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EMC Lakeland Stages - (Sat) 2 Sep 17

Posted: September 1, 2017 6:24 PM - 4974 Hits

Round 5 - 2017 Northern Ireland Rally Championship
Round 6 - 2017 Irish Forest Rally Championship

Live Results (Lakelands 2017) | Results by: RallyScore.Net
SS1 11:09

Fantastic Foray Into The Fermanagh Forests for Valvoline Crews! 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship-Round Five

Posted: August 31, 2017 11:33 AM

This Saturday the 2017 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship, heads for its penultimate round in the Fermanagh forests, for the Enniskillen Motor Club’s Lakeland Stages Rally. Over sixty special stage kilometres lie in wait over famous stages such as Ballintempo, Big Dog, and Lough Navar, and with the gravel tracks reported to be in fine fettle, the entry assembled is truly mouth-watering!

Championship leader Ger Lucey armed with his Mitsubishi Evo 8 will make the long trip up from Ballyvourney, but his slender two point advantage is over an 'on form' Sam Moffett in his Fiesta WRC. “We were in a very similar position at this stage last year,” said Ger. “It was my first time on the Lakeland Stages, and I really enjoyed the rally, and hopefully that experience will help for Saturday. All we can do is do our best and see what happens around us.”

Sam Moffett now crowned the Irish National Tarmac Rally Champion, also looks set to clinch the Irish Tarmac Championship in Cork, and the Forest series would complete an extraordinary treble for the Monaghan driver. Winner of the last round in Cork, one of Sam’s main rivals on Saturday will be brother Josh who lost out to Sam in a dead heat on this rally last year. Josh will be in his R5 Fiesta, whilst new to an R5 Fiesta this weekend is Adrian Hetherington, as he samples the more modern four wheel drive machine, after a frustrating event in Cork with the Corolla WRC.

With Northern Ireland Championship crews, such as Derek McGarrity in an R5 Fabia mixed in, the four- wheel drive contingent is serious and one to watch on his home rally will be Jonny Leonard in his Evo 6 fresh from his second place in Cork, whilst Jon Armstrong after a fine R5 showing on Rally Germany also wheels out an Evo. Regular championship contender Enda McCormack from New York is entered in a Fiesta R5 and Patsy Keenan also travels from the USA to pilot his Evo 9. Indeed the Mitsubishi's are in their droves with Niall McCullagh, Niall Henry, Ian Graham, Liam Regan, Darren McKelvey all entered, whilst the Group N Championship race is hotting up with the leader Jordan Hone and Conor McCourt just one point apart. Another interesting entry is David Condell who is switching from his MK2 Escort to a Ford Focus WRC.

In the two wheel race, David Crossen’s impressive season in his MK2 Escort sees the Comber driver hold an incredible third place in the series after finishing in that overall position on the last round. Mickey Conlon is the closest challenger, with John Gordon also always in contention, and they will be joined by many top runners from the N.I series.

The Valvoline Junior Section (Class 16), and Mallow’s John O’Sullivan in his R2 Fiesta is very much on form after a win last time out. Waterford’s Shane Kenneally too has shown great speed in his Honda Civic and County Antrim’s Johnnie Mulholland (second in the championship) is getting faster by the mile in another R2 Fiesta. Derek Mackeral is always rapid but can the little Nova hold together, whilst championship leader Stephen Dickson in his R2 Fiesta is aiming to hang on to his points advantage with that Billy Coleman Award nomination up for grabs at the end of the season for the first eligible competitor. Already a Billy Coleman Award nominee this year, with his performances on sealed surfaces- Jonny Treanor has entered in his Honda Civic. The Monaghan mechanic is pitting his skills against the loose surface competition on Saturday.

The M. O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 class for 16-18-year-olds was decided in Cork and Jason Murphy took the title on this first exciting season of Junior competition. Now a media / demonstration day is being planned by the organisers and with interest from crews from Scotland and afar, the class for the youngest forest chargers could take off in 2018, an important step for the future of rallying.

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.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: August 30, 2017 3:52 AM

