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Munster CC Moonraker Forestry Rally - (Sat) 8 Apr 17

Posted: June 22, 2017 1:40 PM - 10855 Hits

Round 3 - 2017 Irish Forest Rally Championship
Round 3 - 2017 South East Stages Rally Championship

Full On The Limit Sports TV Program on Line

Posted: June 22, 2017 1:21 PM

FINAL PRESS RELEASE - THE ABBEY HOTEL MOONRAKER FORESTRY RALLY 2017

Posted: April 11, 2017 4:23 PM

Ger Seaman Clerk of the Course for this year’s Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney Moonraker Forestry Rally would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped make this year’s rally probably one of the best forestry rallies to date in the island of Ireland.

Speaking today from his Cork base Ger stated 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshall’s/ Officials/ Time Keepers who came from far and wide to help run the event, Chief Marshall Declan O’Leary, the stage commander’s who set up these fantastic stages and ran them faultlessly all day, the work these lads have put in prior to and during the event has been immense. My own team my deputy C.O.C Paul Browne , Assistant’s Jim Murphy, Kevin O’Riordan and Brian Manning as well as Club Safety officer Colman Hegarty, Club Steward Brian McCarthy who were my extra eyes and ears on the build up to and during the rally. The Office team who ran the paperwork side of the event, The Service area team and all the members of the Munster Car Club, also our neighbouring Clubs who came out in force to get the day running smoothly'.

Ger added the one thing that this rally has is it's fantastic sponsors the Creedon Family of the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney main sponsor and event H.Q and also club member and secondary sponsor Neil Phelan from Acesigns Cork, the Stage sponsors and all the programme advertisers without their financial contribution it would not be possible to run an event as big as the Moonraker we thank you most sincerely and would urge crews and fan’s to support our sponsors where possible.

Finally I would like to thank each and every competitor who gave their time and money to put in an entry so as to put on this show and on behalf of the Munster Car Club we are very grateful and we hope to see you back next year with some new tweeks to be added.

The Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney Forestry Rally Run and promoted by the Munster Car Club Ltd, Round 2 of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 2 of the SuirwayGroup South East Stages Rally Championship and a counting round of the Munster car club championship.

Photos

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:49 PM

Video Clips

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:15 PM





In Car

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:15 PM

Kieran Lynch & Adam Power (Honda Civic) SS8


Lukasz Czapnik & Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza) SS7


Christy McCarthy & Cathal Quill (Honda Civic) SS8


Paul Harrington & Cliodhna Murphy (Toyota Corolla) SS8


Video Reports

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:12 PM





Keith is the Moonraker King - Josh Rakes in the Points! 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship-Round Two

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:09 PM

The 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship got back into gear on Sunday for its second round, the Munster Motor Club's Moonraker Rally based in Ballyvourney, County Cork. Fine dry weather blessed the event, which proved to be a real hit with the competitors, as winner Keith Cronin in his R5 Fiesta summed up.
"The stages were brilliant, and it was a well-run event, very enjoyable" said the Bantry driver. Keith won by a twenty second margin, his only dramas being an intercom failure and clipping a chicane on stage one, but the real focus was on the battle for second and top Valvoline points.

Josh Moffett, fresh from his ERC Rally Azores podium last weekend, borrowed his brother Sam's R5 Fiesta, as his own is still en-route back from the Azores. The young Monaghan man was close to Cronin all day despite a wrong tyre choice costing a few seconds in the middle loop. Second place and maximum points was a fine result.
"I am delighted with maximum points, and it was very enjoyable, a lot less pressure than last weekend. Keith was pushing hard at the front and all the boys were pushing on. Adapting to Sam's car wasn't a problem, and I'm pretty much happier I did especially with the cuts we were talking! " joked the former forestry champion at the Abbey Hotel finish. Just four seconds behind in third with the WRC Fiesta, Sam Moffett took a little bit of time to get into a rhythm in the morning, but was right on it by the end of the day.
"Fantastic stages, it was a great day" said Sam who completed a Fiesta 1-2-3. "There was a really hot pace, and it feels a lot higher than last year. I'm looking forward to round three in Donegal. Hopefully by the middle of the year we can get a win or two, as Josh has already deprived me of two wins!" 2016 Valvoline champion- Desi Henry in the Skoda R5 was another impressed with both the stages and pace as he slotted into fourth just six seconds back from Sam having had a good consistent run all day.

