; 12.28 & 15.23.

S.S. 2, 5 7 8: Thorn Hill (13 Kilometres) 10.04; 12.59 & 15.54.

S.S. 3, 6 & 9: Eden (14.3 Kilometres) 10.49; 13.44 & 16.39.

 Service: adjacent to McWilliam Park Hotel: 09.05; 11.35 & 14.30.

 Finish Ramp: McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. 17.15.

 Top 10 Starters:

 1. Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)

2. Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC)

3. Brian O'Mahony/John Higgins (Subaru WRC)

4. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)

5. Seamus Leonard/John McCafferty (Subaru WRC)

6. Aaron MacHale/Brian Daniels (Ford Focus WRC) - withdrawn

7. Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort)

8. Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort)

9. Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Escort)

10. Roy White/James O’Brien (MG S2000)

   

For all up dates and news including Entry List and Time and Distance Schedules for Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship The Mayo Stages Rally  follow the Link  

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WINNERS OF ROUND 1 OF THE  DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY  CHAMPIONSHIP  BIRR STAGES RALLY 2012

 

 Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley Winners of Round 1 Birr Stages Rally  2012  

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FITZMAURICE NETS FIRST VICTORY IN THRILLING FINISH
 
THE opening round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Rally, was won by the Kerry crew of Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Subaru WRC).  In an absorbing tussle through all nine stages, they finished 17 seconds ahead of the Cork/Mayo combination of Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins, also in a Subaru WRC.  Monaghan’s, Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) were third – 44 seconds further adrift.
The Group N category was won by Robert Barrable/Dermot O’Gorman (Skoda Fabia S2000) and Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort) took victory in the Modified section.
 
Fitzmaurice (Subaru WRC) made a great start and punched in the best time on the opening stage – three seconds ahead of both Brian O’Mahony (Subaru WRC) and Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC), who tied for second.  Robert Barrable (Skoda Fabia S2000) was fourth – eight seconds further behind and two ahead of the MG S2000 of Roy White.  Colm Murphy (Subaru) held sixth overall.  Late entry, Garry Jennings lost front brakes and then stalled the ex-Donnelly Toyota Corolla WRC and became the first major retirement when it wouldn’t re-start. 
Fitzmaurice also set the pace on the second stage while O’Mahony dominated the time sheets on the final stage of the loop.  At the Rathdowney service halt, Fitzmaurice held a seven second advantage, like all the other drivers he remarked on the extremely slippery nature of the stages.  A spin on the third stage illustrated the slippery conditions.  O’Mahony took sole occupancy of second place with Barrable moving into third – nine seconds further behind.   Maguire stalled his Subaru on the final junction of the third stage, nevertheless, he held fourth – a mere second behind Barrable.  Murphy slotted into fifth from the Mitsubishi of Sam Moffett, who was 27 seconds behind the Limerick driver. 
Top seed, Kevin Barrett struggled in the conditions, a hard slick was certainly not the correct tyre choice.  Frank Kelly, who led the Mk. Escort brigade despite an overshoot and a full 360 degree spin on the third stage, was eighth overall.  The Group N cars of Josh Moffett and Shane Maguire completed the top ten.
Meanwhile, Roy White crashed his MG S2000 out of the rally on the second test, a stage later, overseas driver, Steve Simpson, who had an altercation on the opening stage, went off the road and out of the rally.
 
The battle between Fitzmaurice and O’Mahony was intense over the second loop.  The Kerry driver increased his lead to eight seconds after Stage four even though he had a major moment.  O’Mahony was quickest through the remaining two stages to trim the deficit to five seconds.  Maguire lost time with a puncture on the fifth stage but remained in third, albeit 27 seconds behind O’Mahony.  Barrable retained fourth from Colm Murphy, who was probably the only driver looking for wet conditions.
Barrett was pleased with his performance through the second loop, he was sixth.  Sam Moffett was another driver happy with his performance, he admitted to being off the pace on the opening loop.
 
Meanwhile, Kelly continued to set a cracking pace in the Modified category as he held a 31 second lead over Mike Quinn.  The final place in the top ten was annexed by Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi).  Declan Boyle (Escort) and Jonathan Pringle were just outside the top ten, the latter, seeded at 44 was worried about his Escort’s head gasket.
 
On Stage 7, Fitzmaurice and O’Mahony shared the same time but the Cork driver lost around eight seconds when his Subaru drifted against a bank as he exited an intricate junction.  Remarkably, the top three set identical time on the penultimate stage leaving Fitzmaurice with a five second advantage entering the final stage.
In a thrilling finish, tyre choice proved crucial as Fitzmaurice took victory by a margin of 17 seconds.  The 38 year old, who netted his first win said, “I enjoyed the first loop, then I had a big moment on the fourth stage.  I really nailed it on the last stage, I gambled on tyres and it paid off.  This win didn’t come easy, Brian (O’Mahony) really pushed me to the limit, I was race fit from Galway.”
Obviously disappointed, O’Mahony was still delighted to have got 18 Dunlop championship points.  “I drove hard on S.S. 7 but then the tyres went off on the final stages, especially on the final stage.” 
Former triple champion, Niall Maguire was third and Barrable, who admitted the fast stages didn’t suit his Skoda S200, was fourth.  Colm Murphy (Subaru) finished fifth.  Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett took the Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award, he made the most improvement on his opening stage loop times.
Driving a 2.5 Vauxhall engine Escort, Frank Kelly dominated the Modified section. The top ten was completed by Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) and the Escorts of Declan Boyle and Mike Quinn.
 
Kerry’s, PJ O’Dowd/John Young (Sunbeam) won the Historic category and victory in the Junior section went to Richard Moore/Richard Cleary (Honda Civic).
 
 
1. T. Fitzmaurice/F. Foley (Subaru WRC)1h. 15m. 59s.
2. B. O'Mahony/J. Higgins (Subaru WRC) 1h. 16m. 16s.
3. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 1h. 17m. 00s.
4. R. Barrable/D. O’Gorman (Skoda Fabia S2000) 1h. 17m. 16s.
5. C. Murphy/D. Montgomery (Subaru) 1h. 17m. 34s.
6. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 18m. 36s.
7. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 18m. 47s.
8. S. Moffett/J. O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) 1h. 19m. 01s.
9. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Ford Escort) 1h. 19m. 22s.
10. M. Quinn/G. McEnery (Ford Escort) 1h. 19m. 31s.
 
Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 1): 1. T. Fitzmaurice 20pts; 2. B. O’Mahony 18pts; 3. N. Maguire 16pts; 4. R. Barrable 14pts; 5. C. Murphy 13pts; 6. K. Barrett 12pts & 7. F. Kelly 11pts.
   
 Media Co-Ordinator,
Dunlop National Rally Championship.
2nd Overall Brian O Mahony/John Higgins Subaru WRC S11.
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  Dunlop National Mk2 Champions Trophy Leaders Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan

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         DUNLOP CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS

8 ROUND CHAMPIONSHIP

COMPETITORS TO COUNT BEST 6 SCORES 

COMPETITORS MUST START 4 EVENTS TO QUALIFY

AT LEAST ONE OF WHICH MUST BE IN EACH REGION

REGION ONE,

BIRR,MAYO,CARLOW,DONEGAL

REGION TWO.

KERRY, LIMERICK, TIPPERARY,CLARE   

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NEW FOR 2012 "DUNLOP MK2  CHAMPIONS TROPHY" IRELANDS FIRST NATIONAL MK2 TITLE ...

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NEW FOR 2012 DUNLOP NATIONAL HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIP

BEST 4 SCORES FROM THE 8 EVENTS WITH COMPETITORS COMPETING ON THE FIRST 6 STAGES OF EACH EVENT 

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DUNLOP  JUNIORS CHAMPIONSHIP 

 BEST 4 SCORES FROM THE FOLLOWING 6 EVENTS

Birr,Kerry,Carlow,Tipperary,Clare, Donegal.

Regions not required for Juniors

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DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP READY TO SPRING INTO ACTION

 THE 2012 Dunlop National Rally Championship springs into action next week with the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Rally, the first of an eight round odyssey through the four provinces of Ireland.  A revamped series with additional awards is set to ensure the Dunlop National Rally Championship continues at the forefront of Irish motorsport. 

New for this year is the Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy that will run in conjunction with all eight rounds, with the best six events to count.  The decision by the Dunlop National Rally Championship sub-committee to recognise and acknowledge this important sector of Irish rallying was the key factor in its introduction.    This year will also see the introduction of a Dunlop National Historic award, competitors in this category will be seeded with the main entry. 

Meanwhile, the rally.ie award and the Motorsport Safety National Group N award will continue to form a vital part of the Dunlop series while the Dunlop Junior Championship will be an important catalyst in unearthing the next generation of Irish rallying talent.  The winner of the Junior series will go forward to contest the Billy Coleman award that carries a prize fund worth €50,000.

Former triple Dunlop champion, Monaghan’s, Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) has signalled his intention of trying for an unprecedented fourth title while series regular, Maynooth’s, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) will be seeking his inaugural national crown. 

A new challenger, Kerry’s, Thomas Fitzmaurice will make his national debut in the ex-Patrick Elliott/Valentino Rossi Subaru WRC.  The Abbeydorney driver, who campaigned a Mitsubishi Evo IX in previous Dunlop campaigns, used the recent Galway International Rally to get accustomed to the car in advance of his Dunlop title bid.  A number of top four fastest stage times in Galway illustrated that Fitzmaurice will be a threat to the more established Dunlop contenders like Maguire and Barrett.  It is seven years since a Munster driver (Ray Breen in 2005) won the Dunlop series.

Fitzmaurice remarked, “I want to do the national series and get on top of my game. I’m really looking forward to it and I think it is going to be a good year.  I don’t know where to pitch my pace but I want to work it up as the events go along.  It is important not to get over confident with the car.  The Birr club organise a great rally. The conditions are likely to be very different than what we had in Galway.”

The 2012 Dunlop series consists of the following events: 1. Abbeyleix Rally (February 26th.) ; 2. Mayo Rally (March 11th.); 3. Circuit of Kerry (April 1st.); 4. Carlow Rally (May 13th.); 5. Circuit of Munster (June 3rd.); 6. Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally (August 5th.); 7. Clare Rally (September 16th.); 8. Donegal Harvest Rally (October 6th.).

The Dunlop Junior Rally Championship will consist of six events – all of the above with the exception of the Mayo Rally and the Circuit of Munster.

 The 2012 Dunlop series will incorporate the following awards:

1.    The Vard Memorial Trophy for the overall winning driver.

2.    The Noel Smith Award for the winning co-driver.

3.    Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy

4.    Motorsport Safety Team National Group N award.

5.    The rally.ie National two-wheel drive award.

6.    Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship.

7.    Dunlop National Historic Award.

  Report Courtsy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the Dunlop National Rally Championship 

 

2012 Dunlop National Rally Championship  Guide 

2012 Dunlop Rally Championship Guide-A5 16pg Prog 2012 (Web).pdf

Irelands Leading Rally Championship the Dunlop National  Championship  kicks into action with the Birr MC Abbeyleix Stages Rally on Sunday February the 26th based in the Abbeyleix Hotel in Co Laois  the Event is the Opening Round of the 2012 Series  and is also the opening event in Irelands First National MK 2 Championship the " Dunlop National MK 2 Champions Trophy". Also a first for 2012 will be a Historic Category with in the series to meet the growing demand for a National Historic Championship which will see a first for Historic  competitors  as they will run as part of the Main Field  on the first 6 Stages of each event.

The Birr MC run event is also the opening round of the Dunlop National Junior Championship

Link for Event Regs for Round 1 Birr Stages Rally

Link for Regs For Round 2 Mayo Stages Rally

The Championship will as normal consist of All One Day Events with Recce on the eve of each event.

All events will be filimed by On the Limit Sports and broadcast on TG4,Motors TV and Sky Sports 

All Events will have On Line Results  available .

    

 

Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely Dunlop National Rally Champions for 2011 with Richard Talbot and Laura Fuery of the Dunlop Championship Committee

 

Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity 2011 Winners of the Rally.ie National 2  Wheel Drive Award  Photo by Crspics.com   

"Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Champions .

 Sam Moffett and  James O Reilly National Group N Champions 2011 

Dunlop National Junior Champions for 2011

Johnno and Padraig Doogan

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Championship Rounds 2012

Birr Stages Rally                                 26th     February (J)(H)

Mayo Stages Rally                              11th     March  (H)

Circuit of Kerry Rally                           1st    April (J)(H)       

Carlow Stages Rally                           13th      May  (J)(H)

Circuit of Munster Rally                     3rd        June (H)     

Tipperary Stages Rally                      12th   August (J)(H)

Clare Stages Rally                             16th   September  (J)(H)

Donegal Harvest Stages Rally         13th    October (J)(H) (Saturday)

       

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POPULAR DUNLOP SERIES REVAMPED FOR 2012 SEASON  

 The 2012  Dunlop National Rally Championship is set to be ultra-competitive following a decision to reduce the series to eight rounds with the best six events to count.  In addition, a Historic category will be introduced to cater for a growing demand in this particular sector.   The decision to opt for an eight round championship was taken following discussions with the overall sponsor, organising clubs and competitors.  At present, there are fourteen different clubs involved in the popular series with four opting out each season to leave a ten round campaign with the best seven to count.    Last season, the Dunlop National Rally Championship Sub-Committee spoke with competitors and there was universal agreement - given the economic climate - that the series needed to be tweaked.  The fourteen events were divided into two groups of seven with the best geographical spread.  A “wild card” was drawn to complete the eight round series. 

The 2012 Dunlop Championship will consist of the following events:

Birr Rally (Abbeyleix)                            February 26th   

Mayo Rally                                           March 11th  

Circuit of Kerry                                     April 1st     

Carlow Rally                                         May 13th   

Circuit of Munster                                  June 3rd     

Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally                August 12th     

Clare Rally                                            September 16th   

Donegal Harvest Rally                           October 13th (Saturday)    

The success of the Dunlop National Rally Championship is built on the desire of the Championship Sub-Committee to evolve with the times thus ensuring that the Dunlop series remains at the forefront of Irish motorsport.  Speaking on the new format, Richard Talbot, Chairman of the Dunlop National Rally Championship Sub-Committee remarked, “A ten round championship is unsustainable in the current climate, this is also the view of the competitors.  A compact series will encourage more competitors to get involved and make it even more competitive.” The current Dunlop campaign will conclude with the Bantry based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally next weekend.  The presentation of Dunlop awards is scheduled for November 19th at the Clayton Hotel, Galway.  


