Owen Murphy Leads Historic Championship after Killarney
Posted: December 5, 2016 9:34 AM
Third place in the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Stages Rally yesterday saw Owen Murphy take maximum points in the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Historic Championship. With Anthony Nestor on the pace notes, Murphy was driving the iconic ex-Russell Brookes Sunbeam Lotus and despite being hampered by a misfire for most of the day, he set some excellent times on the seven stage event. With the top two finishers Ryan Barrett & Melvyn Evans not registered for the series Murphy took full advantage and is the early leader of the championship.
Andy Johnson & Jim McSherry took fifth place in their fabulous Vauxhall Chevette HSR and move into second place in the championship. They finished third overall on last year's series, while Shawn Rayner & Declan Dear from England are third in the championship after an excellent sixth place in their Escort. Completing the top five after the opening round are Barry Jones (Escort) and Duncan Williams (Escort). Amongst the notable retirements were Stanley Orr and Alan Watkins both in Ford Escorts. The next round takes place in February with the Galway International Rally.
Posted: December 5, 2016 9:16 AM
1 Andy Johnson/Jim McSherry (Chevette HSR) 61m 49s,
2 Keith McIvor/David Burns (Escort) 64m 08s,
3 Colin McDowell/Michael Spence (Mini Cooper S) 65m 50s,
4 Dessie Nutt/Geraldine McBride (Porsche 911) 66m 13s,
5 Roger Moran/Ashley Trimble (BMW M3) 67m 14s,
6 Aidan Kennedy/Joe O'Leary (Mini Cooper S) 69m 35s.
FIA APPENDIX K CARS:
1 Andy Johnson/Jim McSherry,
2 Keith McIvor/David Burns,
3 Roger Moran/Ashley Trimble.
Killarney Historic Rally Starts 2017 Tarmac Championship Season
Posted: December 2, 2016 5:36 PM
The 2017 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Historic Championship is about to get underway with the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Stages Rally. The event is the first of an eight round series and is the only dedicated Historic Rally on the
Irish Rallying calendar. Last year's rally was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to flooding caused by Storm Desmond but the weather clerk promises to be kinder to Clerk of the Course Kevin Flannery and his team with cold dry conditions forecast.
As always the entry is interesting and varied with 47 cars entered for the main historic rally while as always the Modified event is well supported with some of the best talent in Ireland and the UK entered. Ryan Barrett is top seed in the Historic event and he will be followed by Melvyn Evans with both drivers in Escorts, while third seed Owen Murphy drives the ex-Russell Brookes Sunbeam Lotus.
Other drivers entered include Ernie Graham & Gareth Lloyd who had such a titanic battle in the 2015 Historic Championship, while Brendan McAree who came second in last year's series brings his beautiful Porsche 911 and Andy Johnson who was third
in the 2016 series behind McAree is again in his Chevette. Stanley Orr is another very talented driver who will relish the challenge of the stages, while Dessie Nutt is a multiple winner of the event. Overseas interest includes Alan Watkins, Jimmy McRae, Duncan Williams, David Goose & Roger Moran all whom have sampled Irish Tarmac over the years.
The action gets underway with the famous Molls Gap stage at 8:45am Saturday morning.
There are six more stages with Coolick, Anablatha and Gortnagane all to be tackled twice. The second running of Gortnagane will be the real sting in the tail as it will be run in darkness before the first car reaches the finish ramp just after 5:30pm.
More information can be found on www.irishtarmac.com, on our Facebook page Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and on twitter at @irishtarmactroa over the weekend.
Radio Kerry Rally Report times for Saturday
Posted: December 1, 2016 10:18 AM
10am, 11am, 12 pm, 2:05, 4:30, and 5:50
Final Instructions 1, Time and Distance Schedule and Scrutiny Time Slots.
Killarney and District Motor Club , will this weekend, celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally.
Conceived in 1996, by club member Maurice Nagle, father of current World Rally Championship star Paul, the vent has grown to become one of the most popular rallies in Europe.
It is the only event in Ireland that caters exclusively historic and modified cars only and over its two decades has attracted some of the biggest names in rallying. Multiple British Rally champion Jim McRae is back again this year for example.
The idea for the rally came about after the Rally of the Lakes International Rally moved from its original December date to the May Bank Holiday weekend in 1993.
Nagle identified that drivers and fans missed the annual winter trip to Killarney , added to the growing interest in historic rallying, he decided to take on the challenging of running Ireland's first Historic Rally.
