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Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally - 1 Apr 07

Posted: April 4, 2007 1:20 PM - 22906 Hits

Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry - 1st April 2007
Round 2 - 2007 National Rally Championship
Round 2 - 2007 West Coast Rally Championship

  • O'Mahony and Higgins enjoy success on Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally
  • ELLIOTT WINS CIRCUIT OF KERRY
    MacHALE LEADS DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
    Report courtesy of Dunlop - sponsors of the National Rally Championship
  • Results
  • Photos

Photo: Eoin O'Sullivan

Posted: April 4, 2007 1:20 PM


O'Mahony and Higgins enjoy success on Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally

Carrigaline driver Brian O’Mahony finished an impressive 11th overall and first in class on Sunday’s (1 April) Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally.

  O’Mahony and Mayo co-driver John Higgins had a trouble free run in round two of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, which they are contesting this season, and earned themselves maximum points in class 6 in their OM Concrete Products and Fitzsamuels Insurance-backed Super 1600 Renault Clio, run by O’Leary Motorsport.

  The crew led their class throughout the entire day across the 140km of tarmac stages with the only minor problem coming from the brakes, which had been a bit off early on, as they also finished as the first 2WD car on the Tralee-based event.  

“It’s the best result we’ve had in a while, so I’m really, really pleased,” said 22-year-old O’Mahony.  

“We achieved our target by both winning the class and by getting a good overall result to get our championship push well on its way and some points in the bag.

  “The car ran faultlessly, apart from a minor problem with the brakes, and the stages went well. Hopefully this has set the tone for the rest of the season now.”

  It is the pair’s first championship points of the year as they failed to finish the opening round of the Dunlop National series, the Mayo Stages Rally, last month.

  O’Mahony and Higgins will next be in action in round three of the championship, the Monaghan Stages Rally, on April 22.



GpN Winners: Mike Curran/Fabian McShane

ELLIOTT WINS CIRCUIT OF KERRY
MacHALE LEADS DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Report courtesy of Dunlop - sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Driving a Subaru WRC, Cavan’s, Patrick Elliott and his co-driver, Paul Goodman, won the Tralee based Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry, the second round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. At the conclusion of the rally, they were a minute and six seconds ahead of second placed, Aaron MacHale/Derek Brannigan (Ford Focus). Despite having to cope without the aid of power steering over the final two stages, they retained second place - a position that was sufficient to promote them into the lead of Dunlop National Rally Championship. Glen Allen/Damien Connolly (Toyota Corolla WRC) were third.

Michael Curran/Fabian McShane (Mitsubishi) won the Group N category. Meanwhile, the top two-wheel drive performance came from Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins. On board their Renault Clio, they finished a magnificent eleventh place overall and Class 6 winners by over a minute.

The major retirement was that of pre-event Dunlop National Rally Championship leaders, Ray Breen/Damien Morrissey, who broke the back rear hub of their Ford Focus WRC just three miles into the opening stage after they clipped a rock.

MacHale established a seven second lead over Elliott on the opening stage on the outskirts of Castleisland with Noel Redmond, in his new S12 Subaru, a further three seconds behind. Pre-even Dunlop Championship leader, Ray Breen was a first stage retirement when his Ford Focus clipped a rock, the impact broke a rear hub and retirement. Michael Curran was the top Group N driver on the stage, he was sixth overall behind Glen Allen and Kevin Barrett. Seamus Leonard (Mitsubishi) lost time with gear linkage trouble but was still second quickest in the showroom category.

Out on S.S. 2, Elliott controlled proceedings and moved into a two second lead over MacHale, who lost a few seconds when he spun on gravel. Allen moved up to third - the brake problems that thwarted his efforts on S.S. 1 seemed to disappear. Redmond stalled at the stat of S.S. 2 and lost considerable time as he tried to fire his S12 in action, that saw him drop to fourth – 32 seconds off the leader. Kevin Barrett in fifth was troubled by a vibration from the brakes. Meanwhile, Michael Curran (Mitsubishi) continued to lead Group N and remarked that he was taking a steady pace. He was four seconds in front of rival, Seamus Leonard, the pair setting equal times through the stage. Jack Sleator, Niall Maguire and Sean Gallagher, all in Subaru WRC’s, rounded off the top ten.

With the cancellation of Special Stage 3, Elliott stretched his lead on S.S. 4 to 17 seconds, second placed, Aaron MacHale losing time with steering woes; third placed Glenn Allen closed to within 15 seconds of the Dubliner. Elliott made some changes to the suspension set up of his Subaru and at the service halt at the Tralee Racecourse, he remarked that the changes had a profound effect on the performance of the car.

