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West Cork Rally - 19-20 Mar 11

Posted: July 19, 2012 4:06 PM - 25492 Hits

Round 1 - 2011 Southern 4 Rally Championship
Round 1 - 2011 Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland

Barrable/Connolly Conquer West Cork

Posted: July 19, 2012 4:06 PM

Robert Barrable winner of the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman award in his Skoda Fabia S2000 won the Quality Hotels West Cork rally by just over a second from Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid in their Subaru Impreza WRC. It was one of the closest finishes in the West Cork event and was just reward for Robert and Damien in their first ever outing on tarmac in the new car. The rally got off to a difficult start for Robert with a throttle sensor problem on the Skoda developing prior to the start of the first stage and although the problem was sorted out it was an unsettling start to the rally with Robert posting a fourth fastest time through the opening stage 'Shanaway'. Weather conditions changed dramatically with heavy rain blowing in off the Atlantic and soaking stage two, Robert took advantage of the difficult conditions and arrived in the first service halt in third overall. The repeat of the opening loop of stages saw the heavy rain continue and the stages develop standing water in places, Robert opted for a steady approach as he learned the car and held his position of third overall just fifteen seconds off the leader Colm Murphy in his Subaru Impreza. At the second of the service halts Robert reported no problems with the Skoda and decided to continue on the same settings for the rest of the day rather than take a chance and upset the balance of the car, the decision was to be the right one as Robert continued to take time from second place Daragh O'Riordan in the WRC Impreza. By the end of the final stage of day one of the rally Robert had the Skoda up to second overall thirteen seconds ahead of Kevin Kelleher in the Lancer and just over sixteen seconds behind the leader Colm Murphy.

Day two of the rally saw an improvement in weather conditions and the stages drying out after the heavy rain from the previous day, the third place crew of Kevin Kelleher and Gerard Seaman were caught out by the changing conditions on stage 11 'Inchybridge' crashing out of the rally. Robert picked up where he left off from day one with a good run through the opening tests all the while gaining in confidence in the Skoda Fabia on the tarmac stages. Robert and Damien put in blistering times on the following two stages setting fastest times through stages twelve and thirteen and taking the overall lead in the rally for the first time. At the following service a new set of tyres were fitted to the Skoda and some minor changes to the suspension set Robert up for the final loop of stages and the plan to seal the victory. By the finish of stage fifteen the Skoda crew had a lead of twelve seconds but that was to be cut to just one second on stage seventeen when Robert was delayed behind Colm Murphy's stricken Impreza, allowing Daragh O'Riordan to close the gap in second and leave it all to play for on the final 'Clonakilty Town' stage. Through the final short two mile stage Robert held his nerve and concentration and emerged from the test up one second on O'Riordan and taking the overall victory. A remarkable performance in this just his second rally in the new car and his first outing on tarmac.
"I am delighted with the win, we came here this weekend with the aim to gain experience on tarmac in the car and to get some valuable miles under our belts, and it is fantastic to win on our first tarmac outing. The car is great and I am growing in confidence in it, thanks to all the team and the club for putting on a great rally" said Robert at the finish of the rally. Next outing for Robert and Damien in the Skoda is round two of the Dulux Trade British Rally championship the Bulldog International rally in Wales on the 2nd of April, where they will look to build further on their strong points finish on the Rally Sunseeker.

Results

Posted: July 19, 2012 4:01 PM

1 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000) 128m 57s,
2 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC) 128m 58s,
3 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N) 130m 29s,
4 Daniel Barry/Brian Duggan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Gp N) 133m 31s,
5 Damien McCarthy/Eamon Hayes (Honda Civic) 134m 27s,
6 Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Subaru Impreza WRC) 137m 55s,
7 Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Ford Escort MKII) 138m 19s,
8 Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Ford Escort MKII) 138m 28s,
9 Fergus O’Meara/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort MKII) 139m 36s,
10 Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort MKII) 139m 48s.

