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Limerick Circuit of Munster Rally (J) - 6 Jun 10

Posted: June 8, 2010 2:29 PM - 21900 Hits

Round 6 - 2010 National Rally Championship (+ Junior)
Round 3 - 2010 West Coast Rally Championship

  • Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh win Limerick

Video Clips

Posted: June 7, 2010 2:48 PM

EVANS/WALSH WIN CIRCUIT OF MUNSTER - Report courtesy of Dunlop - Proud sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: June 7, 2010 2:33 PM

The Welsh crew of Mel Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru WRC) won the Adare based Circuit of Munster Rally, the sixth round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. They finished with a 20 second winning margin over Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC). Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC) were a further 30 seconds behind in third. Maguire retains his lead of the series.
The Group N category was won by Eamonn Daly/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi) while Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Escort) won the Modified category.

On the opening stage, Kevin Barrett and Mel Evans shared the lead when they set identical times, the latter remarked that he was extremely lucky not to have punctured after his Subaru clipped a stone. Daragh O'Riordan (Subaru) occupied third - three seconds behind the leading duo and a second ahead of Dunlop National Rally Championship leader, Niall Maguire. Derek McGarrity (Subaru) was fifth, he lost some confidence after his Subaru clipped a stone. Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) led Group N. Mike Quinn (Escort) suffered some brake troubles; Anthony O'Halloran (Mitsubishi) punctured while Sean Flanagan (Subaru) lost over three minutes when he had to stop and change a punctured wheel.
Maguire set the pace on the second stage and moved into a three second lead over Evans even though the Monaghan man remarked that the level of grip varied through the stage.

Evans set a scintillating pace through the third test and was rewarded with the lead as he moved eleven seconds ahead of Maguire, Kevin Barrett was third with McGarrity and O'Riordan completing the top five.
In Group N, Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) had an untroubled run, he was sixth in general classification. Elsewhere, James Murphy (Escort WRC), Ed Synan (Escort), Mark Sheahan (Citroen) and Paul Purtill completed the top ten. Meanwhile, Mike Quinn and Declan Boyle, in Ford Escorts, crashed out within a short distance of each other on S.S. 3.
Out on stages four and five, Evans set the fastest time and arrived at the Kilmallock service halt with a 19 second lead over Maguire while Barrett was a further eight seconds behind in third. Leader Evans remarked, "I seem to have my pace back, it's all out attack for stage six." Second placed Maguire reckoned there was little he could do, his Subaru lacked the power of the S12B's of Evans and McGarrity. McGarrity endured half a spin on Stage 4 and a puncture on Stage 5, he remarked that anytime he pushed, something occurred to negate his efforts. Third placed Barrett lost about six seconds when he caught up with McGarrity's punctured Subaru towards the end of the stage. O'Riordan, who was fourth, spun on Stage 5.

Sixth placed Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) overshot a junction on S.S. 5, James Murphy recovered from stalling his Escort WRC on the opening stage and damaging a wheel on the second test to hold seventh in a top ten that also featured Ed Synan (Escort), Mark Sheahan (Citroen C2R2) and Paul Purtill (Escort).
Evans gained a further seven seconds on Maguire through the sixth stage and eased off on the final pair of stages to take victory, his third of the current Dunlop campaign. Maguire in second, still leads the series - eight points ahead of Evans. Barrett, who was fastest through the penultimate test, took third place ahead of O'Riordan and McGarrity.
Even though the cockpit of his Mitsubishi displayed a problem with the differentials, Eamonn Daly took victory in the showroom category. James Murphy (Escort WRC) was seventh; Ed Synan (Escort) won the Modified category and the top ten was rounded off by Paul Purtill (Escort) and Anthony O'Halloran (Mitsubishi). Mark Sheahan (Citroen) was a late retirement.
The Dunlop "Driver of the Day" award was won by Monaghan's, Shane Maguire (Subaru), he overcame a slight indiscretion on the second stage to finish eleventh overall and third in Group N.

Driver of the Day Award

Posted: June 7, 2010 2:19 PM

Dougie Hughes talks to Driver of the Day winner - Shane Maguire


Posted: June 7, 2010 2:05 PM

1 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC) 65m 36s
2 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC) 65m 56s
3 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) 66m 01s
4 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC) 66m 26s
5 Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Subaru Impreza WRC) 66m 59s
6 Eamonn Daly/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 70m 51s
7 James Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Ford Escort WRC) 71m 39s
8 Ed Synan/Denis O’Connell (Ford Escort MkII) 71m 45s
9 Paul Purtill/Kaye Shanahan (Ford Escort Mk II) 72m 01s
10 Anthony O’Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 72m 40s

Group N Production class:
1 Eamonn Daly/Brian Doherty
2 Anthony O’Halloran/Charlie McEnery
3 Shane Maguire/Paul Kelly (Subaru Impreza N11) 73m 20s

1 Darren McKenna/Nicola McKenna (Toyota Corolla) 39m 06s
2 Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) 39m 55s
3 Steven McCabe/Derek Flynn (Ford Fiesta RWD) 40m 10s

Leaders After:
SS1 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
& Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3-8 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Stage Winners
SS1 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
& Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS6 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS7 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS8 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC)

MUNSTER BECKONS FOR DUNLOP CONTENDERS - Preview courtesy of Dunlop - Proud sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: June 4, 2010 1:08 PM

The Dunlop National Rally Championship continues at pace on Sunday next with the Circuit of Munster Rally, the sixth round of the series that will complete back to back events. Series leader, Niall Maguire (Subaru), who picked up second placed points in Cavan after edging out Mel Evans on a tie-break, heads the entry. The Monaghan native, who has scored in the five rounds thus far, won this event last season and a repeat victory would strengthen his Dunlop bid.

