Cork 20 International Rally - 27-28 Sep 08

Posted: October 18, 2008 6:08 PM - 28297 Hits

Round 8 - 2008 Tarmac Rally Championship
Round 4 - 2008 Southern 4 Rally Championship
Round 6 - 2008 Irish Evolution Challenge
Round 6 - 2008 Irish Fiesta Sporting Trophy

  • Boland wins again!


Posted: October 18, 2008 6:08 PM

Terence O'Shaughnessy - SS6

David Guest/Eamon Hayes

Declan & Seamus Murphy - SS11

Video Clips

Posted: October 18, 2008 6:00 PM

John McGlaughlin finishes 2008 rally season on a high!

Posted: October 18, 2008 5:31 PM

Cookstown's John McGlaughlin finished his rally season on a high by taking a top 10 position and fifth in the production category at last weekend's Cork '20' International Rally.

Driving his McGlaughlin's Bakery Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, John also secured second position in the Group N Irish Tarmac Championship standings!

In stark contrast to August's Ulster Rally, where John struggled with a down on power engine as well as a number of punctures, the 25-year-old driver encountered few dramas during the Cork event. With the Sunoco Fuels sponsored car back on song, John and navigator Stephen McAuley were brimming with confidence ahead of the two-day event.

As one of the main Group N title contenders, John still had a chance of lifting the prestigious title. Unfortunately, two non-finishes earlier in the year, combined with two events where the Cookstown driver struggled with mechanical problems, put him on the back foot ahead of the final championship round.

"I went to Cork with the intention of taking maximum championship points," McGlaughlin admitted. "But during the event I realised there was a problem with my pace notes - I hadn't made them fast enough for medium geared corners. It was a bit disheartening knowing that it was an issue with my own notes, but that's why we lost time on the Saturday."

Indeed, Saturday's fast and flowing stages didn't suit John, and combined with his pace note problem, he found himself lying 11th overall and sixth in class at the end of the leg. So when the backed pilot woke up to a splattering of rain on Sunday morning, things were looking promising.

"Sunday's stages were tighter and twistier," John recalled, "and with the rain making conditions slippery, I was in my element. Over the first loop of stages, we jumped two places. After that, we were too far behind anyone to make any impression so it was a case of getting home."

There was no need to push hard during the closing miles but the event had one final problem up its sleeve. A wrong tyre choice saw the car's grip levels diminish during the closing miles, and John had to slow down to ensure he reached the finish in one piece.

In the end, the Hilltop Fuels backed team secured ninth overall and fifth in Group N, which was more than enough to secure the runner-up position in the production category of the Global Group Irish Tarmac Championship. John also sealed sixth overall in the series, which put the icing on the cake for his rally season!

"I'm happy to have finished second in the championship," McGlaughlin admitted. "It has been a good battle all year, but I'm a wee bit disappointed for the team. There are always ifs and buts, and only for two non-finishes and two events with mechanical problems, the battle could have been even closer!"

With the season drawing to a close, John is now putting plans together for 2009. In the meantime, he would like to thank everyone who has helped him during the 2008 season: Davy McGlaughlin, McGlaughlin's Bakery, Hilltop Fuels, Kumho Tyres,, Sunoco Fuels, McNeill Motorsport and Roy Dempster. For more information, log on to

Fiesta SportingTrophy Ireland

Posted: October 18, 2008 5:19 PM

The sixth and final round of the Maxol E85 Ford Fiesta SportingTrophy Ireland took place over the weekend as the registered crews took to the start of the Cork 20 Rally organised by Munster Car Club. The crews competed over 114 kilometres of Ireland’s finest roads in a very compact route that offered a high speed challenge to the final round of the 2008 series. The rally was to be one of the most exciting battles of the year as both Elfyn Evans and 2007 FST Ireland champion Alastair Fisher had the chance to take the title. Both young men had fought hard throughout the season and the Cork stages would provide a perfect back-drop to the series finale. At the end of the day, it was the young Welsh crew of Elfyn Evans (19) from Machynelleth and co-driver Gareth Roberts who won the title from Alastair Fisher (19) from Trillick, Co. Down and his navigator Barry McNulty. Even though the final points table of the year shows a tie for first and second, the championship winner, as it was in 2007, has once again been decided by the best result on the first round of the series in Galway. It was Evans who took the victory there over Fisher and is therefore awarded the Maxol E85 Ford Fiesta SportingTrophy 2008 title. The victory holds extra merit for the young Welsh pairing, as they also clinched the VK Fiesta SportingTrophy UK 2008 title at the Colin McRae Forest Stages the day before, meaning that the pair won two titles in two days, a feat never achieved before by an FST driver.

