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Galway International Rally - 4-5 Feb 17
Posted: February 5, 2017 10:02 AM - 20060 Hits
Corrib Oil Galway International Rally 2017
Round 1 - 2017 Tarmac Rally Championship
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Corrib Oil Galway International Rally - Full Rally Preview.
Posted: February 1, 2017 3:01 PM
The 2017 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally takes place over the coming weekend, 4th & 5th February inclusive.
Galway Motor Club is delighted to confirm that there is a capacity entry with teams coming from Germany, China and America in addition to numerous UK and Irish crews, over 100 in total. The competing teams, their sponsors and crews, and the thousands of spectators that will line the route will bring a welcome early season boost of visitor numbers to Galway city and county. The event has retained its full weekend format and is expected to generate over 2,000 bed nights for hotels and guest houses. The rally is estimated to generate approximately Eur5m of revenue for the local economy.
At the recent launch, Clerk of the Course, Kieran Donohue said
"Galway Motor Club is indebted to the staff of Galway County and City Councils, An Garda Siochana, Failte Ireland, the Road Safety Authority, the Directors and staff of Corrib Oil, the 300 volunteer marshals from all over Ireland, and most of all the residents along the route for their assistance with temporary road closures to ensure the safe running of the event."
The rally will get under way with a Ceremonial Start in Eyre Square on Friday the 3rd of February at 8pm, this is following scrutineering of cars at the Galway Race Course from 2pm. These are ideal opportunities to see the rally cars and drivers prior to the start of the competition.
Headquarters for the event is the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway. The rally route will cover 9 closed road stages on Saturday 4th February and a further 6 on Sunday 5th February. The Service Park will be in Athenry Mart on Saturday and in the old Sugar facility at Airglooney, Tuam on Sunday, by kind permission of the Mart Committee and the businesses in the Tuam Business Park. Sunday evening will see the ceremonial finish back at Clayton Hotel from approximately 3.30pm. Admission to all events is free over the weekend.
Tarmac season begins with strong Galway entry
Posted: February 1, 2017 2:48 PM
The opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship, the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally, has attracted a very strong entry and a fabulous line up of cars. The R5 class once again is the premier category in the championship with World Rally Cars no longer eligible to score points. After the tremendous battles that went to the wire in 2016 there promises to be as much excitement in the coming season. Despite taking maximum points on three rounds last season Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble were extremely unfortunate to only finish fourth on last year's series and will be looking to improve in that in in 2017 starting in Galway where once again they will use their R5 Fiesta.
Most of the top contenders are using R5 Fiestas and these include Sam and Josh Moffett who finished second and third respectively in the championship last season while Robert Barrable makes a welcome return to the Irish Tarmac series also in a Fiesta. Joe McGonigle has upgraded to a Skoda R5 and should be very competitive while Jonny Greer will drive a Citroen DS3 while Aaron McHale is also making the switch to Citroen. Brendan Cumiskey, Stephen McCann and Tomas Davies are just a number of others who will be very competitive and last year's Group N champion David Guest is also entered in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Another interesting car is that of championship sponsor Ed Twomey who will drive a Fiat Punto Abarth S2000. Marty Gallagher and William Creighton had some great battles last year in the R2 class and are set to renew their rivalry in 2017.
The modified entry is also competitive and includes a pair of BMW 1Ms in the hands of Eugene Meegan and Richard Whelan while Brian Brogan who took maximum points on two rounds last year is also entered. The Historic Championship has already seen one round completed and with Frank Cunningham and Gareth Lloyd the last two Historic Champions entered, it looks like it could be a very competitive year. Among others who have entered in Galway are Ernie Graham, Barry Jones, John Coyne, Desi Nutt and David Goose who will provide stiff opposition to Frank Cunningham who won the championship so impressively last season. Amongst the entries for the Junior Rally are last year's second and third placed drivers, Justin Ryan and Noel Murphy who took the battle for the title all the way to the final round in Cork last year.
A small change to the points system this year sees the top points for winning overall / class winners increased from 16 to 17 points. The R5 class will score points in the ITRC 1 category, Group N / R4 / S2000 will score in the ITRC 2 category while classes 1, 2 and 3 will score in the ITRC 3 category. The Corrib Oil Galway International gets underway at 8:30am on Saturday 4th February and competitors will get nine stages on the Athenry area. The second day's action is centered around Tuam with six more stages before the first car due at the finish ramp around 4pm on Sunday 5th February.
Jon Armstrong/Noel O'Sullivan to debut M-Sport Fiesta R2T in Galway
Posted: February 1, 2017 2:39 PM
It's the news we've all be waiting for, M-Sport have confirmed that Fermanagh native Jon Armstrong has been tasked with the enviable job of giving their Ford Fiesta R2T Sport Trophy car its ITRC debut on next weekends Galway International Rally.
