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Donegal Forestry Rally - (Sat) 13 May 17

Posted: May 10, 2017 7:38 AM - 7943 Hits

Round 4 - 2017 Irish Forest Rally Championship

Live Results | Results by: RallyScore.Net
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Seeded Entry List

Posted: May 10, 2017 7:32 AM

Donegal in May

Posted: May 9, 2017 3:42 PM


Photo: Kevin Glendinning


With less than a week to go for this Saturday’s Abbey Hotel Donegal Forest Rally, things are starting to fall into place with the sun in the sky, all is looking good at the minute. The action kicks off on Friday with Scrutiny at the Donegal County Council Offices were all cars will undergo mechanical examination before hitting the stages on Saturday. First car away on Saturday morning at 09:30 with the Opening test at Lough Sallagh is a tough start to any Rally. Next up is the short blast through Meencarrigh which will prove to a test were any second lost could prove costly. The third stage is the Croaghonagh Stage which is fast and furious from the word go. The crews will then visit the pier in Donegal Town for a much needed service before heading back through the gap to tackle the previous three stages again before returning to Donegal for service again. This is a chance for specters to get up close to the cars and drivers themselves. After the short rest in Donegal the crews then head to tackle the 17kms Tullynacarry Stage twice. This stage could prove to be the sting in the tail for many with 17kms of flawing gravel roads mixed in with Tarmac just to make it even harder for the crews. Then it is back to the Diamond in Donegal Town for the Ceremonial finish outside the Abby Hotel.

As with all Donegal Motor Club Events help will be required to run the event and anyone interested in Marshalling should contact the Chief Marshall on 0876892626 / +353 876892626.

Entries Received (05/05/17)

Posted: May 6, 2017 6:34 AM

Marty Gallagher/Dean O'Sullivan (Peugeot 208 R2) [2]
Conor Mc Court/Caolan Mc Kenna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Nail Turley/Andrew Weldlock (Subaru Impreza) [4]
Robert Mc Kelvey/Declan Campbell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [4]
Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Patrick Keenan/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Marty Mc Cormack/David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [5]
Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
Enda Mc Cormack/Colin Fitzgerald (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [7]
Ruairi Maguire/Grace O' Brien (Vauhall Corsa) [9]
Ciaran Mc Cullagh/TBA (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
Mike Garahy/Iarla Mc Carthy (Ford Escort MK 2) [10]
Ciaran Carr/Stephen Peoples (Vauxhall Corsa) [10]
Patricia Denning/Joe Downey (Peugeot 106 ) [11F]
Adrian Beattle/Declan Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
Damien Mc Aleer/Benny Grainger (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11R]
Derek Heena/Barry Mc Gill (Ford Escort MK 2) [11R]
Kevin Gallinagh/Gerard Gibbons (Ford Escort MK 2) [11R]
Sean W/Benskin (Ford Escort MK 2) [12]
Chris Simms/Mo Downey (Ford Escort MK 2) [12]
David Crossan/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort MK 2) [13]
Owen Mc Mackin/Sean Nolan (Ford Escort MK 2) [13]
Damien Mc gauran/Darren Curran (BMW 320) [13]
Mickey Conlon/Kevin Mc Phillips (Ford Escort MK 2) [13]
Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
Shane Kenneally/Jer Conners (Honda Civic) [16]
Johnnie Mulholland/Jeff Case (Ford Fiesta R2) [16]
John O'Sullivan/TBA (Ford Fiesta R2) [16]
Gerard Lucey/JJ Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Ian Graham/Liam Mc Intyre (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Lukasz Czapnik/Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]
Darren Mc Kelvey/Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Patrick O' Brien/Stephen O; Brien (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
Paul Mc Cann/Paddy Plunkett (Skoda Fabia S2500) [20]
Gemma Kerley/Andy Curran (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]
Seamus Goodfellow/Christoher Mc Laughlin (Subaru Impreza WRX) [20]
Jon Armstrong/Noel O' Su;;ivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Stephen Mc Kenna/Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
Alex Byrne/James Fogarty (Peugeot 207) [21]
Jason Murphy/John Burke (Peugeot 107) [21]
Richie Dalton/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRX) []
Donal Connolly/Danny Mc Laughlin (Ford Escort MK 2) []
Hugh Qiaid/Chris Melly (TBA) []

Entries still open, seeding Tuesday Night.

Press Release Three - The countdown is on

Posted: May 5, 2017 7:31 AM

With just over a week to go to the Donegal Forest Stages Rally, things are moving along closer to ensure the First Car will be leaving the Parc Ferme in Donegal Town at 09:30 on Saturday May 13th. Prepartions are being finalised to make sure that the Event will be a success this year. The stages are in fanstistic condition, with the Opening test at Lough Sallagh a tough start to any Rally. Next up is the short blast through Meencarrigh which will prove to a test were any second lost could prove costly. The third stage the Croaghonagh Stage is fast and furious from the word go. The crews will then Visit the Pier in Donegal Town for a much needed service before heading back through the Gap to tackle the previous Three stages again before returning to Donegal for service again, and a chance for specters to get up close to the cars and drivers themselves. After the short rest in Donegal the crews then head to tackle the 17kms Tullynacarry Stage twice. This stage could prove to be the sting in the tail for many with 17kms of flawing gravel roads mixed in with Tarmac just to make it even harder for the crews. Then it is back to the Diamond in Donegal Town for the Ceremonial finish outside the Abby Hotel.

