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Clare Stages Rally - 18 Sep 16

Posted: October 13, 2016 6:39 AM - 11686 Hits

Round 7 - 2016 National Rally Championship
Round 5 - 2016 West Coast Rally Championship

BOYLES ARE CLARE CHAMPIONS

Posted: October 13, 2016 6:39 AM

Donegal’s Declan Boyle (Fiesta WRC) co-driven by his cousin Brian Boyle won the Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre Clare Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. They finished 56.8 seconds ahead of the similar car of Clonmel’s Roy White and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien. Monaghan’s Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Fiesta R5) were 5.2 seconds further behind in third.

Meath’s Trevor Mulligan (Ford Escort) and his Cork co-driver Sean Hayde clinched the rally.ie category and are virtually assured of the Triton Showers Mk. 2 Challenge Trophy.

Moffett was quickest through the opening stage where foggy conditions added to the difficulties posed by early morning rain. The Monaghan man led the Fiesta WRC of top seed Declan Boyle by 18.1 seconds with Roy White 1.9 seconds further behind in third. Newly crowned champion White had issues with the launch control and the handbrake and lost time at the hairpin junctions. Owen Murphy in his Skoda Fabia S2000 occupied fourth in a top six that also featured the Escort of late entry Chris Armstrong and the Fiesta R5 of Stephen Wright.

Moffett increased his advantage to lead to 27.3 seconds on the second stage but Boyle responded on the third stage to trim the margin to 21.3 seconds as the crews arrived at the Shannon service park.

There, rally leader Moffett remarked,
“Everything is grand, I’m actually finding grip out there.” Boyle agreed there was grip but quipped, “I’m trying to find it, I need to go in deeper into the corners. I’m delighted with these conditions, it’s my first rally in wet weather since last February.”

White in third – 12.5 seconds behind Boyle was far from happy with his driving and had a problem with the brakes.
“I had to be careful at the tight hairpin junctions.”

Peadar Hurson (Subaru WRC) down in ninth after the opening stage when the launch control failed twice made up ground to occupy fourth – but he was already 55.8 seconds off the lead.

Fifth placed Owen Murphy (Skoda Fabia S2000) had to negotiate a chicane bale that was dislodged on the opening stage, he enjoyed some good fortune when a wire to the alternator cracked on the road section back to the service park. The top ten also featured the Fiesta R5 of Brendan Cumiskey, who reckoned the suspension was to soft; Daniel Cronin (Mitsubishi) and the Escort duo of Chris Armstrong and Barry Ryan.

Elsewhere, Derek McGeehan stopped on the opening stage when his Mini WRC filled with smoke, it transpired to be related to the new paddle system. He returned under Rally2. A broken front shaft on the second stage cost Callum Duffy (Skoda) significant time, but he still managed to finish the loop.

Hurson’s rally ended on S.S. 4, apparently, his Subaru picked up a front left wheel puncture that subsequently caused him to go off the road, the left side of the car was damaged after contact with a tree. Moffett, who stopped at the scene along with Owen Murphy and Stephen Wright, were all accorded the time set by Roy White. Boyle, running first on the road set the fastest time to trim Moffett’s lead to 5.3 seconds. By the end of the fifth stage Boyle became the new leader as Moffett lost some fifty seconds when he had to drive the final six kilometres with a flat front wheel.
“It was a slow puncture, I think I may have picked it up at the Hurson incident.”

Boyle was also quickest on S.S. 6 and he arrived at the final service with a lead of 53.1 seconds. Second placed Moffett was 4.6 seconds ahead of White, who reckoned his performance through the second loop was an improvement.

Owen Murphy retired during S.S. 5 with a broken rear differential, on the previous stage Daniel Cronin (Mitsubishi) stopped at the second junction when a turbo pipe came adrift, he rejoined under Rally 2.

Meanwhile, Wright moved up to fourth followed by Cumiskey and top rear wheel drive exponent, Chris Armstrong, who admitted he wasn’t taking any chances in the slippery conditions.

Meath’s Trevor Mulligan (Escort) was very much in championship mode, having fitted new brakes it was also a confidence building exercise. Damien Gallagher (Escort), who had to contend with a misted windscreen on the opening loop was eighth overall.