        2012 DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP     TO  FEATURE INAUGURAL
  “National Mk. 2 Escort Champions Trophy".
 
Organisers of the Dunlop National Rally Championship have announced that this season’s series will feature a National title for the popular Mk. 2 Ford Escort that will be known as "The Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy."   This latest announcement, following consultation with title sponsor, Dunlop, follows the recent decision to revamp the 2012 campaign that will feature eight events with the best six to count.  
 
The new award completes a fascinating awards list for the Dunlop series that remains hugely popular in Irish rallying   
The 2012 Dunlop series will incorporate the following awards:

1. The Vard Memorial Trophy for the overall winner.
2. Motorsport Safety Team National Group N award.
3. The rally.ie National two-wheel drive award.
4. Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship.
5. Dunlop National Historic awards.
 
From its halcyon days in the 1980’s, the MK. 2 Ford Escort has remained extremely popular with both competitors and fans alike.   Commenting on the new award, Richard Talbot, Chairman of the Dunlop National Rally Championship Sub-Committee said, “Given the quality and quantity of Mk. 2 Escorts here in Ireland and in the United Kingdom, the new award is a logical progression to acknowledge this particular sector.   The Dunlop series is very aware of what is happening at the sharp end of the sport and we have great pleasure in inviting all the Mk. 2 Ford Escort crews to contest the series in 2012, one of which will be Ireland's inaugural National Mk2 Champions.”
 
The new series will run in tandem with the Dunlop National Rally Championship series that begins in February in Abbeyleix and will conclude some eight months later with the Donegal Harvest Rally.
The 2012 Dunlop Championship will consist of the following events:
 
Birr Rally (Abbeyleix)                     February 26th    
Mayo Rally                                    March 11th    
Circuit of Kerry                              April 1st      
Carlow Rally                                  May 13th    
Circuit of Munster                          June 3rd      
Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally        August 12th      
Clare Rally                                    September 16th    
Donegal Harvest Rally                   October 13th (Saturday)   
 
The Championship format for all the events are as follows:
 
(1) All one-day events held on a Sunday with reconnaissance on the Saturday   - with the exception of the long standing tradition of the Donegal event where the event takes place on Saturday with reconnaissance on Friday.
(2) As in the previous years we intend to have television coverage on all events - TG4 will broadcast in Ireland, the series will also be available worldwide through the satellite channel, Motors TV.
(3) A full online results service will be available worldwide for each event.
(4) Excellent pre and post event press and radio coverage for each event.
(5) Dedicated championship website covering all information pre and post event as well as championship updates and photo gallery on   http://www.nationalirishrallychampionship.com/ 
  

Dunlop  Group N Champion is Crowned  Billy Coleman Award Winner for 2011

 

2011 Dunlop Group N Champion  Sam Moffett Wins the Bill Coleman Award for 2011 

 From Left Laura Fuery Championship Registrar, Sam Moffett Billy Coleman Award Winner , Dunlop Group N Winner and 2nd Overall in the Dunlop National Rally Championship for 2011, Richard Talbot Championship Chairman, at the Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards 2011. 

Photo  By Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the National Rally Championship   

 

Dunlop National Rally Championship Awards Presentation 2011

The 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship Awards Presentation held on Saturday November the 19th in the Clayton Hotel Galway. 

      

 Richard Warbrick Dunlop, Tim McNulty Dunlop Champion,Leslie Vard, Paul Kiely Dunlop Champion,Richard Talbot Championship Chairman

The Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Stages Rally Round 10 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship 

 

2011 West Lodge Hotel Fastnet Stages Rally Winners Daragh O Riordan/Tony McDaid Subaru WRC 

 Rally.ie National 2 Wheel Drive Champions for 2011 

Wesley Patterson/ Martin  McGarrity with Richard Talbot Dunlop Championship Chairman

 Fastnet Rally  Winners Daragh O Riordan/Tony McDaid

O’RIORDAN WINS WESTLODGE HOTEL FASTNET RALLY IN BANTRY  

Report Courtsy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the National Rally Championship ,

THE Bantry based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally, the final round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship was won by Cork driver, Daragh O’Riordan (Subaru WRC) and his Derry co-driver, Tony McDaid, who fended off the challenge of Eugene Donnelly/Alan Keena (Toyota Corolla WRC) and emerged victorious by six seconds.  Local crew, Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru WRC) were third, 41 seconds further adrift. Lisburn’s, Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Escort) clinched the rally.ie award within the Dunlop series. Meanwhile, Barry Meade/Liam Moynihan (Ford Escort) were the top Modified crew, they were fourth overall.   Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll (Honda Civic) won the Group N category.   O’Riordan was quickest on the opening stage where he took an eleven second lead over Denis Cronin (Subaru WRC) with Brian O’Mahony, also in a Subaru WRC, a further two seconds behind in third.  Top seed and last year’s Fastnet Rally winner, Mel Evans was fourth – 27 seconds off the lead.  Eugene Donnelly lost well over a minute when he punctured his Toyota Corolla WRC. Barry Meade (Escort) was the top Modified performer. Donnelly punched in the best time on the second test, eight seconds quicker than both O’Riordan and O’Mahony.  O’Riordan led the event with O’Mahony second - 13 seconds behind followed by Cronin, who was a further 16 seconds adrift.  Leader O’Riordan commented on the foggy conditions while Cronin reckoned that he was a little rusty as he hadn’t competed since early June.  O’Mahony eased off a little after he thought he damaged a front suspension after a heavy landing over a jump. Donnelly moved into fourth courtesy of fastest time on the second test where Evans retired with transmission troubles.  At the Bantry service park, Donnelly said, “I punctured ten kilometres from the end of the opening test, you can drive these cars on a puncture, it was great to get fastest time on the second stage.”  Meade led the Modified section, his Escort was 19 seconds ahead of that of Wesley Patterson with the Darrian of James Stafford next in classification.  Ninth placed Frank Kelly (Escort) was concentrating on the rally.ie award where Wesley Patterson was his main rival.  The final place in the top ten was annexed by Damien McCarthy (Honda Civic).    Elsewhere, Steve Simpson reckoned his car wasn’t suited to the bumpy roads of West Cork, Tommy Doyle (Renault Clio R3) was well down the leader board as the windscreen misted over, his own spectacles were also giving a similar problem.   James Belton punctured his Subaru midway through the opening stage and lost over seven minutes.   Donnelly was quickest on the third stage near Ballylickey.  O’Mahony had a slight off road excursion and punctured a wheel, however, he lost only two seconds to O’Riordan, who led his fellow Corkonian by 15 seconds.  O’Mahony punched in the best time on the fourth test even though his Subaru was handling erratically due to the incident on S.S. 3. Having cut O’Riordan’s lead to eleven seconds, O’Mahony’s hopes were dashed as his rally ended on the fifth stage due to a broken seal in the hydraulic gear selection system.    In foggy and slippery conditions, Donnelly set the pace on stages five and six.  At the final service halt, O’Riordan held a 46 second lead over Cronin with a hard charging Donnelly a mere two seconds further behind.  O’Riordan admitted he couldn’t relax especially with Donnelly pushing hard.  Donnelly opined, “I pushed hard, especially on stage five, I came here with no expectations, I had a few moments, but we are on the pace.” Meade, who led the Modified category, was untroubled, but admitted he had to watch the pace of James Stafford (Darrian), who was 17 seconds behind.   The Escorts of Sam Smyth, Frank Kelly and Wesley Patterson were next, the latter duo were in contention for the rally.ie award within the Dunlop series, Patterson reckoned he made an incorrect tyre choice.  Damien McCarthy (Honda Civic) and Fergus O’Meara (Ford Escort) completed the top ten.   Out on S.S.6, Donnelly set yet another fastest time, on this occasion, he moved into second – 33 seconds behind leader, O’Riordan.  The penultimate test brought the Derry driver to within 22 seconds. Even though he stormed through the final stage and trimmed a further 16 seconds off the deficit, O’Riordan won by a margin of six seconds.  Cronin took third.   Meade was a convincing winner of the Modified section and even though Frank Kelly finished ahead of Wesley Patterson, the latter won the rally.ie award. O’Meara (Escort) came through to claim seventh.  Local driver, Damien McCarthy brought his Class 11 Honda Civic home in eighth place in a top ten rounded off by George Condell (Escort and Steve Simpson (Subaru). Sam Smyth (Ford Escort) had a troubled time on the final stage and slipped to 53rd in overall classification.  

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by Clonakilty’s, Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea, seeded at 36, he finished 13th. overall. 

 The Group N category was won by another local crew, Baltimore’s, Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll. 

  1.  D. O'Riordan/T. McDaid (Subaru WRC) 1h. 21m. 59s.   2.  E. Donnelly/A. Keena (Toyota Corolla WRC) 1h. 22m. 05s. 3.  D. Cronin/C. Hurley (Subaru WRC) 1h. 22m. 46s. 4.  B. Meade/L. Moynihan (Ford Escort) 1h. 25m. 51s. 5.  F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 26m. 45s. 6.  W. Patterson/M. McGarrity (Ford Escort) 1h. 26m. 47s. 7.  F. O'Meara/B. Doherty (Ford Escort) 1h. 28m. 06s. 8.  D. McCarthy/E. Hayes (Honda Civic) 1h. 28m. 19s. 9.  G. Condell/D. Stafford (Ford Escort) 1h. 28m. 50s. 10.S. Simpson/F. Curtin (Subaru WRC) 1h. 29m. 06s.  

Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 10):

1. T. McNulty 120pts (2011 Dunlop National Rally Champion);

2. S. Moffett 95pts (2011 Motorsport Safety Team Group N Champion) ;

3. K. Barrett 92pts;

4. N. Maguire 87pts;

5. W. Patterson (rally.ie champion) 85pts;

6. F. Kelly 83pts.    

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 Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive to be decided in Bantry

 The Rally.ie National two wheel drive award will be decided on the West Lodge Hotel Fastnet Stages Rally between Lisburn’s, Wesley Patterson  and his Tyrone rival, Frank Kelly both in  MK 2 Escorts.  

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 DUNLOP SERIES CONCLUDES WITH A BUMPER ENTRY IN BANTRY  

Preview Courtsy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the National Rally Championship

 THE competitive element of the Dunlop National Rally Championship comes to a conclusion on Sunday next in County Cork with the Bantry based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally, the tenth and final round of the series.  It’s a new base for this popular season finale as the Skibbereen and District Car Club switch to the maritime town on the south-west coast of the rebel county. A cracking entry featuring no fewer than seven World Rally Cars is an indication of the standing of the Dunlop series within Irish rallying.   Despite the current economic climate over 140 crews will line-up for the eight stage event in Bantry.    Former Dunlop National Rally champion, Derry driver, Eugene Donnelly is a dramatic late entry and he will be re-united with the Toyota Corolla WRC that gave him nine of his eighteen event victories in the Irish Tarmac Championship where he won the title on a record equalling five occasions.  He remarked, “It was always my intention to do something before the end of the year.  It’s a one-off for now, but it will be great to get out again on the stages.  I want to see if the two year lay-off makes any difference.  The car won’t have the pace of the Subaru S12’s, it won’t be easy at the start but my pace should be much better on the repeat loops.”  The Derry driver won the Dunlop National Rally Championship in 2003, a year after he claimed the National Forest series. His last outing in the Toyota Corolla WRC was a charity fundraising event on the 2006 Donegal Harvest Rally, an event he also won.  His last ITC outing was the 2009 Cork "20" International Rlly where second place netted him his fifth Tarmac title.  Donnelly is no stranger to the Fastnet Rally, last year, he drove a 1600cc Opel Corsa as part of a fundraising event, in previous yaers, he has campaigned a Skoda Fabia WRC and a Citroen C2R2 on the County Cork event. He will be co-driven by Sligo’s, Daragh Mullen (20), who accompanied him in the Lurgan Park Rally a few years ago.  Whilst not seeded in the published entry list in the rally programme, Donnelly will be slotted into the top ten. Meanwhile, Welsh ace and 2010 Dunlop National Rally champion, Mel Evans (Subaru WRC) is the top seed.  He won the Fastnet last year and is hugely popular in West Cork.  Evans hasn’t competed in the current Dunlop series since taking second place to the new Dunlop champion, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) on the opening round in Abbeyleix. In Bantry, Evans will have a trio of local drivers trying to deny him an event double.  Ballylickey ’s, Denis Cronin (Subaru WRC), who won the Fastnet Rally in 1994 and 2009, is certainly a strong contender for victory.  Midleton’s, Daragh O’Riordan (Subaru WRC), who has tasted victory in both this season’s Rally of the Lakes in Killarney and the Cork “20” International Rally. will also be expected to mount a serious challenge.  Having made his debut in a Subaru WRC on the Cork “20” at the beginning of the month, Carrigaline’s, Brian O’Mahony, who will drive a McKinstry prepared Subaru WRC, should also be very competitive even though his outing in the Cork “20” lasted only a few stages.  He actually led the event initially and there is no doubt that the former Irish and British S1600 champion, British Junior champion and a Class 6 winner in the Dunlop series cannot be overlooked.   Limerick’s, Colm Murphy in his Group N Subaru was very impressive on the earlier rounds of the Dunlop series, he was third overall in Abbeyleix and was one of the contenders for the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award until a series of non-finishes put an end to his challenge.  Kerry ace, Thomas Fitzmaurice (Mitsubishi), fresh from his second overall in the recent Garda Siochana Motor Club event in Baltinglass, is seeded directly behind Murphy. Overseas drivers, James Belton (Wales) and Steve Simpson (Manchester) will compete in Subaru WRC’s, the top ten seeded list is completed by Longford’s Tommy Doyle and Lisburn’s, Wesley Patterson.  Doyle, a very talented driver, will campaign his Renault Clio R3 while Patterson will wheel out his Mk. 2 Ford Escort. The rally.ie two wheel drive award will be decided on the Fastnet with Patterson and his Tyrone rival, Frank Kelly (Ford Escort) battling for success.  In a very competitive season, Kelly, seeded at eleven, is a mere point ahead, with dropped scores taken into consideration, they are level on points.   Within the Dunlop series, almost half of the 15 class awards involving crews from all over the country are still very much in the balance.   The entry for the Modified category is very competitive.  Banteer’s, Barry Meade (Ford Escort) will be expected to be at the forefront of proceedings, however, the likes of Adrian Hetherington (Escort), Washington James (Darrian), Trevor Mulligan (Ford Escort), Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet), Sam Smyth (Ford Escort) and Damien McCarthy (Honda Civic) will ensure that there will be plenty of competition. Up until recent events, James was very much involved in the rally.ie award, but a number of problems dropped him down the order.  He still has an outside chance of the title, however, he would have to get as many as 18 Dunlop points and both Kelly and Patterson would have to non-finish if he is to succeed.   Elsewhere, Escort duo, David Condell and John Waring, Lloyd Hutchinson  (Mini), who has already won Class 9 in the Dunlop series, Fergus O’Meara (Ford Escort), John Hendy (Toyota Corolla), Richard Burke (Subaru) and Rodney White (Sunbeam) are all on an impressive entry list.   While Denis Cronin is the top local driver, others, aside from those previously mentioned include Jason McSweeney (Honda Civic), Cal McCarthy (Honda Civic), Diarmuid Keohane, Ray O’Sullivan and Martin Lordan, all in Ford Escorts, Stephen Carey ((Honda Civic), Ger O’Connell (Ford Escort), Clonakilty’s, Luke McCarthy (Honda Civic), Philip Giles (Toyota Corolla) and Mick Cremin (Mitsubishi).   The Historic category includes Cork driver, Luke McCarthy (Porsche 911) and the Junior section has locals, Vincent McSweeney and Padraig McCarthy, both in Honda Civics, as the top two seeds.      Organising Club: Skibbereen & District Car Club.    Clerk of the Course: Ger Hayes.        Rally Headquarters:  Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally. Tel. 027/50360.   First Car Away: 08.20.   S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Nowan Hill (20.10km) 09.13, 12.02 & 14.48. S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Trawelbane (19.46km) 09.53, 12.42 7 15.28. S.S. 3 & 6:    Bull’s Pocket (14.66km) 11.30 & 14.16.   Service: Town Square, Bantry: 08.25; 10.36 & 13.25.   Finish Ramp: Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally. 16.30. Presentation of Awards: Westlodge Hotel, 21.00.   Top 10 Starters:   1. Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru WRC) 2. Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru WRC) 3. Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru WRC) 4. Brian O'Mahony/John Higgins (Subaru WRC) 5. Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru) 6. Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Mitsubishi) 7. James Belton/Mark Glennerster (Subaru WRC) 8. Steve Simpson/Frank Curtin (Subaru WRC) 9. Tommy Doyle/ TBA (Renault Clio R3) 10. Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort)     Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 9): 1. T. McNulty 120pts (2011 Dunlop National Rally Champion); 2. S. Moffett 95pts (2011 Motorsport Safety Team Group N Champion) ; 3. K. Barrett 92pts; 4. N. Maguire 87pts; 5. S. Maguire 73pts; 6. R. Barrable 72pts; 7. F. Kelly 68pts; 8. W. Patterson 67pts; 9. L. McCarthy 56pts & 10. W. James 50pts.  