Leaders After:
SS1 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS2 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3-11 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS12-18 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)

Stage Winners:
SS1 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS2 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS4 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS5 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS6 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)
SS7 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS8 Kevin Kelleher/Gerard Seaman (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Gp N)
SS9 Replaced by Stage 18
SS10 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS11 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12 Gp N)
SS12 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)
SS13 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)
SS14 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS15 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS16 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS17 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS18 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S2000)

Ten of the Best for 2011 Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland Opener!

Posted: March 15, 2011 3:04 PM

The West Cork Rally is once again the opening round of the Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland 2011, having played that role in 2008 and 2009. It is back by popular demand with the Citroen Trophy drivers, and the Citroen entry made up of ten 1600cc C2 pocket rockets.

Several drivers are returning to the series once again this season, and Limerick’s Mark Sheahan is one of them, having rebuilt his C2 R2 Max following his Cork 20 accident last year. A shakedown on the opening round of the Irish National Championship in Birr brought a class win, and Mark is one of the favorites in 2011 as he set some fastest stage times in last year’s Trophy, and is a former class 6 Irish National champion driving a Clio S1600. Another driver who has had a class award this season is Mayo’s David Carney, who lifted a class award on the rain sodden Galway International Rally. David is returning for his second crack at the series, once again with experienced co-driver Ray Fitzpatrick aboard. Cork’s Kieran Daly has re-prepared his R2 Max and intends to contest a full season, after a shakedown on the Birr Stages whilst Dublin’s Graham Colfer is also aiming to contest a full season this year, and both of these drivers are certainly hoping to get into the generous Citroen Racing prize money to enable them to continue throughout the year.

The Donegal contingent is headed by Joe McGonigle, who aims to contest both the CRT UK and Irish series in 2011. Joe has re-sprayed his familiar green R2 Max white, and was plagued with bad luck towards the end of last season. He is hoping to make amends this year, and finished 2nd in class on the weekend’s Mayo Stages. Donegal’s Scott McElhinney will wheel out his C2 R2 Max for the opener, whilst Robert Barrable, the 2010 CRT UK champion’s brother Peter, will wheel out the family C2 R2 Max in West Cork. With little rallying, but much racing experience, it could take Peter a rally or too to get up to speed, but he could be one to watch.

Other exciting newcomers include Yorkshire’s Joe Shrimpton, the young rallycross ace who is hiring a C2 Max from Derek Jobb. Joe with co-driver Ciaran Geany took part in the Mayo Stages at the weekend finishing 25th overall and 1st in class 6. Former Junior rally-cross ace Samantha Thom, from Cookstown is also hiring a DJ Motorsport C2 R2 Max. Samantha, a niece of former NI Rally Champion Glenn Allen, was a top driver in the Junior Mini rallycross before some rallying exploits in a Peugeot 106 Cup car, and she is looking to gain more rally experience this year. Finally a top Junior rally driver is Kevin O’Connor who brings his 185 horse power C2 R2 to the Trophy this season. Kevin set some seriously fast stage times, running at the front of the Junior rallies last year with his black R2, and although he has a slight power disadvantage, he really could spring a surprise in West Cork despite his lesser machinery.

Once again the prize fund is unrivalled in Ireland for 2011. Citroen Racing in association with Total and Pirelli have once again helped the Trophies world-wide and the superb prize fund is open not only to the C2 R2 Max, but the new DS3 R3 rally car. Another new facet of all the Citroen Trophies world-wide in 2011 is that the tyres will now be supplied by Pirelli.

The prize money per rally is based on the final classification in Group R of the machines, starting with 4000€ per round for 1st, €3000 for 2nd, €2000 for 3rd, €1000 for 4th and finally €500 for 5th. There is 10,500€ per round up for grabs, whilst at the end of the season the winner receives a further 6000€, 4000€ for 2nd and €2000 for 3rd. Once again is a fantastic prize fund for the competitors and therefore a huge incentive. Championship co-ordinator Raymond Moore, from Charles Hurst Citroen, has worked very hard to pull it all together.
“I am delighted that we have ten cars going to the opening round in West Cork, and it’s nice to be back in West Cork with the Trophy. I think the incentives are there once again this season for the crews and certainly it’s a promising start in these economically difficult times.”