COC of the event Johnny Baird said
"The Rally is really generating interest in the area all we need now is sunshine and plenty of entries he has also urged Spectators to obey the Marshalls and Officals on the day for a safe event. Its really important that the Spectators get to the Stages early and obey the Marshalls for the Safe running of the event."

The Valvoline Championship at the minute is being led by Josh Moffett followed by brother Sam with last years champion Desi Henry in third overall in a Skoda Fabia R5 close on his heels. All done through the Championship there is many class battles and hopefully we will see as many of these on Saturday week around the Forests of Donegal.

Press Launch for the Rally will take place on Monday the 8th May in the Abbey Hotel at 7:30pm all are welcome to attend.

Rally Launch - (Mon) 8 May 17

Posted: April 27, 2017 5:24 PM

Press Release Two - The Forest is Heading for The Town

Posted: April 12, 2017 10:25 AM

As many of you know May 13th is fast approaching and Donegal Motor Club are delighted to be hosting round three of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship. This years’ rally will be based around Donegal Town with the Abbey Hotel as the title sponsor of the event. The Abbey Hotel will also the Rally HQ for the event.

With the crowds gracing Donegal Town this will be a great boost for the local economy as many will be taking to the hills to both take part and to see all the action. Donegal Town will be the place to be that weekend in terms of Rallying.

The action kicks off on Friday night with the scrutiny which will be held at the County Council offices from 5pm were the spectators can get an up close look at the top of range machinery that will be on display.

On Saturday Morning the First Car leaves Parc Ferme at 09:30 for a short service at the Pier in the Town were the Rally Service will be based until after lunch time that, this excellent service venue really brings the Rally into the Town and the yet again the chance for the Public to get up close to the wide variety of cars on show that weekend. Speaking about the Rally coming into the Town COC Johnny Baird said
“It’s a great opportunity for spectator’s to get the chance to see top drivers and their cars up close, but without the help of the Garda and especially the Donegal County Council none of this could happen we are very much in gratitude to all those who made this happen.”

The crews will visit 8 special stages in total over the day, with the coupe de gratis being the tricky 17kms Tullynacarney Stage which will be visited twice in the afternoon a real test for The Driver and Co-Drivers after the final stage of the day the Crews will then converge on the Diamond in Donegal Town for the Ceremonial finish were once again the event is brought up close to the spectators.

The Rally Guide is also available on the Donegal Motor Club for further information on the event. The Rally Guide includes all details regarding how to enter, dates, scrutiny, rally HQ and service location. Entries will be open Easter week and will be accepted until May 5th at 6 pm. The entry list will then be published on May 8th.

Rally Guide Available

Posted: April 3, 2017 4:28 AM

Event Poster

Posted: February 21, 2017 4:37 PM

Press Release 1

Posted: February 21, 2017 2:43 PM

With the months flying in it will not be long until May 13th is upon us. Donegal Motor Club are delighted to confirm that they will be hosting round three of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship on the 13th of May 2017. The event will also be round two of the hotly contested 2017 Donegal Commercials Club Championship.

2015 was the last time the Irish Forestry championship was in Donegal and this year will be no disappointment. Even though, it has been two years since the championship has graced the hills of Donegal this year sets out to be the best year yet. This years' rally will be based around Donegal Town with the Abbey Hotel as the title sponsor of the event.

Johnny Baird COC of this year's event commented 'preparations and planning are well underway with the help of my team. They are all working extremely hard together to pull out all of the stops and make this year's event that little bit extra special. I would also like to thank all the staff in Coillte for their help to date.' Everything is now coming together as we add the final touches to the stages and routes.

The Championship chairman Ray Fitzpatrick has been an invaluable help to date for the committee and has put in a lot of hard work on the running of a successful championship yet again for 2017. The J1000 incentive is a great way to bring in new faces to the sport and we hope to see a few 'newbies' in the Donegal woods come May 13th. This is an event that everyone in Donegal is looking forward to, especially the locals and the businesses around the Donegal Town area. So far, it looks to be a fantastic event and Johnny and his team are hoping for a safe, successful and enjoyable rally for all involved.

On last weekend's opening round, the Willie Loughman Carrick on Suir Forest Rally it was Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton in their Fiesta who came out on top stop with a winning margin of 0.06 seconds ahead of his brother Sam Moffett. This shows the tight nature of the forest championship. Last year's Champion Desi Henry had a steady start to finish 4th behind Keith Cronin.

Club Website

Posted: February 21, 2017 2:43 PM






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