FASTNET RALLY HAS NEW BASE AND SPONSOR

 

  Report Courtesy of the Southern Star          Link to the Story in the Southern Star Here

 THE Skibbereen and District Car Club have moved their premier event, the Fastnet Rally, to the town of Bantry where it will be based at the Westlodge Hotel whilst also receiving considerable support from the Bantry Business Association.  The event, that is the final round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, will take place on the October bank holiday weekend. 
Since its inception in 1982, when it was then based in Schull and won by Drimoleague native, Frank O’Mahony (Ford Escort), the Fastnet Rally has become one of the most popular events in the Irish rallying calendar.
Following a switch to Skibbereen in 1983, when the rally was known as the National Aluminium Rally, the rally became a two day event for a number of years.  However, declining numbers and the need to revamp the rally to suit the demands led to the return of the one-day format and also a new location.
That significant change came in 1988 as the Skibbereen club began a unique relationship with its sponsor and headquarters, the Marine Hotel in Glandore that lasted for seventeen years.  It wasn’t long before the rally gained inclusion in the National Rally Championship then sponsored by Anglo Irish Bank.  As the national series began to thrive under successful sponsorship associations with Coras, Red Mills and present sponsor, Dunlop, the Fastnet Rally decided the outcome of the national series on several occasions.  It also had its own particular milestone in 2004 when Macclesfield’s, Jim Harrison and his London co-driver, Harvey Bell became the first British crew to win the rally.
As the Glandore hotel underwent a major revamp, the event moved back to Skibbereen in 2006 and up until now has been based at the West Cork Hotel.  During its second tenure in Skibbereen, Norwegian, Andreas Mikkelsen (Ford Focus WRC) became the first driver from mainland Europe to win the rally, he triumphed in 2007.
Local drivers have also been quite successful, the aforementioned Frank O’Mahony also won in 1996 (Subaru Legacy) and 1997 (Subaru Impreza).  Liam McCarthy, who was co-driven by Kieran Murphy, whose family own the Westlodge Hotel, won in 1988 (Ford Escort), 1992 (Metro 6R4) and 2008 (Toyota Corolla WRC).  Donal O’Donovan’s (Ford Sierra) victories were in 1993 and 1999 while Denis Cronin triumphed in 1994 (Opel Ascona) and 2009 (Subaru WRC). 
Eileen O’Shea, manager of the Westlodge Hotel said, “We look forward to welcoming the Fastnet Rally which will be a great end of season boost for the area and will highlight the beautiful scenic area here at the hotel and surrounding region.  The bank holiday weekend is the ideal end of year event for the rally and it is always the last winter break for people before the long winter season.  The team here at Westlodge are looking forward to working with the Skibbereen and District Car Club and the local Traders group here in Bantry in making this event memorable and will ensure that the event will run smoothly.”

John Connolly (Bantry Town Council) said, “As Mayor of Bantry, I think the rally will be very good for the economy of our town, we have come on enormously, we are a good town with plenty of accommodation, I welcome everybody to Bantry for what should be a great event.”
Akin to the Ypres Rally in Belgium, the service halt will take place within the town centre thus creating a festival atmosphere. 
Toby Campbell, Chairman of the BBA remarked, “Following the success of a number of local rally drivers there is now a large fan base in Bantry who will be delighted to see the Fastnet Rally come to Bantry.  The Bantry Business Association are also delighted to be able to give their full support to the organisers in order to be able to host this spectacular event.”  The BBA will support the organisers of the Fastnet Rally in marketing the event nationally through advertising, sponsorship and the town’s website http://www.bantry.ie/ while the event will be publicised locally through local press and marketing material.
Ger Hayes, the Clerk of the Course said, “Firstly, we have been made very welcome in Bantry, the enthusiasm shown by the Bantry Business Association and others is very refreshing.  I think it’s a partnership that our club and the BBA can achieve our aims, that in our case, is principally, to host a safe and enjoyable rally and one that will promote Bantry in the best possible fashion.”

Meanwhile, Cllr, Mary Hegarty remarked, “This will be absolutely fantastic for Bantry, a great boost for the bank holiday weekend. I remember the time when the Rally of the Lakes started in Killarney, now its Bantry’s time, I think it will be a great weekend for everybody.”  The event will be officially launched in a few weeks time.
 

 

 

Welcome to the Dunlop National Rally Championship 2011

2010 Dunlop Champions Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh Subaru WRC S12B 

   The 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship consists of 10  Rounds with competitors counting their best 7 Scores.

The Championship is set in two regions

Region One.

Monaghan,Cavan,Connacht,Galway,Donegal.

Region Two.

Birr,Carlow,Carrick-on-Suir,Clare,Skibbereen.

To qualify for the Championship competitors must register for and start a minimum of 4 events,At least one of which must be in each region

The 2011 Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship consists of  6 Rounds with Competitors counting their best four Scores 

No regions required.

2011 Championship Rounds

Birr Stages Rally                                 27th     February

Monaghan Stages Rally                    17th     April  (J)       

Carlow Stages Rally                           8th      May  (J)

Cavan Stages Rally                            29th    May

Ravens Rock Stages Rally                26th   June  (J)

Connacht Stages Rally                      9th     July   (Saturday)

Galway Summer Stages Rally          28th   August (J)

Clare Stages Rally                             18th   September  (J)

Donegal Harvest Stages Rally         8th    October (J) (Saturday)

Skibbereen Fastnet Stages Rally   30th October

               DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONS 2011

 

Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely Dunlop National Rally Champions for 2011 with Richard Talbot and Laura Fuery of the Dunlop Championship Committee

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"Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Champions .

 Sam Moffett and  James O Reilly National Group N Champions 2011 

  

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 Dunlop National Junior Champions for 2011

Johnno and Padraig Doogan

  

"Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award .

 "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group  N Champions  for 2011 in the Dunlop National Rally Championship

Sam Moffett and James O Reilly Evo 9

 

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Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N

Award after Round 7 The Galway Summer Rally and Round 8 the Clare Stages Rally Sam Moffett and James O Reilly 

 

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 Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 6 Sligo Stages Rally

Robert Barrable / Damien Connolly Skoda Fabia S2000

 

 

  

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 Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 5 Ravens Rock Stages Rally

 

Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 5 Ravens Rock Stages Rally Sam Moffett/ James O Reilly

Photo by Martin Walsh

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Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 4 Cavan Stages Rally  

Robert Barrable / Damien Connolly Skoda Fabia S2000

Photo by Joe Lane

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Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 3 Carlow Stages Rally  

 

 Robert Barrable/Damian Connolly     Photo by Barronpix

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 Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 2 Monaghan Stages Rally  

 Sam Moffett/James O Reilly Lead the Motorsport Safety Group N Award after round 2 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Monaghan Stages Rally Photo by Martin Walsh

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Leaders of the "Motorsport Safety Team" National Group N Award after Round 1 Birr Abbeyleix Stages Rally  

 

 

 

 

      Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery Subaru Impreza lead the "Motorsport Safety Team" Group N Trophy in the Dunlop National Rally Championship after a 3 O/A finish on the opening round of the series the Birr Stages Rally. Photo by Martin Walsh     

Donegal Harvest Stages Rally 2011 Round 9 Dunlop National Rally Championship and Final Round of the  Dunlop Junior Championship 

 

 

 Niall Maguire/ Enda Sherry scored top Dunlop Points  and 2nd Overall in Donegal   The crew celebrate at the finish ramp with Dunlop Championship Registrar Laura Fuery  

 Photo by Dermott Sweeney

 

 Winners of Group N and Dunlop Drive of the Day Trevor and Kenny Bustard with Dunlop Championship Registrar  Laura Fuery and Event COC John Crumlish

Photo by Dermott Sweeney

 

 The Contenders for the Dunlop Junior Rally Championship 2011 to be decided on the Donegal Harvest Rally  Photo Courtsy of Dunlop Proud sponsors of the Junior Championship

HEADING FOR THE HILLS  

The penultimate round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, the Bailey NiteClub Redcastle Oceanfront Spa Hotel Donegal Harvest Rally on Saturday next (October 8th) has attracted an entry of some 130 competitors.  Although Tim McNulty has won Vard Memorial Trophy, the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award, the rally.ie two-wheel drive category and the Dunlop Junior National title have all to be decided.   Last year’s winner in Donegal, Garry Jennings is the top seed, the Fermanagh ace is set to drive a McKinstry prepared Subaru WRC as he prepares to battle against many of the Dunlop regulars. Maynooth’s, Kevin Barrett (92 points) is seeded at number two as he tries to overhaul second placed Sam Moffett in the race for the runner-up spot in the Dunlop series.  Moffett, with 95 points, is not amongst the seeded entry and with his closest rival, Robert Barrable not contesting the event, Moffett will be crowned the Motorsport Safety Team Group N champion without turning a wheel.   Former triple champion, Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC), currently fifth in the Dunlop standings, finished second in the last round in Clare, last year, he finished second to Jennings in the Donegal event.   One of the big battles in Donegal will centre on the two-wheel drive category, Gary McPhillips, Rodney Wilton, Wesley Patterson, Manus Kelly, Washington James, Declan Boyle and Camillus Bradley complete the top ten. With the exception of Washington James, who will drive his nimble Darrian, the rest are in Ford Escorts.   In terms of the raly.ie two-wheel drive award, Tyrone’s, Frank Kelly (56 points) is five points ahead of Lisburn’s, Wesley Patterson with Sam Smyth on 47 points and Washington James with 42 points.  Kelly set some very impressive times on the latter stages in Clare.  Patterson is the favourite to close the deficit in a battle that is likely to go right down to the wire.   The race for supremacy in Donegal between Gary McPhillips, Rodney Wilton, Manus Kelly, Declan Boyle and Camillus Bradley will be intense, Boyle is the reigning Dunlop two-wheel drive champion.   Meanwhile, Monaghan’s, Shane  Maguire (Subaru) is seeded at eleven, currently second in Class 4 to Moffett, he will be hoping to move up a few places in the overall standings.  Donegal’s, Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi), making a rare outing in a round of the Dunlop series, is seeded behind Maguire.   Another plethora of Escorts in the hands of Brian Brogan, Michael Conlon, Frank Kelly and Martin McGee are next on the entry in a top twenty that also features Dunlop regular, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet), Joseph   McGonigle (Citroen C2R2) and Robbie Peoples(Ford Escort).   Within the Dunlop series, top spot in two of the modified classes has already been decided.   In Class 9, Lloyd Hutchinson (Mini) has taken the laurels while Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) has secured Class 15.   The Redcastle based nine stage event is the final and deciding round of the inaugural Dunlop Junior National Rally Championship.  The top four drivers are - Monaghan’s, Johno Doogan (Ford Escort), who leads the way on 28 points from Meath’s, Chris Snow (Honda Civic), who has 23 points, Monaghan’s, David Moffett (Toyota Starlet) has amassed 20 points and Cork’s, Cal McCarthy (Honda Civic) has 18 points. Doogan took maximum points (10) in Carlow and Clare and second place (8) points in Galway.  Snow netted second place points in both Monaghan and Carlow and third placed (7) points in Carrick on Suir.  Moffett scored maximum points in Monaghan and Carrick on Suir and McCarthy took a maximum score in Galway and eight points in Carrick on Suir, he retired whilst leading the last round in Clare.   Organising Club: Donegal Motor Club.  

Clerk of the Course: John Crumlish.       

Rally Headquarters:  Bailey Niteclub Redcastle Oceanfront Spa Hotel.  

 First Car Away: 09.17  

S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Iskaheen (14.80km) 09.42, 12.40 & 15.38.

S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Redcastle (12.32km) 10.14, 13. 12 & 16.10.