As the five crews left Parc Fermé shortly after 9am, they were greeted with damp conditions on their way to the first stage, the 17km of Badger’s Hill. Fisher knew he had to win the event to keep his dreams of winning the title alive and he made a great start by setting fastest time from Evans by 2.9 seconds. Behind the leading pair was the third-placed championship crew of Paul Quinn (20) from Dungannon and Jason Gillespie. Quinn was just under 17 seconds slower than Fisher but five seconds quicker than Stephen Wright (18) from Co. Monaghan. Rounding off the FST crews was Meilyr Evans, who was completing an unfamiliar role, that of chauffeuring Irish Daily Mirror motoring editor Brian Twomey, around the stages and showing the rally novice what the Fiesta SportingTrophy is all about.

Next up for the crews was the 18km of Chimney Field and 19.30km of Mullentaura. Again Fisher was quickest on both the tests from Evans, with Fisher actually setting a stage time on Mullentaura that would have been good enough for tenth overall in the International rally section – an amazing achievement. Wright claimed third on both tests and Quinn fourth, with Meilyr again taking the final stage position. Heading into service Fisher led the way with a margin of 32.4 seconds from Evans, with Wright 1 minute 17 seconds further adrift in third.

None of the crews had any major technical issues to report in service and, with the weather drying, tyre choice became the hot issue with some crews risking slicks for the second loop of stages.

SS4 was a repeat of Badger’s Hill. Although Evans knew he only had to finish in second position, he was still pushing hard and ended the stage eleven seconds ahead of Wright, with Fisher a further 0.6 seconds adrift. Fisher reported handling problems on the stage that he was able to fix between the tests. Quinn finished in fourth with Meilyr rounding off the championship contenders in fifth.

The final two stages were repeats of earlier tests. Fisher took both stage wins from Elfyn Evans; Wright was third on both tests; followed by Quinn and finally Meilyr Evans.

This result meant that at the end of the rally Fisher had won the event by 24.3 seconds from Elfyn Evans. Fisher had done everything possible to try and win the series, but with Evans finishing in second place, it was just not to be for last years FST Ireland champion and the championship victory was handed to Elfyn Evans, the son of former British Rally Champion, Gwyndaf Evans.

Meanwhile, Wright finished third in the rally, a great performance that meant that the 2008 rookie jumped from sixth in the championship standings to finish fourth overall in his debut year. Fourth in the rally was Quinn, whose aim for the event was to finish the rally in order to claim the points he needed to finish the championship in third overall. The youngster from Dungannon has really shown maturity in his driving throughout the year and has been duly rewarded for this at the end of the season. Meilyr Evans finished the rally in a fine fifth place and ended the year seventh overall.

It has been an exciting second season for the FST series in Ireland and the competition has provided some excellent battles and amazing results from the young guns in their Group N cars. With the 2008 season coming to a close, the 2009 series promises to be as just as exciting.

Champion Evans will now have to decide whether he wants to take the prize of an M-Sport supported drive in the 2009 Rally Ireland or a Ford Fiesta road car for winning the series.

FST Ireland champion Elfyn Evans (19) from Machynlleth, Wales said:
“Having finished third on the McRae Stages on Saturday, we found this event far easier. We were able to use our own pacenotes in Ireland, which we were more comfortable with. The morning stages were quite slippy, but we were only aiming for second, as we knew that we didn’t have to beat Alastair [Fisher] to win the championship. This meant that we couldn’t exactly crawl through the rally, but that we didn’t have to take any stupid risks to secure the result we needed. The Irish FST has been really close competition between Alastair and I since Killarney; our stage times have been really close, but it’s been a fantastic fight. As for winning both championships, we never thought that would happen, especially not in the same weekend – it just goes to show that you should never say ‘never’!”

Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport Managing Director said:
“Seizing two championship titles in one weekend is a unique achievement and Elfyn [Evans] and Gareth [Roberts] should be very proud of their accomplishments. Elfyn has had really tough competition in the form of Alastair [Fisher] and you can tell that both drivers have thoroughly enjoyed trading fastest stage times throughout the season. That said, credit should be given to Alastair and Barry [McNulty] for providing such a high level of competition and for taking the Irish championship to a tie-break. I’ll certainly be watching these two young talents in future.”

Evo Challenge - Victory for Tourish as Cumiskey claims the title

Posted: October 18, 2008 5:16 PM

This weekend’s Murphy Construction/Weathermaster Cork 20 Rally witnessed Damien Tourish and his co-driver Domhall McAllaney record their third Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland victory in a row. However, their perfect performance in the second half of the season was still not enough to claim the series title - that accolade going to Brendan Cumiskey, who’s third place was enough for him to become the very first Irish Evolution Challenge Champion.

Taking place on 27th and 28th September, the Cork “20” Rally is a classic in the Irish motorsport calendar. This year’s event featured eight stages on Saturday followed by a further six on Sunday, the total of which provided crews with an overall competitive distance of 240 kilometres.

Before the event, four drivers were in a position to win the Mitsubishi series crown, with Cumiskey best placed to achieve success, having only to finish fifth or higher in order to claim the title.

