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Donegal International Rally - 20-22 Jun 14

Posted: September 14, 2017 9:04 AM - 25305 Hits

Round 4 - 2014 Tarmac Rally Championship

Boyle cousins are the toast of Donegal!

Posted: September 14, 2017 9:04 AM

After an excellent drive all weekend, Donegal cousins Declan & Brian Boyle have become the first all Donegal crew to win their home event since Vincent Bonner & Seamus McGettigan achieved the same feat back in 1983. With James Cullen (twice) being the only other previous home winner, Declan has joined a very exclusive club and his position at the top of the leader board of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship looks even more secure with just two rounds to go. The winning margin in the end over Monaghans Sam Moffett & James O’Reilly was 34.8 seconds but it was not without its scares along the way. Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy had to be content with third having never really got to grips with the pace of the leading pair over the weekend, while another former Tarmac Champion, Derek McGarrity was fourth overall.

Over 130 crews started the Donegal International Rally the fourth round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and despite the withdrawal of Eugene Donnelly there was still a very strong field assembled. Boyle was the favourite having been the quickest man in the championship so far despite a non-finish in Killarney. The winner of that event and also last year’s Donegal was Sam Moffett and he led after the first three stages albeit by only 1.6 seconds from Boyle. Jennings was back in third with Darren Gass (2012 Tarmac Champion) in fourth and Donagh Kelly in fifth. Moffett lost the lead with a puncture but still held onto second behind Boyle at the end of the first day. Gass moved ahead of Jennings to fourth with Kelly and McGarrity in fifth and sixth. Pat Kirk held a slender advantage over Josh Moffett in Group as they held seventh and eighth respectively overnight.

The longest part of the rally was the 8 stage second day and by the time the opening pair of stages (Garrygort and Knockalla) were completed the lead had stretched out to 8.4 seconds on Boyles favour as the rest of the pack struggled to keep pace, particularly Kelly who lost some time with clutch problems. The same pair of stages ran again as SS9 and SS10 and Boyle extended the lead to 12.6 second as Gass began to set some very fast times in the hired Melvyn Evans Subaru. Kelly was still in clutch bothers while Jennings was still struggling to get near the pace of the leading trio and Derek McGarrity was now a long way back in sixth. The afternoon stages saw Boyle continue to extend his lead and by overnight it was up to 37.2 seconds from Moffett, but Darren Gass had crashed and lost several minutes (he later withdrew overnight). This moved Jennings into a safe third place as Donagh Kelly had also retired having slid off the road, but his chances of winning Donegal like he did in 2012 were fast receding.

The third day contained six stages which were the classic Glen, Atlantic Drive and Fanad stages all repeated. Moffett needed to make an early statement and his Fiesta WRC was only 26.5 second behind with four stages left. Boyle was a little bit cautious as his engine had shown signs of problems but by the end of Fanad had pushed the lead out to just over 30 seconds. He made no mistakes over the final three stages to come home with a 34.8 second advantage after three tough days of action. Jennings too third place over three minutes further back after a small fire caused them some concern. Derek McGarrity came home in fourth place while Josh Moffett took fifth overall and the Group N honours after another outstanding drive. Josh Moffett had a comfortable margin back to Stephen McCann in sixth place but McCann still holds a narrow advantage with two rounds to go. Aaron McHale came home in seventh and took third place points in the category.
Tarmac Championship Provisional Points after 4 rounds – 1st Boyle 79, 2nd S. Moffett 50, 3rd J. Moffett 42.5, 4th Jennings 38, 5th Kelly 33 In the Modified Championship Declan Gallagher still leads despite being forced out with mechanical problems after only four stages of his home event. Third place in the national section behind Gary McPhillips and Conor Harvey saw Frank Kelly take maximum points and move into third place overall in the championship behind Wesley Patterson who closed the gap to just ten points behind Gallagher. Brian Brogan had an excellent drive to come home fourth overall in the National section and second in the points.
Modified Championship Provisional Points after 5 Rounds – 1st Gallagher 57, 2nd Patterson 47, 3rd Kelly 27

The Historic Rally saw Seamus O’Connell win the category but the big winners were Aidan O’Connor (Escort Mk1) and Andy Johnson (Chevette HSR) who moved up to third and fifth overall in the championship.
Historic Championship Provisional Points after 5 Rounds – 1st Moynihan 33, 2nd Cunningham 30, 3rd O’Connor 24