Adrian Hetherington claimed fifth in the WRC Corolla, although some distance back from the charging front four, with local man Ger Lucey a fine sixth with his Evo 8, despite a slow start. Jonny Leonard brought his Group A Evo 6 home in seventh, just a few seconds in front of Group N winner Jordan Hone in his Evo 9. The young Dungiven driver won the BTRDA 1400 Championship in England last year and the switch to four wheel drive is proving successful. Second in Group N was Cathan McCourt, twenty-eight seconds ahead of brother Conor both in Evo 9's, with Ashley Dickson fourth in his similar machine.Ninth on the overall leader-board was Liam Regan in his Peugeot 206 4x4. The Belfast driver had been battling with Jonny Leonard for seventh until clutch issues intervened. Completing the top ten was Barry McKenna, using the McGeehan hire Mini WRC.

The Valvoline two-wheel drive category looked set to be a battle between the MK2 Escort with 2 litre Vauxhall power of Comber's David Crossen and Castleblayney's Mickey Conlon. David opened the day by taking ten seconds off Mickey who was getting used to a rebuilt engine, but had no real answer to his Escort rival who stormed to twelfth overall and a thirty five second 2wd win.
"Our only drama was a broken rear link on stage three, which the service crew fixed quickly. We had a great day's rallying on great stages, thanks to the crew and Damien in the co-driver's seat for doing a good job" said David as he scooped maximum category points again.

The Valvoline Junior section, where the crews are competing for an automatic Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award nomination at the season's end, provided an epic fight between the registered crews as Stephen Dickson in the R2 Fiesta took a narrow 2.8 second victory over Shane Kenneally in the Honda Civic."We had a very slow start" explained Stephen. "I was very happy to get that result after our final stage charge as it now leaves myself and Shane equal on points going into the third round in Donegal." Derek Mackeral sadly retired again in his repaired Nova, whilst former N.I Junior 1000 champion-William Creighton took the class 16 honours and seventeenth overall in his Peugeot 208 R2 but is not registered for points. Other class winners were on the event were: Seamus Heaney (Honda Civic)- class 1, Cal McCarthy (Citroen C2)-class2, Ruari Maguire (Vauxhall Corsa)-class 9, Tom Murphy- (MK2 Escort)-class 10, Michael Feehey (Honda Integra)-class 11F, Chris Benskin (MK2 Escort)-class 11R, Chris Simms (MK2 Escort)-class 12, Marc Johnston(MK2 Escort)-class 19.

The new M. O'Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 class for 16-18 year olds, entered its second round on the Moonraker and once again the Peugeot 107's of Alex Byrne and Jason Murphy lined up to do battle. And quite a battle it was, as just half a second separated round one winner Jason, and Alex on stage one. On the second test the pressure was off as Alex made a mistake dropping three minutes, but the roles were reversed on stage three when Jason's 107 suffered a mechanical problem, taking a stage maximum and re-joining the event under Super-Rally. That left Alex Byrne and James Fogarty with a clear victory. "I was a little cautious after our moment this morning, but we got it going again this afternoon. It was a great experience, very flowing stages to drive" commented young Alex at the finish. With a fabulous prize of a drive in an R2 car on a 2018 Irish Forest Rally round, entry vouchers for the top three on each round: Eur200 euro to first place, Eur125 euro to 2nd place and Eur75 euro to third place and Ears Motorsport putting up tyres as prizes it's all to go for, as the C-Sport run crews now tie on points heading for the third Junior 1000 foray in May.