Another incentive on offer is not for the Citroen Trophy crews, but for fans who take video footage of the C2 R2 Max’s at the weekend. A €100 is being offered for the most viewed clip on You Tube. The winner will be announced a week after the event.

Entrants must title their video ‘CRT IRL West Cork….’ to start with, when uploading, so that all the relevant material can be searched for, and the winner will be announced in due course.

It’s ten of the best then lining up in West Cork, for the 2011 Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland.

Quality Hotels West Cork Rally 2011 Press Release 3

Posted: March 15, 2011 9:48 AM

With less than a week to go before the Quality Hotels West Cork Rally over almost 200 entries have been received in all categories to date. Cork Motor Club is very grateful to the competitors for their support in these tough economic times. 150 of these entries are in the main field while the Historic Category and Junior Category have 17 and 22 entries respectively. The event has been described in the past as the top clubman rally in the country, and the 2011 event could well reinforce this view. There are 17 special stages and over 200km of stage miles, so the rally will not be easily won. The top ten shows eight different types of cars, something that would have been unheard of a few short years ago.

Welsh crew John Dalton & Gwynfor Jones are the top seeds in their lightning quick Darrian T90 GTR. John has finished in the top three for the past three years and has won the Bones O'Connor Modified trophy each year since the award began in 2007. If the weather is dry, the Darrian will be tough to beat over the ultra fast stages. Daragh O'Riordan & Tony McDaid start at 2 in his newly acquired Subaru Impreza WRC S12C, and in theory should be the favourite. However it may take a little while to acclimatise to the new car, and that could be costly. At 3 are Kevin Kelleher and Gerard Seaman in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. Kevin has had very little luck lately with car reliability proving to be a problem. He will be hoping to put all that behind him on his home event, and if the weather is wet could well win the event.

Billy Coleman award winner for 2010 Robert Barrable brings a touch of the exotic to West Cork, where he will give his new Skoda Fabia S2000 its Irish debut. The ex Jan Kopecky car is a proven winner in the IRC series and Robert , who will be co-driven by Damien Connolly, will be out to show the cars undoubted tarmac potential in Clonakilty. James Stafford and Frank Dwyer are at number five in their Darrian T90GTR. James was very quick in Birr a few weeks back until he ran out of road while third overall. The pressure has been on since to get the car ready for the event. If he is successful he will also be a contender for overall honours.

Peter Lloyd and Martin Brady are at 6 in a Subaru Impreza S12C. Peter is no stranger to West Cork having competed here as far back as 1989. His best result was 4th overall back in the 1998 event in a Metro 6R4. Trevor Mulligan with West Cork co-driver Sean Hayde are at 7. Trevor has never done the event before but is an extremely quick and spectacular driver in his orange Mk2 Escort 2.5. Damien McCarthy is one of the quickest young drivers in West Cork and has run strongly in the top ten for the past two years. Last year was his best result with seventh overall. Driving his usual Honda Civic with Eamon Hayes on the notes, he will feel ha can mix it with the more powerful machinery around him.

Father and son team, John & Declan Buttimer, start at number 9 in their Gp A Subaru. The S&DCC team are consistent performers in West Cork and another top ten finish is well within their range given the reliability of their car. Brian O'Keeffe and Derek Power complete the top ten in their Subaru Impreza. The rally has not always been kind to Brian, but he did manage to win Gp N last year and will be hoping for more of the same in 2011. Late entries have also been received from two very fast Gp N drivers in Colm Murphy and Danny Barry. Colm, navigated by Don Montgomery, who drives his usual Subaru, crashed out of the event three years ago while in second place. He will be someone to be watched over the weekend as a potential winner. Danny Barry navigated by Brian Duggan has never done the event before but has a lot of experience abroad in his Mitsubishi and could well be in the final shake up.