However, although this appeared easy on paper, in reality it soon became a different matter when, about four kms before the end of the first stage, the Dundalk driver slid straight-on at a junction and planted his Mitsubishi into a hedge. With significant damage to the front of his car, coupled with a leaking radiator, he and co-driver Connor Foley were lucky to make it out of the stage.

Needing to stem the water-loss somehow, the resourceful crew stopped at the nearest shop and bought a supply of chewing gum and eggs, which they proceed to insert into the damaged radiator before topping it up with water. With the second stage stopped because of an accident, Cumiskey/Foley were given a notional time, which in-turn helped them stay in contention. Thankfully the first service halt followed and their car was repaired.

Fastest of the Mitsubishi crews on the opening stage were Owen Murphy/Rodney Hicks. However, their advantage was quickly lost in SS2 when they first clipped a rock and punctured the front-left tyre and then, with the car not handling erratically, they clipped something else and punctured the right rear tyre.

With only one spare on board they stopped and changed the front wheel, but unfortunately the flailing rubber from the rear damaged some of their car’s wiring - just before they made it back to service - and their rally came to a halt.

Other Evo Challengers to fall foul of the opening stages were Michael Murray/Thomas Maguire, who clipped a bank and damaged their Lancer’s intercooler. Although managing to fix things at the side of the road, they too were late into service and went over their maximum time allowed.

There were no such dramas for Tourish/McAlleney who were now in a clear lead following the demise of Murphy/Hicks. However, in the following loop of stages they felt their car lose power, which resulted in a turbo and then a fuel pump replacement at the next service halt.

Behind them, another crew in with a chance of the title were Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont, who were playing a waiting game, just in case anything happened to Tourish and Cumiskey. Also having a relatively trouble-free run were Stanley Ballentine/Richard Hyland, only a problem with handbrake activation causing them any cause for concern and a few embarrassing moments at hairpins.

At the end of Saturday time sheets showed Tourish/McAlleney enjoying a commanding lead of nearly three minutes ahead of Carmichal/Lamont. Ballentine/Hyland held third place, whilst Cumiskey/Foley were still soldiering-on in fourth.

With the onset of light rain on Sunday morning, the stages took on a different character – as Carmichael and Lamont can testify. Following a fast section of road, they slid wide at a right-hander, clipped a bank with the left rear wheel and damaged their car’s suspension to such an extent they decided not to continue.

As the roads dried out and the gap between the leading three Evo Challenge crews became unlikely to change - unless mechanical issues intervened - positions were held until the finish and Tourish/McAlleney crossed the line to record their third successive Irish Mitsubishi series win.

However, it was a bitter-sweet success, as Cumiskey admitted he had ‘cruised’ during the final stages to ensure he made it back to the finish and, in doing so, became the very first Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Champion.
“When we went off on stage one I thought that was it”, said Cumiskey. “But you must never give up and I’m delighted to have made it to the finish and become the first ever Evo Challenge Champion.”

Tourish’s performance was such that he also finished fifth overall and second in Group N, but he admitted he was a little disappointed not to have claimed the Evo Challenge crown:
“I’m sure that if I hadn’t had to miss the first to rounds of the season things might have been different as far as the championship is concerned. However, I’m really pleased with the way the rally has gone this weekend and to take my third Evo Challenge win.”

By claiming the Evo Challenge title, Cumiskey wins an entry into Rally Ireland driving a James Foley Rallysport prepared Group N Mitsubishi. Tourish finishes second in the series and wins a batch of Pirelli tyres – plus becomes the PIAA Junior Champion and receives a PIAA lamp pod.

Carmichael’s consistent performance during the season netted him third place in the standings and he also wins a batch of Pirelli tyres.

Evo Challenge organisers are currently making plans for the 2009 series, details of which will be announced in the next few weeks.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland is supported by: Sunoco Racing Fuels, Pirelli tyres, Mitsubishi Motors Ireland, Performance Friction Brakes, Speedline Corse wheels, PIAA lights, Murray Motorsport, Sparco racewear, Pacenotes and James Foley Rallysport, who are providing a Group N Lancer Evolution for the 2008 Champion to use in next year’s Rally Ireland.

Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland – Round 6 Results
1 Damien Tourish (Donegal)/Domhall McAllaney (Donegal) 2:14:50.1
2 Stanley Ballentine (Strabane)/Richard Hyland (Omagh) 2:21:12.5
3 Brendan Cumiskey (Dundalk)/Conor Foley (Ballinode) 2:24:36.0

SS1 Michael Murray (Longford)/Thomas Maguire Intercooler
SS2 Owen Murphy (Cork)/Rodney Hicks (Fermanagh) Electrical
SS9 Alan Carmichael (Ballymena)/Ivor Lamont (Ballymena) Suspension


Posted: October 18, 2008 3:58 PM

1 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 05m 13s,
2 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC) 2h 05m 28s,
3 Aaron MacHale/Killian Duffy (Ford Focus WRC) 2h 09m 48s,
4 Niall McShea/Marshall Clarke (Subaru Impreza Gp N) 2h 12m 56s,
5 Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 2h 14m 50s,
6 Liam McCarthy/Kieran Murphy (Toyota Corolla WRC) 2h 15m 34s,
7 Kevin Kelleher/Martin Kelleher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 2h 16m 04s,
8 Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 2h 16m 05s,
9 John McGlaughlin/Stephen McAuley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 2h 17m 17s,
10 Guy Woodcock/David Williams (Ford Escort Maxi) 2h 18m 28s.