Scotland’s Paul McKinnion (Subaru WRC) had no wipers on the fourth stage. Group N leader Aidan Wray (Mitsubishi) was trouble free as he completed the top ten. Callum Duffy in his Millington engine Skoda Fabia had power steering troubles on the second loop.

On the final loop, Boyle went on to claim his fourth win of the season. White, who was quickest though the Power Stage edged out Moffett to claim second by a margin of 5.2 seconds. Wright and Cumiskey completed the top five.

Armstrong won the Modified category as Mulligan took valuable points to win the rally.ie category and all but clinch the Triton Showers Mk. 2 Challenge Trophy.

Boyle along with Niall Maguire, who was a non-starter and Hurson will battle for the runner-up spot in the Triton series on the final round in Donegal.

The Group N category was won by Tyrone’s Aidan Wray (Mitsubishi), who finished some 40 seconds ahead of Monaghan’s Shane Maguire (Mitsubishi).

Meanwhile, in the Junior category of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship Donegal’s Michael Boyle (Honda Civic) took an emphatic victory as both his rivals, Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) and Colin Roche (Toyota Starlet) both failed to finish. Boyle and McNamee will now battle for the title on the final round in Donegal in early October.

Results

Posted: October 13, 2016 6:37 AM

1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) 60m 05s,
2 Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) 61m 02s,
3 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) 61m 07s,
4 Stephen Wright/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta R5) 63m 16s,
5 Brendan Cumiskey/Ronan O'Kane (Ford Fiesta R5) 63m 46s,
6 Chris Armstrong/Chris Melly (Ford Escort MkII) 63m 59s,
7 Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort MkII) 64m 46s,
8 Paul Mackinnon/Ray Fitzpatrick (Subaru Impreza WRC S14 WRC) 64m 57s,
9 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort MkII) 64m 59s,
10 Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) 65m 42s.

Motorsport Safety Team Group N award: Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrath.

rally.ie Two wheel drive award: Chris Armstrong/Chris Melly.

Juniors:
1 Michael Boyle/Dermot McCafferty (Civic) 46m 52s,
2 Anthony Keating/Kevin Enright (Ford Escort MkII) 51m 03s,
3 Dylan Donoghue/Cathal Nolan (Ford Escort MkII) 51m 35s.

Leaders After:
SS1-4 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS5-9 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)

Stage Winners
SS1 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS2 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS3 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS4 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS5 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS6 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS7 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS8 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS9 Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC)

CHAMPIONS READY FOR TAKE OFF IN SHANNON - Preview courtesy of Triton Showers – proud sponsors of the Irish National Rally Championship.

Posted: September 17, 2016 5:16 PM

Although Clonmel’s Roy White and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien have clinched the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, several categories and classes remain undecided ahead of Sunday’s penultimate round, the Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre Clare Rally in association with the Oakwood Hotel, Shannon.

Former champion Donegal’s Declan Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) is the top seed and goes in search of his fourth win in the current campaign. He took victory in the last round in Clonmel and can still clinch the runner-up spot in the eight round series as he battles with the Subaru WRC’s of former champions Niall Maguire and Peadar Hurson.

Ultra consistent all season new champion Roy White is aiming to gain his first outright win on the Triton trail.
“We are going to play with a few set-ups and see how it goes, the pressure is off so we can try more extremes to address the issues that we are having. I can afford to take a step back from being so aggressive with the car and try and fix my driving as well.”

The Clonmel man knows what he has to do,
“At square junctions I haven’t really got the hang of it (his Fiesta WRC), the front of it is nosing out or the back is swinging out, everywhere else the car is good, but the square junctions are a weakness and that is my fault. I think I might be overdriving the car in that scenario.”

Meanwhile, Warrenpoint’s Peadar Hurson (Subaru WRC) and Monaghan’s Niall Maguire will be aiming to raise their level of performance to try and match both Boyle and White. Hurson has yet to get the maximum from his S12B Subaru while Maguire seeks strong form as the season nears completion.

Monaghan’s Stephen Wright (Ford Fiesta R5) is using the nine stage rally as a shakedown for the Cork “20” International Rally, he was sixth in the last round, the Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally.

Championship sponsor Maynooth’s Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) had a disappointing outing in Clonmel where he finished twentieth and he will be eager to finish in the top ten, he occupies the number seven slot.