Outside of the top ten there are drivers of the calibre of Fintan Canty, Diarmuid Keohane, Thomas Davies, Leonard Downey & Fergus O'Meara. All of these are capable of finishing well inside the top ten if they hit form. The event is also the first round of the Citroen Racing Trophy and ten entries for this category have been received. Mark Sheahan, Graeme Colfer and Joe Shrimpton are the top seeds here at 41, 42 & 43 respectively.

The Historics will begin their rally on stage 5, led by Denis Moynihans Escort, followed by Mark Falvey in another Escort and Todd Falveys Porsche 911. Wyn Hughes and Neil Spain have been regular visitors over the years in the main event, but this year will be their first time in the Historic section. They are sure to be no less spectacular in their respective Escorts. Andrew Lehane, Darren Young and Vincent McSweeney all in Civics lead the Junior Rally which begins on Sunday afternoon loop in Ardfield. The rally is also the first round of the Windscreen Company Southern 4 Rally Championship for 2011.

The action begins at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm on the Saturday and restarts at 10.30am on the Sunday. The first car is expected back at the finish ramp at 5pm on the Sunday evening. The final stage will be a spectacular town stage finishing on Western Road which should bring a crowd back into Clonakilty after the rally. Spectators intending to watch the town stage are advised to park in either Deasys car park, the Church car park, or Community College car park, as parking restrictions will be in place near the stage location. The main spectating areas for the town stage will be at St. Marys Cemetery and on Western Road.

Rally Programmes available

Posted: March 13, 2011 9:36 AM

Programmes containing entry list, stage locations, timetable etc will be available from Saturday, March 12 onwards. They will  be on sale from the following outlets.

    John Crowley's Shop, Bypass, Clonakilty
    Noel White, Texaco, Clonakilty
    Paddy Meade's Newsagent, Clonakilty
    Dave McCarthys, Clonakilty
    Scallys Supervalu, Clonakilty
    Hartes Spar, Clonakilty
    Quality Hotel, Clonakilty
    Foleys Texaco Service Station, Timoleague
    Spar Filling Station, Skibbereen
    Galvins, Dunmanway
    Donovans Filling Station, Ballinascarthy
    Bandon Motors, Bandon
    Kevin O Leary's, Clonakilty Road, Bandon
    Cahalanes Garage, Cork Road, Bandon
    Coleman's Car Care, Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork City
    Glenview Motors, Macroom
    Maxol Station, Bandon Road (beyond Viaduct), Cork City