1 Sam Moffett/James Futon (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
2 Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Ford Fiesta R5) [10]
3 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) [10]
4 Derek McGarrity/Noel O'Sullivan (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
5 Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
6 Martin Cairns/TBA (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
7 Kenny McKinstry /Kenny Hull (Subaru Impreza WRC) [9]
8 Derek McGeehan/Ciaran Geaney (Mini WRC) [9]
9 Jon Armstrong/Emmet Sherry (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [2]
10 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [8]
11 Gerard Lucey/JJ Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [8]
12 Jonny Leonard/Arthur Kierans (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
14 Enda McCormack/Colin Fitzgerald (Ford Fiesta R5) [10]
15 Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey (Mitsibishi Lancer Evo IX) [2]
16 David Crossen/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort MkII) [6]
17 Vivian Hamill/Ronan O'Neill (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
18 David Condell/Michael Coady (Ford Focus WRC) [9]
19 Paul Britton/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [2]
20 Jordan Hone/Paul Hone (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
21 Andrew Bustard/David Young (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
22 Robin Phillips/Laura Phillips (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [9]
23 Niall Henry/Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [8]
24 John Gordon/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
25 Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
26 James Kennedy/Heather Kennedy (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
27 Gareth Mimnagh/J Barry McCarney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5) [2]
28 Clive Kilpatrick/Jay Colville (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
29 Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
30 Darren McKelvey/Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
31 Dermot O'Hagan/Pierce Jnr Doheny (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
32 Liam Regan/David McElroy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
33 Conor McCourt/Caolan McKenna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [1]
34 Alan Smyth/MacKierans (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [8]
35 Patrick Keenan/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
36 Raymond Johnston/Marc Johnston (Ford Escort RS1800) [12]
37 Hugh McQuaid/TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
38 Anthony Cairns/Mark Preston (Subaru Impreza) [8]
39 Damien McGauran/Darren Curran (BMW 320) [6]
40 Chris Simms/Mo Downey (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
41 Owen McMackin/Lee Taylor (Ford Escort Mk 2) [6]
42 Ashley Dickson/Lorcan Moore (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
43 Connor Woods/Chrissy Corry (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
44 Colm McFall/Dermot McCafferty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
45 Frank O'Brien/Stephen O'Brien (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
46 Kevin McBride/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
47 Brian Tolan/Colin Irvine (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [1]
48 Ian Graham/Liam McIntyre (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
49 Conor McCrossan/Chris Melly (Skoda Fabia S2000) [10]
50 Niall McGonagle/Paddy McCrudden (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [1]
51 Gary Kiernan/Darren O'Brien (Ford Escort MkII) [4]
52 William Herron/Geoff Patterson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
53 Robert McKelvey/Declan Campbell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [2]
54 Stephen McKenna/Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
55 Trevor McConnell/Shaun Lafferty (Subaru Impreza) [8]
56 Niall Magee/Sean Devlin (Subaru Impreza) [8]
57 Joe Hegarty/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [8]
58 Gerry Farmer/Declan McGee (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [2]
59 Derek Jobb/Barney Mitchell (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
60 Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208 R2) [4]
61 Chris McGurk/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [8]
62 Sean W. Benskin/Joe Fitzgibbon (Ford Escort MKII) [5]
63 Ruairi Maguire/Grace O'Brien (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
64 Stephen McFerran/Martin McBrearty (Ford Escort) [5]
65 Jonny Treanor/Karl Egan (Honda Civic) [3]
66 Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
67 Paul McCann/Paddy Plunkett (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [8]
68 Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [1]
69 David Kerr/TBA (Peugeot 106) [4]
70 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R2) [5]
71 Dominic Leonard/Martin Baxter (Honda Civic) [4]
72 Paul McShea/Stephen Griffith (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
73 Neil Harron/Mark Thompson (Suzuki Swift) [3]
74 Drew Chambers/Wendy Blackledge (Talbot Samba) [3]
75 Mervyn Wilson/Ricky Gamble (Ford Escort) [3]
76 Mervyn Galbraith/Aine McGuigan (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
77 Brian Little/Andrew Wedlock (Ford Escort g3) [5]
78 Ian Dickson/TBA (Ford Fiesta ST) [1]
79 Stephen Cullen/Seamus O'Grady (Toyota Corolla) [8]
80 Ruari McCaffrey/Lauren Kelly (Ford Escort) [5]
81 Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [3]
82 Michael McCarroll/Ronnie Craig (Ford Fiesta ST) [1]
83 Jamie Grant/TBA (Toyota Starlet) [5]
84 Darren Connelly/Cathain Colton (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
85 Jason Dickson/Jared Gill (Ford Fiesta ST) [1]
86 Graeme Colfer/Dave Woodcock (Mitsubishi Evo6) [8]
87 John O'Sullivan/Kaine Treanor (Ford Fiesta) [4]
88 Gareth Deazley/James Duffin (Honda Civic) [1]
89 Lukasz Czapnik/Piotr Szadkowski (Subaru Impreza) [8]
90 Michael McGarrity/Damien Garvey (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
91 Eamon McNabb/Davy Turkington (Mitsubishi Evo 6) [8]
92 Andrew McCormick/Rudy Tate (Vauxhall Chevette) [6]
93 Ashley Rutledge/Brian Robinson (Honda Civic) [1]
94 Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Honda Civic) [4]
95 Seamus Goodfellow/Christopher McLaughlin (Subaru Impreza) [8]
96 Karl Fallis/Tony McGovern (Honda Civic) [1]
97 Keelan Maguire/TBA (Honda Civic) [1]
98 Gemma Kerley/Andy Curran (Subaru Impreza) [9]
99 Sean McConnell/Declan Gaffney (Honda Civic) [4]
100 Paul McMahon/Pradraig Deasy (Honda Civic) [3]
101 Derek Robinson/David Forde (Toyota Corolla) [1]
102 Seamus Heaney/Michael Culleton (Honda Civic) [3]
103 Benny Quinn/Paddy O’Brien (Ford Escort) [5]
104 Johnnie Mulholland/Jeff Case (Ford Fiesta) [4]
105 Adrian Beattie/Declan Ryan (Honda Civic) [4]
106 Donall Sweeney/Deane O'Sullivan (Ford Escort MK2) [6]
107 Ryan Murray/Adrian Kielt (Peugeot 205 GTI) [3]
108 Mark McAleer/Jonny McAleer (Citroen Saxo) [1]
109 Darryl Sproule/Chrystal Culkeen (Vauxhall Astra) [1]
110 William Graham/Seamus McTigue (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]