S. S. 3, 6 & 9: Kinnagoe Bay (13.37km) 11.12, 14.10 & 17.08.  

 Service: Bailey Niteclub complex 11.45 & 14.43  

Finish Ramp: Redcastle. 17.42   Top 10 Starters:  

1. Garry Jennings/Neil Doherty (Subaru WRC)

2. Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)

3. Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru WRC)

4. Gary McPhillips/Gary McNern (Ford Escort)

5. Rodney Wilton/Conor  McMahon (Ford Escort)

6. Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort)

7. Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Ford Escort)

8. Washington James/Llinos Jones Davies   (Darrian)

9. Declan Boyle/Brian   Boyle (Ford Escort)

10. Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson   (Ford Escort)  

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 8):

1. T. McNulty 120pts (Dunlop Champion);

2. S. Moffett 95pts;

3. K. Barrett 92pts;

4. R. Barrable 72pts;

5. N. Maguire 67pts;

6. S. Maguire 62pts; =

=7. F. Kelly & L. McCarthy 56pts; 

9. W. Patterson 51pts;

10. S. Smyth 47pts.  

Link to Donegal Club Web Site for event info  http://www.donegalmotorclub.com/

Link to Donegal Harvest Final Results  http://results.shannonsportsit.ie/

JENNINGS REAPS THE HARVEST IN DONEGAL DOOGAN WINS DUNLOP JUNIOR TITLE 

  Fermanagh’s, Garry Jennings (Mitsubishi) and his Letterkenny co-driver, Rory Kennedy held off a late challenge from Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) to win the Redcastle Hotel Donegal Harvest Rally, the penultimate round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. Jennings, who had originally planned to drive a Subaru WRC, reverted to his usual Mitsubishi and finished five seconds ahead of Maguire. Gary McPhillips/Gary McNern (Escort) was third – one minute and 32 seconds further behind.  The Group N category was won by Trevor Bustard/Kenny Bustard (Mitsubishi). Although not competing, Monaghan’s, Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) has won the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award within the Dunlop series.   Meanwhile, Monaghan’s, Johnno Doogan (Escort) clinched the inaugural Dunlop Junior National Rally Championship courtesy of his fourth place finish in the Junior category of the rally.  Another Monaghan driver, David Moffett (Toyota Starlet) won the category in County Donegal – finishing three seconds ahead of Meath’s, Chris Snow (Honda Civic) with Cork’s, Cal McCarthy (Honda Civic), almost a minute behind in third having spun on the second loop of stages.   On a wet opening stage, Jennings, despite running a cut slick, set the fastest pace, the Kesh driver was twelve seconds quicker than Maguire with Barrett a further second behind in third.  Jennings also dictated the pace on the second test close to Redcastle and with the conditions more suited to his tyre selection, dominated the third stage at Kinnagoe Bay.  At the service halt, he led Maguire by 21 seconds with Barrett in third, a further 18 seconds adrift. Jennings revelled in the foggy conditions on the latter section of the third stage.  Maguire declared that he lost time having chosen a hard compound tyre.  Barrett was quite content with third in his bid to secure second overall in the Dunlop series.     Donegal’s, Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) had a steady run to hold fourth overall.  Meanwhile, McPhillips (Escort), fifth in general classification, led the Modified category, however, he was concerned as a bolt sheared off one of the tramp bars.  Manus Kelly (Escort) also had concerns that centred on a whine from the rear axle. Even though Brian Brogan (Escort) overshot on the second stage and lost some 12 seconds, he was seventh overall in a top ten that also included Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet), Rodney Wilton (Escort) and Pat Kirk (Mitsubishi), the latter admitted he just couldn’t get into the groove.   Elsewhere, Wesley Patterson (Escort) overshot the first junction on the opening pair of stages and was cautious on the third stage. His main aim was the acquisition of Dunlop points in the race for the rally.ie two-wheel drive award.  His Dunlop rival, Frank Kelly (Escort) overshot and spun on the first stage and overshot again on the second test.  Washington James (Darrian), had no wipers on the opening two stages, he ended the loop 28th. in overall classification. Shane Maguire (Subaru) struggled with tyre selection and also had anti-lag problems.   Although Jennings was quickest on the fourth stage, timing issues forced the organisers to credit all the remaining competitors with his time.  Maguire punched in the best time on S.S. 5, but it was only a second faster than Jennings and the pair had the same time on S.S. 6.  At the final service halt, Jennings led by twenty seconds with Maguire 37 seconds clear of Barrett, who was off the road on stages four and six. McPhillips moved into fourth with Manus Kelly just eight seconds behind. Bustard, in sixth, lost time when he encountered the Mitsubishi of Pat Kirk, who was struggling with rear differential problems.  Brian Brogan (Escort) was seventh with Declan Gallagher (Starlet) six second behind – the Donegal driver had intercom troubles on S.S. 5.  The Escorts of Rodney Wilton and Camillus Bradley completed the top ten. In the quest for the rally.ie award, Patterson led pre-event series leader, Frank Kelly (Escort) by 22 seconds, both were untroubled on the second loop.   Barrett retired with a blown engine on the seventh stage.  Maguire narrowed the margin on stages seven and eight.  A four second gain on Stage 7 and an eight second advantage on the penultimate test saw the Monaghan ace just ten seconds off the lead prior to the final test.  In a dramatic final stage, Jennings survived a brief off road excursion to take victory, he is the first Group N driver to win a round of the 2011 Dunlop series.  Maguire was second and took maximum Dunlop points and McPhillips was third.  Bustard survived a broken drive to win the Group N category and also capture the Dunlop “Driver of the Day” award.  In the race for the rally.ie award, Patterson, who was eighth overall, gained a few points on Kelly, who was twelfth behind John McQuaid (Ford Escort), the title will be decided on the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry at the end of October.      

1. G. Jennings/R. Kennedy (Subaru WRC) 1h. 10m. 45s.

2. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 1h. 10m. 50s.

3. G. McPhillips/G. McNern (Ford Escort) 1h. 12m. 22s.

4. M. Kelly/D. Barrett (Ford Escort) 1h. 13m. 10s.

5. B. Brogan/M. Walsh (Escort) 1h. 13m. 45s.

6. T. Bustard/K. Bustard (Mitsubishi) 1h. 13m. 50s.

7. C. Bradley/Crawford Henderson    (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 02s.

8. W. Patterson/M. McGarrity (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 02s. 

9. R. Wilton/C. McMahon (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 16s.

10. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 29s.    

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 9):

1. T. McNulty 120pts (Dunlop Champion);

2. S. Moffett 95pts;

3. K. Barrett 92pts;

4. N. Maguire 87pts;

5. R. Barrable 72pts.    

Auburn Lodge Clare Stages Rally  Round 8 Dunlop National Rally Championship Round 5 Dunlop Junior Championship 2011 

 

Sponsor & Miss Clare 2011

Clerk of the Course Dermot Kelleher  .Miss Clare Ester Woods and James Molloy Auburn Lodge Hotel at the Event Launch 

 

The Dunlop National Champions in action on the Clare Stages Rally 2011 Photo Joe Lane 

 Report and Photo Courtsy of Dunlop proud Sponsors of the Dunlop National Rally Championship

 McNULTY CLINCHES DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLARE   MEATH’s, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) and his Sligo co-driver, Paul Kiely clinched the Dunlop National Rally Championship with a fine victory in the Ennis based Auburn Lodge Clare Rally.  It was their sixth victory in as many Dunlop outings, on this occasion, they finished 53 seconds in front on the Subaru of Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru WRC) with Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC) a distant third. Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) won the Group N category and the top Modified crew was that of Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort). The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort). Meanwhile, in the Dunlop Junior Rally Championship, Monaghan’s, Johnno and Padraig Doogan (Ford Escort) took the top points to move into the lead of the series with just one round remaining, remarkably, all three of their championship rivals failed to finish.   On the opening stage near Ruan village, McNulty took a 12 second lead over Niall Maguire, who had no intercom for the last four kilometres as a connection became undone. Kerry’s, Mike Quinn (Escort) with local Clare co-driver, Grainne McEnery slotted into third – five seconds further behind. Kevin Barrett, McNulty’s Dunlop Championship rival, was fourth in a top six that also featured the Escort of Wesley Patterson and local hero, Anthony O’Halloran, re-united with his Opel Manta after a lapse of some four years. On S.S. 2, McNulty moved 27 seconds ahead of Maguire, who was just a second ahead of Barrett.  Maguire punched in the best time on the third test. McNulty arrived at the Gort Road Industrial Estate service halt with a 24 seconds advantage over Maguire.  The Dunlop Championship leader was quite relaxed.  I’m taking it steady, it is very slippery and greasy out there. We are making some minor suspension adjustments and switching to a cut slick tyre as opposed to the intermediate tyres we had for this first loop.” Maguire was also quite composed while Barrett, who was 12 seconds behind Maguire, admitted he lost some 15 seconds with an overshoot on the third stage. One of the drives of the rally was that of Monaghan’s, Josh Moffett, the 19 year old held fourth overall and led the Group N category; he was 14 seconds ahead of his 21 year old brother, Sam, who was seventh in general classification.  Sandwiched between them were the Escort duo of Mike Quinn and Wesley Patterson, the latter lost time on the opening test when he caught the spray from Shane Maguire’s Subaru.  On the third stage, he also overshot one of the junctions. Meanwhile, Quinn, who occupied fifth overall remarked that the newly fitted Proflex suspension was of great benefit. Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) in seventh also had new suspension but was taking time to get accustomed to the handling of the car.  Limerick’s, Ed O’Callaghan (Escort), despite an off road excursion after a series of jumps, was eighth; O’Halloran was ninth and Washington James in a Darrian completed the top ten.   A straying horse caused problems on the fourth stage with McNulty being the worse affected by the equine species.  He lost time and the lead with Maguire, who also encountered the horse, moving into a seven second lead while Barrett was a further 28 seconds behind.  Mike Quinn displaced Josh Moffett in the race for fourth.   McNulty regained top spot with a fine performance on S.S. 5 to move eight seconds ahead of Maguire with Barrett slipping 43 seconds behind Maguire.  At the final service halt, McNulty, who was fastest on S.S. 6, led Maguire by 25 seconds, the latter remarked that he had no brakes for the closing section of the sixth stage.  A broken seal was replaced at service although the replacement seal was not the exact fit.  Barrett in third, was a further 35 seconds behind but needed to finish second to keep his Dunlop Championship hopes alive.  Following the demise of Josh Moffett, who slid his Mitsubishi off the road following a series of jumps, Wesley Patterson (Escort) moved into fourth.  Adjustments to the suspension system transformed Sam Moffett’s Mitsubishi, he occupied fifth and also led Group N.  Mike Quinn’s Escort broke the fan belt, having lost the oil coolant, he was hoping that no damage was caused to the engine.  Frank Kelly (Escort) set some very strong times to move into seventh overall.  The top ten was completed by O’Halloran, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and Shane Maguire (Subaru).  Washington James retired his Darrian after an off road excursion.    McNulty was quickest on all three stages of the final loop and won by a margin of 53 seconds, it was his sixth win in six Dunlop outings and was enough to clinch the Vard Memorial Trophy.  At the finish, he remarked, “I couldn’t have asked for better, the horse was the only moment of concern.  We have worked hard at this championship, people also worked hard in the background, we have a great team.  Aside from your rivals, you have to cope with the weather, indeed, there are so many things that can go against you, nobody knows that better than myself.  I’m delighted.   Maguire took second and Barrett, requiring a second place finish to keep his Dunlop hopes alive, had to be content with third.  

1. T. McNulty/P. Kiely (Subaru WRC) 1h. 11m. 38s.

2. N. Maguire/B. Goodman (Subaru WRC) 1h. 12m. 31s.

 3. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 14m. 05s..

4. W. Patterson/M. McGarrity (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 27s.

 5. M. Quinn/G. McEnery (Ford Escort) 1h. 14m. 47s.

6. S. Moffett/J. O'Reilly (Mitsubishi) 1h. 14m. 58s.

7. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Escort) 1h. 15m. 15s.

8. A. O’Halloran (Opel Manta) 1h. 16m. 00s.

9. D. Gallagher/R. Moore (Toyota Starlet) 1h. 16m. 03s.

10. S. Maguire/C. Foley (Subaru) 1h. 16m. 49s.  

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 8):

1. T. McNulty 120pts (Dunlop Champion);

2. S. Moffett 96pts;

3. K. Barrett 92pts;

4. R. Barrable 72pts;

5. N. Maguire 67pts.     

 Link to Event info and Club Web Page http://www.claremotorclub.com/

Preview courtsy of Dunlop proud sponsors of the Dunlop National Rally Championship