Once again we would like to give special thanks to all our sponsors ñ Valvoline, Andrew Fanning Motor Factors, M. O'Brien Plant Hire, Suirway Group Forklifts & Farm Machinery, Jelf Motorsport Insurance, Exact Signs & Graphics, Pottinger Machinery, Ears Motorsport / Kumho Tyres, Colton Pump & Heating Services, Coillte, Concept Fire Services Ltd, Gordon Automotive Services, Barron Pix & SVS Incar Cameras.

Results

Posted: April 11, 2017 3:07 PM

1 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5) 36m 53s
2 Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta R5) 37m 14s
3 Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta WRC) 37m 18s
4 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) 37m 24s
5 Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Toyota Corolla WRC) 39m 19s
6 Gerard Lucey/J J Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 40m 05s
7 Jonny Leonard/Niall Burns (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) 40m 21s
8 Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 40m 25s
9 Liam Regan/David McElroy (Peugeot 206 Evo) 40m 33s
10 Barry Kenna/Leon Jordan (Mini WRC) 40m 44s

Junior Class:
1 William Creighton/Johnny Hart (Peugeot 208 R2) 42m 05s
2 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R2) 44m 07s
3 Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Civic) 44m 09s

Junior 1000 Class:
1 Alex Byrne/James Fogarty (Peugeot 107) 67m 29s
2 Jason Murphy/Matthew Murphy (Peugeot 107) 89m 23s

Leaders After
SS1-8 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)

Stage Winners
SS1 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS2 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS3 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS4 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS5 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS6 Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS7 Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta WRC)
& Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS8 Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta WRC)

Magnificent Moonraker Lies Ahead - 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship - Round Two

Posted: April 7, 2017 9:59 AM

Following an exciting first round of the 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship on the Willie Loughman Memorial Forest Rally, where just 0.6 of a second separated the winner Josh Moffett and brother Sam Moffett in their R5 Fiesta's, round two is shaping up to be just as exciting. Saturday will see the forest rally crews tackle the classic Moonraker Rally stages as Clerk of the course Ger Seaman and his team from the Munster Car Club have assembled an eight stage event which has attracted an impressive entry.

Many are making the journey for the Ballyvourney start and the four wheel drive field is bulging. Round one winner Josh Moffett is returning from a truly heroic performance on the European Rally Championship Rally Azores event, where he finished an excellent third overall and with this sort of match fitness and pace in his R5 Fiesta, he will be very difficult for anyone to beat. However his brother Sam will be looking to avenge the round one result, and the older of the two Monaghan siblings has often come out on top, and he has entered in their WRC Fiesta, and the advantage in power could be a help on the fast sections. It's a fabulous Fabia R5 starting at number one however, as 2016 Valvoline champion, and winner of last year's Moonraker - Desi Henry will lead the field away. The Skoda R5 ranks are backed up by Marty McCormack's appearance in his R5 Fabia, and he is becoming more used to his new mount, a big change from last year's Super 2000. Four wheel drive technology of a different era in the shape of the Toyota Corolla WRC is being represented by Adrian Hetherington - eager for his first 4wd win and John Reid's example, but can these cars of the 90's compete with the modern R5 machines? The Mitsubishi Evo brigade is being led away by local hero Ger Lucey in his venerable Evo 8, and Ger is never to be discounted. Jonny Leonard, Conor McCourt and Dermot Kelly are amongst the other Evo runners who could throw a cat amongst the pigeons, whilst Belfast's Liam Regan is back in the series with the Evo engined Peugeot 206 4x4.

The Valvoline two-wheel drive battle started off with Comber's David Crossen in the MK2 Escort as victor on round one, staving off a challenge from John Gordon and Shane McGirr who broke down on the third stage. So far on this round, his main challenge looks to be coming from former champion Micky Conlon, as John Gordon is away on holiday, and Shane McGirr has yet to enter. Shane used the Toyota Starlet successfully last weekend on a forest event in the Isle of Man finishing third overall and first two wheel drive.