Redmond continued in fourth with Group N pacesetter, Michael Curran the barometer of the showroom contenders. Yet another fastest stage time saw him slot into fifth ahead of Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC). Niall Maguire (Subaru) and Seamus Leonard shered seventh, the latter eight seconds behind fellow Group N driver, Michael Curran. Sean Gallagher and Jack Sleator completed the top ten.

Stages 5 and 6 were cancelled due to a fatal accident on the main Castleisland/Abbeyfeale road. Out on the penultimate stage, Elliott blitzed his rivals, he was some 37 seconds faster than MacHale, who had to traverse the stage without power steering, remarkably, he retained second spot. Allen lost third when Redmond set the second quickest time to displace the Tyrone driver. In Group N, Seamus Leonard was quickest through the stage, but Michael Curran was very much in control of the category. Redmond crashed out of the rally on the final stage as MacHale, without the power steering, clinched runner-up spot in the event and take the lead in the Dunlop National Rally Championship. Third placed Allen had brake woes on the final stage. Curran took a magnificent fourth. Subaru pair, Kevin Barrett and Niall Maguire were fifth and sixth respectively.

The top ten also included Seamus Leonard, Sean Gallagher, Jack Sleator and Alan Ring, the latter, the reigning Group N champion, was third in the category, elsewhere, Kevin Kelleher and Gabriel Martin were next in the showroom class.

In the race for two-wheel drive supremacy, former Irish and British Super1600 champion, Brian O’Mahony (Renault Clio) turned in a great performance, particularly over the closing stages, to clinch the spot and eleventh overall. Local duo, Mike Quinn/Sean Enright (Ford Escort) were second in the two wheel drive category, a mere second in front of Anthony O’Halloran/Sean Moriarty (Opel Manta).


Results
1 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 36m 29s,
2 Aaron MacHale/Derek Brannigan (Ford Focus WRC) 37m 35s,
3 Glenn Allen/Damien Connolly (Toyota Corolla WRC) 38m 03s,
4 Kevin Barrett/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 38m 09s,
5 Mike Curran/Fabian McShane (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) GpN 38m 15s,
6 Niall Maguire/Paul McLaughlin (Subaru Impreza WRC) 38m 20s,
7 Seamus Leonard/John McCafferty (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) GpN 38m 24s,
8 Sean Gallagher/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC) 38m 29s,
9 Jack Sleator/Andrew Purcell (Subaru Impreza WRC) 38m 53s,
10 Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Subaru Impreza N12B) GpN 39m 10s.

JUNIORS:
1 Kenneth Hogan/Clair Hogan (Civic) 16m 43s
2 Barry Ryan/Donal Falvey (Escort) 17m 06s,
3 Gary Dineen/T J Murphy (Escort) 17m 19s.

Leaders After:
SS1 Aaron MacHale/Derek Brannigan (Ford Focus WRC)
SS2-8 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Stage Winners SS1 Aaron MacHale/Derek Brannigan (Ford Focus WRC)
SS2 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Cancelled
SS4 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Cancelled
SS6 Cancelled
SS7 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS8 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)

First 2WD Car - Brian O'Mahony/John Higgins

PRE EVENT NEWS
  • DUNLOP CONTENDERS HEAD FOR CIRCUIT OF KERRY
  • O’Mahony and Higgins ready for round two
  • Programme Outlets
  • Updated Entry list - 27/03/07
  • Time & Distance Schedule, Final Instructions 1 and Scrutiny Time Table available.
  • Entry Lists
  • Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry Rally Launch.
  • Regulations on line
  • Details
  • Reminder to book accomadation early

Ted Fitzgearld (Mayor of Tralee) Christy Carey,
Jimmy Deenihan (TD) Richard Talbot, Kevin O Donoghue,
Dave Griffin, Danny Leane, Colin O'Donoghue
John Sullivan, John Hillard, Senan Raggett (COC)
at the launch of the Circuit of Kerry. Photo: autopix.ie

30/03/07
DUNLOP CONTENDERS HEAD FOR CIRCUIT OF KERRY
Dunlop National Rally Championship leader, Ray Breen (Ford Focus WRC) heads an impressive entry list for the Tralee based Club Fabric sponsored Circuit of Kerry, the second round of the series on Sunday April 1st.

The Kilkenny driver, who won the series in 2005, collected top points in Kerry last season when he finished second behind Tim McNulty, who wasn’t registered for the Dunlop championship. Breen is very satisfied with his performance on the first round, “I was delighted with the victory and the top points, it was a pity that Patrick (Elliott) retired, but it is a long season and anything can happen. It will be a tough battle and I have no doubt that Patrick (Elliott) will be more determined than ever.”