Cork drivers Owen Murphy (Skoda Fabia S2000), Daniel Cronin (Mitsubishi) and Meath’s Trevor Mulligan (Ford Escort) complete the top ten.

Mulligan leads the rally.ie series (top two wheel drive in overall classification) and the Triton Showers Ford Escort Mk. 2 Champions Trophy series. Gary McPhillips and John Reddington – are his respective closest challengers, however, McPhillips is not amongst the Clare entry. Mulligan’s event opposition features Tipperary’s Barry Ryan, Tyrone’s Ryan Loughran, Donegal’s Damien Gallagher, Limerick’s Paul Purtill and Ed Synan and Kerry’s Mike Quinn, all in Ford Escorts.

Scottish driver Calum Duffy (Skoda Fabia), Dundalk’s Brendan Cumiskey (Ford Fiesta R5) are also on the entry list.

The Group N category is headed by reigning Triton Showers Motorsport Safety Group N champion Aidan Wray (Mitsubishi EvoX) with his series rivals Monaghan’s Shane Maguire, who has the same point’s total and Maynooth’s Paul Barrett (Subaru) all in the mix and all with an opportunity to claim the title that is likely to go down to the wire.

The local entry includes Michael Fitzgibbon (Honda Civic), Niall O’Sullivan (Citroen C2), John O’Sullivan (Citroen C2), Fergal Keane and Keith Naughton in Honda Civics and the Escort duo Tommy McDonagh and Pa Malone.

The Triton Showers National Rally Junior series could be determined in Shannon with Michael Boyle (Honda Civic), Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) and Colin Roche (Toyota Starlet) all vying for success and the automatic qualification for the Billy Coleman Young Driver of the Year award. With the best four rounds to count, a class win for Meath’s McNamee will secure the laurels, however, Boyle, the son of top seed, Declan or Cork’s Colin Roche can ensure a final round decider in Donegal should either take the maximum ten points.

Meanwhile, Cavan’s Jenna McCann (Ford Fiesta), Roscommon’s Cormac Phelan (Honda Civic), Wexford’s Tonya (Honda Civic) and Monaghan’s Sean Connolly (Toyota Corolla) are amongst the drivers that have already secured class wins in the Triton series.

Additional Late Entries 14/9/16

Posted: September 14, 2016 11:48 AM

Car No Driver Navigator Car Class
112 David Kelly James Conrad Citreon C2R2 2
113 Mark Allen Sean Walsh Honda Civic 11F
114 Josh Moffett James Fulton Ford Fiesta R5 5
115 Eoin Dufin Mike Cleary Ford Escort 13
116 Paul McKinnion TBA Subaru Impreza WRC S14 7

Final Instructions 1 / Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: September 12, 2016 9:51 AM

Additional Late Entries 9/9/16

Posted: September 9, 2016 6:52 AM

105 Declan Greene TBA Toyota Corolla Twin Cam 11R
106 Tim Enright Stephen Buckley Ford Escort Mk2 13
107 Pat Kelly Jonathan Kelly Subaru Impreza N11 15
108 Darren Hamill TBA Ford Escort 13
109 Thomas Scally John Wallace Honda Civic 1
110 Mark Boyle Stephen Doogan Mitsubishi Evo 9 4
111 Ronan Denning Karl Egan Peugeot 106 GTi 11F