Group N Production Class: 1 Niall McShea/Marshall Clarke,
2 Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaney,
3 Kevin Kelleher/Martin Kelleher.

Class winners:
Philip Conneely/Michelle Crowley (Honda Civic),
Tom Cahill/Des Sherlock (Honda Civic),
Ian Chadwick/Kerry Chadwick (Peugeot 106),
Daragh O’Riordan/Sean McCarthy (Opel Corsa),
Guy Woodcock/David Williams (Ford Escort Maxi),
Liam McCarthy/Kieran Murphy.

1 Washington James/Anthony O’Conaill (Darrian) 2h 15m 46s,
2 Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Ford Escort) 2h 16m 01s,
3 Terence O’Shaughnessy/Eugene McGrath (Toyota Corolla) 2h 17m 05s.

1 Mervyn Johnston/Wendy Blackledge (Mini Cooper S) 1h 50m 20s,
2 Colm Hynes/David Ryan (Ford Cortina) 1h 58m 23s.

1 Richard Hall/Sam McMullan (Ford Escort) 1h 40m 09s,
2 Denis Moynihan/Dan Moynihan (Ford Escort) 1h 43m 25s,
3 David Cremin/Johnny O’Shea (Ford Escort) 1h 47m 23s.

1 Garreth O’Mahony/Gerard McCarthy (Ford Escort) 1h 07m 52s,
2 Dermot O’Riordan/Brian O’Mahony (Honda Civic) 1h 09m 08s,
3 Paul Fitzgerald/Alan Naughton (Ford Escort) 1h 09m 47s.

1 Alastair Fisher/Barry McNulty 1h 05m 25s,
2 Elfyn Evans/Gareth Roberts 1h 05m 50s,
3 Stephen Wright/Ashley McAdoo 1h 07m 11s.

Leaders after:
SS1-14 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Stage Winners SS1 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC)
SS6 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS7 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS8 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC)
SS9 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC)
SS10 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS11 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS12 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC)
SS13 Gareth MacHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC)
SS14 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC)
Full Results and Times:

Rally Programmes

Posted: September 25, 2008 8:03 AM

Four-way battle for Evo Challenge finale

Posted: September 24, 2008 8:56 AM

The sixth and final round of the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland takes place this weekend (27th & 28th September), the Murphy Construction/Weathermaster Cork “20” Rally providing the grand finale to the inaugural season of the Irish Mitsubishi series for Group N (production class) Lancer Evolutions.

Of the six entered, four drivers will be battling to become the first ever Irish Evo Challenge Champion: Alan Carmichael, Brendan Cumiskey, Damien Tourish and Owen Murphy, all of whom have a mathematical chance of lifting the title.

Having led the championship since round two, Carmichael and co-driver Ivor Lamont’s consistent performance has made them the only leading crew to have finished all events so far. Therefore, with the final scores calculated from five out of the six rounds, they still has to drop their lowest score, which is currently fourth and seven points.

In second place and, having won rounds one and three, Brendan Cumiskey and co-driver Conor Foley admit they will be driving for the championship this weekend. Having missed round two they have no score to drop and therefore need to finish fifth or higher in order to clinch the Evo Challenge title.

Also winning two rounds – four and five – Damien Tourish/Domhall McAllaney are very much the Mitsubishi crew on form at the moment. But, having missed the first two rounds because of injury, they are in the hands of others if the title is to come their way and will therefore target their third victory of the season to give themselves the best chance of success.

Having shown excellent pace throughout the season Owen Murphy will be out to make the most of competing in his local event. The Cork 20 Rally sees the return of former works Mitsubishi co-driver Greg Shinnors alongside him and although Murphy can still scoop the series victory mathematically, he knows that this can only be achieved if the other title aspirants fall by the wayside.

Lying fifth in the standings and looking to improve their final placing this weekend are Stanley Ballentine/Richard Hyland. Showing consistent pace throughout the year, which has provided them with two podium finishes so far, they could have still be in the running for the title if it wasn’t for the occasional blip of bad luck.

Rejoining the Evo Challenge field having missed the previous round in Wexford because of business commitments, Michael Murray rounds-off his season by competing in Cork. With his regular co-driver Aidan Mannion unavailable for this event, Thomas Maguire will be standing-in to read the pace notes.