Breen attributed his win in Mayo to the fact that it was his third outing in similar conditions, “The roads in Mayo were very slippery and I had driven in those conditions in Galway and Birr and I suppose I wasn’t fazed by them. The stages in Kerry will be different, they are usually a good surface and more predictable.” Apart from Elliott, Breen remarked that Aaron MacHale and Noel Redmond will also be a threat, “Aaron was very good on the last four stages in Mayo and if he can find that form early in Kerry, I have no doubt that he will be a strong force. Noel (Redmond) will have gained a lot of confidence from his third place and should also figure well.”

Having retired at the first junction of the opening stage in Mayo, last year’s Dunlop runner-up, Patrick Elliott will be keen to get his championship back on course. Even though competitors can drop two out of their ten events, Elliott, a regular Dunlop competitor for several years, knows that he has to make inroads on Breen’s position as quickly as possible.

MacHale, the only driver to break Breen’s dominance of fastest stage times in Mayo when he was quickest over the penultimate stage, is aware that a quick start is important. Noel Redmond, who wasn’t seeded in the top ten in Mayo, will be hoping to get closer to Breen’s pace and build on the third place he netted in the west of Ireland. Another driver with a desire to increasing his pace is Glen Allen (Toyota Corolla WRC), who made a late charge to net fourth place on the opening round.

Having missed the first round, Martin Doherty (Subaru WRC) makes his debut in the current series in Kerry where he is seeded ahead of former triple champion, Niall Maguire. The top ten also includes Kevin Barrett, Sean Gallagher and Noel McCarrick, all in Subaru WRC’s.

The quality of the Group N category, who are vying for the Patterson’s RallyNews Award, is at an all time high. Defending champion, Alan Ring (Subaru), sixth in the showroom class in Mayo heads the pack in Kerry. His title adversaries include Mitsubishi aces, Mike Curran, Seamus Leonard, Kevin Kelleher, Gabriel Martin and Eamonn Daly along with Subaru duo, Willie Fannin and Ian Barrett.

The two-wheel drive category features locals, Mike Quinn and John Kearney in Ford Escorts along with Anthony O’Halloran (Opel Manta), Aidan Walsh, Ollie O’Reilly, Wesley Patterson and Ed Synan, all in Ford Escorts. .

The Super 1600 class includes Brian O’Mahony (Renault Clio), Ken O’Neill (Ford Puma) and David Delaney (Ford `Fiesta), the Citroen C2’s of Barry Evans and Paul Manton and Sarah Moynihan (Peugeot 206). O’Mahony led the class by a couple of minutes in Mayo only to slip off the road (albeit at a slow speed) and out of the rally on the penultimate stage.

The organisers, the Kerry Motor Club, are holding a ceremonial start in the Tralee Town Square at 6.30 on Saturday evening. Along with overall sponsor, the Tralee Vintners and the Brandon Hotel are the associate sponsors of the eight-stage event. The club are also donating part of the programme sales to the Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society.

DETAILS:
Organising Club: Kerry Motor Club.
Clerk of the Course: Senan Raggett.
Rally Headquarters: The Brandon Hotel.

First Car Away: 09.00
Stages:
S.S. 1&5: Castleisland 10.00 & 14.23
S.S. 2&6: Ballymacelligott 10.37 & 15.00
S.S. 3 &7: Knocknagoshal 12.23 & 16.41
S.S. 4&8: Lyracrompane 12.52 & 17.10

Service:
Tralee Racecourse after stages 2 (11.14), 4 (13.17) & 6 (15.37).

Finish:
Tralee Town Square: 17.38
O’Mahony and Higgins ready for round two
Carrigaline driver Brian O’Mahony will be in action in round two of the Dunlop National Rally Championship when he contests the Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally this Sunday (1 April).

O’Mahony and Mayo co-driver John Higgins are aiming to notch-up their first points of the season when they return to the wheel of their OM Concrete Products and Fitzsamuels Insurance-backed class 6 Super 1600 Renault Clio following a DNF (did not finish) on the opening round, the Mayo Stages Rally, earlier this month.

The crew last competed on the Circuit of Kerry in 2004 in a Ford Ka and it was the first time O’Mahony won his class on an event and he is hoping for a similar result this weekend.

“Our target for Sunday is to get a good overall finish and we will also be pushing to take the class 6 honours as well,” the 22-year-old said.

“The last time I did this rally I had a really good run and I won the class in the Ka so hopefully we will have the same success this time out. It’s important that we get a strong finish and some points after the non-finish in Mayo and then we can get our championship push well on the way.”

The Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally is based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, and uses 140km of stage miles across the tarmac.