Two decades later and event has gone from strength to strength. Over 150 crews from all over Ireland, the UK and even as afar a field as Barbados will take to the start ramp in Killarney town centre on Friday night.
They face demanding stages over the 100km route on Saturday, starting as always with the daunting Moll's Gap, Ireland's most famous rally stage.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Killarney and District Motor Club have come to an arrangement with the organisers of the Rally of Legends, Italy's biggest historic motorsport event, and Saturday's event winner will receive a free entry and transportation of their rally car to San Marino next October.
The rally will be backed by Rentokil Initial Ireland as main title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.
Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney said:
"On behalf of Rentokil Initial I am once again delighted to be associated with this year's Killarney Historic Rally. The event has grown from strength to strength and is a phenomenal success. Our desire to support the local community and businesses that have supported Rentokil Initial, so loyally over the many years is the reason why we are once again involved with Irelands most prestigious Rally".
RENTOKIL INITIAL KILLARNEY HISTORIC RALLY 2016
Leading the field away is Northern Irishman Ryan Barrett in his Ford Escort, winner of several British Historic Rally championship events over the years. Former Irish National champion, Melvyn Evans starts at two, the Welshman a regular visitor to these shores. Cork's Eoin Murphy starts at three in his ex-works Talbot Sunbeam.
There is a wealth of top overseas crews making up the bulk of the top 20 with, including an interesting entry from Roger Moran, a multiple British Hillclimb champion.
The top locals seeds are father and daughter crew, Pat and Tara Looney, in a Ford Escort. Former Irish National Historic Champions PJ Dowd and John Young from Tralee have a new engine fitted to their Talbot Sunbeam for the occasion and start one place ahead of Rathmore's Donal O'Connor, the current Southern 4 Historic Rally champion.
The ever-popular and keenly contested Modified rally , that runs at the back of the main historic field has also attracted a strong field, with local crew and British Junior Rally champions, Rob Duggan and Ger Conway the top seeds in a hired Ford Escort.
Jack Newman , 2nd on recent Kerry Winter Rally at Banna is also on the modified entry list and will be joined by top Escort drivers like Dessie Keenan- a former winner of the event and Hereford legend Phil Collins who has been making his way to Killarney since the late 1970s. Top local crews to look out for in this section include, Kevin O'Donoghue and Diarmuid Lynch (BMW M3); Charlie Hickey and Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort RS); Vincent O'Shea and Brian Hickey (Ford Escort); Tadhg O'Sullivan and Eoin O'Leary (Ford Escort);
Aidan Buckley and Alan O'Doherty (Ford Escort Mk2); Timmy Enright Darina Joyce (Ford Escort Mk2); Tom Relihan and Maurice McElligott (Ford Escort Mk1) and Tommy Mason Connor Walsh (Ford Escort).
The rally starts on Friday evening with a Ceremonial start in main street Killarney at 7pm. The real action gets underway on Saturday morning with the iconic Molls Gap, often rated by rally drivers as being the best and one of the most-challenging stages in the world.
Coolick the Kilcummin village stage is always a favourite, just north of Killarney town, the stage runs straight through the village offering a great spectacle for the many fans to view. "Anablatha" is a newly designed stage in the Gneeveguilla area, sections of which have been used in the past by the Rally of the Lakes, it's a fast flowing stage with great surface and many junctions.
Gortnagane which runs parallel to the main Rathmore/ Killarney road, is highly regarded as one of the most technical, narrow, and demanding stages of Killarney rallying. The second run over Gortnagane, will be run under the cover of darkness.
Killarney Historic Rally Winning Prize
Posted: November 28, 2016 4:40 AM
Killarney and District Motor Club are proud to announce that a New Partnership has been formed with Vito Piarulli (COC) for the infamous "Rallylegends San Marino Italy".
Vito and Rallylegends has proudly offered the winner of the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Stages Rally an all-expenses paid trip to San Marino Italy for "Rallylegends" 2017.
The prize will include:
Transport of your car from Polygon Transport Marshwood Southampton to San Marino, off-load, re-load after the event and return to Marshwood,
The prize also includes Rally entry fee, accommodation for driver and navigator and one member of a service crew and flights to and from Italy.
Details and times to be agreed.
This prize has a value of at least Eur 4000.
The prize is not redeemable for a monetary value.