Starting and finishing in Cork and comprising eight stages on Saturday and further six on Sunday, the Murphy Construction/Weathermaster Cork “20” Rally features a total competitive distance of 240 kilometres.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland is supported by: Sunoco Racing Fuels, Pirelli tyres, Mitsubishi Motors Ireland, Performance Friction Brakes, Speedline Corse wheels, PIAA lights, Murray Motorsport, Sparco racewear, Pacenotes and James Foley Rallysport, who are providing a Group N Lancer Evolution for the 2008 Champion to use in next year’s Rally Ireland.

Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Ireland – Round 6
List of entries in start number order
10 Damien Tourish (Donegal)/Domhall McAllaney (Donegal) J
15 Owen Murphy (Cork)/Greg Shinnors (Limerick) J
16 Brendan Cumiskey (Dundalk)/Conor Foley (Ballinode)
17 Alan Carmichael (Ballymena)/Ivor Lamont (Ballymena)
18 Stanley Ballentine (Strabane)/Richard Hyland (Omagh)
42 Michael Murray (Longford)/Thomas Maguire

J = Junior driver

Entry Lists

Posted: September 12, 2008 7:57 AM

1 Gareth McHale/TBA (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
2 Eamonn Boland/Damien Morrissey (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 Eugene Donnelly/TBA (Skoda Fabia WRC) [8]
4 Aaron McHale/Killian Duffy (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
5 Niall McShea/Marshall Clarke (Subaru Impreza N14) [4]
6 Derek McGarrity/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
7 Parick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
8 Liam Mc Carthy/Kieren Murphy (Toyota Corolla WRC) [8]
9 P J Mc Dermott/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
10 Damien Tourish/Domhnall Mc Alaney (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
11 Kevin Kelleher/Martin Kelleher (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
12 John McGlaughlin/TBA (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
14 Alan Ring/Aiden Deasy () [4]
15 Owen Murphy/Greg Shinnors (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
16 Brendan Cumiskey/Conor Foley (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
17 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
18 Stanley Ballanine/Richard Hyland (Mit. Lancer Evo 9) [4]
19 Bob Fowden/Jerry Hynes (Subaru Impreza WRX) [8]
20 Guy Woodcock/Dave Williams (Ford Escort Maxi) [7]
21 Terence O Shaughnessy/Eugene Mc Grath (Toyota Corolla) [14]
22 James Stafford/Frank Driver (Darrian T90 GTR) [13]
23 Washingon James/Steffan Evans (Darrian) [14]
24 Anthony O Halloran/Charlie Mc Enery (Mitsubishi E7) [4]
25 Shaun Callaghan/Barry Callaghan (Subaru Impreza) [8]
26 Tommy Doyle/Tony Mc Daid (Renault Clio) [7]
27 Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett (Ford Escort) [14]
28 Kevin O'Donoghue/Joe O'Leary (Ford Escort) [14]
29 Andrew Bushe/Frank Curtin (Citroen Saxo) [6]
30 Ken O' Neill/TBA (Ford Puma Super1600) [6]
31 Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Mitsubishi Evo 9) [4]
32 Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan (Subaru Impreza) [4]
33 Mark Nangle/Michael Clyne (Subaru Impreza) [4]
34 Niall Guinevan/Leslie Stanley (Subaru Impreza) [8]
35 Darragh O'Riordan/Sean Mc Carthy (Opel corca) [6]
36 Ian Roche/Paul Roche (Renault Clio) [6]
37 Fergus O'Meara/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort MK2) [13]
38 Fintan Canty/Denis O'Mahoney (Ford Escort MK2) [13]
39 Allen Treacy/Bob Fitzgerald (Toyota Corolla) [13]
40 Paul Elliott/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi Evo9) [4]
41 Jer O'Donovan/Stephen O'Donovan (Subaru Impreza) [4]
42 Michael Murray/Thomas Maguire (Mitsubishi E7) [4]
43 Andrew Gamble/TBA (Mitibushi Evo9) [4]
44 Paul Dempsey/Ed O'Neil (Subaru Impreza) [4]
45 Fergal Allen/TBA (BMW M3) [14]
46 T.B.A. / () []
47 Tadhg Linehan/Mark Kane (BMW Compact) [14]
48 Brian O'Keeffe/Derek Power (Subaru Impreza) []
49 Seamus Hegarty/TBA (Ford Escort) [14]
50 Mark Buckley/Kevin Joyce (Citreon) [6]
51 Andrew Fanning/TBA (Ford Puma) [6]
52 Sean O'Donovan/Karl Atkinson (Subaru Impreza) [16]