Results

Posted: September 14, 2017 9:01 AM

1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 2h 21m 56s,
2 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h 22m 31s,
3 Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 2h 25m 14s,
4 Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) 2h 26m 42s,
5 Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 GpN) 2h 33m 09s,
6 Stephen McCann/Lisa O’Dowd (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 GpN) 2h 37m 58s,
7 Aaron MacHale/Paul McGee (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 GpN) 2h 40m 02s,
8 Callum Devine/Liam McLaughlin (Ford Fiesta R2) 2h 43m 41s,
9 Richard Tannahill/Aileen Kelly (Peugeot 208 R2) 2h 44m 18s,
10 Brian O’Keeffe/Sean Hayde (Subaru Impreza N14) 2h 45m 41s.

Class winners:
Martin O’Donnell/John O’Donnell (Honda Civic),
Callum Devine/Liam McLaughlin,
Josh Moffett/John Rowan,
Derek McGarrity/James McKee.

NATIONAL RALLY:
1 Gary McPhillips/Paul Sheridan (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 30m 06s,
2 Conor Harvey/Gerard Callaghan (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 31m 24s,
3 Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 31m 34s,
4 Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 33m 10s,
5 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 34m 47s,
6 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 35m 21s.

HISTORIC RALLY:
1 Seamus O’Connell/Mac Kierans (Ford Escort) 2h 00m 52s,
2 Andy Johnson/Jim McSherry (Vauxhall Chevette) 2h 05m 47s,
3 Aidan O’Connor/Ian Regan (Ford Escort) 2h 08m 52s,
4 Stephen McFerran/James McKeefry (Ford Escort) 2h 09m 36s,
5 John Coyne/Christy Farrell (Sunbeam Lotus) 2h 10m 40s,
6 Philip McKibbin/Lynn McKibbin (Ford Escort) 2h 12m 52s.

JUNIOR RALLY:
1 David Moffett/Fintan Sherry (Toyota Starlet) 57m 38s,
2 Patrick O’Brien/Thomas Nugent (Citroen C2R2 Max) 58m 02s,
3 Jonathan Orr/Martin McBrearty (Honda Civic) 58m 52s,
4 Andrew McTaggart/Pauric McGinley (Toyota Corolla) 58m 58s,
5 Neil Harron/Brian Hoy (Suzuki Swift) 59m 46s,
6 Lee McLaughlin/Aaron McLaughlin (Honda Civic) 1h 00m 52s.

Leaders
SS1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS2-3 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS4-6 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS7 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS8-20 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)

Stage Winners
SS1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS2 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS3 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS4 Bogey Beaten
SS5 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS6 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) (Beat Bogey Time)
SS7 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS8 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS9 Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS10 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS11 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS12 Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS13 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS14 Cancelled
SS15 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS16 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS17 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS18 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
SS19 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS20 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)

Daniel Looking Forward To Donegal

Posted: June 18, 2014 11:51 AM

2014 Pirelli Star Driver Daniel McKenna and his co-driver Arthur Kierans are undertaking final preparations for one of Ireland’s most popular motorsport events, the Donegal International Rally.

Daniel and Arthur are heading to the North West of Ireland in the Scanbitz Mark II Ford Escort to continue development work for Pirelli with their P7 Classic tyres and the tyres will certainly receive a stern test over the duration of the event, the only 3 day international rally in Ireland. Daniel has already had a trio of outings in the Escort this season in Roscommon, Monaghan and the Isle of Man but Donegal brings a unique challenge, one which the Pirelli Star Driver can’t wait to start.

Speaking ahead of the weekend Daniel said:
“Donegal is a special rally to me and I’ve been lucky to have sampled success there in 2011 when I won the national section of the event. The rally is massively challenging, contains fantastic stages and even beyond Ireland it is held in high esteem. Shortly after I became this year’s Pirelli Star Driver, Matthew Corby (Pirelli UK Motorsport Operations Manager) specifically stated he wanted me to do Donegal as part of my tyre development programme. That gives you an idea of how highly regarded the rally is. There’s an incredibly strong national entry this year, the strongest I’ve seen and I aim to be right in the middle of the battle. It should prove to be a great test for myself, the car and the Pirelli P7 Classics.”

