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Bushwhacker Rally - (Sat) 23 Sep 17

Posted: September 23, 2017 5:30 AM - 8226 Hits

Round 6 - 2017 Northern Ireland Rally Championship
Round 7 - 2017 Irish Forest Rally Championship

Live Results (Bushwacker 2017) | Results by: RallyScore.Net
SS1 10:35

Forest Finale In Omagh Forests! 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship-Round Six

Posted: September 23, 2017 5:30 AM

The sixth and final round of the 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship, gets underway at the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh on Saturday, for the Omagh Motor Club’s Bushwhacker Rally. “The Omagh Grand Prix” as it’s nicknamed has attracted a bulging entry of over one hundred and twenty cars, showing the increasing upwards trend in forestry rallying. Forty stage miles lie in store with the famous Killeter test now nine miles long, Lough Braden over six miles added to the Carrickaholten stage, which is all done twice.

Championship leader going into this final round is Sam Moffett, and the Monaghan man is looking to complete a unique treble in Irish Motorsport. Already crowned National Tarmac Champion, he could add the National Forest series to that this weekend, and the Irish Tarmac Championship to that next weekend in Cork. It’s been quite a season for Sam, and he needs a solid finish on the Bushwhacker to wrap up the series. No doubt Sam will be looking for overall rally honours and with the N.I Rally Championship contenders also in town, it will be a real tight battle. Other Valvoline championship battlers in four-wheel drive machinery include Adrian Hetherington who is hoping for more miles this time in the R5 Fiesta, Martin Cairns- WRC Fiesta, David Condell- Focus WRC, Jonny Leonard- Evo 6, Niall Henry- Evo 10 and Ger Lucey in his Evo 8 who is currently joint second in the points standings.

The Group N title still has to be decided and Jordan Hone in his Evo 9 leads the contenders into the final round. Conor McCourt, Ashley Dickson and Cathan McCourt would all have a chance at the title. In the Valvoline two-wheel drive race, newly crowned champion-David Crossen wheels out his trusty MK2 Escort, and the County Down driver is in for a real challenge on Saturday. Frank Kelly is making a foray back into the forests, and with Vivian Hamill, Mickey Conlon and Owen McMackin all also in MK2’s the Escort’s will be flying through the forests. But they will all have to watch out for the Starlet of former 2wd champion Shane McGirr returning to the Omagh forests. Sadly not competing this weekend is championship supporter John Gordon who had a big accident in his MK2 in Wexford. We wish John a speedy recovery.

The Valvoline Junior Section is always dramatic, and Stephen Dickson in his R2 Fiesta has an eight-point lead heading into his home stages where it will all be decided. Mallow’s John O’Sullivan is second in his Fiesta R2, with Johnnie Mulholland also Fiesta mounted in third just one point ahead of Shane Kenneally in the Honda Civic. Derek Mackeral who took a maximum score on the Lakeland is hoping that the good fortune continues in the Nova.

Again we would like to give special thanks to all our championship 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.

Final Instructions / Time & Distance

Posted: September 21, 2017 2:31 PM

Available on the new Club Website:

Seeded Entry List

Posted: September 19, 2017 6:35 AM

1 Mark Donnelly/Stephen O'Hanlon (TBA) [9]
2 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) [10]
3 Sam Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
4 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
5 Jock Armstrong/G Henderson (Subaru Impreza N11) [8]
6 Derek McGarrity/James O Reilly (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
7 Mark Donnelly/Barry McNulty (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
8 Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Ford Foesta R5) [10]
9 Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [9]
10 Martin Cairns/Rory Kennedy (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
11 Brendan Cumiskey/Conor Foley (Ford Fiesta R5) [10]
12 David Condell/Michael Coady (Ford Fiesta R5) [10]
14 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Mini WRC) [9]
15 Jonny Leonard/Arthur Kierans (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
16 Alan Smyth/MacKierans (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [8]
17 Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
18 Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey (Mitsibishi Evo IX) [2]
19 Darren McKelvey/Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
20 Paul Barrett/Dan Breslin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [8]
21 Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
22 Jon Armstrong/Aimee McManus (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [2]
23 Gary Donoghue/Andrew Browne (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [8]
24 Conor McCourt/Caolan McKenna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
25 Niall Henry/Damien Duffin (Mitsubishi Lancer) [8]
26 Gerard Lucey/Jj Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [8]
27 Paul Britton/George Tinsley (Subaru Impreza STI N12) [2]
28 Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4) [8]
29 Frank Wray/Aidan Wray (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) [9]
30 Andrew Bustard/David Young (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
31 David Crossen/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
32 Frank Kelly/Sean Ferris (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
33 Vivian Hamill/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
34 Liam Regan/David McElroy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
35 Gareth Sayers/Gareth Gilchrist (Ford Fiesta Proto) [8]
36 Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
37 Anthony Cairns/Mark Preston (Subaru Impreza) [8]
38 Oran Donnelly/Paul Hughes (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
39 Donall Sweeney/Dean Osullivan (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
40 Owen McMackin/Barry Ferris (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
41 Stephen Baxter/Fearghal McDonald (Ford Escort) [6]
42 Gareth Mimnagh/J Barry McCarney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) [2]
43 Dermot O'Hagan/Pierce Jnr Doheny (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
44 Shane McGirr/Martin McGarrity (Toyota Starlet) [6]
45 Ashley Dickson/Lorcan Moore (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
46 Robert McKelvey/Declan Campbell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [2]
47 Niall McGonagle/Paddy McCrudden (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
48 Colm McFall/Dermot McClafferty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
49 Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208 R2) [4]
50 John O'Sullivan/Kaine Treanor (Ford Fiesta R200) [4]
51 Johnnie Mulholland/Jeff Case (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
52 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
53 Trevor McConnell/Shaun Lafferty (Subaru Impreza) [8]
54 David Dennison/Gareth Lewthwaite (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
55 James Kennedy/Heather Kennedy (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
56 Connor Woods/Chrissy Corry (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
57 John Cairns/James Cairns (TBA) [2]
58 Joe Hegarty/David Turkington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
59 Raymond Johnston/Marc Johnston (Ford Escort RS 1800) [12]
60 Hugh McQuaid/Tbc Tbc (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
61 Tony McKenna/Stephen Griffith (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
62 Damien McGauran/Darren Curran (BMW 320) [6]
63 Gary Kiernan/Daren O Brien (ford escort) [4]
64 Ruairi Maguire/Grace O'Brien (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
65 Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
66 Stewart McClean/Jonny Holdsworth (Vauxhall Nova) [4]
67 Daryl McCanny/Cathain Colton (Vauxhall Corsa) [4]
68 David Kerr/Thomas Nugent (Peugeot 106) [4]
69 John Brazier/Alex Brazier (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [2]
70 Ken Graham/Tba Tba (Hillman Avenger) [3]
71 John Mulholland/Aidan O Connor (Subaru Impreza) [2]
72 Conor McCrossan/Chris Melly (Skoda Fabia S2000) [10]
73 Derek Jobb/Barney Mitchell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
74 Niall Magee/Sean Devlin (Subaru Impreza Grp A) [8]
75 Chris McGurk/Tba Tba (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
76 Mervyn Galbraith/Aine McGuigan (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
77 William Herron/Geoff Patterson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
78 Mervyn Wilson/Ricky Gamble (Ford Escort) [3]
79 Brian Tolan/Colin Irvine (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
80 Damien Conlin/Paul Mimnagh (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
81 Lukasz Czapnik/Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza) [8]
82 Stephen McFerran/Marty McBrearty (Ford Escort) [5]
83 Gerry Farmer/Declan McGee (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [2]
84 Gary Mvbrien/Nigel Hodgins (Suburb Impreza) [2]
85 Paul McCann/Paddy Plunkett (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [8]
86 Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [8]
87 Vio Dobasu/Tba Tba (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
88 Seamus Goodfellow/Christopher McLaughlin (Subaru Impreza) [8]
89 Eamonn McNabb/Tba Tba (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
90 Ruari McCaffrey/Lauren Kelly (Ford Escort) [5]
91 Travis Humphrey/Ruairi Maguire (Peugeot 205 GTI) [3]
92 Drew Chambers/Wendy Blackledge (Talbot Samba) [3]
93 Damien McAleer/Ivan Wilkinson (Ford Escort) [5]
94 Brian Little/Eathan McColgan (Ford Escort G3) [5]
95 Ian Dickson/Darragh Mullen (Ford Fiesta ST) [1]
96 Ashley Rutledge/Brian Robinson (Honda Civic) [1]
97 Gareth Deazley/Shane Byrne (Honda Civic) [1]
98 Michael McCarroll/Ronnie Craig (Ford Fiesta ST) [1]
99 Benny Quinn/Patrick Corey (Ford Escort) [5]
100 Ciaran McCullagh/Tba Tba (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
101 Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [3]
102 Jason Dickson/Jared Gill (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
103 Alexander Cochrane/Chris Johnston (Ford Escort) [3]
104 Ryan Murray/Adrian Kielt (Peugeot 205 GTI) [3]
105 Dean Humphrey/Nigel Brennan (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
106 Danny Meenagh/John Meenagh (Subaru Impreza) [8]
107 Darren Connelly/Geard Hyland (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
108 Josh McErlean/Tba . (Citroen C2R2 Max) [4]
109 Andrew McCormick/Rudy Tate (Vauxhall Chevette) [6]
110 Martin Collins/Mikaela Woods (Peugeot 106) [1]
111 Keelan Maguire/Eamon Conway (Honda Civic) [1]
112 Darren Collins/Tba Tba (Peugeot 205) [3]
113 Michael McGarrity/Damien Garvey (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
114 Adam Semple/Karl Egan (Honda Civic) [4]
115 William Graham/Seamus McTigue (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
116 Karl Fallis/Tony McGover (Honda Civic) [1]
117 Jamie Grant/Raymond Coulter (Toyota Starlet) [5]
118 Damien Hynds/John Magilton (Nissan Micra) [3]
119 Allen Dobasu/Tba Tba (Honda Civic) [1]
120 Jonny McAleer/Joe McAleer (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
121 Mark McAleer/Sean McAleer (Citreon Saxo) [1]
122 Derek Robinson/David Forde (Toyoto Corolla) [1]
123 Al McClenahan/Caleb McClenahan (Land Rover Freelander) [8]
124 Bill Arbuthnot/Jason McGuckin (Subaru Impreza) [8]

