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Killarney International Rally of Lakes - 5-6 May 18

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:43 AM - 12103 Hits

Round 3 - 2018 Tarmac Rally Championship
Round 2 - 2018 Southern 4 Rally Championship

Barrable ignites title challenge in Killarney

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:43 AM

Second place on the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes saw Robert Barrable & Damien Connolly move to within one point of the championship lead as the Irish Tarmac Championship stands at the midway point. The Dublin driver had led for much of the event in his Ford Fiesta R5 with a stunning performance, but had to give way to the sheer power of Manus Kelly’s Subaru Impreza WRC S12. With Kelly not eligible for points, maximum points moves Barrable from third to second in the championship and makes the second half of the season a very exciting prospect. Desi Henry & Liam Moynihan took third overall and after the disappointment of a non-finish in the last round, the Skoda driver has also given himself a great championship boost moving into fifth place. Sam Moffett who had a new co-driver in Noel O’Sullivan for the weekend, finished fourth in his Fiesta R5, but drops from second to third overall in the championship.

It was a weekend of frustration for championship leader Josh Moffett who was plagued with brake problems and only really set some good times on the final couple of stages as he finished fifth behind Jonny Greer. Provisionally this leaves Josh with a one point lead heading to Donegal and he will be looking for better luck after a difficult weekend. Greer was happy with his fifth place while Eugene Donnelly is still getting to grips with the Hyundai. His times were very good on the second half of the Sunday stages where he was setting top three times on occasions. Stephen Wright showed much improved pace on the opening day, but went off the road on the penultimate stage of the opening day, going OTL as a result. He re-joined under Rally 2 and earned some championship points as a result. There was disappointment for Daniel Cronin on his home event as he was side-lined by electrical problems after five stages having made a very encouraging start. David Guest won the Group N category from William Mavitty, both drivers in Mitsubishi Lancers.

The Treaty Plant Hire Modified Championship has been blown open also with Kevin Eves the championship leader having to retire after only two stages with a damaged axle. Top points went to fellow Donegal driver John Bonner as rival Vincent McSweeney retired late with mechanical problems having been in line to score maximum points after Eves went out. John O’Donnell took third place points ahead of Stephen Bawn and J.R. McDaid. Kevin Eves lead has been reduced from seventeen points to just five with John Bonner now in second place and J.R. McDaid in third with all three drivers on home ground for the next round in Donegal.

Owen Murphy kept up his fine form in the Historic Championship with a crushing win of over seven minutes from Duncan Williams. The Sunbeam driver set out a marker from the first stage and took his third maximum score from three events with Williams now moving into second place. The junior championship leader Gary McNamee didn’t start the event but that didn’t have an impact as some of his rivals failed to finish the rally so he retains a strong lead in the series. Derry Long took top points from Padraig Walsh as both opened their accounts for the season.

Donnelly happy with Hyundai performance at the Lakes

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:13 AM

Five-time Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly secured another solid performance in the series last weekend as he took his Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5 to seventh overall at the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney (5th/6th May).

Along with co-driver Mark Kane, Donnelly continued to develop the MRF Tyres-shod Hyundai for the Irish lanes, further adding to their ninth overall on the West Cork and Easter Stages earlier in the season. Their result was the highest finish for the i20 this season and was bolstered by a top three stage time over the 13th stage of the event.

Just days before hand, four-time British Rally Champion Keith Cronin used the Hyundai at the opening round of the series in the Kielder forest and it would be a race against time for the Philip Case Rally Sport team to return the car to asphalt spec for Donnelly.

The Magherafelt driver had been away from the Irish championship for over two years and despite being a previous winner of the event, he would head to Killarney in a bid to find more pace and additional data for the Hyundai i20 as part of a three year plan for the Korean built machine.

Donnelly admits “podium positions are not on the radar at the moment”, but would look to make further inroads on the gap to the leaders as he becomes more familiar with the R5 machinery.

Sixteen stages and over 120km of special stage action would lie ahead over the two-day event but it would be a slow start for Donnelly who suffered from a misfire over the opening loop on Saturday morning. This left him languishing down in 10th spot until the issue could be rectified at service.

The remainder of the opening leg was left playing catch up and Donnelly would continue to adapt the set up and tyre choice to the widely acclaimed set of stages including Molls Gap, Healey’s Pass and Ardgroom. As the miles passed, the pace increased and the times tumbled, ending the day in a confidence boosting seventh overall.