The action on the Donegal International Rally gets underway on Friday with the traditional town centre start in Letterkenny before the crews set off to tackle 3 stages to be done 2 times. Saturday features 4 stages which are also repeated including the fearsome Knockalla stage while Sunday sees 3 more stages in the shape of Glen, Atlantic Drive and Fanad, all to be repeated. In total the crews will see 20 special stages over 3 days of rallying.

You can follow Daniel’s progress over the weekend in Donegal and throughout the year by following him on Twitter @DMKMotorsport and Facebook at Daniel McKenna Rallying or by checking out his website, www.danielmckenna.net

From the Deep South to the Far North! Carbery Plastics Rally Team Takes on the challenge of Donegal!

Posted: June 18, 2014 11:32 AM

It’s a long trip from Clonakilty to Letterkenny for Cal McCarthy and co-driver Eamonn Dullea. They have already clocked up over 1000 miles on the recce for this weekend’s Donegal International Rally, as they prepare for their debut on this epic three day event.

“It’s a tough rally” says Cal. “We were able to get two passes over each stage on the recce, and it’s our first time in Donegal, so we have a lot to learn. There are a real mixture of stages, with some nice flowing ones on Friday to warm up, and obviously the classics like Atlantic Drive and Fanad which look fantastic. Saturday looks a tough day with some tricky stages, with bumps and shiny tar. It’s a big day and we really want to make it through to Sunday.”

It’s the Carbery Plastics team’s third event this year on their assault on class 11 of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Modified Championship. The season started off superbly with an eighth place finish and first in class on the West Cork Rally, but on the last round in Killarney they were robbed of another excellent result with a gearbox failure on the final stage. Preparation expert Donal Healy has been working hard to turn out the Honda Civic in tip-top condition for the three days of punishment ahead, and a last minute power steering problem was being cured at the time of writing.

“For sure it will be hard on the cars, as they are quite undulating stages. There will be a lot of fast local driver’s to watch out for too in the class, and we need to finish after out Killarney retirement. Our aim is to finish, and we would like to try and get into the top three in the class by the finish.”

The team take the long trek up North for scrutiny on Thursday, before the Friday morning start in Letterkenny. Conor the other team driver will be acting as part of the service crew this weekend, before rallying in Ravens Rock the following weekend.

Keep up to date with the team’s progress on their Facebook page- Carbery Plastics Rally Team and Twitter @CPRallying. The new website www.carberyplasticsrallying.com will also be up-dated with the latest news

SHOWTIME: HERE COMES THE KING - Michael Dunlop has entered the Donegal Rally

Posted: June 14, 2014 9:26 AM

It’s on.
After weeks, if not in fact months, of rumour, speculation and cryptic clues the organisers of the Donegal International Rally Ireland have announced the arrival of the Holy Grail of Road Racing: Michael Dunlop has entered the Donegal Rally. The ‘King of the Road’ is coming to Donegal.

On the 20th June 2014, the World’s quickest road racer, Michael Dunlop will be coming to the Donegal International Rally Ireland. Fresh from his record breaking 4 TT wins, becoming the first rider to win four TTs in consecutive years when he secured his first success in the blue-riband Senior TT event on the Isle of Man event last week, Dunlop confirmed he will be switching from 2 wheels to 4 wheels to make his debut behind the wheel of a 300-bhp Ford Escort, partnered by local co-driver James McNulty.

Donegal Motor Club Chairman Brian Brogan today confirmed the news that will electrify Irish rally fans and motorcycle fans alike, and send shockwaves through the regular competitors in the Irish Tarmac rally series.

Mr. Brogan said:
“We’ve hoped for a long time this would come off. We can’t wait to see Michael tackle the classic stages like Knockalla and Atlantic Drive. Mind you, he’ll be going a lot slower than he usually travels but we think he’ll enjoy it as much as we’ll enjoy having him here. Donegal is absolutely buzzing about it, and Irish rallying is in for a real treat.”

Irish Tarmac Champion and Donegal Rally winner Garry Jennings said:
“I am really thrilled that Michael will be on the start line in Donegal. While we won’t be in the same category I’ll be looking for his stage times just like everybody else. He is untouchable in road racing and a hero to so many of us. Rallying will be new to him so I just hope he enjoys himself. He has nothing to prove about speed and so much to adjust to in a very different sport – I don’t think he carries a passenger on the bike -but boy will it add to the crack in Donegal!”

Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee commented:
“We have been working on this for some time and it is just great that Michael will be part of the 2014 Donegal Rally. His achievements on the Isle of Man were incredible and we expect that many of his fans will make the trip to Donegal to see him.”

“There is a big crossover with rallying and motorcycling in Ireland. A lot of our members go to the major road race meetings and they are all thrilled that he’s coming. He is entered in the most competitive class in the most competitive Rally in the country so he’s not just putting a toe in the water either, but jumping in at the deep end.”

“Rally and Motorcycle road racing fans will know what this entry means in terms of interest. An awful lot of people are going to want to see him compete, and I would appeal to all marshals who were thinking of coming to Donegal as spectators to get in touch with our Chief Marshal on 087 7566863 / +353 87 7566863, or via our website donegalrally.ie, and bring their gear with them. We want Michael to enjoy the stages and the famous Donegal craic in equal measure. Roll on June 20th.”

Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: June 10, 2014 12:44 PM

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Seeded Entry Lists

Posted: June 4, 2014 7:43 PM

1 Sam Moffett James O'Reilly Monaghan Fiesta WRC 5
2 Declan Boyle Brian Boyle Leitirmacaward Subaru WRC 6
3 Garry Jennings Rory Kennedy Kesh Subaru WRC 6
4 Donagh Kelly Kevin Flanagan Frosses Focus WRC 6
5
6 Derek McGarrity James McKee Glengormley Subaru WRC 6
7 Darren Gass Enda Sherry Subaru WRC 6
8 Seamus Leonard John McCafferty Omagh Subaru WRC 6
9 John O Donnell Aidan Friel Letterkenny Subaru WRC 6
10 Josh Moffett John Rowan Monaghan Evo 9 4
11 Martin Doherty TBA Ballybofey Lancer 4
12 Stephen Simpson Patrick Walsh Manchester Subaru WRC 6
14 Gary McPhillips Paul Sheridan Emyvale Escort Mk2 14
15 Daniel McKenna Arthur Kiearns Monaghan Escort Mk2 14
16 Manus Kelly Donal Barrett Letterkenny Escort 14
17 Declan Gallagher Ryan Moore Glenties Starlet RWD 13
18 Wesley Patterson Johnny Baird Lisburn Escort 14
19 Frank Kelly Liam Brennan Moy Escort 14
20 Damien Gallagher Mac Walsh Letterkenny Escort 14
21 PJ McDermott Paul Goodman Burt Subaru WRC 6
22 Brian Brogan Damien McGettigan Letterkenny Escort Mk2 14
23 Adrian Hetherington Gary Nolan Dungannon Escort Mk2 14
24 Eugene Meegan Sarah Whelan Drogheda Evo 9 4
25 Stephen McCann Lisa O Dowd Oldcastle Evo 9 4
26 Brendan Cumiskey Gerry McVeigh Castleblaney Evo 9 4
27 Trevor Bustard Fabian McShane Donegal Evo 9 4
28 Aaron McHale Kilcullen Evo 9 4
29 Rob Duggan Noel O'Sullivan Killarney Evo 9 4
30 Daniel Conaghan Terence Magee Milford Escort Mk2 13
31 Jim McKenna Thomas Treanor Monaghan Escort 14
32 Conor Harvey Gerard Callaghan Letterkenny Escort 13
33 Mark Alcorn Kevin McCafferty Letterkenny Corolla 13
34 Daniel Doherty Michael Doherty Muff Escort Mk2 14