Seeded Entry List

Posted: September 8, 2016 5:42 AM

No Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
2 Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
3 Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [7]
4 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [7]
5 Stephen Wright/ TBA (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
6 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [7]
7 Derek McGeehan/Arthur Kierans (BMW Mini WRC) [7]
8 Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Skoda Fabia S2000) [5]
9 Daniel Cronin/Shane Buckley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
10 Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
11 Barry Ryan/Emmet Sherry (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
12 Ryan Loughran/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
14 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
15 Paul Purtill/Paul Kelly (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
16 Calum Duffy/Iain Duffy (Skoda Fabia S2500) [20]
17 Brendan Cumiskey/Ronan O'Kane (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
18 Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [4]
19 Shane Maguire/Mac Kierans (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
20 Paul Barrett/Declan Tumilty (Subaru Impreza N14) [7]
21 Mike Quinn/Tony Healy (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
22 Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
23 Vincent O'Shea/Sean Brunton (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
24 Martin Doherty/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
25 Keith Power/Mark Sullivan (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
26 Paul Manton/ TBA (Subaru Impreza N12B) [20]
27 Simon Chapman/Neil Colman (Proton MEM S2500 Millington) [20]
28 Cormac Phelan/Katja Auhl (Honda Civic) [11F]
29 John Reddington/Paddy McCrudden (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
30 Sean Moran/Jonathan Keane (Ford Escort) [13]
31 Colin Byrne/Brian Quinlan (Ford Escort) [14]
32 Michael Fitzgibbon/Tom Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
33 Niall Moroney/Elgan Davies (Subaru Impreza S4) [15]
34 Liam Bowhan/Martin Connolly (Toyota Starlet RWD) [13]
35 Frank Sweeney/Jane Cogan (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
36 Barry Morris/Declan Campbell (Ford Escort) [13]
37 Michael Boyle/Dermot McCafferty (Honda Civic) [16]
38 Gary McNamee/Kieran O'Donoghue (Honda EG6) [16]
39 Colin Roche/Ger Foley (Toyota Starlet RWD) [16]
40 Seanie McGrath/Ger Clancy (Honda Civic) [16]
41 Shane Norris/Charlie Boland (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
42 Darren Young/Sean Walsh (Honda Civic) [11F]
43 Niall O'Sullivan/Sean O'Crowley (Citroen C2) [11F]
44 Kenneth Ryan/Keith McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
45 Alan Atcheson/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
46 Ray Cunningham/Jared Gill (Austin Mini Cooper S) [9]
47 Aidan Walsh/Kieran Bailey (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
48 Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
49 Jason Tuthill/Ben Teggart (Ford Escort) [11R]
50 John O'Sullivan/Stephan McTiernan (Citroen C2) [14]
51 David Percy/Owen Percy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
52 Stephen Bawn/Keith Moriarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
53 Shane McCarthy/Helen Duggan (Honda EG6) [16]
54 Joe Moffitt/Eddie Moffitt (Honda Civic) [1]
55 Ruari McCaffrey/Seamus McTigue (Honda Civic) [1]
56 Eoin Moynihan/Sean Moynihan (Ford Escort) [13]
57 James McGreal/Chris Mitchell (Mitsubishi Evo 6) [15]
58 Fergal Keane/Mairead Duane (Honda Civic) [11F]
59 Tommy McDonagh/Paul Hickey (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
60 PA Malone/PA Harding (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
61 Keith Naughton/Damien Murphy (Honda Civic) [11F]
62 Anthony Breen/Jill White (Subaru Impreza N12) [20]
63 Eoghain McMahon/Declan O'Regan (Subaru GpN GC8) [15]
64 Liam Mulcaire/Jimmy Kiely (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
65 Patrick O'Connor/Kieran Reid (Toyota Celica 185) [15]
66 Padraig Egan/Brian Hassett (Subaru WRX Turbo) [15]
67 Ian Ryan/Shane Griffin (Ford Escort) [16]
68 Robert Behan/Brendan Behan (BMW Mini cooper S) [11F]
69 Anthony Masterson/Tom Clinton (Ford Escort RS) [9]
70 William Kenneally/Finbarr Fogarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
71 Eddie Kennelly/Timmy Murphy (Ford Escort) [10]
72 Jenna McCann/John McCabe (Ford Fiesta) [2]
73 Anthony Keating/Kevin Enright (Ford Escort G4) [16]
74 Ciaran Phelan/Aine Phelan (Honda Civic Type R) [11F]
75 Steven Corey/Vinnie Boyd (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
76 Nick Barnett/Martin Brady (Honda Civic Type R) [2]
77 Keelan Maguire/Martin McGarrity (Honda Civic) [2]
78 Frank Byrnes/David Ray (Peugeot 206 Cup Car) [11F]
79 Roland Doherty/P.j. O'Dowd (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
80 Keith Lyons/Seán Hegarty (Ford R2 T) [2]
81 Andrew Burke/Colin Keegan (Citroen DS3 R3) [3]
82 Michael Canny/ TBA (Ford Fiesta ST) [13]
83 Derek Flynn/Patrick Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
84 Andy Hayes/John Hayes (Honda Civic Type R) [3]
85 Kevin Kelly/Gavin Doherty (Ford Escort) [13]
86 Pat McDonagh/Calvin Kirby (Ford Cortina) [10]
87 Maurice Meskell/Stephen Meskell (Ford Escort) [17]
88 Robert Ryan/Tomas Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
89 Aidan Buckley/Alan O'Doherty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
90 Erik Honan/Quinn Katie (Honda Civic) [11F]
91 Ger O'Shea/Mary O'Shea (Peugeot 205) [10]
92 Dylan Donoghue/Cathal Nolan (Ford Escort Mk2) [16]
93 John Murphy/Cliodhna Murphy (Subaru Impreza) [20]
94 Des Lyons/Shay Laheen (Honda Civic EK4) [1]
95 David Keane/Eamon Burke (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
96 Michael Hamilton/ TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [1]
97 Kevin O'Neill/Conor O'Neill (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [1]
98 Wayne Keogh/Paul Lacey (Skoda Fabia) [9]