 CLARE COULD PROVIDE DUNLOP CHAMPION   The Dunlop National Rally Championship title could be decided on Sunday’s Ennis based Auburn Lodge Clare Rally where series leader, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) has the first of three title clinching events with the Donegal Harvest Rally and the Fastnet Rally (Bantry) also remaining in the ten round series. With victories in his five Dunlop appearances, the Meath driver has accumulated 100 points, opening the season with a win on the Abbeyleix Rally, McNulty has gone on to win Dunlop rounds in Monaghan, Carlow, Cavan and most recently, in Galway. The Vard Memorial Trophy is now within touching distance and should McNulty secure maximum points in Clare (round eight of the Dunlop campaign) and provided Kevin Barrett takes sixteen or less points, McNulty will be declared champion in the banner county. Last season, Welsh ace, Mel Evans (Subaru) was crowed champion in the Clare Motor club promoted event, he was the first overseas driver to win the Dunlop series.   McNulty is also chasing a unique double - never in the history of Irish rallying has a driver won the National Rally Championship and the Irish Tarmac Championship in the same season.  Currently, McNulty leads both.  Records show that three drivers have won both championships, albeit in different seasons.  The late Frank Meagher won the National championship in 1986 and the Tarmac series in 1995; Hillsborough’s, Ian Greer notched his National success in 1993 and six years later, won a Tarmac title.  Derry’s, Eugene Donnelly netted a National title in 2003 and just a year later added his first Tarmac title.   Kevin Barrett, third in the Dunlop series, is the second seed in the nine stage Ennis based event and he will endeavour to continue the title challenge with McNulty in a season where he has been out of luck of a few occasions.  Former triple champion, Niall Maguire, also in a Subaru WRC, hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons and it is certainly an unusual situation to see him languishing in seventh place in the Dunlop campaign, he completes the top trio for the Clare event that will be based at the auburn Lodge Hotel.   In contrast, fellow Monaghan ace, Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) is having his best season to date.  A pair of top three finishes in the recent events has seen the 21 year old driver move into second overall and also head the Motorsport Safety Group N contenders.  Currently with an eleven point lead over the non-competing Robert Barrable, Moffett is thirty points clear of another Monaghan driver, Shane Maguire (Subaru), who will be his closest championship rival in County Clare, the duo complete the top five in 130 plus entry list.   The battle for the rally.ie two-wheel drive category is set to go down to the wire with current leader, Frank Kelly being chased by Washington James, Wesley Patterson, Sam Smyth and John McQuaid in the title run-in. In Clare, Patterson (Escort) is the highest seeded of the group and will occupy the number six berth.  Meanwhile, Limerick’s, Ed O’Callaghan (Escort) should provide strong event opposition in a top ten that is completed by Washington James (Darrian T90 GTR), Frank Kelly (Escort) and Mike Quinn (Escort), the latter will be co-driven by local co-driver, Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort).   Donegal’s, Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi), Sam Smyth (Ford Escort) and John McQuaid (Ford Escort) are seeded just outside the top ten.  Having campaigned a Group N Mitsubishi for a number of seasons, local stalwart, Anthony O'Halloran reverts to his Opel Manta 400 and will be keen to impress in front of the local fans.    Michael Curran (Ford Escort), Richard Burke (Subaru), John Murphy (Subaru), David Percy      (Ford Escort), Frank Sweeney (Ford Escort) and Aidan Walsh (Peugeot 205) are also on the entry.   In the Junior Rally, the top four seeded drivers are: Cal McCarthy (Honda Civic), David Moffett     (Toyota Starlet), Kevin O'Connor (Citroen C2R2) and Chris Snow (Honda Civic).   The ceremonial start takes place in the square in Ennis on Saturday evening at 8.00pm.     Organising Club: Clare Motor Club.   Clerk of the Course: Dermot Kelleher.        Rally Headquarters:  Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis.   First Car Away: 08.30   S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Dromore (14.0km) 09.17, 12.09 & 15.01. S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Ballinruan  (14.0km) 09.56, 12.48 & 15.40. S. S. 3, 6 & 9: Clondegad (12.0km) 10.46, 13.38 & 16.30.   Service: Gort Road Industrial Estate: 11.22 & 14.14.   Finish Ramp: Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis. 17.00   Top 10 Starters:   1. Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC). 2. Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC). 3. Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru WRC). 4. Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly (Mitsubishi). 5. Shane Maguire/Conor Foley  (Subaru). 6. Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort). 7. Ed O'Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort). 8. Washington James/Llinos Jones Davies (Darrian T90 GTR). 9. Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort). 10. Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort).   Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 7): 1. T. McNulty 100pts; 2. S. Moffett 83pts; 3. K. Barrett 76pts; 4. R. Barrable 72pts; 5. L. McCarthy 56pts; 6. S. Maguire 52pts; 7. N. Maguire 49pts; 8. F. Kelly 45pts; 9. C. Murphy 44pts & 10. W. James 42pts.  

 

 

Press Release 1 

Clare Motor Club are delighted to announce The Auburn Lodge Hotel, Gort road, Ennis as the title sponsor of the 2011 Clare Stages Rally . Clerk of the Course Dermot Kelleher said;   “The Clare Motor Club are delighted with the continued support of The Auburn Lodge Hotel, for a third consecutive year. The Club would also like to thank the Special Stage Sponsors, Service Area Sponsor and the programme advertisers for their support. The event will bring a vital boost to the local economy and this would not be possible without their support”.   The rally takes place on the weekend of September 17th and 18th. and is a counting round of The Dunlop National Rally Championship and The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship which will see some of the top cars and drivers in action on the stages around Ennis, Co. Clare.   The organising team is offering competitors a very compact event featuring three very competitive stages which will be repeated three times. Together with the service park and scrutiny all within walking distance of the hotel the event should prove to be as successful as last years rally.   Event regulations are available to download at the club’s website http://www.claremotorclub.com/
With five victories from as many events, Tim McNulty and co-driver, Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC) are on the cusp of clinching the Dunlop National Rally Championship in clare. The Auburn Lodge Hotel Clare Rally offers them the first of three title winning events to claim the Vard Memorial Trophy. Tim was also the winner of last years Clare Stages Rally and he also won it back on 2007.   It’s a unique season insofar as McNulty can become the first driver to win both the Dunlop series and the Irish Tarmac Championship in the same season, currently, he also leads the ITC prior to the final event, the Cork 20 International Rally.    With a resounding victory in last weekends Galway Summer Rally, the Meath ace reached the 100 points mark in the Dunlop series where competitors can count their best seven scores from the ten rounds.  Should McNulty claim another maximum score in Clare and provide Kevin Barrett garners less than 18 points, McNulty can claim the title in Ennis, just like Welsh ace, Melvyn Evans did twelve months ago.   Meanwhile, Monaghans Sam Moffett, who is actually second overall in the Dunlop series, can also edge closer to the Motorsport Safety Team award for the top overall Group N driver with Robert Barrable (Skoda Fabia S2000) and Shane Maguire (Subaru) his nearest rivals.   Meanwhile, the rally.ie award for the top two-wheel drive competitor is shaping up for an exciting finish with Frank Kelly (Ford Escort), Washington James (Darrian) along with Sam Smyth, Wesley Patterson and John McQuaid (Ford Escorts) all in the hunt for the crown.   Dermot Kelleher Pro Clare Motor Club

Galway Summer Stages Rally Round 7 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 4 Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship

 

 Mor Oil Galway Summer Rally 28th Aug 2011

Kieran Donohue (Clerk of the Course) & Martin Kearney (MOR Oil Sponsor)

Photo Reg Gordon 

Link to Results        http://results.shannonsportsit.ie/entries.php?rally=GS11

MCNULTY GETS MÓR IN GALWAY

Report courtsy of Dunlop Proud sponsors of the National Irish Rally Championship

 

EVEN though they incurred a time penalty of one minute and 15 seconds, Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC), still emerged comfortable winners of the Mór Oil Galway Summer Rally, the seventh round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. 

Based at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, McNulty dominated the event and finished two minutes and 52 seconds ahead of the Subaru WRC of Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally.  Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) were third.

 With an impressive start, McNulty gleamed a 14 second lead from the stage near Tynagh where Barrett was his closest rival – with Niall Maguire a further six behind in third.  Group N contender, Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) also made a bright opening to hold fourth in general classification and an eleven second lead over showroom rival, Shane Maguire (Subaru).

McNulty punched in the best times for the remaining stages of the loop and arrived at the Loughrea service halt with a lead of 27 seconds.  The rally leader remarked that the stages were quite slippery and demanded good concentration.  Meanwhile, Maguire slotted into second place and was particularly pleased with his performance through S.S. 3 where he was within five seconds of McNulty.  Third placed Barrett lost significant time on the third test due to the state of the soft compound tyres on his Subaru WRC.

Moffett in fourth had a clean run with the exception of an incident on the second stage when he clipped a fence, luckily, his Mitsubishi was unscathed.  James Stafford, thirteenth after the opening stage, made a good recovery on the second test but then lost second gear on the final stage of the opening loop.  Shane Maguire moved into sixth and was followed by top local driver, Neil Pierce (Honda), Frank Kelly (Escort), Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi) and John McQuaid (Escort).

Liam McCarthy slid his Toyota Corolla out of the rally on S.S. 3.  Others that failed to complete the opening loop included the Escort trio of Rodney Wilton, Declan Boyle and Adrian Hetherington.    

Elsewhere, Washington James, in eleventh, lost time with brake troubles; Mike Quinn (Escort) had a slight altercation in trying to avoid the stricken Toyota of Liam McCarthy and Joe Connolly (Escort) lost time with a broken rear shock absorber.

 The second loop brought several changes, the only position to remain unaltered was that of rally leader, Tim McNulty.  Niall Maguire’s rally ended on the fourth stage when his Subaru WRC stopped with transmission woes while a puncture demoted Kevin Barrett to eighth place.

Although Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) moved into second position after S.S. 4, he lost almost thirty seconds and second place (he dropped to fourth) following an incident on S.S. 5 when his Mitsubishi got stuck in a hedge.

At the penultimate service, McNulty led Moffett, who had regained second, the margin between them was two minutes and 45 seconds with Stafford just two seconds behind in third. 

Fourth placed Shane Maguire (Subaru) was a little miffed at his time for S.S. 6, he reckoned he had driven at a very strong pace.

Wesley Patterson was the top Mk. 2 Escort driver, he had power steering troubles on the opening loop, he climbed to seventh with fellow Escort ace, Frank Kelly, 21 seconds behind.  The top ten also featured Washington James (Darrian), who had sorted his brake troubles; John McQuaid (Escort) and Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi).

 As the crews prepared to leave the service halt, McNulty’s car failed to fire up, his service crew worked anxiously to sort the problem but not before some five minutes had elapsed before the car fired into action.

The rally leader was unconcerned with the subsequent one minute and 15 second time penalty and began S.S. 7 with a lead of one minute and 30 seconds.  Posting the three best times on the loop, he emerged a comfortable winner to maintain his unbeaten run in the Dunlop series.  Barrett stalled on the start line of the penultimate test but did enough to take second.  Moffett was cautious through the final stage to take his first podium finish of the season.  Stafford was the top two-wheel drive performer, fellow Darrian ace Washington James dropped to twelfth after the rear suspension arm broke on the penultimate stage, he also had brake problems.

 The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by Eamonn Dervan (Ford Escort).  Non-starters included Colm Murphy (Subaru), his car developed engine troubles on the eve of the rally.

 1. T. McNulty/P. Kiely (Subaru WRC)1h. 18m. 24s.

2. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 21m. 16s.

3. S. Moffett/J. O'Reilly (Mitsubishi) 1h. 21m. 29s.

4. J. Stafford/A. Ryan (Darrian T90) 1h. 21m. 51s.

5. S. Maguire/C. Foley (Subaru) 1h. 22m. 18s.

6. W. Patterson/M. McGarrity  (Ford Escort) 1h. 22m. 42s.

7. J. McQuaid/S. O’Connor (Ford Escort) 1h. 22m. 57s.

8. J. Moffett/D. Lennon (Mitsubishi) 1h. 23m. 31s.

9. T. Flaherty/P. Curley (Ford Escort) 1h. 23m. 37s.

10. M. Quinn/G. McEnery (Ford Escort) 1H. 23m. 58s

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 7): 1. T. McNulty 100pts; 2. S. Moffett 83pts; 3. K. Barrett 76pts; 4. R. Barrable 72pts; 5. L. McCarthy 56pts; 6. S. Maguire 53pts & 7. N. Maguire 49pts.

        MCNULTY GOES WEST

 The Mór Galway Summer Rally on Sunday will provide Meath’s, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) with an opportunity to strengthen his bid to win the Dunlop National Rally Championship.  The nine stage rally, based at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, is the seventh round of the national campaign. 

Fresh from his win on the Ulster Rally last weekend, McNulty and co-driver, Paul Kiely have an eight point lead over Robert Barrable.

However, the reigning Billy Coleman award winner is an absentee in the west of Ireland as he’s competing in a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in the Czech Republic.  That leaves Monaghan’s Sam Moffett as McNulty’s closer pursuer – 13 points in arrears.

 McNulty, with maximum points from four events, is the top seed with the Subaru WRC’s of Kevin and Niall Maguire completing the top three. 

Last weekend, McNulty took victory in the Ulster Rally to move into the lead of the Irish Tarmac Championship.

He is the first driver to lead both the Dunlop National and Irish Tarmac Championships at this point of a season.  No driver has ever achieved this double in the one year.  “We now want both championships, but it will be difficult.  It’s a case of so near and yet so far, as everybody knows, anything can wrong.” said McNulty

 Three drivers have won both championship s at different times, the late Frank Meagher won the National in 1986 and Tarmac in 1995; Ian Greer won in 1993 (National) and 1999 (Tarmac) and the most recent double winner, Eugene Donnelly won the National in 2003 and the Tarmac the following year.

 Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett can improve on his current fourth placed position while Maguire is in an uncustomary sixth place in the Dunlop campaign.  Having retired from the last round, Motorsport Safety Group N contender, Colm Murphy (Mitsubishi) will be trying to close on Sam Moffett as the series draws to a close.

 Wexford’s, James Stafford in his nimble Darrian T90, could spring a surprise should the roads around Loughrea remain dry. 

Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) will also be trying to move up the Dunlop leader board, currently, the West Cork driver is fifth overall, two points behind Barrett.  The top ten in Galway is completed by the Mk. 2 Ford Escorts of Wesley Patterson, Rodney Wilton, Pat Donegan and the aforementioned Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi)

 Having been involved at the cutting edge of the Group N battle in 2010, Shane Maguire has a difficult task in closing the gap to rivals Colm Murphy and Sam Moffett, Maguire is seeded at eleven ahead of Mike Quinn (Ford Escort) and the Darrian of rally.ie award contender, Washington James  (Darrian T90).  James is seven points adrift of category leader, Frank Kelly (Ford Escort).  The entry in the two wheel drive category is ultra competitive and features Declan Boyle, Frank Kelly and Adrian Hetherington, all in Ford Escorts.

Elsewhere, there are places for Maurice Moffett (Toyota Starlet), Tom Flaherty (Ford Escort), Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and Escort pair, Michael Conlon and Sam Smyth.

 The entry also includes the Subaru’s of Richard Burke and Pat Kelly along with Josh Moffett      (Mitsubishi) and the Escort trio of John McQuaid, Ed Synan and Michael Curran.

 Organising Club: County Galway Motor Club.  

Clerk of the Course: Kieran Donohue.       

Rally Headquarters:  Lough Rea Hotel.

 First Car Away:

 S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Nutgrove (15.4km) 10.03, 12.39 & 15.15.

S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Abbey (12.6km) 10.40, 13.16 & 15.52.

S. S. 3, 6 & 9: The Black Road (19.7km) 11.16, 13.52 & 16.28.

 Service: Loughrea Mart complex: 11.49 & 14.25.

 Finish Ramp: Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea. 17.00

 Top 10 Starters:

 1. Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC)

2. Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)

3. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)

4. Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru)

5. James Stafford/Amy Ryan (Darrian T90)

6. Liam McCarthy/Denis O'Mahony (Toyota Corolla WRC)

7. Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity      (Ford Escort)

8. Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon      (Ford Escort)

9. Pat Donegan/Andy Donoghue (Ford Escort)

10. Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly      (Mitsubishi)

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 6): 1. T. McNulty 80pts; 2. R. Barrable 72pts; 3. S. Moffett 67pts; 4. K. Barrett 58pts; 5. L. McCarthy 56pts; 6. N. Maguire 49pts; 7. C. Murphy 44pts; 8. F. Kelly 41pts; 9. S. Maguire 39pts & W. James 34pts.