35 Declan McNaughton Jimmy Graham Antrim Escort Mk2 14
36 Robbie Peoples Keith Stewart Kilmacrennan Escort Mk2 14
37 Willie McFadden Pat McSharry Ramelton Escort G3 13
38 Pat Kirk John McElhinney Strabane Evo 9 4
39 Joseph McGonigle Ciaran Geaney Muff Clio R3Maxi 3
40 Conor Curley Nigel Frazer Derry Escort Mk2 14
41 Brian O Keefe Sean Hayde Dungarvan Impreza 4
42 Patrick McHugh Pauric O'Donnell Dungloe Escort 13
43 Conor Watters Ardara Escort 14
44 Kieron Graffin Paddy Robinson Toomebridge Evo10 4
45 John McQuaid Seamus O Connor Monaghan Escort Mk2 14
46 James Browne Brendan McElhinney Letterkenny Escort Mk2 13
47 Thomas Keys Letterkenny Escort MK2 13
48 Gary McElhinney Paddy McCrudden Donegal Escort Mk2 13
49 Andrew McLoone William Kehoe Strabane Escort RS 13
50 John Watters Ardara Escort 14
51 Kevin Bradley Graham Henderson Kilrea Escort Mk2 11R
52 Patrick Boyle Donal McCole Dungloe Corolla 11R
53 Dermot Cannon Bobby Trimble Glenties Escort Mk2 14
54 Adrian McElhinney PaddyGorman Donegal Escort Mk2 13
55 Ian Milliar Ronan O Neill Derry Escort Mk2 11R
56 JP Logue James Logue Kilmacrennan Civic 11F
58 Cal McCarthy Eamonn Dullea Clonakilty Civic 11F
59 Christopher Snow Sean Brunton Oldcastle Civic 11F
60 Kevin Eves Chris Melly Pettigo Peugeot 208 2
61 Brendan McDaid Letterkenny Escort Mk2 13
62 John Bonner Leon Jordan Dungloe Escort Mk2 13
63 Donal Connolly Danny McLaughlin Letterkenny Escort 12
64 Jason Roache Wicklow Escort Mk2 13
65 Seamus Doherty Peter Byrne Letterkenny Escort 11
66 Kelvin Keys Letterkenny Escort G3 11R
67 Paul Doherty Hugh Coll Rathmullan Escort Mk2 13
68 John Dolan John McGinley Newtoncunningham Escort Mk2 13
69 Peter McCarry Creeslough Escort Mk2 13
70 Gerard McQuaid Gary Quinlan Glaslough Escort Mk2 13
71 Brendan Friel Barry McBride London Corolla 11R
72 Paul Gallagher Patrick Gallagher Letterkenny Escort Mk1 11R
73 Jonny Morrow Denver Rafferty Londonderry Corolla 11R
74 Eamonn Doherty Loretta Kelly Frosses Escort Mk2 11R
75 Darragh Kelly Keith Gorrell Donegal C2R2
76 Paddy McDaid Kilmacrennan C2R2 6
77 Toni Kelly Letterkenny
78 Ashley Dickson Niall Burns Tyrone Evo9 16
79 Liam Egan Raymond Coppinger NY Corolla WRC 15
80 Enda McCormack Colin Fitzgerald New York Hyundai WRC
81 Rory Byrne James Byrne Newry Evo X 5
82 Gerard McFall Conor O Loan Bushmills Evo 9 16
83 Callum Devine Francis Regan Claudy Fiesta R2 10
84 Ed Twomey William Lynch Cork Fiesta ST
85 Fergal Henry Paul Murphy Limerick Corolla 11
86 Pat McDaid Paul Gallagher Fabia S2000
87 Darragh Doherty James McDermott Ballybofey Corolla 11R
88 Declan Hall Chris Corr Portadown Corolla 11R
89 Niall McCullagh Ryan McCloskey Omagh Evo 6 20
90 Denis Ferry James Heraghty Dunfanaghy Impreza 15
91 Christy Carey Kieran Bailey Ennis Evo 8 20
92 Liam McFall Matthew McKenna Ballycastle Evo 9 16
93 Kevin Bradley Ollie Harvey Letterkenny Impreza 20
94 Ciaran Brogan Letterkenny Evo9 4
95 Liam McMullan John Coll Dunfanaghy Civic 11F