An early start on day two didn’t affect Donnelly, as a new tyre choice and set up transformed the i20 and the gap to the top six would begin to narrow. A broken rim didn’t hamper progress to any significant degree as the stage times became more impressive. The reward for his perseverance was third quickest time on the 13th stage as he continued to get to grips with the car.

Crossing the finish ramp in Killarney on Sunday evening, Donnelly was happy with his best result of the season so far.

“It certainly was a bit of a rocky start to be honest so to be seventh after some of the toughest stages on the calendar is really pleasing for us as we continue to develop the car for Irish soil” he says.

“The roads down here definitely throw up some unique challenges and despite my previous experience on these lanes I`m still learning all the time, especially as it’s the first time here in the Hyundai. The encouraging thing is that we are getting quicker with each passing event and we are heading in the right direction with the car and that’s really important for me and the team. We are working really hard to get the right set up in the car and getting the tyres to work, so that third quickest time is a real turning point for us. It shows the pace is there and we just need to carry that over to Donegal from the off now”.

The next round of the series, the Donegal International Rally takes place from 15th-17th June.

Donnelly is supported by Divers Hyundai, MRF Tyres, Sligo Pallets, PPP Group, Midland Tyre Services, McPartland Group, Philip Case Rally Sport, Protune Ireland, CBM Signs and the CFM Group.

Video Clips

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:05 AM







In Car

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:05 AM

Gary Kiernan & Keith Moriarty (Ford Escort Mk II) SS11

Daniel Cronin & Shane Buckley (Ford Fiesta R5) SS2


Owen Murphy & Anthony Nestor (Talbot Sunbeam) SS11


Kyle & Dale McGettigan (Ford Escort MkII) SS11


Duncan Williams & Llion Tractor (Ford Escort Mk2) SS6


Charles O' Neill & Tony McCarthy (Honda Civic) SS3


Steven O'Connor & Adrian O'Connor (Honda Civic) SS6


Jason Black & Karl Egan (Toyota Starlet) SS1


Results

Posted: October 10, 2018 9:03 AM

1 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 2h 08m 04s,
2 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 08m 33s,
3 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) 2h 09m 09s,
4 Sam Moffett/Noel O’Sullivan (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 09m 42s,
5 Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 11m 02s,
6 Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 11m 48s,
7 Eugene Donnelly/Mark Kane (Hyundai i20 R5) 2h 13m 49s,
8 David Guest/Jonathan McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 2h 19m 43s,
9 Keith Lyons/Sean Hegarty (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 22m 30s,
10 Joe Connolly/Richard Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5) 2h 27m 32s.

Class winners:
Kevin Dolphin/Martin O’Brien (Renault Clio),
Ian Hynes/Des Sherlock (Honda Civic).

NATIONAL RALLY:
1 Rob Duggan/Tara Duggan (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 13m 42s,
2 Gary Kiernan/Keith Moriarty (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 14m 28s,
3 Barry Meade/Eamon Hayes (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 17m 10s,
4 John Bonner/Denver Rafferty (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 18m 39s,
5 Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming (Toyota Corolla) 2h 20m 09,
6 John O’Donnell/Jane Collins (Ford Escort MkII) 2h 20m 15s.

HISTORIC RALLY:
1 Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Talbot Sunbeam) 2h 23m 49s,
2 Duncan Williams/Llion Williams (Ford Escort) 2h 30m 59s,
3 Ray Hilliard/Megan Costello (Ford Escort) 2h 31m 50s.

JUNIOR RALLY:
1 Colin O’Donoghue/Eddie Doherty (Ford Escort) 1h 17m 35s,
2 John McCarthy/Dylan Donoghue (Honda Civic) 1h 19m 30s,
3 Conor Murphy/David Gleeson (Honda Civic) 1h 20m 12s.