53 Stephen Edwards/Paul Edwards (Subaru Impreza) [15]
54 David Randles/John Young (Nissan Almera) [7]
55 Toni Kelly/TBA (Honda Civic ) [7]
56 John Corrigan/Clare Shorten (Ford Focus) [7]
57 Mark Kenneally/Martin Godfrey (Ford Escort) [13]
58 Steve Roberts/Adrian Hayes (Ford Escort MK) [12]
59 Michael Delaney/Jim Murphy (Ford Escort) [13]
60 Gerard O'Connell/Stephen Hayde (Ford Escort) [12]
61 T.B.A. / () []
62 Pat Aherne/Mick Cleary (Ford Escort) [13]
63 Paraic Cummins/Joe Smullen (Ford Escort) [13]
64 Brian Doyle/TBA (Ford Escort) [13]
65 William Kenneally/Finbar Fogarty (Ford Escort) [12]
66 John O'Donnell/Gareth Doherty (Ford Escort) [13]
67 Ted Murphy/Alistair Wyllie (Subaru Impreza) [16]
68 Gerard Seaman/Sinead Seaman (Mitsubishi Evo) [16]
69 James McNulty/TBA (Mitsubishi) [16]
70 Moss Fitzgerald/Alistar Wyllie (Toyota corolla GT) [3]
71 Philip Conneely/Michelle Crowley (Honda Civic) [2]
72 Joseph Mc Gonigie/Alan White (Honda Civic) [2]
73 Eamon O Connell/Mark Linehan (Honda Civic) [11]
74 Paul Browne/Margaret Browne (Honda Civic) [11]
75 Adrian O Driscol/Conor Hanlon (Ford Escort) [13]
76 Denis Dineen/Donal Dineen (Ford Escort) [12]
77 Ian Hynes/Des Sherlock (Honda Civic) [3]
78 David Guest/Eamon Hayes (Honda Civic) [11]
79 Paul Casey/Kieran Crowley (Peugeot 205 GTI) [10]
80 Tomas O'Rourke/TBA (Honda Civic) [3]
81 Wesley Daly/Finbarr Quirke (Ford Escort) [11]
82 Stephen Sheehan/Paul Sheehan (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
83 Victor Beamish/Susan Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
84 Paul O'Connell/Carol O'Connell (Honda Civic) [11]
85 James Brett/Jennifer Brett (Honda Civic) [2]
86 Niall O'Donoghue/TBA (Honda Civic) [2]
87 Connor Cavanagh/TBA (Honda Civic) [2]
88 Tom Dunne/Christine O'Leary (Subaru Impreza) [N4]
89 Tony Calnan/Fearghal O'Donoghue (Subaru Impreza) [15]
90 Robert Moran/Brian Millae (Ford Escort MK2) [11]
91 Colin Mc Menamin/TBA (Honda Civic) [2]
92 Kieran O'Connell/Gerard Buckley (Honda Civic) [3]
93 David Calnan/John Calnan (Subaru Impreza) [15]
94 Derek Sheeran/Stephen Cooney (Honda CIVIC) [2]
95 John Keon/Michael Ward (Honda Civic) [6]
96 Ian Chadwick/Kerry Chadwick (Puegot 106) [6]
97 Colm Forde/Jonathan Trill (Peugot 206) [6]
98 Christopher Dineen/Tom Murphy (Honda Civic) [J2]
99 Raymond Heaney/Henry William (Toyota corolla GT) [11]
100 Tony Hennessy/Brian Foley (Toyota Corolla) [11]
101 John White/Alan O'Mahoney (Honda Civic) [11]
102 Roland Doherty/P J O'Dowd (Opel Corsa) [9]
103 Paul Twomey/Mark Hallissey (Opel Corsa) [11]
104 Gerard Sharkey/Loretta Kelly (Honda Civic) [2]
105 Alan O'Riordan/Anthony Jordan (Ford Puma) [5]
106 Andrew Stewart/Tony Gallagher (MG) [5]
107 Matin Quirke/John Hurley (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
108 Thomas White/Robert Murphy (Honda Civic) [2]
109 James Cunningham/Joe Fitzgibbon (Toyota Corolla) [11]
110 Adrian Tobin/Jonathan O'Mahoney (Toyota Corolla) [11]
111 Michael Murphy/Patrick Cashman (Toyota Corolla) [11]
112 Turlough Kenny/Patrick Meade (Ford Escort) [9]
113 Michael Forde/TBA (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
114 Denis Cleere/Barry Desmond (Toyota TC) [11]
115 Kevin Dolphin/Martin O'Brien (Citroen Saxo) [11]
116 .Paul Doherty/Hugh Coll (Toyota Corolla) [11]
117 Sam Leech/Shane Griffin (Ford XR2i) [10]
118 Shay Byrne/John Delaney (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
119 Richard Lucey/Sean Sheedy (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
120 Geradd Buckley/TBA (Puegot 106) [16]
121 John Spillane/David Carr (Peugot 106) [16]
122 Stephen Carey/Mark Lee (Honda Civic) [16]
123 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [6]
124 Michael O'Shaughnessy/Craig Mc Sweeney (Ford Escort MK3) [10]
125 Peter Desmond/Brian Magan (Vauxhall Nova) [9]

Fiesta's Entry List
FST 1 Elfyn Evans/Gareth Roberts (Ford Fiesta ) [FST]
FST 2 Alastair Fisher/Barry Mc Nulty (Ford Fieste ST) [FST]
FST 3 Stephen Wright/Ashley Mc Adoo (Ford Fieste ) [FST]
FST 4 Paul Quinn/Jason Giliespie (Ford Fiesta) [FST]