The Valvoline Junior section in the main field is shaping up to be a titanic race, as they chase that Billy Coleman Award nomination. Round one victor Shane Kenneally in his Honda Civic will be a key runner, as will Stephen Dickson in the R2 Fiesta. However the ever rapid Derek Mackeral needs points on the board after a first round non-finish in his Vauxhall Nova, and adding to the class sixteen mix are the entries of David Beamish in his Vauxhall Corsa and William Creighton in the Peugeot 208 R2.

The new M. O'Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 class for 16-18 year olds, made it's debut on the Carrick On Suir Forest event, and Jason Murphy took victory in his Peugeot 107 ahead of the similar C-Sport machine of Alex Byrne. Both are competing again and looking forward to have a real go on the Moonraker stages. The possible rally stars of the future will be watching with interest the fortunes of WRC driver's Craig Breen and Kris Meeke on the tarmac of Corsica this weekend, as the Junior 1000 class enables young rally driver's to gain a real head start for their future rallying careers. With a fabulous prize of a drive in an R2 car on a 2018 Irish Forest Rally round, entry vouchers for the top three on each round: Eur 200 euro to first place, Eur 125 euro to 2nd place and Eur 75 euro to third place and Ears Motorsport putting up tyres as prizes, it's a very inviting class which is set to grow during it's induction year.

Once again we would like to give special thanks to all our sponsors – Valvoline, Andrew Fanning Motor Factors, M. O'Brien Plant Hire, Suirway Group Forklifts & Farm Machinery, Jelf Motorsport Insurance, Exact Signs & Graphics, Pottinger Machinery, Ears Motorsport / Kumho Tyres, Colton Pump & Heating Services, Coillte, Concept Fire Services Ltd, Gordon Automotive Services, Barron Pix & SVS Incar Cameras.

Late Entries

Posted: April 6, 2017 9:42 AM

Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5)
Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan (Mini WRC)
Jody McManus/Jon Armstrong (Fiesta ST)
Tom Murphy/ Kieran O Donoghue (Ford Escort)
Entries are still open

Final Instructions No 1

Posted: April 6, 2017 5:47 AM

Rally Programmes

Posted: April 5, 2017 3:45 AM

Available at:

    Ballymakeera:
    Lucey's Service Station ESSO
    O'Luasa Foodstore
    Centra Foodstore

    Macroom:
    Glenview Motors/Topaz
    O'Leary's Lissarda
    MJ Kelleher

    Cork
    Coleman's Car Care, Wilton Shopping Center

Seeded Entry List

Posted: April 4, 2017 11:29 AM

4WD
1 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [5]
2 Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
3 Josh Moffett/Stephen Tornton (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
4 Marty McCormick/David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [5]
5 Gerard Lucey/JJ Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
6 Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
7 Darren McKelvey/Aaron Johnson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
8 Johnny Leonard/Nial Burns (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [20]
9 Liam Regan/David McElroy (Peugeot 206 4x4) [20]
10 John Reid/Enda Shiels (Toyota Corolla WRC) [20]
11 Dermot Kelly/Greg Shinnors (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
12 Enda McCormac/Colin Fitzgerald (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [7]
14 Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
15 Ian Graham/Liam McIntyre (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
16 Ashley Dickson/Lorcan Moore (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
17 Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
18 Stephen Cullen/Seamus O'Grady (Toyota Corolla S2500) [20]
19 Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
20 Mark Murphy/Anthony O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
21 Conor McCarthy/Alan Whyte (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
22 Conor McCourt/Caolain McKenna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
23 Patsy Keenan/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
24 Danny Creedon/Derry Healy (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]
25 Pauric Sheridan/Alan Kenna (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [15]
26 Paul McCann/Paddy Plunkett (Skoda Fabia S2500) [20]
27 James McCann/John McCabe (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [15]
28 Ed Colton/Daniel Hanratty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
29 Brecan McBreen/Breen McNamee (Subaru Impreza) [20]
30 Lukasz Czapnik/Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza) [20]
31 John Rafter/Kieran Rafter (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
32 Gemma Kerley/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [20]
33 Richie Dalton/Ger Brett (Subaru Impreza) [15]
34 Seamus Goodfellow/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [20]
35 John Brazier/Damian Bird (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [4]
36 Joe Hegarty/David Tornington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]