Below you will see a link to the "Rally Legends" website
Car Driver Navigator Make/Model Class
1 Ryan Barrett Paul McCann Ford Escort D5
2 Melvyn Evans Sean Hayde Ford Escort D5
3 Owen Murphy Anthony Nestor Talbot Sunbeam Lotus D5
4 Ernie Graham Anna Graham Ford Escort Mk1 K
5 Gareth Lloyd David Byrne Ford Escort RS1800 D5
6 Stanley Orr Guy Weaver Ford Escort RS2000 C3
7 Shawn Rayner Declan Dear Ford Escort D3
8 Andy Johnson TBA Vauxhall HSR K
9 Duncan Williams Johnathon Carroll Ford Escort D3
10 Alan Watkins Keaton Williams Ford Escort RS2000 D3
11 Barry Jones Iwan Griffiths Ford Escort Mk2 D5
12 Keith McIvor David Burns Ford Escort Mk2 K
14 Roger Moran Ashley Trimble BMW M3 K
15 David Goose Nenah Goose Ford R.S. 1800 D5
16 Chris Browne Ali Cornwell-browne Ford Escort C5
17 Brendan McAree TBA Porsche 911 C5
18 Jimmy McRae Pauline Gullick Vauxhall Firenza Can-Am C5
19 Dessie Nutt Gearldine McBride Porsche 911 B5
20 Pat Looney Tara Looney Ford Escort C3
21 Philip McKibbin Sean Walsh Ford Escort Mk1 C3
22 Duncan Buck Cate Buck Porsche 3.0 RS C4
23 Michael McDaid TBA Ford Escort D3
24 PJ O'Dowd John Young Talbot Sunbeam B1
25 Donal O'Connor Laura Mulrooney Ford Escort Mk1 C3
26 James Power Declan Kelly Ford Escort Mk1 C3
27 Noel Hurley Johnny O'Shea Saab 99 EMS C3
28 John Newman Dave Woodcock Fiat 128 3p D1
29 Gareth Frank Sam Spencer Vauxhall FIRENZA 2300 C4
30 Pat Neville Peter Neville Volvo 142 B4
31 Aidan Kennedy Joe O'Leary Austin Cooper B2
32 Peter Ellerby TBA Austin Mini B2
33 Edward Flahavan Anthony Roche Lancia Fulvia B2
34 Ciaran Geoghegan Tommy Moynihan Lancia Fulvia C2
35 Rhodri Roberts Llion Tractor Williams Morris Mini C1
36 Colin McDowell Michael Spence Morris Mini B2
37 Thomas O'Brien David O'Brien Austin Mini C1
38 Barrett Francis Tumilty Declan Ford Escort RS2000 B1
39 Maurice Meskell Stephen Meskell Ford Escort C2
40 Harry Brown Martin McGrath Hillman Avenger C2
41 David Dee Rita Dee Austin Mini Cooper S B2
42 Iarla Carty Joe White Morris Mini Cooper S C1
43 Pat McDonagh Calvin Kirby Ford Cortina B3
44 Tom Slattery Helen Slattery Ford Lotus cortina mk 1 B3
45 Terry Carmody Don Bosco Rogers Austin Mini Cooper B2
46 James Hall Tony McCarthy Audi Coupe K
47 Ivan Warwick Evelyn Warwick Audi Quattro K
56 Robert Duggan Ger Conway Ford Escort Mk2 7
57 Gary Kiernan Ryan Moore Ford Escort 7
58 Jack Newman Andrew Browne Ford Escort Mk2 6
59 Dessie Keenan James McCarville Ford Escort Mk2 7
60 Enda O'Brien John Butler Ford Escort RS Mk2 7
61 Phil Collins Stephen McAuley Ford Escort Mk2 7
62 Damian Toner Denver Rafferty Ford Escort 7
63 Raymond Conlon James O'Reilly Toyota Corolla 6
64 Kevin O'Donoghue Diarmuid Lynch BMW M3 7
65 Pat Donegan Domhnall Lennon Ford Escort Mk2 7
66 Charlie Hickey Johnny Hickey Ford Escort RS 7
67 Vincent O'Shea Brian Hickey Ford Escort 7
68 Kevin Eves James Fulton Toyota Corolla 7
69 Tadhg O'Sullivan Eoin O'Leary Ford Escort 6
70 Alastair Cochrane Gary McElhinney Ford Escort 6
71 David Armstrong TBA Ford Escort Mk2 7
72 Aidan Buckley Alan O'Doherty Ford Escort Mk2 6
73 Marty Toner Sharon Clarke Talbot Talbot sunbeam 7
74 Timmy Enright Darina Joyce Ford Escort Mk2 6
75 Tom Relihan Maurice McElligott Ford Escort Mk1 6
76 Tommy Mason Connor Walsh Ford Escort 7
77 Gary Reidy Podge Doody Ford Escort 7
78 Jer O'Flynn Neil O'Flynn Ford Escort Mk2 6
79 Ken Lyons Paddy McDonnell Ford Escort Mk2 6
80 Fintan McGrady TBA Ford Escort 6
81 John Devlin John McCarthy Talbot Sunbeam 6
