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Carlow Stages Rally & Mk II Challenge - 10 May 09

Posted: May 15, 2009 11:53 AM - 27970 Hits

Lord Bagenal Carlow Stages Rally 2009
OK! Lift Trucks Escort Mk II Challenge
10th May 2009
Round 4 - 2009 Honda Cup Ireland
Round 3 - 2009 Southeast Rally Championship
Qualifying Round - Excel Rally Championship

  • Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman win Carlow 09
  • Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche take Mk II Challenge on the last stage.

Posted: May 15, 2009 12:08 PM

Mk II Challenge 09 winners: Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche
Photo: Trevor McGrath

In Car

Posted: May 15, 2009 11:53 AM

Posted: May 11, 2009 5:22 PM

Overall Winners: Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman

2nd Mk II - Seamus O'Connell/Brian Duggan
Photo: Trevor McGrath


Posted: May 11, 2009 4:28 PM

1 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC) 65m 31s
2 Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche (Ford Escort Mk II) 67m 46s
3 Seamus O'Connell/Brian Duggan (Ford Escort Mk II) 67m 54s
4 Terence O'Shaughnessy/Eugene McGrath (Toyota Corolla RWD) 67m 51s
5 Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth (Ford Escort Mk II) 69m 29s
6 John Somers/John McGrath (Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD) 69m 33s
7 Micky Curran/Alan White (Ford Escort Mk II) 69m 43s
8 James Travers/Robert Nolan (Renault Clio) 69m 54s,
9 Seamus Doyle/Kevin Barry (Ford Escort Mk II) 70m 01s
10 Tomas Davies/Gwynfor Jones (Ford Escort Mk II) 70m 06s

Mk II Challenge
1 Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche (Ford Escort Mk II)
2 Seamus O'Connell/ Brian Duggan (Ford Escort Mk II)
3 Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth (Ford Escort Mk II)

Gp N
1 James Travers/Robert Nolan (Renault Clio) 69m 54s,
2 Anthony Neville/ Brian Sinnott (Subaru Impreza N14) 71m 53s
3 Padraig Neville/ Amy Ryan (Subaru Impreza N12B) 72m 35s

SS1-8 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC) 65m 31s

Stage Winners:
SS1 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS2 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS3 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS4 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS5 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS6 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS7 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman (Ford Focus WRC)
SS8 Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche (Ford Escort Mk II)

Message from the Carlow Car Club:

Posted: May 8, 2009 2:39 PM

Mk11 Challenge Sponsor Billy O'Keeffe and event organiser Jim Crowe with Special Guess Nicky Grist plus other drivers at the Launch for the 2009 Event
Photo: Trevor McGrath

Marshals meeting points

Posted: May 8, 2009 8:21 AM

7.00am - Church Car Park, Leighlinbridge, Carlow
11.00am - Corrigan's Petrol Station, Bagenalstown/Borris Road, Carlow.

Final Instructions 1 & Time/Distance Schedule

Posted: May 8, 2009 8:20 AM

Updated Entry List

Posted: May 8, 2009 8:18 AM

Honda Cup Ireland - Round 4, Carlow - let battle resume!

Posted: May 6, 2009 2:06 PM

The Carlow Stages Rally on May 10th is round 4 of Honda Cup Ireland 2009. The Leighlin Bridge, Co. Carlow based event represents the mid-point of the 2009 Honda Cup Season and a very impressive battle is waging at the top of the field between Damien McCarthy (seeded 10th) and Tomás O’Rourke (seeded 8th). The two top competitors have pushed each other hard on all the previous three rounds of the cup, and on the last round at the Midlands Stages Rally, the high standard was proven with both competitors finishing in the top ten places overall, with McCarthy the eventual victor – only to be beaten by 300 bhp+ modified machinery and Group N four wheel drives. However, the two leading competitors may have to focus beyond themselves in Carlow with the return of Martin Cunningham (seeded 9th) to the fold. Martin suffered a minor mechanical gremlin on his way to the start ramp on the Midlands Rally which sidelined him for the event – we are looking forward to having the Super-Production front runner back for round 4 in Carlow. We are hoping to welcome the return of Jason Ryan and Gavin Walsh to the Super-Production class also. The pace is fierce and the battles tough behind the leading crews, with Stephen Carey and Peter O’Kane fighting for second place in the Production class behind O’Rourke. It will be even more difficult to win this one with the addition of Richard Whelan to the mix after the Production EK4 driver opted out of the Midland Stages to attend a family function.