2WD
201 Micky Conlon/Kevin McPhilips (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
202 David Crossan/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
203 Owen McMackin/TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
204 Damien McGauran/Darren Curran (BMW 320) [13]
205 Alan Commins/James Commins (Ford Escort) [12]
206 Chris Simms/Mo Downey (Ford Escort) [12]
207 David Beamish/Eric Calnan (Vauxhall Corsa) [16]
208 Ray Benskin Jun./Nickey Hegarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
209 Derek Mackeral/Daire Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
210 Ruari Maguire/Grace O'Brien (Vauxhall Corsa) [9]
211 Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Honda Civic) [16]
212 Ray Benskin/Peader Walsh (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
214 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R2) [16]
215 Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
216 Emmet Cronin/TBA (Ford Escort) [10]
217 Sean W Benskin/Joe Fitzgibbon (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
218 John O'Sullivan/Patrick Brides (Ford Fiesta R5) [16]
219 Cal McCarthy/TBA (Citreon C2R2 Max) [2]
220 William Creighton/TBA (Peugeot 208 R2) [16]
221 Johnnie Mulholland/Jeff Case (Hyundai i20) [16]
222 Graeme Colfer/Dave Woodcock (Honda Integra Type R) [2]
223 Adrian Beattie/Declan Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
224 Marc Johnson/Christopher Corry (Ford Escort) [12]
225 Martin O'Brien/Brian McCarthy (Citreon C2R2 Max) [2]
226 Paschal O'Shea/Robert Hennessy (Ford Escort) [10]
227 James Lucey/Muiris Scannell (Mazda RX8) [13]
228 Brian Little/Michael Kelleher (Ford Escort ) [10]
229 Henry Hal Lewis/Joe Shinnors (Ford Escort ) [13]
230 Seamus Heaney/Michael Culleton (Honda Civic Ek9) [1]
231 Christy McCarthy/Cathal Quill (Honda Civic) [16]
232 Ciaran Creedon/John Murphy (Honda Civic) [11F]
233 Pierce Dohny/Eilish Dunne (Opel Corsa) [10]
234 Ian Dickson/TBA (Ford Fiesta ST) [2]
235 Paul McMahon/Padraig Deasy (Honda Civic) [11F]
236 Sean Bates/Greg Tennyson (Peugeot 106) [16]
237 Chris Benskin/Eugene Cronin (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
238 Jason O'Brien/Michael Walsh (Honda Civic) [11F]
239 Michael Feehey/Gerry Clancy (Honda Integra Type R) [11F]
240 Kieran Lynch/TBA (Honda Civic) [16]
241 Kevin Fowler/Eamon Bates (Opel Corsa) [10]
242 Paul Harrington/Cliodhna Murphy (Toyota Corolla) [16]
243 Ger Cullinane/Muireann Hayes (Toyota Starlet) [16]
244 Ian Horgan/Mark Doody (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
245 Patricia Denning/Joe Downey (Peugeot 106) [11F]
246 Liam Mackey/Steven Mackey (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
247 Eoin Crowley/Shane Murphy (Peugeot 206GTI) [16]
248 Cian Riordan/ (Ford Ka) [9]

J1000
301 Jason Murphy/Mathew Murphy (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
302 Alex Byrne /James Fogarty (Peugeot 107) [J1000]