Regards .

 Dunlop National Rally Championship.

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Entry List and Final Instructions see link below  

Link  www.galwaymotorclub.ie/

Councillor Jimmy Curley Mayor of Loghrea,

Martin Kearney of Mor Oil Event Sponsors,

Kieran Donohue COC ,

Pat Shiel Deputy COC at the Event Launch

  Galway Motor Club are delighted to announce Mor Oil Ltd, as the title sponsor for The Galway Summer Stages Rally 2011. Mor Oil operate 2 well known service stations in Oranmore and Lough Atalia and provide bulk fuel supplies with a fleet of oil tankers.  Commenting on the announcement, Clerk of the Course Kieran Donohue said “ We in Galway Motor Club are delighted with the continued support of Martin Kearney and his team in Mor Oil, for a third consecutive year. This event will bring a vital boost to the local economy and would not be possible without the support of our sponsors”.

The rally will be based in the luxurious Lough Rea Hotel and Spa on the weekend of August 27th and 28th. The rally is a counting round of The Dunlop National Rally Championship and The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship which will see some of the top cars and drivers in action on the stages around Loughrea, Co. Galway

For Entries info and full details log on www.galwaymotorclub.ie

 Link to Rally HQ Click Here

“ Rally launch night for August 12th

Galway Motor Club will hold the official launch for The Mor Oil Galway Summer Rally on Friday August 12th at 7.30pm in The Lough Rea Hotel and Spa. Galway Motor Club president and COC, Kieran Donohue will be master of ceremonies for the evening and everyone is welcome to attend.

A steady flow of entries has resulted in over 80 confirmed so far with 10 days to go until the closing date. Kevin Barrett, Wesley Patterson, Washington James and Mike Quinn are among the leading drivers confirmed so far. A number of local Galway drivers have also confirmed entries  including, Eamon Dervan, Michael Conneely, Alan Fair, Johnathon Folan and Pat Kelly.

A large Mk2 entry is expected for the “ Grp4 Fabrications King of the Mk2” which was run for the first time in the 2010 Mor Oil Summer Rally and proved to be a huge success. Gary McPhillips won the title and also won the rally overall.

The Entries  Secretary Kevin Reidy can be contacted on (086)2626477 between 7.30 and 9.30pm nightly or email : [email protected]

Below Torsten Schmidt of GRP4 Fabrications and Kieran Donohue COC of the Galway Summer Stages Rally  2011 Photo Reg Gordon

 

Connacht Stages Rally Round 6 Dunlop National Rally Championship

 

2011 Winners of the Connacht Stages Rally Robert Barrable/Damian Connolly   

BARRABLE BEST IN THE WEST 

 LEADING from start to finish, Robert Barrable and co-driver, Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000), won the Sligo Park Hotel/Quinn Body Repairs & Recovery Sligo Rally, round six of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. 

They finished 11 seconds ahead of the Subaru WRC of Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid with Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally, also in a Subaru WRC, a minute and 48 seconds behind in third. 

Garry Jennings/Herbie Blackburn (Mitsubishi) won the Group N category and Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort) were the top crew in the rally.ie Modified category.

In terms of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, Tim McNulty, who wasn’t competing in Sligo, still retains the lead in the ten round series, however, Barrable, courtesy of maximum Dunlop points in Sligo, has closed to within eight points on the Meath driver.

 On the opening 16.87 kilometre stage, Carran Hill, Barrable set the best time – his Skoda Fabia clocked a time of nine minutes and 39 seconds – two seconds faster than O’Riordan, who felt unwell with a bout of influenza.  Colm Murphy (Subaru) was a further 12 seconds behind followed by Garry Jennings (Mitsubishi), Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) and John Cairns (Subaru).  All the drivers commented on the slippery nature of the stage.  Late entry, Shane Maguire (Subaru) was seventh overall – four seconds in front of his father, Niall, who lost time with a puncture.  Elsewhere, Roy White lost time when he had to slow to remove a water bottle that had slipped to the floor of his MG S2000.  Late entry, Liam McCarthy spun his Toyota Corolla WRC.

Barrable gained an impressive 14 seconds from the second stage but O’Riordan was quickest on the final stage of the loop.  At the Collooney service halt, Barrable held a 13 second lead, his Skoda damaged its front spoiler after contact with a bollard, the Dubliner remarked that the rear tyres were a little too hard.  O’Riordan in second spot was 21 seconds ahead of new third placed driver, Kevin Barrett, who lost a few seconds on the opening stage when he slid wide exiting a right hand junction.  Maguire moved into fourth and although Colm Murphy occupied fifth, he withdrew due to transmission troubles.  The Limerick driver had no fifth gear in his Subaru and with no replacement gearbox, he decided to retire.

Garry Jennings (Mitsubishi) was next in classification.  The top ten also included Shane Maguire (Subaru), Wesley Patterson, who led the Modified category and the Mitsubishi pair of Sam Moffett and Trevor Bustard.  Retirements included Roy White (MG S2000) and John Cairns (Subaru)

 On the repeat of the stages, Barrable reigned supreme on stage four and five to extend his lead to 23 seconds but O’Riordan set a staggering pace through the sixth test to cut the deficit to eight seconds. At the service halt, the Cork driver opined, “I liked that stage (stage six), at the last service we changed the anti-roll bar and softened the dampers, it made a big difference.”

Meanwhile, rally leader, Barrable couldn’t explain why he lost all that time on S.S. 6.  Third placed Barrett, who was a minute behind O’Riordan, had a moment on S.S. 5 when his Subaru drifted wide. 

Jennings, in fourth, had an exhaust manifold problem but was only two seconds behind Barrett.  Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) lost time on S.S. 5 when he hit a chicane and stalled his Subaru WRC.

Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) held sixth place from Wesley Patterson (Escort) and Shane Maguire (Subaru), who shared equal seventh.  The final places in the top ten were held by Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) and Frank Kelly (Escort).  Liam McCarthy was just outside the top ten, his  Toyota Corolla WRC suffered injection problems.

 Gaining 16 seconds on Stage 7 and five seconds on the penultimate stage, Barrable entered the final test with a 29 second lead.  Although O’Riordan took 18 seconds off Barrable on the final stage, Barrable had done enough to take his first victory in a round of the Dunlop series to move to second overall in the series – eight points behind Tim McNulty.

At the Sligo finish, Barrable remarked, “We were under pressure on that final loop, but we got a good rhythm going, I knew Daragh would be quick on the final stage, but we did enough on the other two stages.”

 O’Riordan collected 18 Dunlop points for his second place finish and Barrett, who was third, completed the podium line-up.  Jennings took the Group N award and Patterson was the top performer in the Modified category.

 The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by David Leonard (Citroen Saxo), who was co-driven by Darragh Mullen, seeded at 32, they finished 18th and won Class 11.  

 Derek McGarrity (Subaru WRC) was the principal non-starter.                  

 1. R. Barrable/D. Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000) 1h. 15m. 34s.

2. D. O'Riordan/T. McDaid (Subaru WRC) 1h. 15m. 45s.

3. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC)1h. 17m. 33s.

4. G. Jennings/H. Blackburn (Mitsubishi Evo9)1h. 17m. 49s.

5. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC)1h. 17m. 55s.

6. S. Moffett/J. O'Reilly (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1h. 19m. 33s.

7. S. Maguire/C. Foley (Subaru) 1h. 19m. 36s.

8. T. Bustard/J. McCafferty (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1h. 20m. 07s.

9. W. Patterson/M. McGarrity (Ford Escort) 1h. 20m. 15s.

10. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 20m. 32s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 6): 1. T. McNulty 80pts; 2. R. Barrable 72pts; 3. S. Moffett 67pts; 4. K. Barrett 58pts; 5. L. McCarthy 56pts; 6. N. Maguire 49pts.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship.

2ND Overall Darragh O Riordan/Tony McDaid    Photo Joe Lane

 

3RD Overall Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally   Photo Joe Lane

Group Winners from Sligo 2011 Gary Jennings

 Launch of the Connaght Stages Rally at the Sligo Park Hotel 

 

 COC Paul Kiely at the Launch of the Connacht Stages Rally ........

 Seeded Entry List for Round 6 of the  Dunlop National Rally Championship the Connacht Sligo Stages Rally  Click Here

Colm Hamrogue from Gulf Oil and COC Paul Kiely at the Rally Launch 

Photo by James Burke http://www.jamesburke.biz/

Event News Regulations And Entry Form       Click Here

Link to the Sligo Park Hotel Rally HQ      Click Here

Dunlop Drive of the Day Winners 2011

Dunlop Drive of the Day Winners on Round 1 Birr Stages Rally Shane Maguire/ Charlie McEnery Photo by D Kelleher

 

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 Dunlop Drive of the Day Winners on Round 2 Monaghan Stages Rally Samantha Thom/Johnny Baird

  

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 Dunlop Drive of the Day  Winners on Round 3 Carlow Stages Rally Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth Photo by Barronpix

 

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Dunlop Drive of Day Winners on Round 4 Cavan Stages Rally

Frank Kelly Liam Brennan ........Photo by Brendan Flynn

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 Dunlop Drive of the Day Winners on Round 5 The Ravens Rock  Stages  Rally,

John McQuaid and Seamus O Connor with Laura Fuery  the Dunlop  Championship Registrar and Richard Talbot Dunlop Championship Chairman

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Dunlop Drive of the Day Winners on Round 6 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Sligo Stages Rally David David Leonard/Darragh Mullen

  

 "Rally.ie" National 2 Wheel Drive  Award

 Leaders of the National Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive Award after Round 5 Ravens Rock Stages Rally and Round 6 Sligo Stages Rally

 

Leaders of the Nationl Rally.ie 2 wheel drive Award after Round 5 Ravens Rock and Round 6 Sligo Stages Rally Frank Kelly/ Liam Brennan

Photo by Martin Walsh

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Leaders of the National Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive Award after Round 4 Cavan Stages Rally

 

Michael Conlon Adian Boyle Leaders of the Rally.ie National 2 Wheel Drive Award

Photo by Joe Lane

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Leaders of the Rally.ie National 2 Wheel Drive Award after Round 3 Carlow Stages Rally        David Condell/Sorcha Kelly.  

 Photo by     http://www.barronpix.com/

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Leaders of the Rally.ie National 2 Wheel Drive Award after Round 2 Monaghan Stages Rally.

 

 

 

      Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity lead the Rally.ie 2   Wheel Drive Award after Round two of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Monaghan Stages Rally Photo by Crspics.com

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 Leaders of the Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive Award after Round 1 Birr Stages Rally

  After a fantastic  6th O/A finish on the Opening Round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship the Birr Stages Rally Tommy Doyle and Liam Moynihan lead the Rally.ie 2 Wheel Drive Trophy after Round 1. Photo by Martin Walsh

 

 

    

Carrick-on-Suir Ravens Rock Stages Rally Round 5 Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 3 Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship

 

2011 Ravens Rock  Winners Craig Breen/ Gareth Roberts Ford Fiesta S200 Photo by Martin Walsh 

 BREEN ROCKS IN KILKENNY AS MURPHY TAKES MAXIMUM DUNLOP POINTS

 LEADING from start to finish, Waterford’s, Craig Breen (Ford Fiesta S2000) and his Welsh co-driver, Gareth Roberts, took a convincing victory in the Suirway Farm Machinery Raven’s Rock Rally, the fifth round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. 

At the end of the Kilkenny based event, Breen/Roberts were a minute and 45 seconds ahead of Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru), who took the maximum twenty points in the Dunlop series.  Third place went to Monaghan’s, Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) were 17 seconds further behind, they move into second in the Dunlop series – 26 points behind series leader, Tim McNulty, who was amongst the non-starters. Despite several problems, Washington James/Lllinos Jones Davies won the Modified category.  Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll (Honda Civic) won the Group N award.

 On the opening stage, Kells, Breen set the pace and opened up a 19 second advantage over both Colm Murphy (Subaru) and Seb Ling (Mitsubishi).  Murphy lost time when he clipped a stone and the wheel deflated, luckily, he was near the stage finish.  Meanwhile, Ed O’Callaghan (Ford Escort) was a further three seconds in arrears in fourth place.  Late entry, Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi), Frank Kelly (Escort) and Shane Maguire (Subaru) were next in classification.

Breen was also quickest through the remaining two stages of the loop to lead the Mitsubishi of Seb Ling by 47 seconds at the Chancellor’s Mills service halt. Breen remarked, “The stages are very fast, stage three in particular, I was probably a little too conservative with my tyre choice, the compound I selected was too soft.”

Ed O’Callaghan crashed his Escort near the finish of the third stage, earlier, on S.S. 2, Paul Mulcahy (Toyota Starlet), who was ninth overall after the first stage, also crashed out.

Ling had a good run through the second stage while Murphy clipped a bank.  Eoin Doyle (Subaru), who was fourth overall, had an overshoot on the second stage while he was concerned by a transmission glitch on the third test.  Moffett was fifth.  Washington James (Darrian) traversed most of the loop with a warped brake disc.  John McQuaid (Escort) held seventh.  Roy White, on his first rally in some three years, occupied eighth in his MG S2000, he opined that his pace increased as the rally progressed, he did experience some brake fade on the third stage.  Paddy O’Dwyer (Vauxhall Nova) and Lloyd Hutchinson (Mini), who completed the top ten, were both untroubled.  However, Shane Maguire (Subaru) lost some six minutes on S.S. 3 with transmission woes and he retired at the service halt.

 On the repeat loop, Breen continued to dominate and with three more fastest times, he arrived at the final service halt with a lead of a minute and 28 seconds over second placed, Colm Murphy (Subaru).  The rally leader, who spun on S.S. 4, admitted that he had slackened his pace.  Murphy was 15 seconds ahead of third placed Moffett, both enjoyed untroubled runs through the second loop. Doyle was similarly trouble free – albeit some four second behind Moffett.

Seb Ling’s rally ended when he crashed on S.S. 4 and David Condell put his Escort off the road on S.S. 5. Meanwhile, Frank Kelly (Escort) occupied fifth from Roy White, who reckoned his MG S2000 was down on power, particularly on S.S. 6 as it continued to misfire.