M-Sport developed the car as a cheaper alternative to the full Fiesta R2T with the in- ten on of running one make series throughout Europe.
The main difference between the two cars are in the engine and suspension, the car runs a standard engine producing 150bhp and an non-adjustable suspension.
M-Sport are sending over a suspension kit prior to Galway for Jon to test in his own R2T. He will use M-Sport's own car in Galway.
Jon Armstrong said:
"I am really pleased that M-Sport have invited me to drive the car in Galway. I think Irish Tarmac Rally Championship Fiesta Sport Trophy is a great platform for young drivers to showcase their talent in a Homologated car and with the prize on offer from M-Sport, it could also give them an opportunity to further develop their career".
Jon and co-driver Noel O'Sullivan will also receive backing from Lakeland Tyres. Adrian Frazer M.D. Lakeland Tyres said:
"I am delighted to be involved, Jon is a very talented driver and this is a great opportunity to raise our brand profile".
Marshal Meeting Points
Posted: January 31, 2017 1:42 PM
Time & Distance / Final Instructions
Posted: January 31, 2017 1:39 PM
Posted: January 26, 2017 7:05 AM
Robert Barrable / Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
Brian Brogan, Gary Kiernan, Pat Donegan & Ryan Loughran (Ford Escort MkIIs)
Seeded Entry List
Posted: January 24, 2017 3:18 AM
No. Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 
2 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
3 Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Ford Fiesta R5) 
4 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) 
5 Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
6 Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta R5) 
7 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Skoda Fabia R5) 
8 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) 
9 Aaron Machale/Darragh Kelly (Citroen DS3 R5) 
10 Brendan Cumiskey/Ronan O'Kane (Ford Fiesta R5) 
11 Stephen McCann/Damien Fleming (Ford Fiesta S2000) 
12 Eugene Meegan/Sarah Whelan (BMW 1M) 
14 Tom Flaherty/Martin Flynn (Ford Escort Mk2) 
15 Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaney (Ford Escort Mk2) 
16 Kevin Eves/TBA (Toyota Corolla) 
17 Viv Hamill/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort Mk2) 
18 Liam Howlett/John McGrath (Ford Escort RS Mk2) 
19 ED Murphy/John McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) 
20 Richard Whelan/James Whelan (BMW 1M) 
21 David Guest/Paddy Robinson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 
22 Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Ford Fiesta R5) 
23 Jason McSweeney/Liam Brennan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 
24 Andrew Fanning/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta Evo) 
25 Eoin Doyle/Peter Brennan (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) 
26 Patrick McHugh/Pauric O'Donnell (Ford Escort Mk2) 
27 Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan (Ford Escort) 
28 Paul Rowley/Patrick Brides (Citroen DS3 R5) 
29 Anthony Masterson/Tom Clinton (Ford Escort RS) 
30 Jon Armstrong/Noel O'Sullivan (Ford Fiesta R2) 
31 Marty Gallagher/Dean O'Sullivan (Peugeot 208 R2) 
32 Tommy Cahill/Enda O'Leary (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 
33 Gary McNamee/Gary McCrudden (Honda Civic) [11F]
34 Stephen Hernon/Jeff Case (Subaru Impreza N12B) 
35 Jonathan Folan/TBA (Subaru Impreza N12 B) 
36 Pat Kelly/Jonathan Kelly (Subaru Impreza N11) 
37 Joe Connolly/Richard Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5) 
38 Gareth Lloyd/David Byrne (Ford Escort Mk2) [K]
39 Ernie Graham/Tim Sayer (Ford Escort RS) [D5]
40 Frank Cunningham/Arron Forde (BMW M3) [K]
41 William Mavitty/Andrew Browne (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 
42 William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2) 
43 Michael Boyle/MC Cafferty Dermot (Honda EG6) [11F]
44 Quigley David/Comer Adrian (Honda Civic) [11F]
45 Darren O'Brien/Treanor Kaire (Honda Civic) [11F]
46 Andy Johnson/TBA (Vauxhall Chevette) [K]
47 Keith McIvor/David Burns (Porsche 911 RS) [K]
48 Ross Forde/Paul Horan (Ford Escort RS1800) [K]
49 Kai Dieter Kolle/Llion William (Porsche Carrera) 
50 Barry Jones/Iwan Griffiths (Ford Escort Mk2) [D5]
51 Andreas Dahms/Inka Lerch (Porsche Carrera) 
52 Anthony O'Brien/Aidan Gannon (TBA TBA) 
53 Mark Nangle/Nollaig Breen (Subaru Impreza) 
54 Andrew Burke/Colin Keegan (Citroen DS3 R3) 
55 Pat Kearney/Alistair Wyllie (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 