What is fast becoming evident, with the increase in performance across the board from Honda Cup Ireland competitors, is that the controlled competitive environment that the organisers set out to create and maintain is helping competitors improve their stage times and overall results. What other championship classifies cars together based on performance and not engine size? What other championship mixes 2 day “endurance” biased events and 1 day “sprint” events? What other championship makes all registered competitors stage times available for all to compare during the event at the “service-in” points and via their mobile phone? What other championship offers almost €3,000 of prizes to the top 6 competitors on every event? It’s clear to see why we have had so much interest in the championship and we are looking forward to proceeding through the second half of the year with as much success as the first.

Registrations for the championship will remain open all year and, given the extensive prize fund on offer, the entry fee is good value and ensures a committed entry on each round. You can see all the details on our website - www.hondacupireland.com – as well as view the latest results, photos, news, press releases and of course the overall championship standings. You can keep up to date on the latest stage times during the event using your WAP/Internet enabled mobile phone and opening www.hondacupireland.com/mobile - this a free service, but your standard network charges apply.

We look forward to working with the Carlow Car Club during the event and wish both the club and our registered competitors .

Entry Lists

Posted: May 5, 2009 3:44 PM

Main Field Top 10
No Driver/Navigator(Make/Model) [Class]
1 Michael Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman(TBA) [8]
2 Sean Gallagher/ TBA(Subaru Impreza WRC S8) [ 8]
3 Owen Doyle/Peter Brennan(Subaru WRC) [8]
4 Terence O'Shaughnessy/Eugene McGrath(Toyota Corolla GT) [14]
5 Tommy Doyle/Andrew Purcell(Renault Clio) [7]
6 John Somers/John McGrath(Toyota Celica 185) [15]
7 Noel Redmond/ TBA(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
8 Tomas O'Rourke/Thomas Scallan(Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
9 Martin Cunningham/John Fitzpatrick(Honda Civic) [11]
10 Damien McCarthy/Eamon Hayes(Honda Civic) [11]

MkII Challenge Top 10
No Driver/Navigator(Make/Model) [Class]
201 Seamus O'Connell/Brian Duggan (Ford Escort Mk2) [22]
202 Simon Mauger/Ken Blanche(Ford Escort) [22]
203 Trevor Mulligan/Lisa Roe(Ford Escort Mk2) [17]
204 Des Moore/Arthur Kierans(Ford Escort) [14]
205 Seamus Doyle/Kevin Barry(Ford Escort Mk2) [21]
206 Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth(Ford Escort Mk2) [21]
207 Trevor Culbert/Russell Dagge(Ford Escort Mk2) [21]
208 Tomas Davies/Gwynfor Jones(Ford Escort) [21]
209 David Condell/George Condell(Ford Escort Mk2) [21]
210 Brian T Lawlor/Peter Kavanagh(Ford Escort Mk2) [21]

Junior - Top 5
No Driver/Navigator(Make/Model) [Class]
J1 John O'Connor/Carrie Moroney(Ford Escort G3) [24]
J2 Damien Roche/Stuart Roche(Honda Civic) [24]
J3 Kenny O Brien/Frank Dwyer(Nova) [23]
J4 Paddy Carroll/Aarron Watters(Peugeot 106 GTi) [23]
J5 Shane Hade/Orla Kavanagh(Suzuki Swift GTI) [23]

Full Entry Lists on:

Carlow Stages Rally Launch - Thursday 9th April 2009

Posted: April 5, 2009 7:30 PM

The Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow is the new Head Quarters for the Carlow Stages Rally, bringing a major boost to the county. With a quality line up of contenders it is promised this event will bring top class motor sport action and the MkII challenge, which is now an integral part of the event will certainly attract a large number of motor sport enthusiasts. The Lord Bagenal Hotel are very enthusiastic sponsors of the event and that coupled with the Club members dedication and hard work will make the 2009 Carlow Stages Rally another successful and classic event.