Late Entries
99 Brendan O'Reilly/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
100 Pat Ryan/Jack Dalton (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
101 Davy Hunt/Gillian Gilmartin (Peugeot 106 Maxi) [11F]
102 Gerard Hodgins/Keith Flanagan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
103 Denis O'Brien/Denny Greaney (Opel Corsa) [3]
104 Colum Browne/Paddy King (Honda Civic) [11F]

Entries still open.

Entries Received 2/9/16

Posted: September 3, 2016 4:13 AM

Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
Joe Moffitt/Eddie Moffitt (Honda Civic) [ 1]
Michael Hamilton/ TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [ 1]
Ruari McCaffrey/Seamus McTigue (Honda Civic) [ 1]
Keith Power/Mark Sullivan (Toyota Corolla) [ 1]
Kevin O'Neill/Conor O'Neill (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [ 1]
Jenna McCann/John McCabe (Ford Fiesta) [ 2]
Keith Lyons/Seán Hegarty (Ford R2 T) [ 2]
Nick Barnett/Martin Brady (Honda Civic Type R) [ 2]
Derek Flynn/Patrick Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
Keelan Maguire/Martin McGarrity (Honda Civic) [ 2]
Andy Hayes/John Hayes (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
Andrew Burke/Colin Keegan (Citroen DS3 R3) [ 3]
Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [ 4]
Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Skoda Fabia S2000) [ 5]
Brendan Cumiskey/Ronan O'Kane (Ford Fiesta R5) [ 5]
Paul Barrett/Declan Tumilty (Subaru Impreza N14) [ 7]
Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) [ 7]
Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) [ 7]
Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [ 7]
Derek McGeehan/Arthur Kierans (BMW Mini WRC) [ 7]
Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [ 7]
Wayne Keogh/Paul Lacey (Skoda Fabia) [ 9]
Ray Cunningham/Jared Gill (Austin Mini Cooper S) [ 9]
Anthony Masterson/Tom Clinton (Ford Escort RS) [ 9]
Roland Doherty/P.j. O'Dowd (Vauxhall Nova) [ 9]
Eddie Kennelly/Timmy Murphy (Ford Escort) [10]
Robert Ryan/Tomas Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
Fergal Keane/Mairead Duane (Honda Civic) [11F]
Ciaran Phelan/Aine Phelan (Honda Civic Type R) [11F]
Cormac Phelan/Katja Auhl (Honda Civic) [11F]
Niall O'Sullivan/Sean O'Crowley (Citroen C2) [11F]
Robert Behan/Brendan Behan (BMW Mini cooper S) [11F]
Darren Young/Sean Walsh (Honda Civic) [11F]
Keith Naughton/Damien Murphy (Honda Civic) [11F]
Frank Byrnes/David Ray (Peugeot 206 Cup Car) [11F]
Michael Fitzgibbon/Tom Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
Kenneth Ryan/Keith McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
Jason Tuthill/Ben Teggart (Ford Escort) [11R]
Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
Alan Atcheson/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
Aidan Walsh/Kieran Bailey (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
David Percy/Owen Percy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
Liam Bowhan/Martin Connolly (Toyota Starlet RWD) [13]
Michael Canny/ TBA (Ford Fiesta ST) [13]
Aidan Buckley/Alan O'Doherty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
William Kenneally/Finbarr Fogarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
Frank Sweeney/Jane Cogan (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
Eoin Moynihan/Sean Moynihan (Ford Escort) [13]
Kevin Kelly/Gavin Doherty (Ford Escort) [13]
Barry Morris/Declan Campbell (Ford Escort) [13]
Trevor Mulligan/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
John Reddington/Paddy McCrudden (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
Steven Corey/Vinnie Boyd (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
Frank Kelly/Paul Twomey (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
John O'Sullivan/Stephan McTiernan (Citroen C2) [14]
Niall Moroney/Elgan Davies (Subaru Impreza S4) [15]
Patrick O'Connor/Kieran Reid (Toyota Celica 185) [15]
Colin Roche/Ger Foley (Toyota Starlet RWD) [16]
Shane Norris/Charlie Boland (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
Gary McNamee/Kieran O'Donoghue (Honda EG6) [16]
Dylan Donoghue/Cathal Nolan (Ford Escort Mk2) [16]
Michael Boyle/Dermot McCafferty (Honda Civic) [16]
Seanie McGrath/Ger Clancy (Honda Civic) [16]
Ian Ryan/Shane Griffin (Ford Escort) [16]
Shane McCarthy/Helen Duggan (Honda EG6) [16]
Anthony Keating/Kevin Enright (Ford Escort G4) [16]
Maurice Meskell/Stephen Meskell (Ford Escort) [17]
Simon Chapman/Neil Colman (Proton MEM S2500 Millington) [20]
Calum Duffy/Iain Duffy (Skoda S2500) [20]
Paul Manton/ TBA (Subaru Impreza N12B) [20]
John Murphy/Cliodhna Murphy (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]