82 John Hickey Eamon Creedon Ford Escort 6
83 Robert Jones Gary Kinghorn Ford Escort Mk2 7
84 Walter Dick TBA Ford Escort Mk2 6
85 Richard Harney Brian Harney Ford Escort Mk2 5
86 Paul Fitzgerald Pierce Jnr. Doheny Ford Escort Mk2 5
87 Allen Treacy Bob Fitzgerald Toyota Corolla GT 5
88 Donagh Kelly Conor Foley Ford Escort Mk1 3
89 Denis Hickey Sean Nolan Ford Escort Mk2 3
90 Sean Moynihan Shane Buckley Ford Escort Mk2 3
91 James Cassidy Declan Smith Ford Escort Mk2 3
92 Cyril Wharton Helen Duggan Ford Escort RS Mk2 3
93 Jason Roche TBA Ford Escort Mk2 6
94 Richard Moore TBA Ford Escort Mk2 6
95 Simon Reid Gavin Downey Ford Escort 6
96 Frank Sweeney Jane Cogan Peugeot 205 RWD 6
97 Sean O'Carroll Niall O'Sullivan Ford Escort Mk2 7
98 Pa. Bellew Martin Byrne Ford Escort Mk2 5
99 Robert Moran Eoin O'Donoghue Ford Escort Mk2 5
100 Jason Costello Jonathan Keane Ford Escort Mk2 5
101 Sean Fleming Niall McLarnon Ford Fiesta 5
102 Kenneth Ryan Keith McCarthy Ford Escort Mk2 5
103 Jim Cronin TBA Ford Escort Mk2 3
104 David Leslie Melissa Leslie Ford Escort RS 3
105 Michael Osullivan Mairead Duane Ford Escort 3
106 Kevin Cole Matthew Kirwan Ford Escort Mk2 3
107 Paudie Callaghan Danny Murphy Toyota Starlet 4
108 Noel O'Sullivan Nicholas Burke Ford Escort Mk2 4
109 James Bradley Maria Kehoe Ford Escort Mk2 4
110 Neil Phelan Joe Hearns Ford Escort Mk2 6
111 Stephen Bawn Chris O'Donnell Ford Escort 6
112 Mcaree Vincent TBA Ford Escort Mk2 6
113 Warnick Sean TBA Ford Escort 6
114 Murray Shane TBA Ford Escort 6
115 Raymond Spence John Falvey Ford Escort 6
116 Michael Britton Mark Kirwan Ford Escort Mk2 5
117 Andrew Leacy TBA Toyota Corolla 5
118 Sean Brady Brian Brady Ford Escort 6
119 Dermot McGroary Colin Arnold Talbot Sunbeam 5
120 Mike Dineen Darren Cremin Toyota Corolla Twincam 5
121 Mike Costello Paddy Costello Ford Escort Mk2 5
122 Frank Rafferty Warren Tighe Chrysler Sunbeam 5
123 Michael Kelleher Iarla McCarthy Ford Escort Mk2 2
124 John Mulholland Jeff Case Ford Escort Mk2 4
125 Noel McCarthy John Caverly Ford Escort Mk2 4
126 Martin O'Brien Brian McCarthy Ford Escort 5
127 Finbarr Murphy Kieran Baverstock Ford Escort G3 5
128 Denis Dineen Donal Dineen Ford Escort Mk2 3
129 Park Quentin TBA Ford Escort 3
130 Michael Linehan Trisha Hogan Ford Escort Mk3 G3 3
131 Gerard Dineen Christopher Faulconbridge Toyota Starlet RWD 3
132 Niall Fitzpatrick Gary Fitzpatrick Ford Escort Mk1 3
133 Declan Gannon Cathal McGrath BMW M3 7
134 Gerard Hodgins Keith Flanagan Ford Escort Mk2 7
135 ED Twomey Sean Hassett TBA 3
136 Brendan Keenan Sean Lynch Ford Escort Mk2 5
137 Anthony Masterson Tom Clinton Ford Escort RS 7
138 Keith Naughton Brendan Behan Ford Escort RS Mk2 6
139 Denis Buckley Declan Casey Ford Escort Mk2 2
140 Shane Dineen Ciara Dineen Talbot Sunbeam 2
141 Jack O'Shea Karol O'Mahony Austin Mini 1
142 John O'Donovan Katie O'Donovan Austin Mini 1
143 Nigel Molloy Robbie Murphy Ford Escort 2
144 Leonard Tuite TBA Ford Escort Mk2 2
145 John Walsh Michelle Walsh Ford Escort G3 3
146 Francis Kelly Charlotte Egan Vauxhall Nova 2
147 Sean Enright Timothy Diggin Ford Escort 2
148 Kevin Hickey Derry Healy Ford Escort Mk1 2
149 Mark Hayden Peter Ryan Ford Escort Mk2 5
J1 Colin Roche Ger Foley Toyota Starlet RWD J2
J2 Robert Counihan Timmy Kelly Toyota Corolla Twincam J2
J3 Seanie O'Gorman Ger Clancy Ford Escort Mk2 J2
J4 Michael Cahill Brian Cassidy Ford Escort J2
J5 Derry Long Kelvin O'Connor Ford Escort J1