56 Martin Donnelly/Brian Doherty (Toyota Corolla WRC) 
57 ED Twomey/Sean Hassett (Fiat Abarth) 
58 Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Fiesta) 
59 George Gass/TBA (Porsche GT3) 
60 John Coyne/Christy Farrell (Talbot Sunbeam Lotus) [K]
61 David Goose/Chrystal Culkeen (Ford Escort) [C5]
62 Dessie Nutt/Geraldine McBride (Porsche 911) [B5]
63 Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan (Honda Sir) [11F]
64 Des Lyons/Shay Laheen (Honda Civic EK4) [11F]
65 Patrick Bonner/Conor Comack (Ford Escort) 
66 Michael McDaid/Paul McDaid (Ford Escort) 
67 Shane Stanley/Adam Power (Honda Civic) [11F]
68 Corey Eves/David McGuinness (Toyota Corolla) [11R]
69 Paul McHugh/David Mannion (Honda Integra Type R) 
70 Jason Tuthill/Ben Teggart (Ford Escort Mk1) [11R]
71 Jenna McCann/TBA (Ford Fiesta) 
72 Joe Donoghue/Leona Donoghue (Ford Escort) 
73 Sean McHugh/Kathleen Kennedy (BMW M3 Compact) 
74 Keith Naughton/Damien Murphy (Honda Civic) [11F]
75 Art McCarrick/John McCay (Honda Civic) 
76 Declan Forde/Thomas Ward (Ford Escort Mk2) 
77 Pat Sheehan/Martin O'Riordan (Renault Clio) 
78 Aidan Doyle/Kerrill Dempsey (Honda Civic) [11F]
79 Fergal Kelly/Tim Maher (Ford Escort G4) 
80 Nick Barnett/Martin Brady (Honda Civic Type R) 
81 Sean Walsh/TBA (Honda Civic) [11F]
82 Marcin Mleczko/Tomasz Bachor (Opel Corsa) 
83 Mike Murphy/Karl Byrne (Opel Manta GTE) 
84 Dave Walsh/Sean Mullins (Ford Escort) 
85 John Newman/TBA (Fiat 128 3p) [D1]
86 PJ Gannon/Denis Murphy (Morris Mini Cooper S) [C1]
87 Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan (Ford Escort) 
J1 Justin Ryan/TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [J2]
J2 Mark Murphy/Michael Hamilton (Honda Civic) [J2]
J3 John McCabe/Stephen Doogan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J4 Noel Murphy/John Burke (Honda Civic eg6) [J2]
J5 Shane McCarthy/Kieran O'Donoghue (Honda Civic) [J2]
Corrib Oil Galway International Rally Revs Up!
Posted: January 15, 2017 6:25 PM
The Corrib Oil Galway International Rally gets underway on Friday 3rd February, and the list of early entries suggests a great weekends rallying is ahead. Already a competitive battle is shaping up between last year's winner Gary Jennings, with Rory Kennedy co driving, in his Subaru WRC, Declan Boyle in his Fiesta WRC, National Champion Roy White in his similar car, and the R5 Fiestas of Cork 20 winner Josh Moffett, and another for his brother Sam, along with a number of the new Skoda and Citroen R5 cars adding to the mix. More top line entries are expected in the coming weeks.
Overseas interest includes a two car German team of Porsche 911 cars, with the entry also including two of the iconic BMW M3 rally cars, and two of the latest BMW 1M versions.
Early local entries include Jonathan Folan and Pat and Jonathan Kelly driving Subaru's Richard, James and Sarah Whelan in BMW's , Tommy Cahill and Enda O Leary in a Mitsubishi Evo and Andrew Burke and Colin Keegan in Citroen DS3.
The Galway Race Course will play host to mechanical scrutineering on Friday the 3rd of February. The event will finish at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, on the Sunday evening with the top cars crossing the finish ramp and the victors spraying the champagne. The management and staff of the Clayton Hotel will be celebrating the fact that this will be the 10th consecutive year of their involvement with the rally.
The event will run over two days and will have a total of 15 closed road stages. The demanding route consists of 9 stages on Saturday centered on the town of Athenry with a further 6 stages being covered on the Sunday based in the town of Tuam in north Galway. Detailed Maps and time schedules will be available from the Official Rally Programme which will be available closer the event. A list of outlets will be published on the event website shortly.
The 2017 event will have International Status and will be the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship The event will include an Historic Rally and a Junior Rally and an entry of 100 teams is expected when entries close.
The rally will bring a welcome early season boost to visitor numbers in Galway city and county. The event generates over 2,000 bed nights annually as most of the hundred or so teams, some of up to 30 people, spend two weekends in the city and county between making their route notes and taking part in the event itself. Corrib Oil, the title sponsors have a range of rally jackets and other rally products available from their website and their petrol station outlets nationwide.