Seeded Entry List

Posted: March 10, 2011 3:27 PM

Main Field
1 John Dalton/Gwynfor Jones (Darrian T90 GTR) [14]
2 Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 Kevin Kelleher/Gerard Seaman (Misubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
4 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Skoda Fabia S 2000) [4]
5 James Stafford/Frank Dwyer (Darrian T90 GTR) [14]
6 Peter Lloyd/Martin Brady (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
7 Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
8 Damien McCarthy/Eamon Hayes (Honda Civic) [11]
9 John Buttimer/Declan Buttimer (Subaru Impreza WRX) [8]
10 Brian O'Keeffe/Derek Power (Subaru Impreza N11) [4]
11 Leonard Downey/Mark Murphy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
12 Tomas Davies/Euric Davies (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
14 Fintan Canty/Denis O'Mahony (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
15 Fergus O'Meara/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
16 John Hickey/John McCarthy (Fubaru 4X4) [15]
17 Eoghan Calnan/Conor Calnan (Escort Mk2) [13]
18 Gwyn Thomas/Colin Fitzgerald (Puma GTR ) [15]
19 Tom Clark/Alistar Wylie (Subaru Impreza N15) [4]
20 John Hendy/Johnny Baird (Toyota Corolla) [13]
21 Simon Kehoe/Enda Kennedy (Vauxhall Astra) [13]
22 Mark Dolphin/Martin O'Brien (Escort Mk2) [13]
23 Sean O'Donovan/Karl Akinson (Subaru Impreza) [4]
24 Tom White/Maul Aprati (Misubishi Lancer Evo 8) [4]
25 Des Moore/Charlie McEnry (Escort Mk2) [14]
26 Diarmaid Keohane/Peter Keohane (Escort Mk2) [13]
27 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Escort Mk2) [13]
28 Allen Treacy/Bob Fitzgerald (Toyota Corolla) [13]
29 Paddy O'Dwyer/David Byrne (Vauxhall Nova) [11]
30 Jason Mc Sweeney/Ruth McSweeney (Honda Civic) [11]
31 Jason Ryan/Tadgh O'Sullivan (Honda Civic) [11]
32 David Guest/Liam Moynihan (Honda Civic) [11]
33 Moss Fitzgerald/Mark Bowens (Toyota Corolla) [11]
34 John White/Alan O'Mahony (Honda Civic) [11]
35 Stephen Carey/Mark Lee (Honda Civic) [3]
36 Tony Murphy/Brid Murphy (Escort Mk2) [14]
37 John Curran/Jason O'Callaghan (Escort Mk2) [13]
38 Graham Scallan/Tom Scanlan (Escort Mk2) [13]
39 Graham Kelly/Thomas Treanor (Escort G 4) [13]
40 Liam Howlett/Leo Tector (Escort Mk2) [13]
41 Mark Sheahan/Mark Kane (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
42 Graeme Colfer/Alan Dolan (Citreon C2R2) [6]
43 Joe Shrimpton/Ciaran Geaney (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
44 Kevin O'Connor/Andrew Purcell (Citreon C2R2) [6]
45 Peter Barrable/Paddy Robinson (Citreon C2R2) [6]
46 Joseph Mc Gonigle/Niall Burns (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
47 Kieran Daly/Darragh Mullen (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
48 Scott McElhinney/Karl Reid (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
49 David Carney/Ray Fitzpatrick (Citreon C2R2 Max) [6]
50 John Quin/Derek Tobin (Chevette HS) [13]
51 Andy Horgan/Shane Horgan (Chevette HS) [13]
52 Gerard O'Connell/Pakie Mc Carthy (Escort Mk2) [12]
53 Steve Roberts/Philip Jennings (Escort Mk2) [12]
54 William Kenneally/Michael O'Donovan (Escort Mk2) [12]
55 Tommy Mason/Podge Doody (Escort MK2) [12]