O’Mahony and Higgins are contesting all 10 rounds of the Dunlop National Rally Championship this season along with other selected events including two rounds of the Global Group Irish Tarmac Championship (ITC) and they also plan to compete in two rounds of the World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Finland and their home event, Rally Ireland.


29/03/07
Programme Outlets
    Spar Oakpark rd., Tralee
    Spar Castlemaine rd., Tralee
    Healys Londis (Kelloil), Tralee
    Counihans, Princes st., Tralee
    Spar Monavalley, Tralee
    The Brandon Hotel, Tralee

    The Six Crosses

    Sheehys Londis Ballyduff

    Anne Mac's Statoil Station Tralee rd., Castleisland

    Moloneys Shell Station Killarney rd., Abbeyfeale

    Moriarty's Centra, Farranfore
Progammes contain Stage maps, full timetable etc.
27/03/07
Updated Entry list

OUT
8
20
23
50
51
58
62
77
86
98
114
130
158
173
192
199
201
204

IN
153
154
155
156
157
159
160
161
162
163
164
165


23/03/07
Time & Distance,Final Instructions 1 and Scrutiny Time Table available on:
21/03/07
Entry Lists

No Driver/Co-Driver (Car ) [Class]
1 Breen, Ray/Morrissey, Damien (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
2 Elliott, Patrick /Goodman, Paul (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 MacHale, Aaron/Brannigan, Derek (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
4 Redmond, Noel/Healy, Ger (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
5 Allen, Glen/Connolly, Damien (Toyota Corolla WRC) [8]
6 Doherty,Martin/Falvey,Diarmuid (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
7 Maguire, Niall/McLoughlin, Paul (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
8 McCarthy, Liam/Murphy, Kieran (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
9 Barrett, Kevin/Goodman, Barry (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
10 Gallagher, Sean/Sherry, Enda (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
11 McCarrick, Noel/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
12 Ring, Alan/Deasy, Adrian (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
14 Curran, Mike/MacShane, Fabian (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
15 Leonard, Seamus/McCafferty, John (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
16 Kelleher, Kevin/Kelleher, Martin (Mitubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
17 Martin, Gabriel/Robbinson, Paddy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
18 Fannin,Willie/Courtney, Mick (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
19 Barrett, Ian/O'Flaherty, Owen (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
20 Wray, Frank/McNulty, Joe (Mitsibushi Lancer Evo 6) [4]
21 Mc Nulty, David/Kilmurray, John (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
22 Daly, Eamon/Young, John (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
23 Lenihan, Tadhg/Kane, Mark (Subaru Impreza N11) [4]
24 Sleator, Jack/Purcell, Andrew (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
25 Costello, Fergal/Gilhooly, Shane (Mitsubishi Lancer ) [4]
26 Courtney, Mark/Foley, Conor (Toyota Celica) [15]
27 Quinn, Mike/Enright, Sean (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
28 O'Halloran, Anthony/O'Halloran, Larry (Opel Manta) [14]
29 Kearney, John/O'Connell, Denis (Ford Escort) [13]
30 Walsh, Aidan/Casey, Jim (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
31 O'Reilly, Ollie/Kierans, Arthur (Ford Escort G3) [13]
32 Patterson, Wesley/Guest, Ruth (Ford Escort MKII) [13]
33 Synan, Ed/Cusack, Kieran (Ford Escort) [13]
34 MacHugh, Joe/MacHugh, Dermot (Ford Escort Cosworth) [15]
35 Sweeney, Frank/O'Connor, Seamus (Ford Escort) [13]
36 Colman, James/O'Neill, Owen (Ford Escort) [13]
37 Fitzmaurice, Thomas/Mc Carthy, Keith (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
38 Hilliard, Ray/TBA (Mitsibushi Evo 9) [4]
39 O Mahoney, Brian/Higgins, John (Renault Clio) [6]
40 Hickey, Charlie/Hickey, Johnny (Ford Escort Rs) [13]
41 Elliott, Paul/Keena, Alan (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
42 Reidy, Gary/Naughton, Patrick (Ford Escort) [13]
43 Garry, Eddie/Kelleher, Kevin (Subaru Impreza) [4]
44 Lyons,Sean/Collins,Tom (Subaru Impreza) [4]
45 Kelly, Peter/Mc Sweeney, Craig (Ford Escort) [14]
46 Curley, Tom/Horan, Paul (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
47 Mc Quaid, Mick/TBA (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
48 Bustard, Trevor/Bustad, Kenny (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [4]
49 Flanagan, Sean/Miller, Brian (Subaru Impreza) [4]
50 Mc Enroe, Paul/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [8]
51 Woods, Russell/Byrne, Martin (Ford Escort) [13]
52 Danaher, John/TBA (Ford Escort) [14]
53 Hickey,John/Burke, Nicky (Fubaru Escasy) [15]
54 Egan, Padraig/Moloney, Rory (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
55 McDevitt, Paul/Boyle, John (Toyota Corolla) [11]
56 Ryan, Pat/Collins, Derry (Ford Escort) [9]
57 Kelly Pat/Flynn, Martin (Subaru Impreza) [4]
58 O'Connell, Niall/Liston, John (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [4]
59 Callanan, Pat/Shiel, Kenneth (Honda Civic R) [7]