The Carlow Stages Rally Launch will start at 8.30pm and will incorporate a variety of cars on display, the MC for the night is RTE Sports Personality Michael Lyster who will be joined by a special guest speaker for a chat show. And open invitation welcomes all.

The Rally itself consists of 4 stages approximately 16 kilometres long in the Carlow region. The 4 stages are completed twice with service in Clonmelsh between each loop where plenty of action and all sorts of mechanical repairs are carried out. A leisurely drive this is not, competitiveness and bravery are all part of this event with 151 entries from the 32 counties of Ireland and the UK. A full entry is expected, top class cars and massive spectator numbers are indicative of the popularity of the event bringing to the area approx. £1 Million in recent years. Each Rally Crew brings at least six people, and many officials requiring a large amount of accommodation on Saturday night stay over where restaurants and bars will also benefit. Service stations will also be kept busy, being a motor sport event.

Without the assistance of the Carlow County Council, Garda Siochana, Rural Tourism and the following Motor Clubs - Carrick-On-Suir, G.S.M.C., Tipperary, Wexford, Birr and Laois Rally Sports Club it wouldn’t be possible to run this event. Also, we depend solely on the generosity and goodwill of the people who live on the stages and without their help we could not run a stages rally. It is an inconvenience to these people as we obviously have to close certain roads for a few hours on the day. The Carlow Car Club would like to thank the residents and landowners and hope they enjoy the rally passing their way.

The 2009 Rally gets underway on Sunday 10th May being a round of the Excel Championship, the Honda Cup and the MkII Challenge, which is sponsored by Ok Lift Trucks and it is also a round of the Triton Showers - South East Stages Rally Championship. Donal Meaney, Bagenalstown will be Clerk of the Course.

Regulations / On Line Entry

Posted: March 23, 2009 8:18 PM


Posted: March 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Entries open 22nd March
Entries Close 26th April
Entry Fee: €500 Main Field, €250 Junior
Approx 130 Km of Stages & 130 Km of Road Sections,
8 Stages in 2x2 + 2x2 format with service after SS2, 4, 6

Regulations and more details will be available in the next month.

Carlow 2009 is a Go!

Posted: February 25, 2009 7:53 PM

Carlow Car club recently got the green light to host Carlow’s biggest sporting event for 2009 - The Carlow stages rally on the 10th of May
Motorsport Ireland wrote to the club and will grant a permit for the event. It is great news for the whole county and the Carlow economy next year. The event will have a new headquarters in the Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge with Scrutiny and Parc Ferme near by. CoC for the rally is Donal Meaney

Work is well on the way on the 2009 Rally. It is the rally’s opt out year for the national championship but the club will be running the very popular Ford Escort Mark 2 Challenge
In 2007 over sixty Mark2s and next year promises to be the very same with competitors coming over from the UK and will be covered by on the limit sports Michael Bracken who came up with the idea of running the Mark2 challenge and will be seen by viewers from all across Europe .
With some of the top local drivers taking part the likes of Trevor Colbert, Terence O Shaughnessy and Seamus Doyle to name but a few.

Carlow Car Club also received word that they also being granted a mini stages rally on the 8th of November 2009
Ken Tracy will be CoC for that rally so it is busy times ahead for Carlow Car Club.

Club & Event Website

Posted: January 1, 2009 12:01 AM

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