Washington James (Darrian) had to contend with an oil leak through the entire loop.  The top ten also featured the Escort trio of John McQuaid, Sam Smyth and Hereford’s, Jay Stanley.  Smyth reckoned that his Escort was handling a little errantly while he also endured a few minor overshoots.  Shay Power retired his Escort on S.S. 4 when the throttle cable snapped, ironically, a short distance from his home.

Elsewhere, Neil Williams (Escort) lost time when one of the spark plugs failed near the finish of S.S. 6 while Joe Connolly, also in an Escort, experienced a soft brake pedal on the same stage.

 Breen went on to take victory and complete a notable family double as winner of the event.  His father, Ray, a former Dunlop National Rally champion, won the rally in 2005 and 2008.  As Breen did not register, Murphy took maximum points in the Dunlop series while third placed Moffett took second placed points to move into second in the Dunlop series – 26 points behind the series leader, Tim McNulty.

 James was the highest placed in the Modified category while fifth placed Eoin Doyle (Subaru) overshot and stalled on the final stage.  Sixth placed Frank Kelly (Escort) reckoned he couldn’t have driven any harder.  Roy White in seventh, finished with a damaged air filter. 

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was annexed by Monaghan’s, John McQuaid (Ford Escort), who was co-driven by Kerry’s, Seamus O’Connor.  The final places in the top ten were claimed by Sam Smyth (Escort) and Lloyd Hutchinson).

 For various reasons, Dunlop series leader, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC), Niall Maguire, Kevin Barrett and Darren Gass, all in Subaru WRC’s, Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) and Wesley Patterson (Ford Escort) withdrew their entries.

 1. C. Breen/G. Roberts (Ford Fiesta S2000) 1h. 01m. 49s.

2. C. Murphy/D. Montgomery (Subaru) 1h. 03m. 34s.

3. S. Moffett/J. O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) 1h. 03m. 51s.

4. W. James/L. Jones-Edwards (Darrian) 1h. 04m. 02s.

5. E. Doyle/P. Brennan (Subaru WRC) 1h. 04m. 05s.

6. F. Kelly/L. Brennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 04m. 16s.

7. R. White/J. O/Brien (MG S2000) 1h. 04m. 25s.

8. J. McQuaid/S. O’Connor (Ford Escort) 1h. 05m. 19s.

9. S. Smyth/A. Smyth (Ford Escort) 1h. 05m. 22s.

10. L. Hutchinson/P. K. Flanagan (Mini) 1h. 06. 08s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 5): 1. T. McNulty 80pts; 2. S. Moffett 54pts; 3. R. Barrable 52pts; 4. L. McCarthy 48pts; 5. C. Murphy 44pts; 6. 6. K. Barrett 42pts; 7. N. Maguire 35pts; 8. F. Kelly 32 points

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MARBLE CITY GETS READY TO ROCK & DUNLOP 

Courtsy of Dunlop Sponsors of the National Rally Championship

 The Dunlop National Rally Championship reaches mid-point on Sunday next with the Suirway Farm Machinery Raven’s Rock Rally that is based in Kilkenny city. 

Event organisers, the Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club, have attracted a fine entry for this the 40th. running of their premier event that will be led away by club member and former Billy Coleman Award winner, Craig Breen.  The young Waterford driver will use his Ford Fiesta S2000, a car he drove on last year’s Mayo Rally.  For most of this season, Breen has driven a Fiesta R2, a car similar to what he uses on the WRC Academy series.  He remarked, “Up until now, all my non-WRC Academy events this year have all been test sessions for the Academy itself.  However, the Raven’s Rock fits into my schedule this year and using the S2000 gives me the best opportunity to take top honours next Sunday. Last season I debuted the S2000 on Irish soil and also gave the car its maiden win on the International Rally Northern Ireland, it would be nice to add a maiden win on a National Championship round.”

 Due to a variety of reasons, a number of the top ten seeded drivers have withdrawn their entries - series leader, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC), Dunlop regulars, Niall Maguire and Kevin Barrett, also in a Subaru WRC’s and Wesley Patterson (Ford Escort) will not be on the start line in Kilkenny. 

In addition, there’s a doubt about Armagh’s, Darren Gass (Subaru WRC), who is seeded at number five, he won the Circuit of Kerry a few months ago.

 Having missed the previous round in Cavan, Limerick’s, Colm Murphy in his Group N Subaru, returns to action and will have designs on repeating his podium finish on the opening round of the Dunlop series in Abbeyleix.  Cork driver, Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) is enjoying a consistent run in this Dunlop campaign, he occupies third overall – four points behind Barrable.  The top Modified entry is that of Limerick’s, Ed O’Callaghan (Ford Escort).  Local driver, Eoin Doyle (Subaru WRC) rounds off the top ten seeded drivers and will seek to make an impression on his home event.

The Group N entry also features Limerick’s, Eamonn Daly and Welsh ace, Sebastien Ling, both in Mitsubishi EvoIX‘s and Monaghan’s, Shane Maguire (Subaru)

Elsewhere, the nimble Darrian T90 of Welshman, Washington James will face the Escort brigade that also includes Sam Smyth, David Condell, Liam Howlett, Neil Williams, Frank Kelly and Shay Power.  Some of the other interesting entries are Paul Mulcahy (Toyota Starlet), Gwyn Thomas (Ford Puma), James Travers (Renault Clio), Lloyd Hutchinson (Mini Cooper) and Joe Connolly (Ford Escort).

 Cork driver, Daniel Cronin, the younger brother of double British Rally Champion, Keith, occupies the number 69 berth in his Peugeot 206.

Monaghan’s, David Moffett (Toyota Starlet) is the top seed in the Junior category where Kevin O’Connor (Citroen C2R2), John Doogan (Ford Escort) and Christopher Snow (Honda Civic) are amongst the line-up. 

The Historic category features the Ford Anglia of Seamus Anderson, John Hackett (Austin Mini) and Edward Flahavan (Lancia Fulvia).

 The ceremonial start takes place at High Street, Kilkenny on Saturday evening at 7.00pm.

 Organising Club: Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club. 

Clerk of the Course: John Rafter.       

Rally Headquarters:  Kilford Arms Hotel, Kilkenny.

 Ceremonial Start: High Street, Kilkenny, Saturday 19.00.

First Car Away:  08.38.

 S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Kells - 9.29, 12.20 & 15.11.

S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Tullaroan - 10.22; 13.13 & 16.04.  

S.S. 3, 6 & 9: Threecastles - 10.54; 13.45 & 16.36.   

 Service: 11.21 & 14.12.

Service Area: Chancellors Mills, Freshford Road, Kilkenny

 Top 10 seeds:

 1. C. Breen/G. Roberts (Ford Fiesta S2000)

2. T. McNulty/P. Kiely (Subaru WRC)

3. N. Maguire/TBA (Subaru WRC)

4. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC)

5. D. Gass/TBA (Subaru WRC)

6. C. Murphy/D. Montgomery (Subaru)

7. L. McCarthy/D. O’Mahony (Toyota Corolla WRC)

8. E. O’Callaghan/G. Clancy (Ford Escort)

9. W. Patterson/M. McGarrity (Ford Escort)

10. E. Doyle/P. Brennan (Subaru WRC)

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Positions after Round 4): 1. T. McNulty 80pts; 2. R. Barrable 52pts; 3. L. McCarthy 48pts; 4. K. Barrett 42pts; 5. S. Moffett 36pts; 6. N. Maguire 35pts; 7. S. Maguire 27pts; 8. C. Murphy 24pts; 9. M. Conlon 20pts; =10. M. Evans, F. Kelly & T. Bustard 18pts.  

   Up Dated Entry List  20/06/2011 Click Here

 Event News Regulations and entry form    Click Here

  Link to the Kilford Arms Hotel Rally HQ   Click Here

Info on Ravens Rock ,Stage Names,Sponsors,Stage Commanders & Marshal Meeting Points  Click Here

 

 John Rafter COC, Mave Butler Event Manager in the Hub and Craig Breen at the launch of the Ravens Rock Stages Rally for 2011  Photo by Trevor McGrath Rallyprint

2011 Ravens Rock Rally

 2011 sees the 40th anniversary of the Ravens Rock Rally, the premier event organised and promoted by the Carrick on Suir Motor Club. The rally will take place on Sunday the 26th of June and for the second year in succession be based in the Marble City of Kilkenny. Twelve months ago Threecastles man and Carrick MC Member John Rafter took charge as Clerk of the Course (His first time in the position) and John is back at the helm this year to lead the club on the anniversary of the event.

 Main Sponsors

 Suirway Farm Machinery (James Coleman)

 Kilford Arms Hotel (Pius Phlean) Rally Headquarters

 Tom Geraghty Tyres (New Sponsor for 2011) A specially designed advertisement sticker   containing the Tom Geraghty Logo Tyres name will be carried on each car competing in this year’s event.

 Chancellors Mills (John Dalton) Centralised scrutiny, parc ferme and service Area

 Kilkenny People Newspaper (When first approached, Sport Editor John Knox was eager to become involved and he and the paper have been instrumental in the advertising and publicising of the Irish Motorsport Expo and will carry this same enthusiasm in the lead up to the Ravens Rock.)

 Championships Involved in this year’s Event

 Dunlop National Rally Championship, Round 5 Dunlop National Junior Championship (Round 3)

 South East Stages Rally Championship (Round 5)

 Southern 4 Rally Championship (Round 3)

 Stage layout

 Stages are located to the South and East of Kilkenny City. Kells, Windgap, Kilmanagh, Freshford, Tullaroan areas.......

Stages have changed from last year. Similar geographical area and character but different stages.

 Ceremonial Start

 The rally will kick off with a ceremonial start on Saturday evening the 25th with a ceremonial start in High Street at 7pm. There will be a ceremonial start ramp and street entertainment. The top 10/15 competing crews and 10/15 selected crews will be paraded up the street and then interviewed on the ramp. Among the highlights will be Kilkenny’s Craig Breen, who’s currently taking part in the World Rally Championship and taking on the Ravens Rock in his Fiesta S2000, Tim McNulty who currently leading the Dunlop National Rally Championship, Barry O'Brien who’s driving the F.A.S.T. car (Read More Here

 

 1st Prize: Ravens Rock Rally 00 Navigator Seat with James  Coleman

This prize was part of a raffle held in connection with the Irish Motorsport Expo

Winner of the 00 Seat with James Coleman in his Mk11 Ford Escort on this years Ravens Rock Rally was Darren Stanley from Longford. Darren can now look forward to a weekend to remember at the end of June as he will first carry out his recce of the special stages with James on Saturday the 25th, then he will accompany James to the ceremonial start on Saturday evening, where he will be in the co drivers seat as James drives up High Street and on to the ceremonial ramp and the usual photo shoot.

Darren won't get much sleep I'm sure on Saturday night as he looks forward to the fastest spin of his life with James over the NINE SPECIAL STAGES that make up the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. Darren's prize doesn't end there however as he will round off the day by accompanying James to the finish ramp again in High Street where we will get his reaction to his high speed day in the Yellow Mk11.

 Incentives to Enter the Event

 1st Prize: Full Entry Refund

2nd Prize: Accommodation for two people for Saturday Night 25th June

3rd Prize: €100 voucher for tyres sponsored by Bill Adare

4th Prize: 25 Litres of Fuel, Sponsored by Drennan Oil

5th Prize: Twelve Months Subscription of Pacenotes Rally Magazine for both the Driver and Navigator

Closing date is Monday 13th of June and Draw will take place on Monday Evening.

 Bonus for Honda Crews

The top 3 finishing Honda cars in each of the relevant classes will qualify for a draw to Win 3 Prizes,

1st Prize:  €500

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize:  €200

 

Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages  Rally 2011 Round 4 of the  Dunlop National Rally Championship

Cavan Stages Rally on TG4 Saturday Morning June the 11th at 11.20 

Winners of the 2011 Kilmore Hotel Cavan Stages Rally Round 4 Dunlop National Rally Championship

,Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely with Paul Henry Kilmore Hotel (Sponsors) and Clerk of the Course Alan Cullinan

Photo by Laura Fuery

 

 McNULTY WINS CAVAN RALLY

 MEATH’s, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC), co-driven by Paul Kiely, continued his dominance of the Dunlop National Rally Championship with victory in the Hotel Kilmore Cavan Rally, the fourth round of the series.  They finished 24 seconds ahead of the Skoda Fabia S2000 of Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly with Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) a further 25 seconds behind in third.

The Group N category was won by Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) and the two-wheel drive award was won by Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort).

 Late entry, Barrable set the pace on the first stage albeit a second ahead of Dunlop series leader, McNulty with Maguire next best – six seconds further behind.  McNulty punched in the best time for the second stage even though he made a slight mistake; Barrable was quickest through the final stage of the loop.  At the Cavan service halt, McNulty, who held a five second lead, commented, “Everything is fine, the stages are tough, I made a small mistake on the second stage but nothing much to worry about. I have decided to go for a harder compound tyre for the second loop.”

Barrable was quite happy with his tyre choice and general performance.  Maguire was a further 17 seconds behind in third and admitted there was little he could do about matching the pace of the top duo.  Kevin Barrett (Subaru) was fourth as fifth placed Seamus Leonard (Subaru WRC) admitted he was a little rusty, he also stalled his car at the start line of the second stage.  Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) was untroubled in sixth.

Meanwhile, Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) had a number of niggling problems with the steering and anti-lag systems.  Elsewhere, the top ten also featured Shane Maguire (Subaru) who was four seconds behind Moffett;

Washington James (Darrian), who led the two-wheel category – three seconds ahead of Damien Gallagher (Ford Escort). 

Opening loop retirements included Manus Kelly, his Ford Escort stopped with alternator troubles, Declan Boyle (Ford Escort) while Adrian Hetherington put his Escort on its side on the opening stage.

 McNulty stretched his lead through stages four and five but made a slight error on the sixth stage where Barrable reigned supreme.  The net effect gave McNulty a nine second lead at the final service halt.  Barrable reckoned his tyres were too hard for the fourth stage but were perfect for the remaining stages.  Maguire continued to maintained third – some 15 seconds further adrift.  Barrett was trouble free in fourth with Leonard fifth.  Moffett had a strong run through the loop to move into sixth where he was followed by Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC)   

There was a change in the two-wheel drive category, Washington James (Darrian) who had moved 13 seconds ahead of Damien Gallagher (Escort) after S.S. 4, lost time with a broken steering arm.  By Stage 6, Gallagher, who was eighth overall, was 12 seconds ahead of the Escort of Michael Conlon.  James had dropped to 21st. in general classification.  Elsewhere, Trevor Bustard lost time when his Mitsubishi developed a misfire, he was eleventh overall followed by the Escorts of Sam Smyth and Frank Kelly.