56 Jeremiah O'Callaghan/Aidan O'Brien (Vauxhall Nova) [12]
57 Colm Noonan/Paul Bruton (Peugeot 306) [7]
58 James Fitzgerald/Eoin Fitzgerald (Honda Civic) [11]
59 Jim Ahern/Connie Lynch (Honda Civic) [2]
60 Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) [11]
61 William Walsh/Finbarr Fogarty (Toyota Corolla) [11]
62 Jonathan O'Callaghan/Gavin Sheehan (Peugeaot 106 Gti) [11]
63 Andrew Fanning/Mark Wiley (Ford Puma) [6]
64 Colin Byrne/Brian Quinlan (Ford Puma) [5]
65 Victor Beamish/Susan Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
66 David Jennings/Geraldine Jennings (Escort Mk2) [10]
67 Jerry O Mahoney/Willie Buchnnan (Escort Mk2) [10]
68 Michael O'Sullivan/Brendan Fahy (Escort Mk2) [12]
69 Ray O'Sullivan/Derek O'Brien (Escort Mk 2) [12]
70 Paul Casey/Johnny Casey (Escort Mk2) [13]
71 Paul Browne/Margaret Browne (Honda Civic) [11]
72 Paul Scannell/Mossy Griffin (Escort Mk2) [11]
73 Kieran Hayes/Noelle O'Reilly Hayes (Peugeot 205 Gti) [10]
74 Johnny Fitzgerald/Niall Lynch (Escort Mk2) [10]
75 Michael Forde/Jim Cunningham (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
76 Ed O'Neill/Trevor Payne (Honda Civic) [11]
77 Tomas O'Keeffe/Conor Collins (Escort Mk2) [12]
78 Tommy Kelly/Barry Foyle (Honda Civic) [6]
79 Peter Desmond/Brian Magan (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
80 Eamon O'Connell/Mark Linehan (Honda Civic) [11]
81 Collm Browne/Laurence McGrath (Honda Civic) [2]
82 Philip Giles/William Buttimer (Toyota Corolla) [11]
83 Gearoid Beamish/Fearghal Beamish (Escort MK2) [10]
84 Michael P Kelliher/John Doody (Escort Mk2) [10]
85 Bernard Foley/Paul Twomey (Honda Civic) [11]
86 Michael Murphy/Pat Cashman (Toyota Corolla) [11]
87 Adrian O'Driscoll/Conor Hanlon (Escort Mk2) [13]
88 Jason Frahill/James Frahill (Honda Civic) [11]
89 Chris Dineen/Alan Mulligan (Honda Civic) [11]
90 Patrick Maguire/Robert Tynan (Subaru Impreza) [15]
91 Tony Calnan/Aidan Calnan (Subaru Impreza) [8]
92 Gavin Rogers/Cath Woodman (Escort Mk2) [13]
93 Colin Rowe/David Booty (Fiat 131 Sport) [13]
94 Connie Tarrant/Timmie O'Callaghan (Fabia RS TDI) [8]
95 Colm Forde/Jonathon Trill (Peugeot 206 Gti) [6]
96 Joe Nacey/Andy Hayes (Honda Civic) [3]
97 Tiernach Maguire/Michael Deasy (Escort Mk2) [10]
98 Cathal McCarthy/Paul Dunlea (Peugeot 106 GTI) [2]
99 Pat Ryan/Damian Prendergas (Honda Civic) [3]
100 Brian O'Mahony/Michelle Gallwey (Honda Civic) [2]
101 Adam Platt/Alan O'Flynn (Ford Focus) [7]
102 Paudie O'Callaghan/Dan Murphy (Toyota Starlet) [9]
103 Noel McCarthy/Aileen Kelly (Toyota Starlet) [9]
104 Adrian Levis/Eric Deane (Suzuki Swift) [9]
105 Noel O'Mahony/Anthony O'Sullivan (Toyota Starlet) [9]
106 James Cunningham/Joe Fitzgibbon (Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
107 Edward Hallahan/Barry Murphy (Escort Mk1) [10]
108 Seamus O'Donovan/Vincent Bennett (Suzuki Swift) [9]
109 David Mc Auley/David Mongey (Peugeot 205 GTI) [10]
110 Michael Canny/Kerrie Barry (Citreon Saxo ) [11]
111 Anthony Whelton/Noel Crowley (Escort Mk2) [11]
112 Tony Hennessy/Brian Foley (Toyota Corolla) [11]
113 Andrew Mahon/Sarah Whelan (Escort Mk2) [11]
114 Kevin Guinane/Mick Cott (Peugeot 205 GTI) [12]