60 O'Neill, Ken/TBA (Ford Puma) [6]
61 Power, Shay/Croagh, Martin (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
62 Delaney, David/TBA (Ford Fiesta) [6]
63 Carey, Christy/Talbot, Richard (Subaru Impreza) [8]
64 Ward, Martin/Conroy-Ward, Linda (Ford Sierra) [14]
65 Morris, John/Sylver, Declan (Ford Escort Cosworth) [15]
66 Hilliard, John/Dowling, Michael (Subaru Impreza) [8]
67 Cavanagh, William/Cavanagh-Woods, Dorothy (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
68 Cassidy, James/Cassidy, Joe (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
69 Reddington, John/Rudden, Brian (Ford Escort) [13]
70 Barry, Pat/O'Connel, Stephen (Ford Sierra) [14]
71 O'Sullivan, Tommy/Barrett, Tom (Ford Escort G4) [12]
72 Walsh, Mike/Ryan, Ger (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
73 Kenny, Mike/Stack, Gene (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
74 Mulcare, Liam/Meede, Sean (Ford Escork MKII) [12]
75 Kenneally, William/Hickey, Seamus (Ford Escort) [11]
76 O'Connor, Michael Snr/O'Keeffe, Sinead (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
77 Murphy, John David/Murphy, Gerard Anthony (Subaru Impreza) [4]
78 Evans, Barry/Lyons, David (Citreon C2) [6]
79 Manton, Paul/Carroll, John (Citreon C2) [6]
80 Roche, Ian/Roche, Paul (Peugeot 206) [6]
81 Gormally, Tom/Forde, Ross (Honda Civic R) [3]
82 Doyle, Tommy/O'Donoghue, Andy (Ford Puma) [6]
83 Hennessy, Jerome/Mulcahy, Martin (Ford Escort MkII) [10]
84 Sheahan, Mark/TBA (Renault Clio) [6]
85 Hally, Michael/Fitzpatrick, Ray (Honda Civic) [11]
86 O'Rourke, Paddy/O' Regan, Geroid (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
87 Casey, Paudie/TBA (Toyota Corolla) [13]
88 Lee,Eamon/Forde,Ann Marie (Ford Escort) [13]
89 Clifford, Jason/Michael Ray Stack (Peugeot 205) [13]
90 Roe, David/Nolan, Robert (Ford Escort MKII) [13]
91 Kelliher, Kenneth/O'Connor, Brendan (Ford Escort) [11]
92 Dowling, Denis/Russell, Jason (Ford Escort) [14]
93 O'Carroll, Cornelius/Flahive, T.J. (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
94 Corrigan, John/Dorerty, Kerion (Seat Ibiza) [7]
95 Dennehy, Michael/Slattery, Travis (Ford Sierra Cosworth) [14]
96 Doherty, Niall/Balfe, Seani (Peugeot 206) [6]
97 Muldoon, Tom/TBA (Mitsubishi Evo 8) [4]
98 O'Sullivan, Joe/O'Shea, Paul (Mitsubishi Evo 6) [4]
99 Ahern, Paul/Murphy,Kieran (Subaru impreza) [4]
100 Enright, Tim/Stephen Buckley (Mitsubishi Evo) [15]
101 Quirke, Martin/Hurley, John (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
102 McQuaid, John/Smyh, David (Ford Escort) [11]
103 Leslie, David/Kelliher, Anthony (Toyota Corolla) [11]
104 Nelligan,Mike/TBA (Opel Astra) [7]
105 McCreesh, Thomas/MacEvoy, Sean (Toyota Starlet) [11]
106 Carolan, Thomas/Smith, Declan (Ford Escort) [9]
107 Lernihan, John/Barry, James (Mitsubishi Evo) [15]
108 Flanagan,Colin/TBA (Ford Escort Cosworth) [15]
109 Glackin, Bernard/TBA (Toyota Corolla) [11]
110 McDonagh, Ger/Lee, Kenneth (Honda Civic) [6]
111 Meade, Mike/O'Connor, Brian (Ford Escort) [11]
112 O'Toole, Declan/O'Toole, Sean (Honda Civic) [2]
113 Duffy, Pakie/Duffy, Colin (Honda Civic) [3]
114 Murphy, Barry/TBA (Citreon Saxo) [6]
115 Kissane, James/Kennelly, Tim (Toyota Corolla) [11]
116 Mc Elligott, Maurice/O'Connor, Mike (Peugeot 205) [10]
117 Brennan, Raymond/O'Dowd, Martin (Toyota Corolla) [11]
118 Conneely, Philip/Crowley, Michelle (Honda Civic) [2]
119 Leech, Sam/Leech, Robert (Ford Fiesta) [10]
120 Gileece, Raymond/Boyle, Margaret (Honda Civic R) [3]
121 O'Connell, Eamon/O'Mahony, Brian (Honda Civic) [11]
122 Cogan, Eddie/Shannon, Tony (Peugeot 205) [13]
123 Dolan, Mike/Sweeney, Ailish (Honda Civic) [11]
124 Caplis, John/Kennedy, Sean (Suzuki Swift) [9]
125 Marshall, Kieran/Lyne, Dominic (Honda Civic R) [7]
126 Murphy, John/O'Connor, Martin (Subaru Impreza) [8]
127 O'Donnell, John/Furlong, Brendan (Toyota Starlet) [9]
128 Murphy, Stephen/Duggan, Pat (Opel Corsa) [9]
129 Malone, Pa/Greene, Kieran (Ford Escort) [12]
130 Browne, Andrew/Sheridan, Barry (Peugeot 205) [12]
131 Kenny, John/Pierce, Noel (Honda Civic) [11]
132 Collins, Anthony/McCarty, Joe (Honda Civic) [11]
133 Browne, Maurice/Browne, James (Ford Escort) [10]
134 Moynihan, Sarah/Moynihan, Amy (Peugoet 206) [6]
135 Fitzgibbon, June/Reidy, Kelly Anne (Ford Ka) [5]
136 Mc Caffferty, Eamonn/Breen, Greg (Ford Puma) [5]
137 Dwyer, Frank/Foyle, Barry (Ford Ka) [5]
138 Meaney, Pat/Meaney, Al (Suzuki Swift) [5]
139 Fanning, Andrew/Ward, John (Ford Puma) [5]
140 Mc Loughlin, Enda/Mc Weeney, Alan (Ford Escort) [10]
141 Brett, James/Crotty, Patrick (Honda Civic) [2]
142 Hession, Gabriel/Crowe, Christopher (Honda Civic) [2]
143 Sheehan, John/TBA (V.W Polo) [1]
144 Quigley, David/Sherlock, Des (Honda Civic) [2]
145 Deleaney, Liam/Dalton, Albert (Honda Civic) [2]
146 O Sullivan, Kevin/O Riordan, Martin (opel Corsa) [9]
147 Mulcahy, Con/Keane, Jonathan (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
148 O'Connell, Kieran/Buckley, Gerard (Opel Corsa) [10]
149 Power, James/Kelly, Declan (Ford Escort) [10]
150 Duffin, Eoin/TBA (Toyota Corolla) [11]
151 Kennedy, Mark/O'Leary, Ian (Opel Corsa) [11]
152 O Donoghue, Chris/TBA (Peugeot 205) [10]