96 Barry McGill Derek Heena Carrick Escort Mk2 9
97 Brendan O Reilly Damien McCabe Cootehill Escort Mk2 9
98 James Greenan Conal Doherty Ballyshannon Corsa 9
99 Garry Gallagher Lee Cullen Letterkenny Corolla 11R
100 Michael McClafferty Damien Whoriskey Creeslough Civic 11F
101 Trevor Graham Ian Gallagher Brucless Corolla 11R
102 Gavin Kelly Eamonn Gillespie Annagry Civic 1
103 Mark Ewing Ballybofey Civic 1
104 Martin O Donnell John M O Donnell Dungloe Civic 1
105 Shane Stanley Liam Fuohy Cork Civic 9
106 Kevin McDaid Paul McCafferty Kilmacrennan Corsa 9
107 Shane Forde Brian McLaughlin Letterkenny Civic 16
108 Brian Quigley Seamus McTigue Derry Civic 1
109 Richard Tanahill Aileen Kelly Coleraine Peugeot 208 2
110 Paul Creamer Patrick Durning Dunfanaghy Civic 11
111 Mark Boyle Charles Gallagher Dungloe Civic 1
112 Pauric Dufffy Kevin Glynn Monaghan Citroen C2R2 16
113 Shaun Callaghan Patrick McBride Burt Escort Mk2 13
114 Kevin McHugh Evan Hughes Cranford Escort Mk2 13
115 James McDermott Letterkenny Chevette
116 Dan McCanny Martin Gallogley Enniskillen Escort 6
117 Patrick Bonner Jamsie Ward Burtonport Escort Mk2 12
118 Andrew Hegarty Eoin Kelly Ramelton Escort Mk2 12
119 Barry McLaughlin Aodhan Gallagher Carrigart Escort Mk2 12
120 William Vance Billy Vance Castlederg Escort Mk2 12
121 Geoffrey Nevin Paul Nevin Coleraine Escort Mk2 12
122 Paul Rowley Patrick Brides NY
123 Stanley McKeown Mervyn Hawthorne Cookstown Corolla 11R
124 Martin McLaughlin Glasgow Escort Mk2 11R
125 Charlie Heraghty Pearse McBride Letterkenny Corolla 11R
126 John Sweeney Emmett Kelly Buncrana Civic 16
127 Leonard Craig Ardara Starlet 11R
128 Declan Gallagher Gerard Boyle Ardara Corolla 11R
129 Caolan Gaffney Joey Kane Mountcharles Corolla 11R
130 Roy Baldrick Darren Harvey Letterkenny Sunbeam 13
131 Dermot McGroary Donegal Sunbeam 10
132 Eamon Mclaughlin Sean Topping Derry Escort 10
133 Mark McMullan Kieran Whelan Convoy Escort RS 13
134 Patrick Bradley Niall McDaid Letterkenny Escort G3 13
135 Francis Rafferty Johnny Rooney Armagh Cosworth 14
136 Anthony Breen Jill White Ennis Impreza 20
137 Alan Browne Michael Donnellan Kilkenny Impreza 15
138 George Baskin Odhran McLaughlin Dunkineeley Golf 20
139 Mark Glackin Michael Glackin Letterkenny Corolla 11F
140 Shane Carr Ciaran Carr Ramelton Nova 10
141 Alistair Glenn Paul Gallagher Lifford Peugeot 206
142 Shane McLaughlin Steven Boyle Derry Nova 9
143 Andrew McLaughlin Stephen McLaughlin Civic Civic 11F
144 Terence Diver Donal McElaney Letterkenny Civic 11F
145 Johnny Wilhare Cahir Wilhare Carrigart Civic 11F
146 Thomas McGlinchey Tony Curran Letterkenny Escort 13
147 Gerard Gibbons Letterkenny Escort Mk2 11R
148 Kelvin Gorney Kieran Burke Ramelton Saxo 11F
149 Kyle McGettigan Liam Doherty Letterkenny Corolla 11R
150 Brendan Kerr Gary Lochart Ramelton escort 12
151 PJ Wilhare Darren Sheils Milford Escort RS2000 12
152 Mickey Peoples Lian McIntyre Derry Escort 13
153 Ivan Stewart Letterkenny Cosworth 15