ENTRIES RECEIVED 29 Mar 17

Posted: March 21, 2017 3:26 PM

Enda McCormack/Colin Fitzgerald (Subaru Impreza WRC) [7]
Alex Byrne/James Fogarty (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
Pierce Doheny/Eilish Dunne (Opel Corsa) [10]
Patsy Keenan/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Ruairi Maguire/Grace O'Brien (Vauxhall Corsa) [9]
Chris Simms/Mo Downey (Ford Escort Mk2) []
Patricia Denning/Joe Downey (Peugeot 106) []
David Crossen/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
Henry Hal Lewis/Joe Shinnors (Ford Escort) [13]
Ian Graham/Liam McIntyre (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Lukasz Czapnik/Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza) [20]
Derek Mackeral/Daire Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
Ray Benskin Jnr./Nicky Hegarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
Paul Harrington/Cliodhna Murphy (Toyota Corolla) [16]
James Lucey/Muiris Scannell (Mazda RX8) [13]
Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
Jason O'Brien/Michael Walsh (Honda Civic) [11F]
Ger Cullinane/Muireann Hayes (Toyota Starlet) []
Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Honda Civic) [16]
Kevin Fowler/Eamonn Bates (Opel Corsa) [10]
Marc Johnson/Christopher Corry (Ford Escort RS1800) []
Sean W Benskin/Joe Fitzgibbon (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
Ian Horgan/Mark Doody (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
Eoin Crowley/Shane Murphy (Peogeot 206) [16]
Ciaran Creedon/John Murphy (Honda Civic) [11F]
Kieran Lynch/TBA (Honda Civic) [16]
James McCann/John McCabe (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [15]
Christy McCarthy/Cathal Quill (Honda Civic) [16 Junior]
Richie Dalton/Ger Brett (Subaru Impreza) [15]
Gerard Lucey/JJ Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Paul McCann/Paddy Plunkett (Skoda S2500) []
Joe Hearns/Neil Phelan ( ) []
Dermot Kelly/Greg Shinnors (Mitsuibishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
John Brazier/Damien Bird (Mitsuibishi Lancer Evo 6) [4]
Pauric Sheridan/Alan Kenna (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [15]
Conor McCourt/Caolan McKenna (Mitsuibishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Jason Murphy/Matthew Murphy (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
Martin O'Brien/Brian McCarthy (Citroen C2R2 Max) [2]
Johnnie Mulholland/Jeff Case (Hyundai i20) []
Owen McMackin/TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
Graeme Colfer/Dave Woodcock (Honda Integra Type R) []
Chris Benskin/Eugene Cronin (Ford Escort Mk2) []
Marty McCormick/David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) []
Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) []
John Rafter/Kieran Rafter (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) []
Mark Murphy/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Cal McCarthy/TBA (Citroen C2R2) []
Brian Little/Michael Kelleher (Ford Escort) []
Conor McCarthy/Alan Whyte (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Emmett Cronin/ (TBA ) []
Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Liam Regan/David McElroy (Peugeot 206 4x4) [20]
Ian Chadwick/Kevin Horgan (Subaru 2.0 4x4) []
Micky Conlon /Kevin McPhillips (Escort Mk2) []
Danny Creedon/Derry Healy (Subaru Impreza 2.0 4wd) []
William Creighton/TBA (Peogeot 208 R2) [16]
Alan Commins/James Commins (Ford Escort ) [12]
Damien McGauran/Darren Curran (BMW 320) [13]
Seamus Goodfellow/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [20]
Dessi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) []
Paul McMahon/Padraig Deasy (Honda Civic) [11F]
Seamus Heaney/Michael Culleton (Honda Civic Ek9) [1]
Gemma Kerley/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [20]
John O'Sullivan/Patrick Brides (Ford Fiesta R2) [16]
Ashley Dickson/Lorcan Moore (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) []
Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R2) []
Ian Dickson/TBA (Ford Fiesta ST) []
Ray Benskin/Peader Walsh (Ford Escort Mk 2) [12]
Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) []
Liam Mackey/Steven Mackey (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
Johnny Leonard/Niall Burns (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [20]
Joe Hegarty/David Torrington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
Michael Feeney/Gerry Clancy (Honda Integra) [11F]
Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]

Early Incentive Entry Closes this Friday St. Patrick's Day the 17th March

Posted: March 15, 2017 7:52 AM

Don't forget to get those entries in! The date for the early incentive is this Friday St. Patrick's Day the 17th March so get posting!
Entry forms and regulations are available to download below:

The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally 2017 - Press Release No.6

Posted: March 10, 2017 8:56 AM

It is now just over four weeks until the Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally 2017 takes place on Saturday the 8th April in Ballyvourney, Co.Cork.
Entries are steadily flowing in and there is a top class line up with buoyant entries in all classes.
The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally is taking place before the second round of the British Rally Championship so this is an ideal opportunity for crews to test.
The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally is Round 2 of the 2017 Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 2 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship and is also a counting round of the Munster Car Club Championship.

Don't forget to get those entries in and also a reminder that the date for the early incentive is Friday the 17th March which is fast approaching! Entry forms and regulations are available to download on the club website

We look forward to seeing you all in what is set to be one of the best Forestry Rallies of 2017!

PRESS RELEASE NO.5

Posted: February 22, 2017 10:52 AM

Ballyvourney was the place to be last Saturday evening for the Launch of the 2017 Munster Car Club's Forestry event the Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally. The event was launched by local Minister with responsibility for Agriculture and the Marine Cllr.Michael Creed, the minister added in his speech the importance of Coillte who upkeep and provide the fantastic course for which the rally runs. Opening proceedings Club Chairman Colman Hegarty welcomed the large crowd on behalf of the club and thanked everyone for attending.

Michael Creedon local M.C.C addressed the gathering and welcomed the financial contribution the Rally brings to the area each year and he stated that he hoped to see the Moonraker in the area for a long time to come. Next up was Aindreas Moynihan T.D again another public figure to endorse the Event and the Munster Car clubs efforts in organising same.

Neil Phelan of Acesigns Cork L.T.D Associate sponsor thanked the committee and the club members of the Moonraker Forestry Rally and wished the organising team led by C.O.C Ger Seaman all the very best for the event.

Next to speak was Michael Creedon of the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney who gave a brief outline of his role within the sponsorship of the rally and he congratulated the team on the hard work put in again this year to get the Rally up and going. Last to speak was the man at the helm for the first time, C.O.C Gerard Seaman he opened by welcoming everyone and thanked them for taking the time to come along on a Saturday night. He went on to thank his team and stated that the event is now ready to be finalised and is good to go. He made special mention of all the volunteers that come out to marshal the event as well as stage commanders officials, time keepers and anybody else who helps make this fantastic event the real jewel in the crown of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship as well as being a counting Round of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship. He urged the gathering to support the Sponsors in anyway they could and thanked them for their financial assistance.

Mr Seaman went on to add that this year a team from the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship were coming to Ballyvourney to observe the event for a possible inclusion in said Championship.

He concluded that entries were open and included that R.5 Front runners such as Marty McCormack co-driven by County Cork native David Moynihan will be starting in Ballyvourney as will Brendan Comiskey to name but a few, included also are a number of the newly Formulated J1000 category drivers who can drive the forest tracks from the age of 16, in this year's line we also have the Forestry stalwarts from the 2WD Category so all in all very exciting times ahead for the Munster car Club and the Moonraker Forestry Rally.

Entry forms and regulations are now available

The Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney Moonraker Forestry Rally, Round 2 of the 2017 Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 2 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship also a counting round of the Munster Car Club Championship.

Rally Launch - (Sat) 18 Feb 17

Posted: January 14, 2017 4:07 PM

On behalf of the Munster Car Club we cordially invite you all to the Launch of the Abbey Hotel, Moonraker Forestry Rally on Saturday 18th February 2017 at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co.Cork.

The Moonraker Rally with its main sponsor , The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney is the third round of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship 2017.

The rally, based in Ballyvourney once again, will take place on Saturday 8th April 2017 and full details of the event will be provided on the night of the Launch.

Regulations will be available on the clubs website

Event Poster

Posted: December 11, 2016 1:19 PM

Club Website

Posted: December 11, 2016 1:18 PM






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