The Rally Launch will take place on Friday 20th January next at 8.00pm at the Clayton Hotel, and anyone interested is invited to attend.
More information can be found on the rally website www.galwayinternationalrally.com and on social media accounts.
Draw for Galway Motor Club Members
Posted: January 14, 2017 5:11 PM
Galway International Rally gets into gear!
Posted: December 26, 2016 4:17 AM
Preparations are well under way for the 2017 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally, which takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of February. Galway Motor Club's Kieran Donohue, from Headford, is once again Clerk of the Course. He and his dedicated team have laid on a challenging route, based in the Athenry area on Saturday 4th February, and Tuam on Sunday 5th February. Kieran has selected some stages not used for many years in addition to old favorites from more recent years events. These are sure to test the drivers to their limits over the two days!
Corrib Oil has again taken up the role of title sponsor for the rally. The event costs over EUR 120,000 to run each year, and the club committee is indebted to the management and staff of Corrib Oil for their significant sponsorship.
The Galway Race Course will play host to mechanical scrutineering on Friday the 3rd of February. This will be a perfect opportunity to get up close to the cars and drivers prior to the high-speed action on Saturday and Sunday. The event will finish at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, on the Sunday evening with the top cars crossing the finish ramp and the victors spraying the champagne. The management and staff of the Clayton Hotel will be celebrating the fact the this is the 10th consecutive year of their involvement with the rally.
The event will run over two days and will have a total of 15 closed road stages. The demanding route consists of 9 stages on Saturday, with a further 6 stages being covered on Sunday. Detailed Maps and time schedules will be available in the official Rally Programme, which will be available closer the event. A list of outlets will be published on the event website shortly.
The 2017 edition will have International Status and will be the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. It is a truly International event with competitors traveling from all over the world for a chance to compete on the Galway roads. One such competitor is Kai-Dieter K?lle, who is again bringing his iconic Porsche 911 all the way from Northern Germany to Galway to compete over the unique terrain of the "Wild Atlantic Way". The five times North German Rally Champion is relishing the challenge having competed in Galway in 2015 for the first time and enjoying every aspect of the rally. Also coming from Germany is Andreas Dahms driving a similar Porsche. The event will include a Historic and Junior rallies and an entry of over 100 teams is expected
The rally will bring a welcome early season boost to visitor numbers in Galway city and county. The event generates over 2,000 bed-nights annually as most of the hundred or so teams, some of up to 30 people, spend two weekends in the city and county between making their route notes and taking part in the event itself.
On Line Entry / Regulations
Posted: December 23, 2016 3:21 PM
EVO On line Entry
Rally Launch - (Fri) 20 Jan 17
Posted: December 16, 2016 10:20 AM
Launch Date: Friday 20th January in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit.
General Competitor Information
Posted: December 16, 2016 10:17 AM
Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway
(Special Early bird room rates for rooms booked and paid for by 31/12/16). Please contact the hotel directly.
- International & National = Eur750 + Insurance Levy of Eur250. TOTAL Eur1000
- Historic = Eur750 + Insurance Levy of Eur125. TOTAL Eur875
- Junior = Eur375 + Insurance Levy of Eur125. Total Eur500
The length of the Rally including non-competitive sections will be approximately 490 kms, including 15 special stages of circa 220kms and is divided into 2 legs.
For Junior Competitors, the length of the Rally including non-competitive sections will be approximately 220 kms, including 6 special stages of circa 100kms Eur Sunday Only
ALL DRIVERS MUST ensure that they are listed on the 2017 IRDS/BRDS database on the
Motorsport Ireland website (updated weekly) and pay any additional premium loading to be
permitted to start the event.
Entries & Regulations:
Queries Eur Email Niamh@galwaymotorclub.ie
Easy pay options are available. Gift vouchers available. Payment can be made by EFT.
Launch Date: Friday 20th January in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit.
Recce Dates: (9am to 6pm)
- Saturday 28th January
- Sunday 29th January
- Thursday 2nd February
- Friday 3rd February
- Saturday 4th February (Juniors)
Service Saturday: The Mart, Athenry, Co Galway
Service Sunday: Burkes DOE Centre, Tuam, Co Galway
Traders: Only those with a valid SERVICE PASS issued by the organisers will be granted access to the Service Area. For details please send an EMAIL ONLY to email@example.com
Scrutiny: Galway Racecourse. Friday 3rd February 2017 from 2pm Eur 7pm.
Rally Office: Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway
Programme will be available in mid-January and a list of vendors will be published on the rally facebook page.
Advertisers are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates.
Website / Links
Posted: December 8, 2016 5:56 AM