Historic Entry List
H1 Mervyn Johnston/Wendy Blackledge (Austin Mini Cooper B2) []
H2 Denis Moynihan/Dan Moynihan (Ford Escort MK1) [C2]
H3 Richard Hall/TBA (Ford Escort) [2]
H4 Kieran O'Neill/Shane Buckley (Opel GTE) [D3]
H5 Niall Creighton/Gregory Roberts (Ford Cortina) [B3]
H6 Philip Kerlin/Noel Anderson (Austin Mini Cooper s) [B2]
H7 David Cremin/Johnny O' Shea (Ford Escort MK2) [C2]
H8 Martin Sheehan/Wi;;ie Bulman (Ford Escort MK1) [C2]
H9 Jeremiah O'Flynn/Sean O'Flynn (Lotus Escort MK2) []
H10 Diarmuid Lynch/Mark Hogan (Ford Escort MK2) [2]
H11 Edward Hallahan/Barry Murphy (Ford Escort) [C1]
H12 John Curran/John Finnegan (Ford Esort) [C2]
H14 Derek Boyd/Roisin Boyd (Porsche) [C2]
H15 Tim Lenihan/TBA (Ford Escort) [C1]
H16 Edward Flahavan/Donal Coleman (Lancia Fulvia) []
H17 Niall Keane/Sean Henaghan (Hillman Avenger) [C1]
H18 Peadar Walsh/Keith McCarthy (Ford Cortina) [B 3]
H19 James Symington/Jonathan Jennings (Hillman Avenger) [C1]
H20 Mark Falvey/Robert Falvey (Ford Escort) [D5]
H21 Colm Hynes/Eamon Hynes (Ford Cortina) [B3]
H22 Stephen Coffey/Michael O'Mahoney (Ford Escort) [C1]
H23 Michael Smith/David Smith (Opel Corsa) [11]

Junior Entry List
J1 Garreth O'Mahoney/Gerard Mc Carthy (Ford Escort) [J1]
J2 Paul Fitzgerald/Alan Naughton (Ford Escort MK) [J2]
J3 Dermot O'Riordan/Brian O'Mahony (Honda Civic ) [J]
J4 Patrick Tully/Sean Brady (Honda Civic) [11]
J5 Ciaran Casey/Stphen Clarke (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
J6 Darren Young/Kenneth Quirke (Honda Civic) [J2]
J7 Daniel O'Leary/Colm Lnihan (Honda Civic) [J]
J8 Damien Fleming/John Mc Carthy (Honda Civic) [J1]
J9 Brian Mc Sweeney/Ger Myers (Ford Escort) [J]
J10 Billy Anthony McCarthy/John Falvey (Nissan Micra ) [J]
J11 Des Collins/John Carthy (Ford Escort MK2) [11]
J12 Simon Duggan/William Lynch (Talbot Sunbeam) [J1]
J14 George Jagoe/Alan Mulligan (Suzuki Swift) [J1]
J15 Dan O'Connor/Gavin Sheehan (Toyota Corolla) [11]
J16 Jonathan Roycroft/Christopher Keohane (Suzuki Swift) [J1]
J17 Jonathan O'Callaghan/Raymond O'Connell (Peugeot ) [J]
J18 Daniel Ryan/Paraic Callanan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J19 Brendan O'Mahony/TBA (Peugeot ) [J]
J20 Jason Frahill/James Frahill (Honda Civic) [11]
J21 Jamie O'Flaherty/Darren Noonan (Honda Civic) [J1]
J22 Declan Murphy/Seamus Murphy (Honda Civic) [J1]
J23 Damien Dolan/Shane Lenihan (Vauxhall Nova) [J1]
J24 Colin O'Keeffe/Cian Corbett (Vauxhall Nova) [J1]
J25 Ciaran O'Driscoll/Mark Phelan (Toyota Corolla TW) [J2]
J26 David Duggan/Sean Murphy (Toyota Corolla) [J2]
J27 David Brosnan/Donal Horgan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J28 Liam Dennehy/TBA (Honda Civic) [J2]
J29 Jonathan Lucey/Mick Murphy (Puegeot 106) [J2]
J30 Adrian Fahy/Aidan Fahy (Ford Escort MK ) [J2]
J31 Ray O'Sullivan/Derek O'Brien (Vauxhall Nova) [J1]
J32 Donie O'Brien/Eric Deane (Suzuki Swift) [J1]
J33 Shane Kenneally/Vincent O'Donoghue (Honda Civic) [J1]
J34 Kevin Donnelly/TBA (Toyota Corolla) [J1]

00 Course Cars
004 Mark Dolphin /Pat O'Mahony (Ford Escort MK 2) []
003 Mike O'Leary/TBA (Mitsubishi EVO) []
002 Shaun Gallagher/TBA (t.b.a.) []
001 T.B.A. /TBA (t.b.a.) []

H001 Todd Falvey/Dan Barry (Ford Escort MK 1) []

J001 Barry Meade/TBA (Ford Escort MK 2) []

Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: September 9, 2008 6:00 PM


Posted: September 8, 2008 3:25 PM

The Cork 20 International Rally (Sept 27/28) hosts round four of the 023 Tiles Southern 4 Rally Championship which seesAlan Ring maintain his overall lead after a convincing Group N win on the recent Ravens Rock Rally.