Reserve List
154 Andrew Stewart Tony Gallagher Convoy Evo4 15
155 Pauric McGee TBA Ballybofey Civic 1
156 Anthony Hand James McCarville Monaghan Escort Mk2 11R
158 Paul Corcoran Falcarragh Escort Mk2 13
159 Fergus O Meara Mikie Galvin Kerry Escort Mk2 14
160 Richard Moffitt
161 Aidan Wray Kieron McGrath Tyrone Evo9 4
162 Danny Cannon Rory McNickle Carrigart Civic 11F
163 Donal Dinneen Bryan Gilles Cork Peugeot gti 10
164 Shane Maguire Monaghan Impreza 4
165 Vivian Hamill Tyrone Escort RS 13
166 Nollaig O Lapain Dara Maguire Enniskillen Escort Mk2 9
167 Ian Chadwick Kevin Horrigan Cork Fabia R2 2

Juniors
J1 Kevin McLaughlin Kieran McGinley Dunfanaghy Civic J2
J2 Darren O Brien Brian Halligan Cavan Civic J2
J3 Jonathan Orr Martin McBrearty Ramelton Civic J2
J4 Neil Harron Brian Hoy Florencecourt Swift J1
J5 Barry Gallagher Mark Gallagher Carrigart Civic J2
J6 Aidan Thomas Rory Thomas Frosses Corolla J2
J7 Nicholas Alcorn Niall Campbell Dunfanaghy Civic J2
J8 Sean Diver Darren Curran Greencastle Civic J2
J9 Patrick O Brien Thomas Nugent Omagh C2R2 Max J2
J10 Declan Greene Stephen Doogan Dungloe Corolla J2
J11 Andrew McTaggart Pauric McGinley Letterkenny Corolla J2
J12 Neil Brogan Conal McNulty Dunfanaghy Civic J2
J14 Jonathan Jacob Tanya Jacob Letterkenny Swift J1
J15 Ryan McKenna Monaghan Corolla J2
J16 David Moffitt Fintan Sherry Monaghan Starlet J2
J17 Connor Woods Fermanagh Nova J1

Historics
H1 Denis Moynihan Ger Conway Cork Escort MK1 K
H2 Seamus O Connell Dungiven Escort Mk2
H3 Thomas O Connell Dungiven Escort Mk2
H4 Andy Johnson TBA Down Chevette HSR K
H5 Brendan McAree JP McAree Monaghan Porsche 911 K
H6 Stephan McFerran James McKeefrey Derry Escort D5
H7 John Coyne Christy Farrell USA Sunbeam Lotus E4
H8 Aidan O Connor Ian Regan Nutts Corner Escort Mk1 C3
H9 Brian Crawford Finian Hannigan Ballybofey Sunbean D2
H10 Philip McKibbin Lynn McKibbin Ardee Escort C3
H11 Harry Browne Martin McGrath Down Avenger C2
H12 Michael Pedley David Pedley Manchester Triumph D4
H14 Niall Creighton Gregory Roberts Moira Cortina B3

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Rally Launch - (Tue) 3 Jun 14

Posted: May 27, 2014 10:28 PM

The Press launch for the Donegal International Rally 2014 Ireland will take place on Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at Terence Diver Hyundai in Letterkenny.
The club will have guests, interviews, and more information about the 2014 Rally and everyone is welcome.

SHOWTIME: DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY GOES VIRAL - Full Coverage on iRally

Posted: May 27, 2014 10:24 PM

Donegal International Rally Ireland Organisers have revealed a radical upgrade in the media coverage of the Letterkenny-based 2014 Rally, which starts on 20th June.

Press Officer John McCay said:

“After coming close to having a full Internet media service in our previous International rallies, our experience with the feed we supplied on Twitter and Facebook in 2013 - and the huge response it generated - persuaded us to develop our internet presence for 2014.”

“This year’s Donegal International Rally will also have full coverage on iRally, the World’s biggest rally reportingmedia. This will provide iRally Radio, news, stage times, interviews and results on a continual basis over the three days of the Rally on the iRally App and website, with reporters based at stage exits - just as it is on major Championship events around the world.”

“The iRally App has been downloaded to over 700,000 smartphones and tablets world wide, and its involvement is a recognition of the growth of Donegal and a major boost to the Rally’s International status. Like ourselves, they have a Twitter and Facebook presence, but iRally’s is huge. As a result, an awful lot of people are going to see and hear about the renowned ‘”Donegal experience’”.

“It doesn’t stop there. Donegal Motor Club have engaged withMicrocam, the Co. Tyrone- based event media specialists, and long term Donegal Rally partners, to dovetail withiRally and provide a TV service from stage ends and in Service areas, where their large media platform unit will be based each day.”

“The full internet service will be accessed on the www. iRallylive.com website and on www.donegalrally.ie. This will provide competitors, supporters, sponsors and rally organisers with unparalleled Rally coverage.”