Event Poster

Posted: August 9, 2016 8:59 AM

On Line Entry / Regulations

Posted: August 9, 2016 8:57 AM

EVO On line Entry

Press Release 1

Posted: May 26, 2016 3:26 PM


Martin O'Mara (Limerick Motor Centre Hyundai Main Sponsor) with Clare Stages Rally 2016 COC Ger Healy. Photo: Dermot Kelleher


The Clare Motor Club are delighted to announce details of the 2016 Clare Stages Rally which will take place on September 17th. & 18th.
This very popular event has been running since 1988 and down through the years has attracted competitors from all over Ireland and the UK.

The 2016 event is Round 7 of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and Round 5 of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.

Chairman of the Motorsport Ireland Rallies Committee Ger Healy from Adare, Co. Limerick has taken on the role as Clerk of the Course for this year’s event.

Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre who have been sponsoring stages in Clare for several years have come on board as title sponsor for the 2016 event. The Hyundai dealership which is based on the Ballysimon Road, Limerick is Irelands longest serving Hyundai dealership, and has been supplying Hyundai's in Limerick City and County since 1989. Limerick Motor Centre have been marketing the Hyundai brand in Co Clare since 2010 and North Tipperary since 2013.

Dealer Principal Martin O’Mara said
"Sponsorship of The Clare Stages Rally is an ideal opportunity to showcase the Hyundai range of vehicles and also the Limerick Motor Centre brand through corporate signage on the highways and byways of Clare."

Clare Motor Club have a unique association with the Hyundai brand as the Hyundai Accent World Rally Car made its Irish debut at the 2002 Clare Stages Rally in the hands of Limerick Driver Ollie O’Donovon who finished the event 5th overall.

This year has seen a major increase in new car sales in Ireland with Hyundai sitting in 3rd position in Ireland with the Hyundai Tucson the biggest selling car in Clare to date in 2016. Hyundai is also becoming a major player in world rallying with the Hyundai i20 competing in the World Rally Championship and the new Hyundai i20 R5 almost ready for homologation which will then see it competing in various rallying championships worldwide and hopefully Ireland in the coming years.

The 2016 Clare Stages will have its HQ at The Oak Wood Arms Hotel in Shannon with Scrutiny, Parc Ferme and Centralized Servicing all based in Shannon town. The Rally format is three stages which will be repeated three times in the Shannon Region.

Club Website

Posted: May 26, 2016 3:26 PM

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