 McNulty pushed hard through stages seven and eight and duly stretched his lead to 26 seconds and was able to slacken his pace on the final stage where Barrable was quickest.  Third placed Maguire had a major moment near the finish of the final stage but he survived to take 16 Dunlop points.  Barrett, who was fourth, reckoned his performance improved on the final loop.  Leonard was fortunate to finish due to a gearbox problem while a change of tyres saw McCarthy regain sixth. 

Moffett, who had a slight moment at a crossroads on the final stage, won Group N and Gallagher took the two-wheel drive award.  The top ten was completed by Trevor Bustard (Mitsubishi) and Michael Conlon (Ford Escort). 

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by Frank Kelly /Liam Brennan (Ford Escort).

 1. T. McNulty/P. Kiely (Subaru WRC) 1h. 00m. 33s.   

2. R. Barrable/D. Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000) 1h. 00m. 57s. 

3. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 1h. 01m. 22s.

4. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 02m. 19s.

5. S. Leonard/J. McCafferty (Subaru WRC) 1h. 02m. 54s

6. L. McCarthy/R. McSweeney (Toyota Corolla WRC) 1h. 04m. 15s.

7. S. Moffett/J. O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) 1h. 04m. 33s.

8. D. Gallagher/M. Walsh (Ford Escort) 1h. 04m. 35s.

9. T. Bustard/K. Bustard (Mitsubishi) 1h. 05m. 04s.

10. M. Conlon/A. Boyle (Ford Escort) 1h. 05m. 13s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional positions after Round 4): 1. T. McNulty 80pts; 2. R. Barrable 52pts; 3. L. McCarthy 48pts; 4. K. Barrett 42pts; 5. S. Moffett 36pts; 6. N. Maguire 35pts;

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Preview of the Kilmore Hotel Cavan Stages Rally  HERE

Entry List ,Final Instructions and Map of HQ,Scrutiny and Parc Ferme    HERE

 

Carlow Stages Rally Round 3 Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 2 Dunlop Junior Rally Championship

 

Dunlop Championship Leaders Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely Subaru WRC     Photo by Joe Lane 

McNULTY WINS CARLOW RALLY 

 The Mount Wolseley Country Resort Carlow Rally, the third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship was won by Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC), who finished 25 seconds ahead of the Skoda Fabia S2000 of Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly.   Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort) were third – 40 seconds further behind. 

location, his time loss was considerable as aMcKenna was quickest on the opening test, Tomduff, where he was two seconds in front of his fellow countyman and former triple national champion, Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) with Robert Barrable (Skoda Fabia S2000) a further four seconds behind in third.  The Mk. 2 Escort of Gary McPhillips occupied fourth with the Subaru WRC’s of Tim McNulty and Stephen Murphy completing the top six.  McNulty lost time with the suspension set-up.  Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) dropped time with a brief excursion to the scenery while Colm Murphy was caught out at the same spot All four corners of his Subaru showed signs of contact with an unforgiving fence, a bent wishbone made his Group N Subaru difficult to drive through the rest of the loop.  Sam Moffett retired his Mitsubishi with differential failure just a few kilometres from the stage finish.  Trevor Mulligan made an early exit – crashing his Escort between the first and second junctions of the first stage.

Having made some adjustments to the suspension system, McNulty set the best times on the second and third stages of the loop and arrived at the Tullow service halt with an eight second advantage.  Three drivers tied for second spot, Niall Maguire, Daniel McKenna and Robert Barrable lined up behind McNulty.  McKenna recounted a spin on the second test that cost him at least six seconds, he also expressed concern about the brake bias through the third stage.   Maguire was untroubled while Barrable clipped a bale on the second stage and then overshot a junction on the third test.  McPhillips was fifth with local ace and former back to back national champion, Stephen Murphy (Subaru WRC) sixth in general classification.  The Carlow ace opined, “I’m braking far too early for corners, but I’m gradually increasing my pace, it’s been four years since my last outing.”

Simon Mauger, who was seeking a hat-trick of wins in the Mk. 2 Challenge retired at the start of S.S. 3, Ballintemple, when his car failed to start, on the opening test, he clipped a wheel rim, his time for the stage was 22 seconds off the pace set by McKenna, who was six seconds faster than the British ace on the second stage.

Through the second loop, McNulty increased his pace and even though McKenna matched him through S.S. 5, McNulty arrived at the penultimate service with a twenty second lead over Robert Barrable (Skoda), both enjoying untroubled runs.  Niall Maguire was third five seconds further behind despite a spin on the sixth stage, McKenna was only a second behind.   The top six also featured the Escort of Gary McPhillips and Stephen Murphy (Subaru WRC), who took a minute and one second off his previous run through the loop.  McPhillips stated that his tyres were not working well as his car was filling the road.  The top ten also included Kevin Barrett, his opening stage excursion had knocked his confidence, it was a similar situation for Colm Murphy, who occupied equal eighth place with the Toyota Corolla of Liam McCarthy.  The Darrian of Washington James was tenth.  Elsewhere, late entry, Sean Flanagan retired his Subaru after a visit to the Carlow scenery went awry and knocked a wheel off.

 On the final loop, Maguire bowed out on junction four of S.S. 7 when his Subaru WRC failed to select gears.  McNulty, who changed the power steering pump at each of the three service halts, took victory to maintain his one hundred per cent record in the Dunlop campaign.  Barrable, in second, moves into second place in the series.   McKenna took the final spot on the podium.

Meanwhile, Stephen Murphy (Subaru WRC) came home in fourth place with Gary McPhillips (Escort), Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) and Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC) completing the top seven. 

The Dunlop “Driver of the Day” award was won by Sam Smyth, he was eighth overall in a top ten rounded off by the similar Escorts of Adrian Hetherington and David Condell.  Stephen Cullen (Subaru) won the Group N category from Colm Murphy, who lost fifth gear on the final stage.

 Meanwhile, the rally also incorporated the second round of the Dunlop Junior Rally Championship with Monaghan’s, John Doogan (Escort) taking a seven second victory over Meath’s, Chris Snow (Honda Civic).  Cork driver, Pat Barry (Honda Civic) was third – a minute and 35 seconds further behind.

  1. T. McNulty/P. Kiely (Subaru WRC) 1h. 06m. 22s.   

2. R. Barrable/D. Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000) 1h. 06m. 47s. 

3. D. McKenna/A. Grennan (Ford Escort) 1h. 07m. 27s.

4. S. Murphy/B. Collins (Subaru WRC) 1h. 08m. 24s.

5. G. McPhillips/P. Sheridan (Ford Escort) 1h. 08m. 26s.  

6. K. Barrett/S. Mullally (Subaru WRC) 1h. 08m. 48s.

7. L. McCarthy/D. O’ Mahony (Toyota Corolla WRC) 1h. 09m. 21s.

8. S. Smyth/A. Smyth (Ford Escort) 1h. 09m. 57s.

9. A. Hetherington/G. Nolan (Ford Escort)  1h. 10m. 32s.

10. D. Condell/S. S. Cullen/S. O’Grady (Subaru) 1h. 0m. 37s.

 Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional positions after Round 3): 1. T. McNulty 60 points; 2. R. Barrable 34 points; 3. L. McCarthy 33 pts. 

 Competitor info on the Carlow Stages Rally

www.mkiichallenge.com/competitors.php

 Seeded Entry List for Carlow Stages Rally Round 3 Dunlop National Rally Championship 2011

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Carlow Stages Rally 2011 

 

 

 

  McNULTY HEADS ENTRY IN CARLOW

DUNLOP National Rally Championship leader, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) headlines Sunday’s Mount Wolseley Hotel Carlow Rally, the third round of the series, as he bids to maintain his one hundred per cent record in the series.
Having retired from last week’s Rally of the Lakes in Killarney, the Meath ace will renew rivalry with his Dunlop colleagues in the nine stage Tullow based event that returns to the national scene after a lapse of a number of years. 
Second seed, Monaghan’s, Niall Maguire, a former triple champion, is currently in fourth spot in the series – trailing McNulty by 21 points - having netted second place points in his home event in Monaghan last time out.
Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett, also driving a Subaru WRC, will be seeking a strong result to get back into contention.
Former double winning Irish national rally champion, Stephen Murphy (1995 & 1996) makes his first appearance in some four years, he will drive the S11 Subaru WRC that Derek McGarrity drove to victory in the recent Circuit of Ireland Rally.
Even though it is his local event and has one stage virtually at his back door, it’s not the principal reason for competing, he remarked, “I just wanted to compete on some event, the opportunity arose and this suits me perfectly at this particular time.” 
Murphy’s last foray in a rally car was in the 2007 Donegal International Rally, however, he crashed out on that occasion.  “Essentially, this is just a bit of fun, I have been too long out of it and I’m on the wrong side of fifty to be starting rallying again, it’s for my own enjoyment.”
Top Group N driver, Limerick’s, Colm Murphy (Subaru) is seeded at number five and having made a quick exit in Monaghan, he will be aiming for the type of performance that yielded third overall in the opening round.
Fresh from finishing second in the Pirelli International Rally last weekend, Robert Barrable (Skoda Fabia S2000) will also tackle the Carlow Car Club organised event.  The Billy Coleman Award winner netted a fine third in Monaghan and could be the surprise packet in Carlow.
The top ten is completed by Cork driver, Liam McCarthy (Toyota Corolla WRC), who is third in the series, second placed Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi), Stuart Darcy (Mitsubishi) and fellow Group N ace, Shane Maguire (Subaru).

The rally also includes the popular Escort Mk. 2 Challenge with British driver, Simon Mauger facing some of the top Irish aces.  Monaghan’s, Gary McPhillips and Daniel McKenna will provide ample opposition in a category that also includes Rodney Wilton, Trevor Mulligan, Adrian Hetherington, John Waring, David Condell, along with overseas drivers, Neil Williams and Thomas Davies.

Elsewhere in the 135 plus entry are Washington James (Darrian), John Hendy (Toyota Corolla) and Carlow club members, James Travers (Renault Clio), Colin O’Toole (Opel Corsa) and Sam Smyth (Escort).

Other interesting entries are those of Motorsport Ireland Rallies Committee chairperson, James Coleman (Escort) and former Carlow Clerk of the Course, Joe Connolly, both in Mk. 2 Ford Escorts.

Organising Club: Carlow Car Club. 
Clerk of the Course: Aidan Kelly.      
Rally Headquarters: Mount Wolseley Hotel

First Car Away: Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow. 08.30.  

S.S. 1, 4 & 7: 09.32; 12.21 & 15.10.
S.S. 2, 5 & 8: 10.05; 12.54 *& 15.43. 
S.S. 3, 6 & 9: 10.39; 13.28 & 16.17.  

Service: Tullow Mart: 11.13 & 14.02.

Finish Ramp: Mount Wolseley Hotel. 16.49

Top 10 Starters:

1. Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru WRC)
2. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)
3. Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC)
4. Stephen Murphy/Billy Collins (Subaru WRC)
5. Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru)
6. Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)
7. Liam McCarthy/Denis O'Mahony (Toyota Corolla WRC)
8. Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi)
9. Stuart Darcy/Eamonn Walsh (Mitsubishi)
10. Shane Maguire/Charlie McEnery (Subaru)

Dunlop National Rally Championship (Provisional Positions after Round 2): 1. T. McNulty 40pts; 2. S. Moffett 24pts; 3. L. McCarthy 21pts; 4. N. Maguire 19pts; =5. M. Evans & S. Maguire 18pts & =7. C. Murphy & R. Barrable 16pts, 9. W. Patterson 15pts & =10. S. Simpson & D. O’Riordan 14pts.

       Round 3 Dunlop National Rally Championship

Round 2 Junior Dunlop National Rally Championship

Preparations are well underway for the 2011 Carlow Stages Rally. First of all the club would like to thank all competitors who have supported our event in previous years and hopefully we can look forward to seeing you all again this year. The rally will take place on May 8th   and the club are delighted to welcome back The Dunlop National Championship as a counting round of this year’s event, it will also be a counting round for the Junior Dunlop National Championship. Clerk of the course Aidan Kelly and his team have come up with some very challenging stages for this year’s event, with a total of 9 stages on offer, 3x3 format totalling up to 130 stage kilometres. This year’s entry fee is set at €495 for the main field and €250 for the juniors. The Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is the new headquarters for this years rally, the launch for the rally will take place in the hotel on April 21st at 8.30pm and all are welcome

Link to Club Web Site for Regulations / Event Information and Unseeded Entries to Date  HERE

Link to Rally HQ Mount Wolseley Hotel   HERE

                                      

 

Monaghan Stages Rally Change of TV  Time Schedule on TG4   

 Monaghan Stages Rally can be viewed  on the TG4 Player on http://www.tg4.tv/

  • The Monaghan Stages Rally Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship will be Shown on TG4 at 9.45am this Saturday April the 30th and not as advertised at  10.20am as earlier stated .Sorry for the late change to the Time Schedule as this is beyond  our control.

  •  Monaghan Stages Rally 2011 Round 2 Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 1 Dunlop National Junior Rally Championship

     

    Winners of the Hill Grove Hotel Monaghan Stages Rally 2011 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely Subaru S12B 

      

     Photo DBPics Declan Boyle

    Results Monaghan Stages Rally  April 17th  HERE

     

    Monaghan Stages Rally On Motors TV

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    IRISH NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RD 2 : MONAGHAN STAGES RALLY
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  • Dunlop National Rally Championship on TV for 2011 

     

     TG4,Motors TV and Sky Sports will broadcast the 10 Rounds of the  Dunlop National Rally Championshp in  2011, 

    The TG4 programme will be broadcast on Saturday Mornings at 10.20am.    

    Saturdays Dates are as follows...
    19th  March Birr Stages Rally   not the 26th as advertised..
    30th  April Monaghan.Stages Rally at 9.45am not 10.20am 
    21st  May Carlow Stages Rally 
    11th  June Cavan Stages Rally
    9th    July  Carrick-o-Suir Ravens Rock Stages Rally
    23rd  July Sligo Stages Rally
    10th  Sept Galway Summer Stages Rally
    1st    October Clare Stages Rally
    22nd October Donegal Harvest Stages Rally
    12th  November Skibbereen Fastnet Stages Rally

    These programmes will also be broadcast on the Following Monday night after each of these dates. Times TBA. 

     

     

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