115 Jason Roycroft/Shane Kenneally (Honda Civic) [2]
116 Pat Canny/Sinead Canny (Ford Fiesta ST) [3]
117 John O' Sullivan/Denny O' Riordan (Toyota Corolla) [11]
118 Don P Kelleher/Gary Cusack (Escort Mk2) [12]
119 Neill Welsh/William Lynch (Honda Civic) [13]
120 Liam Dennehy/John Lynch (Escort Mk2) [10]
121 Seamus Ronan/Aoife Fitzpatrick (Honda Civic) [11]
122 Seamus Flynn/Ian Munnelly (Ford Focus) [11]
123 Tommy McDonagh/Paul Hickey (Escort Mk2) [11]
124 David Dunne/Michael Ahern (Honda Civic) [11]
125 Noel O'Regan/Leslie Wolfe (Suzuki Swift) [9]
126 Paul O'Driscoll/Andy Donoghue (Escort MK2) [10]
127 Jamie O'Flaherty/Conor McCarthy (Honda Civic) [11]
128 Donal Dinneen/Kieran O'Regan (Peugeot 205 GTI) [10]
129 Patrick O'Regan/Dylan Coffey (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
130 Martin Horgan/Paul McGlinchey (Honda Civic) [11]
131 David Duggan/Sean O'Crowley (Toyota Corolla) [11]
132 Timmy Ahern/Joanne Murphy (A Car) []
133 Connor Nash/David Kearney (Escort Mk2) [11]
134 Andrew Nash/Emmet Cleary (Honda Civic) [2]
135 Brian Goggin/Katy Ford (Peugeot 205 GTI) [10]
136 Ed Twomey/Shane McSweeney (Honda Civic) [2]
137 Barry O'Brien/Gerard Thompson (Opel Corsa) [9]
138 Fergus Hurley/Ellen O'Donovan (Escort Mk2) [10]
139 Tim Howard/Denis J Howard (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
140 Shane Stanley/Liam Fouhy (Honda Civic) [9]
141 Stephen O'Shea/Kenneth O'Shea (Toyota Starlet) [9]
142 Michael Nolan/Jimmy Kiely (Honda Civic VTI) [11]
Historic Seeded Entry List
H1 Denis Moynihan/Dan Moynihan (Escort Mk I) [16 F]
H2 Mark Falvey/Colin Moynihan (RS 1600) [16H]
H3 Todd Falvey/Fionn Foley (911) [16L]
H4 Wyn Hughes/David Davis (Escort Mk 2) [16L]
H5 David Cremin/Johnny O'Shea (Escort Mk I) [16]
H6 Alan Courtney/Noel Anderson (928) [16L]
H7 Neil Spain/Sac O Spuds (Escort Mk 2) [16L]
H8 Owen Murphy/Stephen Quinn (Avenger) [16E]
H9 Kevin Hickey/Derry Healy (Escort Mk I) [16F]
H10 Donal O'Connor/Vincent Fagan (Escort Mk I) [16 F]
H11 Jeremiah O' Flynn/Sean O'Flynn (Escort Mk I) [16E]
H12 Pat Anderson/Tom Mansfield (Sunbeam TI) [16E]
H14 Donie McCarthy/Henry Reidy (Manta) [16]
H15 Owen Crowley/John Caverly (Escort Mk 2) [16E]
H16 Pat McDonagh/Garry Gallagher (Cortina ) [16B]
H17 Colm Hynes/Eamon Hines (Cortina GT) [16B]
Junior Seeded Entry List
J1 Andrew Lehane/Sac O Spuds (Civic) []
J2 Darren Young/Kenneth Quirke (Civic) []
J3 Vincent Mc Sweeney/Michael Kearney (Civic) []
J4 Darren Noonan/Johny Carroll (Civic) []
J5 Padraig McCarthy/Simon Duggan (Civic) []
J6 Johathan O'Manony/Frank Ryan (Civic) []
J7 Jonathan Delaney/Brendan Mcullagh (Civic) []
J8 David Brosnan/Kieran Brosnan (Civic) []
J9 Tomas Creedon/Eamon Creedon (Ka) []
J10 Darren Loftus/Jenna Browne (Civic) []
J11 Jonathan Roycroft/Christopher Keohane (Swift) []
J12 James Bradley/Maria Kehoe (Nova) []
J14 William Nolan/Ann Other (Civic) []
J15 Niall Murphy/Jason Collins (Civic) []
J16 Eoin O'Sullivan/Mark McCarthy (106SX) []
J17 Colin Roche/Sac's Cousin (Starlet) []
J18 Andrew Beamish/Ella Ryan (Corsa) []
J19 Christy Mc Carthy/Cathal Quill (205) []
J20 Alex Twomey/Stephen Collins (Civic) []
J21 Gerard Cullinane/Robert O'Regan (Starlet) []
J22 Shane Lenihan/Colm Linehan (Civic) []