McKelvey Asbestos & Construction Ltd Bushwhacker Rally 2017

Posted: September 13, 2017 6:43 AM

Omagh Motor Club Ltd. are delighted to once again have the support of McKelvey Asbestos & Construction Ltd as headline sponsor to this year’s Bushwhacker Rally which will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017.This popular event is both the penultimate round of the McGrady Insurance MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship and also the final round of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship with a full entry of over 100 cars anticipated.

As similar to the event held two years ago, a road closure order has been granted to the Club which will entail a compact format of 3 stages completed twice consisting of approx. 40 stage miles and is based at the traditional Lough Bradan, Carrickaholten and Killeter forests. Start and finish venues will be held at the Silverbirch Hotel with central servicing at Aikens Caravan yard on the Drumquin Road outside Castlederg.

All stages this year have been extended with a 9 mile stage on the combined Slievedoo and Glenderg forests at Killeter and a testing 6.5 mile stage on the combined Lough Bradan North and South forests.

As small linkages of public road are required, spectators will be restricted to four viewing areas in total on the Lough Bradan and Killeter stages and no access on the Carrickaholten stage will be permitted. Also, access to the stage start and finish areas will be prohibited and strictly reinforced by marshalls.

Further access information can be obtained in the rally programmes and these will be available a few days prior to the event at various outlets as listed on the Club’s facebook page.

Entries Received / On Line Entry

Posted: August 31, 2017 4:02 PM

Event Poster

Posted: August 16, 2017 4:10 AM

Bushwacher to be a Round of the 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Championship.

Posted: July 20, 2017 8:48 AM

"Sadly as most of you are now aware, Rathfriland mc have had to cancel the Down rally which was to form part of our Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Championship. We are now in a position to announce with thanks to Omagh Motorclub that this years Bushwhacker Rally on September 23rd will replace the Down rally in this years Championship.
We looking forward to working with Omagh MotorClub on this years & future Championship events.
Thanks also to Rathfriland MC for their efforts in supporting us this year,
Meanwhile we look forward to seeing you all for Jim Walsh Cork Motor Club forest rally ,entries still welcome"

Ray Fitzpatrick

Club Website

Posted: July 20, 2017 8:47 AM

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