Leaders After:
SS1-13 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS14-16 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)

Stage Winners
SS1 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS2 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS3 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS4 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS5 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS6 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS7 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS8 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS9 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS10 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS11 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS12 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS13 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS14 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS15 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS16 Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Ford Fiesta R5)

Seeded Entry List

Posted: April 25, 2018 6:45 AM

Mainfield + Historics
1 Sam Moffett/Noel O'Sullivan (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
2 Declan Boyle/James O'Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
3
4 Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
5 Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett (Subaru Impreza WRC) [7]
6 Derek McGarrity/Paddy Robinson (Subaru Impreza) [7]
7 Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
8 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [5]
9 Daniel Cronin/Shane Buckley (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
10 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
11 Eugene Donnelly/Mark Kane (Hyundai I20 R5) [5]
12 Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
13
14 Kevin Eves/Chris Melly (Toyota Corolla) [14]
15 Robert Duggan/Tara Duggan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
16 Gary Kiernan/Keith Moriarty (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
17 Barry Meade/Eamon Hayes (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
18 Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
19 Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [20]
20 Jason McSweeney/Anthony O'Conaill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
21 David Guest/Johnathan McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
22 Enda O'Brien/John Butler (Ford Escort RS Mk2) [14]
23
24 Phil Collins/Adrian Deasey (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
25 John O'Donnell/Jane Collns (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
26 Kevin O'Donoghue/John Falvey (BMW M3) [14]
27 John Bonner/Denver Rafferty (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
28 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
29 Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming (Toyota Corolla) [13]
30 Tadhg O'Sullivan/Eoin O'Leary (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
31 Kyle McGettigan/Dale McGettigan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
32 Tommy Mason/Conor Walsh (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
33
34 Liam Howlett/John McGrath (Toyota Corolla RWD) [13]
35 Denis Hickey/Sean Nolan (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
36 Shane McCarthy/Shane Byrne (Honda Civic EG6) [11F]
37 Sean Moynihan/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort RS) [12]
38 Jason O'Mahony/Jonathan O'Mahony (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
39 Conor McCarthy/JJ Cremin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
40 John Hickey/Eamon Creedon (Ford Escort 4x4) [20]
41 Joe Connolly/Brian Connolly (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
42 Keith Lyons/Sean Hegarty (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
43
44 Martyn England/Dawn England (Ford Fiesta R5+) [20]
45 Sean Moran/Jonathan Keane (Ford Escort) [13]
46 Eoin Duffin/Mike Cleary (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
47 Stephen Bawn/Elaine NÍ Shé (Ford Escort) [14]
48 Ken Lyons/Paddy McDonnell (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
49 Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Talbot Sunbeam Lotus) [D5]
50 Mervyn Wedlock/Philip Smith (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
51 Jason Roche/Noel Coogan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
52 Kevin O'Sullivan/Martin O'Riordan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
53
54 Seanie Hickey/Noel Fleming (Toyota Starlet) [12]
55
56 Con Lucey/Keith McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
57 Darren Young/PA Lawlor (Honda Civic) [11F]
58 Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan (Honda Civic SIR Vtec) [11F]
59 John O'Sullivan/Padraig O'Donovan (Ford Fiesta R200) [11F]
60 Kevin Dolphin/Martin O'Brien (Renault Clio Super 1600) [2]
61 Michael Hamilton/Ronan Clohessy (Honda Civic) [11F]
62 Paudie Callaghan/Danny Murphy (Toyota Starlet) [9]
63
64 Cormac Phelan/Katja Auhl (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
65 JR McDaid/TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
66 Steve Benton/Peter Thomas (Ford Escort) [13]
67 Duncan Williams/Llion Tractor Williams (Ford Escort) [D3]
68 Alan Watkins/Iarla McArthy (Ford Escort RS2000) [D3]
69 Declan Jackson/J Barry McCarney (Ford Escort Mk2) [D3]
70 Noel O'Sullivan/Nicholas Burke (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
71 Charles O'Neill/Tony McCarthy (Honda Civic) [9]
72 Damien Doolan/Colm Lenihan (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
73
74 Steven O'Connor/Adrian O'Connor (Honda Civic) [11F]
75 Raymond Spence/Robert Harold (Ford Escort) [13]
76 Ciaran Phelan/Aine Phelan (Honda Civic) [13]
77 Gavin O'Grady/Alan Moroney (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
78 Steve Roberts/Jack Carroll (Ford Escort) [12]
79 Joe McQuillan/Ashley Boulton (Subaru Impreza GC8) [20]
80 Pat Price/Andy Curran (Subaru Impreza) [4]
81 Nick Barnett/Martin Brady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
82 Richie Dalton/Ger Brett (Subaru Impreza N11) [4]
83
84 Mark Donovan/David Duggan (Ford Escort) [11R]
85 Donal Flynn/Niall Myers (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11R]
86 Corey Eves/Gavin J Downey (Toyota Corolla) [11R]
87 Pat Sheehan/Tom Kelleher (Renault Clio) [22]
88 Kevin O'Dowd/Richard Cleary (Honda Civic Vtec) [11F]
89 Eoin O'Donoghue/Martin O'Connor (Honda Civic) [11F]
90 Martin Freestone/Misha Freestone (Ford Escort) [C3]
91 Maurice Meskell/Steve Meskell (Ford Escort) [C3]
92 Philip McKibbin/Lynn McKibbin (Ford Escort Mk1) [C3]
93
94 Damien Owenie O'Sullivan/Eoghan McCarthy (Toyota Starlet RWD) [11R]
95 Keith Naughton/Brendan Behan (Subaru Impreza WRX) [15]
96 Patrick O'Connor/Brendan Dowling (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
97 Sam Leech/Tommy Moynihan (Opel Corsa) [10]
98 Shane Dineen/Denny Greaney (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
99 Denis O'Brien/Ryan O'Brien (Opel Corsa) [10]
100 Kieran O'Sullivan/Patrick O'Gorman (Honda Civic EK4) [9]
101 Dermot Ryan/TBA (Vauxhall Nova) [9]