Greg Strange of iRally commented:

"iRally is delighted to be coming to Donegal. You look at the cars and drivers who have won the Rally in the past, and you know straightaway this is one of the great rallies, and not just a great rally of Ireland. It's going to be a privilege to be there, and we can't wait"

Charles McGuckin of Microcam added:

“We have been involved with the Donegal Motor Club for many years and are really looking forward to this years Rally. This is a massive step forward. We have the full facilities for instant internet access of rally footage, in-car videos and interviews. We will have a big screen and cameras on site over the weekend and we will also be able to process footage that spectators may capture. This is a really exciting development for Rally coverage in Ireland”.

Eamonn McGee, the Clerk of the Course of the Donegal International Rally said:

“This is a big development for the Rally and will provide competitors and their many sponsors with fantastic media exposure right through the weekend. We have a great relationship with the local and National media and with iRally the event will reach out across the world. Last year we had competitors travel from the US, Canada and Australia to take part and we know that many rally fans, and Irish people abroad, want to follow the progress of their favourites in the Rally, or just soak up the crack that it provides.”

“I’d like to welcome everyone to this new service and also to use its announcement to make a call for marshals to assist in the running of the event. The popularity of the rally keeps growing and so does the number of marshals we require to keep everyone safe. I would appeal to rally fans who can give us some of their time to Marshal on the weekend to contact us as soon as possible on the Rally website.”

Drivers v Navigators Charity Football Match for the Thomas Maguire Shield - (Wed) 18 Jun 14

Posted: May 9, 2014 10:03 AM

It’s here again the annual Drivers v Navigators Charity Football Match for the Thomas Maguire Shield.
It takes places before the Donegal International Rally once again the Venue will be the Aura Centre with KO at 7:30 on Wednesday 18th June .
This year’s charity will be the Donegal Down Syndrome Association all support will be welcome on the night and this year it’s not going to penalties!

2014 Donegal International Rally Ireland

Posted: May 1, 2014 1:02 PM


Leonard Wilson(Deputy Clerk of the Course), Declan Gallagher,
Eamon McGee(Clerk of the Course), Suzanne Mulhern(Secretary), Brian Brogan (DMC Chairman),
Declan Boyle, at Poison Glen, Errigal, Co Donegal


Details are now being released of the scale of the 44th Running of the Donegal International Rally, which takes place from June 20th – 22nd next. It appears competitors are in for an epic weekend of motorsport on Donegal’s famous rally stages.

Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee commented:
“With a competitive distance of almost 302 Kms, with some stages being revised for 2014, there will be a sense of adventure and we might even see the return of some tactical driving. Mind you, going on past experience, the chances of that are slim!”

“I can report that the regulations are done, just awaiting a return from Motorsport Ireland and should be available in the next few weeks. The event website is currently been updated with accommodation and information that everyone needs for the event, so keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.”

“As ever, we are looking forward to a safe weekend for our competitors and also for all the visitors to the County. This year in particular we are asking rally supporters attending the Donegal International Rally to join with Donegal Motor Club’s campaign, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, to “Keep the Race in its Place”.

“The Rally will start from An Grianan Theatre on Friday morning 20th June, with the cars on view at Parc Ferme each evening in the new Parc Ferme location at the end of the Port Road adjacent to the Donegal Motor Club office. It will finish at its ‘ancestral home’ at Rally HQ, the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, on Sunday evening. I wish to thank all of these flagship Letterkenny institutions for their continuing support.”

“More information will follow shortly. I can assure both competitors and the 60,000 spectators expected to attend, that we are working hard to ensure the Donegal International Rally 2014 echoes the sense of adventure and fun started by the first rally back in 1971.”

Coinciding with this announcement, John McCay, Press Officer for the 2014 Donegal International Rally has just revealed that the rally Regulations and Entry Forms are now available from the website address, www.donegalrally.ie. John said that,
“The many competitors and visitors will be patiently waiting for the Regulations. We can also reveal that the Rally Guide will be published mid-week, as this document has become an essential reading publication for use by prospective competitors and visitors during the June week-end. All this information may be fund on www.donegalrally.ie , on Twitter @Donegalrally_ie or Facebook.com/donegalrally.ie.”

Regulations / Details

Posted: May 1, 2014 12:56 PM






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