Quality Hotels West Cork Rally 2011 Press Release 2

Posted: March 2, 2011 6:50 PM

With less than three weeks to go before the Quality Hotels West Cork Rally, over 110 entries have been received for Cork Motor Clubs flagship event. One of those who has entered so far is Daragh O'Riordan who intends to debut his Subaru Impreza S12c WRC in Clonakilty. Multiple Bones O'Connor award winner John Dalton will also be back in his potent Darrian T90 GTR, and James Stafford is in a race against time to repair his similar car after an accident on last weekends Birr rally. Local driver Kevin Kelleher has also entered the event in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 and current Billy Coleman award winner Robert Barrable has entered his ex Hanninen Skoda Fabia S2000.

In the Citroen Racing Trophy 2011 of which the event is the first round, entries have been received to date from Joseph McGonigle, Mark Sheehan, Joe Shrimpton, Peter Barrable & Scott McElhinney. The Quality Hotels West Cork Rally is also the first round of the Windscreen Company Southern 4 Rally Championship. John & Sandy Corrigan from The Windscreen Company have come on board as title sponsors of this great clubman series for 2011. The classic Group B cars in the shape of Slowly Sideways will also be back in Clonakilty in 2011 after their successful appearances in the last two years. The Slowly Sideways cars will be in action on nine of the events seventeen stages over rally weekend.

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Town Spectator Stage to return to Clonakilty

Posted: March 1, 2011 2:19 PM

The 2011 Quality Hotels West Cork Rally will see the return of the Town Spectator Stage. The test will bring the action back into the town of Clonakilty and will enable more spectators to witness the excitement of the rally. The stage will also enable the competitor to bring his sponsors to the attention of a greater audience.

The Town Spectator Stage will be the final action of the rally on Sunday afternoon. Originally it had been intended to host the test on Saturday afternoon, but this was changed after discussion with commercial outlets.

Regulations / Entry Form Available

Posted: February 1, 2011 3:15 PM

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Quality Hotels West Cork Rally 2011 Press Release 1

Posted: January 13, 2011 12:58 PM

For the 33rd time Clonakilty will be alive to the sound of rally cars of all shapes and sizes on St.Patricks weekend, the 19th & 20th March. As always crews are expected from all corners of the island as well as some overseas visitors. Quality Hotels are on board as Title Sponsor for the ninth successive year. Cork Motor Club is also delighted to announce that the Fastnet Line Ferry Service (Cork – Swansea) is coming on board as Associate Sponsor. They are offering a 20% discount on sailings to the rally provided they are booked before 28th of February and will be sailing back to Wales on the Monday night after the rally. The Quality Hotel Clonakilty will again be the headquarters for the rally.

Darren McCarthy is clerk for the third year and has laid down a challenging route of 17 stages, one of which is a town stage, and will bring the event closer to the spectators. While various spectator stages over the years have either started or finished in close proximity to the town, this is the first time since 1984 that the cars will appear in action on some of the streets.

Cork Motor Club is pleased to announce that the entry fee is held at the 2009 & 2010 price of €630 which is excellent value for 17 stages and 240km of competition mileage. Road mileage is again less than the stage mileage at 175 km while service will be centralised as usual near Clonakilty. Regulations will be available to download shortly from www.corkmotorclub.com and www.westcorkrally.com
If you wish for the regulations to be emailed or posted to you when they become available, you can register your interest by means of a form on both of the above websites.

As usual the rally is the first round of the Southern 4 Rally Championship, while this year sees the event being the first round of the Citroen Cup. The Bones O’Connor Modified Challenge is back for a fifth year in 2011 with John Dalton still the only driver to have won the trophy since its inception. This challenge incorporates cars from classes 9-15 (details on classes to be found on www.motorsportireland.com.

There will also be a Historic Rally which will begin on Stage 5 on day one; the cost of entry here is €480 while the Junior Rally will cover the last four stages of the event at a cost of €330. After the success of the scheme over the past three years, junior competitors are also reminded that if they go marshalling on the Saturday stages then they will get a refund of €100 on their entry fee. Both crew members have to take part to avail of this.

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Event Website / Details

Posted: January 2, 1990 3:00 PM






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