Juniors
Car Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
J1 Jason Black/Karl Egan (Toyota Starlet RWD) [J2]
J2 Gary McNamee/Brian Brady (Honda Civic) [J2]
J3 J4 Colin O'Donoghue/Eddie Doherty (Ford Escort) [J2]
J5 Kieran O'Donoghue/Timmy Kelly (Honda Civic) [J2]
J6 Kieran Reen/Andrew Cronin (Honda Civic) [J2]
J7 John McCarthy/Dylan Donoghue (Honda Civic) [J2]
J8 Conor Murphy/David Gleeson (Honda Civic) [J2]
J9 Eamonn McCarthy/Declan Buttimer (Honda EK4) [J2]
J10 Jason Farrell/Declan Casey (Honda Civic) [J2]
J11 Padraig Cronin/Stephen Heelin (Honda Civic) [J2]
J12 Chris Brady/Jenny Warren (Honda Civic Vtec) [J2]
J13 J14 Daniel Chung/Dylan Doonan (Honda Civic EK4) [J2]
J15 Gareth Deazley/Eathan McColgan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J16 Derry Long/Denny Riordan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J17 Shay Delaney/Watters Aarron (Honda Civic EK4) [J2]
J18 Cathal Keane/Stephen Joyce (Honda Civic) [J2]
J19 Dan O'Riordan/Sean Collins (Honda Civic) [J2]
J20 John Fleming/Aaron Healy (Honda Civic) [J2]
J21 Ian Horgan/Patrick Brislane (Vauxhall Nova) [J2]
J22 Darragh Walsh/Kieran Rafter (Honda Civic) [J2]
J23 J24 Aaron McEvoy/Killian O'Brien (Honda Civic) [J1]
J25 Padraig Walsh/Diarmuid O'Shea (Toyota Corolla) [J2]
J26 Conor Mullen/Stephen Moloney (Peugeot 106 GTi) [J2]
J27 Michael Cunniffe/Barry Talt (Peugeot 205 GTi) [J2]

Press Release No 2 - Rally Launch

Posted: April 18, 2018 2:12 PM

Killarney and District Motor Club held the official launch to the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes 2018 on Sunday 15th at Brehon Hotel Killarney. There were some beautiful rally cars on display and a large crowd in attendance. Officials, Organisers, Sponsors, distinguished guest speakers such as TD Brothers Michael & Danny Healy Rae, Councillor Michael Gleason, WRC Co Driver Paul Nagle and Dignitaries of Killarney town were on hand to support the event. MC on the night was non-other than Mike Marshall event COC of 25years, he introduced Paul O’Neill of Killarney’s Chamber of Tourism and Commerce who spoke of how important the rally of the Lakes is to Killarney Town, bringing a welcomed boost to the local economy. Niall Kelleher Mayor of Killarney also spoke on the commitment and dedication of the voluntary club members involved and their ability to host an event of this magnitude every year. Other guest speakers included John Byrne of Cartell.ie, Brian McArdle of Ordnance Survey Ireland, Kieran Healy of KC Print/Killarney Advertiser and Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel Group who have been involved since the rally’s first inception in 1979.

Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend 4th – 6th May.

The 39th Rally of the Lakes will be counting rounds of the:

Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship
Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship.

Killarney Businessman Dermot Healy has taken on the role of COC for his sixth year. Dermot, who is very much respected in the town of Killarney for his incredible voluntary and charity work, has put together a strong organising committee and operations are well under way. Dermot explains: the route stages are the most famous classic route of stages available and these demanding, technical and challenging stages should test each competitor to their full ability. While also maintaining the unique classic stages that the Rally of the Lakes holds worldwide, our main aim is to bring the Rally back in and around the Killarney town area and we have achieved this with our Sunday loop of stages.

Once again for their ninth consecutive year Ireland’s leading vehicle history record company Cartell.ie return’s as the main title sponsor of the Rally of the Lakes 2018. Including additional support from Killarney Advertiser, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Gleneagle Hotel Group, who have been supporters of the Rally of the Lakes for many years and continue as Associate Sponsors.

The Rally of the Lakes is firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier rally events. It gives a major boost to the businesses of the town and the local economy. TV coverage alone is beamed to 38 countries with an estimated 30 million household subscribers. Dermot remarked:
“This exposure is fantastic for Killarney and the Rally of the Lakes and it hugely increases our attraction as an international event for competitors and spectators to enjoy”.

The three-day event will begin with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre at 7pm on Friday 4th May. Plans are at an advanced stage to create a motorsport festival on the streets of Ireland’s most famous town.

The real action will commence early on Saturday morning with the iconic Molls Gap, followed by the Tim Healy Pass and centralised service in Castletownbere Pier. Then it’s time to head out on the famous stages of Cods Head and Ardgroom with a repeat run over the Healy Pass and into service for a well deserved break. Cods Head and Ardgroom are repeated and a blast through the Kilmakilloge harbour stage to finish off the day.

Sunday Morning starts with Molls Gap once again, followed by the mountainous Beallaghbeama Pass, Then into service at Liebherr Container cranes Killarney. This Loop is of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama Pass is repeated with the inclusion of a new version of the fast flowing Shanera stage called Brook Hill. It’s into service once again before heading out to the Spectator friendly loop of Rossanean, Brook Hill and Rossanean again as the final stage. The crews will arrive back to the finishing ramp at the Rally Head Quarters - The Gleneagle Hotel at 17.30 for Celebrations and Champagne.

The strength of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes 2018 is evident with entries only open a few hours, over 70 crews have entered and the stage is already set for battle royal in all classes and categories.

Heading the international Entry list is last year’s winner, Sam Moffett who is likely to start the event in the top slot. Local Co-driver Noel O’Sullivan takes up the hot seat alongside Sam for his first time and will be hopeful for his first overall win. Behind him comes a host of WRC machinery with two times Lakes winner Donagh Kelly, along with Roy White & Declan Boyle who have led this event in the past. Donegal man Manus Kelly has shown interest in this year’s event, he will be a great addition to the line up. Irish Tarmac Championship leader Josh Moffett arrives in Killarney on top form with recent back to back wins on both the West Cork and Easter stages Rallies. Other Top R5 competitors include Robert Barrable who was second overall last year, 5 times Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly in his Hyundai I20 R5, Stephen Wright & Jonny Greer both in their Ford Fiesta’s along with Desi Henry in his new Skoda Fabia R5. Top Local crew Daniel Cronin/ Shane Buckley have had a great start to their Irish Tarmac Championship campaign, recently acquired the ultimate Ford Fiesta from M-Sport, he will be anxious to make his mark on the home event. While also including Killarney regulars Joe Connolly, Keith Lyons amongst the R5 cars.

In the National Rally all the big Escort brigade come out to play but perhaps the person who will cause them most bother is from Donegal, as last year’s Modified winner Kevin Eves returns in his Toyota Corolla 2.5, he has put in such an incredible drive & category win on both the West Cork Rally & Easter Stages rallies to lead the championship heading for Killarney. Local man Rob Duggan is fresh from a win in the Killarney Historic Rally in December, he has hired an ultimate 2.5 Escort and will be hard to beat over the classic stages. Barry Meade is a previous Modified winner and will be incredibly quick also. Past winner Wesley Patterson will also be a strong contender, as will the legendary Phil Collins who makes the trip from Herefordshire to the stages he loves so well and where he has enjoyed considerable success over the past 32 years. Other top entries include: Vincent MsSweeney, Jack Newman, Gary Kiernan, Liam Howlett, John O’Donnell, Enda O’Brien, Eugene Megan.