Final Instructions No 1

Posted: August 25, 2017 7:28 AM

Press Release Two Trailer Parts and Spares Lakeland Stages

Posted: August 20, 2017 5:35 PM

Press Release Two Trailer Parts and Spares Lakeland Stages The countdown is well and truly on for the Trailer Parts and Spares Lakeland Stages Rally. With entries open for just over two weeks Gerry Cavanagh and his team are delighted with the level of interest. Forty plus entries received and many more have expressed their intentions to submit their entries in the coming days, it has the making of one of the most competitive rallies of the year.

The leading contenders from both the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship and Vavoline Forestry Chanmpionship are expected to roll over the start ramp on Saturday the 2nd of September. Enniskillen Motor Club members have been working hard behind the scene, ensuring all the stages and the service area is in the best possible condition for the competitiors.

Closer to the event the motor club will provide a programme which will be available locally. This will have full details of the location and time of the stages, plus the entry list. With rallying throughout Ireland and the UK going through a difficult time the organisers are asking any spectators who intend coming along to obey the marshals and officials who are there to help and assist. Safety is of the utmost importance and the team would have no hesitation in cancelling stages if they felt safety is being compromised in anyway. It is important to be aware that cars can throw up stones, can run wide and indeed crash so it is important to expect the unexpected.
“Remember only a safe rally is a good rally”!

Gerry and is team are looking forward to giving a warm Fermanagh welcome to, competitors, their crews, officials and marshals. Gerry said
“I am slightly biased but I fell we have the best team here and we intend to organise the best rally of the year” Gerry went on to say “Northern Ireland Championship leader Derek McGarrity intends debuting his Skoda Fabia R5 with us, Adrian Hethrington has an entry submitted in a Fiesta R5 and no doubt his committed style will see him close to the top of timesheets, also Lauren Kelly daughter of the legend Frank Kelly has returned from baby blues latest foreign adventure to sit with Ruari McCaffrey. Gerry continued
“There is always a large local interest in the Trailer Parts and Spares supported Rally and this year is no exception. Jonny Leonard is flying high after the last round of the Forestry Championship he took a highly commended second overall, Connor Woods is stepping up to a GpN Mitsubishi Evo9 and Drew Chambers will return in his Talbot Samba. All the classes have exceptional quality and I would like to encourage competitors to get their entry forms completed as soon as possible”.

Entries Received

Posted: August 20, 2017 5:34 PM

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Release One: Trailer Parts & Spares Lakeland Stages Rally Press

Posted: August 9, 2017 7:02 AM

Enniskillen Motor Club [EMC] are delighted to announce the continuing sponsorship from rally diehard Hugh McQuaid for their upcoming annual forest rally. Saturday 2nd September sees the forests of Fermanagh host the, ‘Trailer Parts and Spares Lakeland Stages Rally 2017 – supported by TuffMac Trailers’. Entries are now open for this popular and exciting event which is a counting round of both the McGrady Insurance MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship and the Valvoline Irish National Forestry Rally Championship. Once again the rally will be broadcast by ‘On The Limits’ TV programme. The same EMC organising team of recent years are once more following their very successful format of using the Service Park on the Coleshill Road on the outskirts of Enniskillen town with just a short distance to the famous Fermanagh forests such as Lough Navar, Big Dog and the long, challenging and furiously fast Ballintempo complex. The crews will get a chance to compete on over 60kms of the finest gravel roads and we have kept road mileage to minimum.

Clerk of the Course Gerry Cavanagh and his team have been working getting the stages in the best possible condition, Gerry said
“competitors are in for a real treat as the stages are in A1 condition” Gerry continued “The Fermanagh Stages are regarded as some of the best forestry stages in Ireland and we look forward to welcoming crews from across the island of Ireland and beyond” Thus rally fans and competitors are sure to be in for a super day of rally action come September 2nd.

On Line Entry

Posted: August 9, 2017 6:48 AM






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