Press Release 1
Posted: October 28, 2016 5:34 AM
Killarney and District Motor Club announced details of this year's Killarney Historic Stages Rally. Ireland's only event to cater solely for historic rally cars and night stage rallying is set to run on Saturday the 3rd Dec.
The rally will count as
- First round of the 2017 Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Historic Rally Championship.
- Final round of the 2016 Plasticbags.ie Southern Four Rally Championship.
- Final round of The 2016 HRCR West Wales Rally Spares - Stage Masters Challenge.
Event clerk of the course Kevin Flannery and his crew have built this year's rally around the competitor and in doing so has selected a route of classic stages based around Killarney Town, offering the competitor 110Km of competitive stages, followed by short road Km's allowing for an easy recce, Centralised service area at the event HQ and the popular feature of the final stage to be run in the darkness.
Event COC Kevin said: "With the unfortunate cancelation of last year's event, we decided to run this year as a exact replica, this makes both a labour and financial sense for us the organisers and should make it all the more attractive to our loyal competitors".
The rally will be backed by Rentokil Initial Ireland as main title sponsor for the 4th consecutive year.
Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahoney said: "On behalf of Rentokil Initial I am once again delighted to be associated with this year's Killarney Historic Rally. The event has grown from strength to strength and is a phenomenal success. Our desire to support the local community and businesses that have supported Rentokil Initial, so loyally over the many years is the reason why we are once again involved with Irelands most prestigious Rally".
The event, which provides a welcome end of season boost to Ireland's tourism capital and is worth millions to the local economy, will once again be hosted at the Gleneagle Hotel as Rally Headquarters, along with supplying some great rally accommodation packages throughout the weekend.
We are delighted to confirm extensive Tv coverage of this year's event.1 hour production by Mick Bracken of on the Limit sports, to be televised on TG4, Setanta Sports, Motors Tv and Skysports throughout the Christmas period. This is a huge attraction to the event and is very beneficial to our Sponsors, Town and Rally.
The rally starts on Friday evening with a Ceremonial start in main street Killarney at 7pm. The real action gets underway on Saturday morning with the iconic "Molls Gap", often rated by rally drivers as being the best and one of the most-challenging stages in the world."Coolick" the Kilcummin village stage is always a favourite, just north of Killarney town, the stage runs straight through the village offering a great spectacle for the many fans to view. "Anablatha" is a newly designed stage in the Gneeveguilla area, sections of which have been used in the past by the Rally of the Lakes, it's a fast flowing stage with great surface and many junctions. "Gortnagane" which runs parallel to the main Rathmore/ Killarney road, is highly regarded as one of the most technical, narrow, and demanding stages of Killarney rallying. The second run over Gortnagane, will be run under the cover of darkness.
It is fair to say that the "Best of the Best" are coming to Killarney for the final battle of the year.