The battle for the John Mullane Cup for the highest placed driver from Co Kerry will be as closely contested as it has been since the award was first introduced in the very early days of the Rally of the Lakes. Top crews include: Charlie Hickey, Kevin O’Donoghue, Denis Hickey, Tadgh O’Sullivan, Fergus O’Meara, John Hickey, Ed Murphy, Con Lucey, Noel O’Sullivan and Vincent O’Shea. A strong Historic & Junior Entry has already been received. The Historic’s will contest the whole event, while the juniors will contest the rally on Saturday.

The May bank holiday weekend is near and the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes is the place to be.

Are you ready......

Regulations / On Line Entry Link below:

Rally Launch - 15 Apr 18

Posted: April 10, 2018 1:46 PM

Press Release 1

Posted: April 3, 2018 3:39 PM

Killarney & District Motor Club, organisers of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes have announced details of this year’s event which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend 4th – 6th May.
The 39th Rally of the Lakes will be counting rounds of the:
Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 Rally Championship
Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship.

Killarney Businessman Dermot Healy has taken on the role of COC for his sixth year. Dermot, who is very much respected in the town of Killarney for his incredible voluntary and charity work, has put together a strong organising committee and operations are well under way. Dermot explains:
the route stages are the most famous classic route of stages available and these demanding, technical and challenging stages should test each competitor to their full ability. While also maintaining the unique classic stages that the Rally of the Lakes holds worldwide, our main aim is to bring the Rally back in and around the Killarney town area and we have achieved this with our Sunday loop of stages.

Once again for their ninth consecutive year Ireland’s leading vehicle history record company Cartell.ie return’s as the main title sponsor of the Rally of the Lakes 2018. Including additional support from Killarney Advertiser, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Gleneagle Hotel Group, who have been supporters of the Rally of the Lakes for many years and continue as Associate Sponsors.

The Rally of the Lakes is firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier rally events. It gives a major boost to the businesses of the town and the local economy. TV coverage alone is beamed to 38 countries with an estimated 30 million household subscribers. Dermot remarked:
“This exposure is fantastic for Killarney and the Rally of the Lakes and it hugely increases our attraction as an international event for competitors and spectators to enjoy”.

Features of this year’s event:

Official Rally Launch on Sunday 15th April at Brehon Hotel Killarney.
Rally Headquarters Gleneagle Hotel Killarney
Ceremonial start
The Best classic stages in Ireland
Total of 16 stages
240Km of stage competition.
Centralised service each day.
Complete New stages introduced this year.
Including such Classic stages as: Molls Gap, Beallaghbeama, Cods Head & Ardgroom.
Juniors get a full day rallying on Saturday consisting of 8 Stages.

The three-day event will begin with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre at 7pm on Friday 4th May. Plans are at an advanced stage to create a motorsport festival on the streets of Ireland’s most famous town.

The real action will commence early on Saturday morning with the iconic Molls Gap, followed by the Tim Healy Pass and centralised service in Castletownbere Pier. Then it’s time to head out on the famous stages of Cods Head and Ardgroom with a repeat run over the Healy Pass and into service for a well deserved break. Cods Head and Ardgroom are repeated and a blast through the Kilmakilloge harbour stage to finish off the day.

Sunday Morning starts with Molls Gap once again, followed by the mountainous Beallaghbeama Pass, Then into service at Liebherr Container cranes Killarney. This Loop is of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama Pass is repeated with the inclusion of a new version of the fast flowing Shanera stage called Brook Hill. It’s into service once again before heading out to the Spectator friendly loop of Rossanean, Brook Hill and Rossanean again as the final stage. The crews will arrive back to the finishing ramp at the Rally Head Quarters - The Gleneagle Hotel at 17.30 for Celebrations and Champagne.

Preliminary Details

Posted: March 26, 2018 12:51 PM

COC: Dermot Healy
Saturday: Classic Stages in the Beara Peninsula
Sunday: Centralised around Killarney.

More Details and Regulations available shortly.

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