Ring managed to wrest the lead from West Cork Rally winner Donie O Sullivan on the Rally of The Lakes after the latter posted a DNF on the Killarney event and held on to his lead with a convincing group N win on the Ravens Rock.

There has been a change in second and third overall with James Stafford t aking the second spot from Wesley Patterson,who didnt compete on the last round,and Washington James moves into third in his Darrian T90.

In the overall Navigators championship Adrian Deasy holds first position with Frank Dwyer second and Paul Nagle in third,despite missing out on the Ravens Rock.

In the classes Niall Guinevan/Leslie Stanley maintain their class 8 Lead,with Liam McCarthy/Kieran Murphy in second place and Donie O Sullivan/Paul Nagle in third.

At the moment only three points separate Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy and Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan in class 4(Gp N) with Mark Nangle in third in the drivers class and Christine O Leary third in the navigators.

A brief look through the classes this weekend shows that there are epic battles in store on the Cork 20 with very narrow margins separating the top three places in most of them and with one round still to go after the Cork 20 the outcome is still very much in the melting pot.

Noel O Regan/Andrew Beamish hold the class 1 lead in their Suzuki Swift, While in class 2 Denis Nagle/Irene O Donovan(106 GTI) are tied on 10 points with Stephen Carey/Mark Lee (Civic) after taking a class win each on the West Cork and Ravens Rock respectively.

Class 3 is another close battle with just 1 point separating the Civic Type Rs of Billy Hayes/Pierce Doheny Jnr and Aidan and Denis Jackson,the advantage being with Billy Hayes.

Alan O Riordan/Anto Jordan(Ka) have a clear lead in class 5 over Adam Clews/Peter Williams(Puma) Class 6 sees Colm Forde/Sean McCarthy in the lead with Daragh O Riordan(Corsa/Clio) in second place just 6 points behind and Ted O Riordan/Adrian O Connell(Satria) in third but with a further 11 points to make up.

In Class 7 John Corrigan/Claire Shorten(Focus) have a slender 1 point lead over David Randles/John Young(Almera) who in turn have just 2 points to spare over Kieran Marshal/Mark Hogan(Civic Type R).

Turlough Kenny/Patrick MeadeEscort (MK2) lead class 9 from Sam Leech/Shane Griffin(Ka) by 9 points and in the ever competitive Class 10 the Stephen & Paul Sheehan,defending champions, have a 5 point lead in their Talbot Sunbeam over the similar mark of Richard Lucey/Sean Sheedy.Class 11 is another 1 point battle with the Honda Civic of John White/Alan O Mahony leading from the Sunbeam of Martin Quirke/John Hurley,Jason O Mahony/John O Mahony are just 3 points further back in their civic with just 6 points off a gap making up the top 6 in this class.

Class 12 Is lead by Gerard O Connell/Sean Hayde(Escort mk2) with Steve Roberts/Adrian Hayes in second place.
James Stafford/Frank Dwyer(Darrian T90) are class 13 leaders from the Mk 2 Escort of Fergus O Meara/Liam Brennan albeit by just 1 point while there is a 13 point gap the third placed Hugh Geraint Jones/Dylan Wyn Jones.

In the class 14 battle Washington James holds the lead over Wesley Patterson although Wesleys Navigator, Ruth Guest holds the top spot in the Navigators championship with Aled Jones in second place.

Vincent O Shea/Brian Hickey lead the modified class(15) in their Escort Cosworth with Killarneys John Hickey second in the Drivers and Philp Crosss navigator David Kearney holding the second spot in the Navigators race.Don Mntgomery is the 3rd placed navigator.

Philip Cross is in third an another Escort Cosworth.
So,whatever your taste is in Rally competition the 023 Tiles Southern4 rally championship has it all. Make sure you dont miss out!

More Details: Southern 4 Rally Championship -

Regulations available

Posted: August 20, 2008 6:23 PM

Launch night Guest Speaker is Eugene Donnelly.

Posted: August 13, 2008 11:28 AM

Cork "20" Press Launch is on this coming Friday 15th August at 8pm in the Radisson SAS Hotel Little Island.

Guest Speaker is Eugene Donnelly.

Rally Launch (Fri) - 15 Aug 08

Posted: July 22, 2008 2:26 PM

Launch Friday 15th August @ 8pm
Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork

Posted: January 28, 2008 10:43 PM

HQ: Radisson SAS Hotel at Little Island, Cork

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