Reserves
153 Conlon, Michael/McKenna, Jason (Ford Escort) [13]
154 Rodgers, Michael/Donoghue, Shane (Peugeot 205 GTI) [10]
155 Curran, Micky/McNally, Mark (Ford Escort) [13]
156 O'Connell, Gerard/Carmody, Ken (Ford Escort) [12]
157 Shorten, Niall/Leonard,Alan (Honda Civic) [2]
158 Bird,Mike/Keane,Kevin (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
159 Quill, John S/Hartigan, Alan (Citreon C2 R2) [6]
160 Kenny, Shane/TBA (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
161 Lynch, Diarmuid/Horgan, Mark (Ford Escort MkII) [10]
162 Collins, John/O'Brien, Jason (Honda Civic) [11]
163 Mc Donell, Peter/Maher, Sean (Honda Civic) [11]
164 Pierse, Neil/O'Leary, Enda (Honda Civic) [11]
165 Quinn, Gerard/Quinn, Neil (Toyota Corolla) [11]
166 Considine,Derek/Hickey, Darren (Ford Escort) [13]
167 O'Toole, Diarmuid/Murphy, Barry (Ford Fiesta MkI) [13]
168 Kelly, Manus/Barrett, Donal (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [4]
169 O'Shea, Vincent/Hickey, Brian (Escort Cosworth) [15]
170 Ruth, John Paul/Kelly, Sorcha (Peugoet 206) [7]
171 Geraghty, Mark/Gerety, Enda (Opel Corsa) [11]
172 Naughton, Keith/Cogan, Jane (Subaru Impreza) [15]
173 Kelleher, Michael/Naughton, Alan (Ford Escort) [10]
174 Beamish, Victor/Beamish, Susan (Opel Corsa) [9]
175 Greenwood, Martin/TBA (Honda Civic) [11]
176 Treacy, Declan/Doak, Eylane (Opel Kadett) [11]
177 Riordan, John/Duggan, Helen (Ford Escort) [11]
178 Lucey, Jonathan/Lucey, Alan (Peugeot 106) [6]
179 Moran, Sean/O'Connor, Kevin (Toyota Corolla) [11]
180 Doody, Tommy/O'Sullivan, John (Honda Civic) [11]
181 Grelaish, Brian/Hession, Sean (Honda Civic) [11]
182 Rigney, Declan/Ryan, Tom (Honda Civic) [11]
183 Wiley, George/Wiley, Kevin (Peugoet 205) [10]
184 Donnelly, Kevin/Dineen, Tony (Toyota Starlet) [9]
185 Connelly,John/Davey,Aidan (Ford Escort) [11]
186 Casey, Ciaran/Clarke, Stephen (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
187 Foran, Mark/Thompson, Edward (Honda Civic) [11]
188 Fitzgibbon, Michael/Kelleher, James (Honda Civic) [11]
189 Ryan, Robert/Tierney, Alan (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
190 Percy, David/Percy, Owen (Ford Escort) [7]
191 Nolan, John/Smithwick, John (Ford Escort) [13]
192 McSweeney, Joe/Collins, Conor (Ford Escort) [11]
193 Hayes, Kieran/Flynn, Derek (Peugeot 205) [10]
194 Fitzgerald, Johnny/Mc Carthy, Jermiah (Ford Escort MkII) [10]
195 Bellew, Pat/Neville, Declan (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
196 Lynch, P.J./Horgan, Mark (Ford Escort) [11]
197 Doyle, Seamus/Barry, Kevin (Ford Escort) [13]
198 Hickey, Sean/Fleming, Noel (Ford Fiesta MkI) [10]
199 Noonan,Colm/Noonan, Brendan (Peugoet 306) [7]
200 Collins, James/O Driscoll, Pat (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
201 Connolly, Brian/O'Grady, Shane (Mitsubishi Evo8) [4]
202 Kelly, Martin/Maguire, Louise (Subaru Impreza) [4]
203 McGill, Casimir/Boyle, Brian (Ford Escort) [14]
204 Kinneavy, Ronan/Callanan, Paraic (BMW M3) [14]
205 Cummins, Pairic/Smullen, Joe (Ford Escort G3) [13]
206 Mulligan, Trevor/Stafford, Michael (Ford Escort) [13]
207 Murphy, Kieran/Grimes, Aisling (Ford Escort) [10]
208 O'Donnell, John/TBA (BMW M3) [14]
209 O'Keeffe, Thomas/Keane, Donal (Ford Escort) [10]
210 Powell, Donald/Lewis, Robert (Honda Civic) [2]
211 Spillane,John/Hurley, Sean (Peugoet 106) [6]
212 Walsh, Philip/Doherty, Michael (Mazda 323) [15]
213 Browne, Paul/Browne, Margaret (Honda Civic) [11]
214 Caldwell, Garry/Caldwell, Niamh (Honda Civic) [3]
215 Cunningham, Patrick/Fahy, Andreena (Honda Civic) [11]
216 Doyle, Leo/Chambers, Alistair (Ford Escort) [12]
217 Johnston, Sam/Costello, Cathriona (Peugeot 205) [10]
218 Carroll, Oliver/Kelly, Graham (Citreon C2 R2) [6]
219 Fitzgearld, Bill/Murphy,Pat (Peugeot 205) [12]
220 Woods,William/Sheridan, Ruth (Ford Escort) [11]
221 Cunningham, Ml/Mulroe, Alvin (Ford Escort) [14]

JUNIORS ENTRY
1 Ryan, Barry/Falvey, Donal (Ford Escort) [16]
2 Hogan, Kenneth/Hogan, Clair (Honda Civic) [16]
3 Whelan, Richard/Whelan, James (Honda Civic) [16]
4 Keyes, Kenneth/Lynch, Niall (Peugeot 205 Gti) [16]
5 Mc Quaid, Gerard/Quinlan, Gary (Ford Escort MkII) [16]
6 Dineen, Gary/Murphy, T.J. (Ford MkII) [16]
7 Browne, James/Kiernan, Sean (Honda Civic) [16]
8 O'Shea, Jack/Devane, Shane (Austin Mini) [16]
9 Bardon, Alan/Melligan, Thomas (Honda Civic) [16]
10 Doherty,Frank/O Shea, Anthony (Toyota Corolla) [16]
11 Hegarty, Johnny/Mc Fadden, Kevin (Toyota Corolla) [16]
12 O'Leary, Daniel/Lenihan, Colm (Honda Civic) [16]
14 O'Donnell, Ross/Flanagan, Keith (Mitsubishi Colt) [16]
15 Casserley. Dermot/O'Shaughnessy, John (Honda Civic) [16]
16 Donoghue, Niall/Kennedy, Trevor (Honda Civic) [16]
17 Finnerty, Darren/Hynes, Seamus (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [16]
18 Levis, Catherine/Levis, Laurna (Toyota Corolla) [16]
19 O'Sullivan, John/O'Riordan, Denis (Toyota Corolla) [16]
20 Young, Darren/O'Grady, Emmet (Honda Civic) [16]
21 Buckley, Joachim/Foley, James (Toyota Starlet) [16]
22 Calnan, David/Calnan, John (Suzuki Swift) [16]
23 Forde, John/Deasy, T.J. (Peugeot 205) [16]
24 Mulcahy, Aidan/Flynn, Desmond (Honda Civic) [16]
25 Ryan, Dermot/Dunne, Joe (Suzuki Swift) [16]
11/03/07
Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry Rally Launch.
Kerry Motor Club, organisers and promoters of the Circuit of Kerry rally are delighted to announce its return to Tralee and North Kerry area for the 2007 running of the event. The main sponsor of this year’s rally will be Club Fabric, Tralee with additional sponsorship from The Brandon Hotel,Tralee and the Tralee Vintiners.The official launch of the rally took place on Friday March 9th in Club Fabric and was launched by Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism John O`Donoghue, who has always been a great supporter of this event.

The rally which will be held over the weekend of 31st March to 1st April will provide an early boost to the local tourist industry with the event worth an estimated €2.5 million to the local economy and its surrounding hinterland. The rally is a counting round of two of Irelands top championships, The Dunlop National Rally Championship and The Top Part West Coast Championship and the club are expecting well in excess of the 151 cars permitted to start. With each competing car bringing a crew of between 8 – 10 personnel with them, accommodation both in Tralee town and surrounding areas will be at a premium.

At a photo shoot on Friday morning, to officially launch the Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry Rally, Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism John O`Donoughe, expressed his delight that the rally was returning to Tralee. He highlighted the importance of the rally to the locality in terms of the expected revenue of €2.5 million it would generate and the undoubted benefit of so many visitors to the beautiful county of Kerry. He congratulated Senan Raggett, Clerk of the Course and his team in organising this sporting event. Minister O`Donoughe, wished Senan, the organisers and all the competitors a safe and enjoyable rally.

Also in attendance at the launch was Mayor of Kerry, Clr Ted Fitzgerald, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Sgt Liam Laffan of Tralee Gardai Siochana, Mr Danny Leane and Mr John O’Sullivan of the Tralee Vintners and representative of the Tralee Branch of the Irish Cancer Society Chris Griffin. Over the past few years Kerry Motor Club through the Circuit of Kerry Rally have donated proceeds from the sale of official rally programs to various local charities. This year’s chosen charity will be the Irish Cancer Society. Funding is always required for this very important charity and Kerry Motor Club are delighted to be able to help this very worthy cause.

For the first time this year Kerry Motor Club will hold a ceremonial start on Saturday evening in Tralee Town Square, which will give the locals the chance to view the cars and meet the rally drivers and their co-drivers before they officially start on Sunday morning from rally headquarters.

Senan Raggett COC and his team have been working closely with Kerry County Council over the last few months to ensure a top class route consisting of 8 special stages for rally crews, with safety being of the up-most importance for both rally crews and spectators alike. The club has praised residents along the route, without whom event could not take place. Speaking with David Griffin Deputy Clerk of the Course he said “the resident’s co-operation and assistance has been outstanding in the organising of an event of this stature, and they are really looking forward to the atmosphere on the day.”

With television for the event secured, and with the cream of Irish and overseas crews competing in the rally, this years Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry rally is one not to be missed.


19/02/07
Regulations available
02/02/07
Kerry motor Club are pleased to announce details of their up-coming Club Fabric Circuit of Kerry Rally in association with The Tralee Vintners, and will be round 2 of both the Dunlop National Rally Championship and The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.

Rally Headquarters for the event will be the magnificent Brandon Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre which will make a superb base for the rally. Competitors are advised to book accommodation as soon as possible as a major football match between Kerry and Tyrone will be played in Tralee the same weekend.

Regulations will be available in late February. Tralee Tourist Office @ 066 7121288.

Topics: Circuit of Kerry 





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