One of his principal rivals, Derek McGarrity moved closer to the Monaghan driver after he annexed top points in Cavan last week, the Glengormley driver seems to have settled to the popular one day format of the Dunlop series.

Kevin Barrett, who never made it to the opening stage in Cavan, considered opting out of the series as he has three non-finishes, however, the Maynooth man has decided, principally due to the fact that the Circuit of Munster is his co-driver, Sean Mullally's home event, that he will make the journey south.

Welsh ace, Mel Evans (Subaru) wil also be making the journey and continue with his title bid, no doubt, he will be keen to take his third win of the season and close the gap to title rivals, Maguire and McGarrity.

Cork driver, Daragh O'Riordan, who switched to a Subaru WRC last March, is seeded behind the Dunlop quartet and having made quite an impression in rounds of the Irish Tarmac Championship, it will be interesting to see how he performs in the eight stage event.

Reigning Patterson's RallyNews Group N champion, Kevin Kelleher makes a return to the series in his Mitsubishi and will endeavour to stay close to the WRC competitors. Gary Jennings (Mitsubishi), who won the Group N category in Cavan, has submitted a late entry.

Current rally.ie award champion, Mike Quinn (Ford Escort) is the top entry in the Modified category and he will face opposition from the likes of Declan Boyle, who finished sixth overall in Cavan. Local hero, Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) completes the top ten and having finished third overall in last season's Circuit of Munster, he has a difficult task in repeating the feat.

Further local interest is provided by Ford Escort duo, Paul Purtill and Ed Synan, James Murphy (Ford Escort WRC) who won the Limerick Mini Stage Rally at the end of last season, Sean Moran (Toyota Corolla), Peter Cummins (Darrian T90), Aidan Walsh (Ford Escort), John Danaher (BMW), Tony Murphy (Ford Escort) and Ken Lyons (Ford Escort).

Elsewhere, Anthony O'Halloran (Mitsubishi), Tadhg Linehan (Subaru WRC), Aidan Bourke (Mitsubishi), Barry Ryan (Ford Escort), Pat Kelly (Subaru), Mark Sheahan (Citroen C2R2), John McQuaid (Ford Escort), Charlie Hickey (Ford Escort) and Joe Connolly (Ford Escort) are also competing.

Final Instructions / Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: June 4, 2010 1:05 PM

Final Instructions / Time + Distance Schedule etc available on:

Notice to Merchandising Vehicles

Posted: June 2, 2010 1:03 PM

Notice from Limerick Motorclub:
All merchandising vehicles entering service have to purchase a traders pass from rally office from Elaine Higgins, Mary Fitzgerald and Angela Fitzgerald.

This will cost €150

This pass must be on display to gain access to service.

Entry Lists

Posted: May 28, 2010 8:19 AM

Entries are still open

Car Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
1 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) [ 8]
2 Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Subaru Impreza) [ 8]
3 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) [ 8]
4 Melvyn Evans/Patrick Walsh (Subaru WRC S12) [ 8]
5 Darragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) [ 8]
6 Kevin Kelleher/Donnacha O'Callaghan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
7 Sean Flanagan/Brian Duggan (Subaru Impreza N12) [ 4]
8 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
9 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
10 Eamon Daly/Brian Doherty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 5]
11 Paul Purtill/Kaye Shanahan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
12 Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
14 Anthony O'Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
15 Tadhg Linehan/Tony Linehan (Subaru Impreza WRC S6) [ 8]
16 James Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Ford Escort WRC) [15]
17 Aidan Bourke/John Kinahan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
18 Barry Ryan/John Young (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
19 Pat Kelly/Noel Lambert (Subaru Impreza STI) [ 8]
20 Mark Sheahan/Anthony O'Conaill (Citroen C2 R2 MAX) [ 6]
21 John McQuaid/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
22 Sean Moran/Keith Moriarty (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
23 Peter Cummins/Sean Dillon (Darrian T90) [13]
24 Aidan Walsh/Jane Cogan (Ford Escort) [13]
25 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort RS) [13]
26 Joe Connolly/John J Connolly (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
27 John Danaher/Keith Curley (BMW 318) [14]
28 Tony Murphy/Brid Murphy (Ford Escort) [14]
29 Michael McCollum/Michael Pearson (Subaru Impreza) [ 8]
30 Anthony Collins/Peter McDonnell (Honda Civic) [11]
31 Ken Lyons/Paddy McDonnell (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
32 David Percy/ TBA (Ford Escort F2 Maxi) [ 7]
33 Pat Price/Stephen Price (Subaru N12 B) [ 5]
34 David Quigley/Des Sherlock (Honda Civic EK4) [ 6]
35 Kieran Daly/Frank Curtin (Citroen C2 R2 MAX) [ 6]
36 Gerard McQuaid/Gareth Quinlan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
37 Gerry Smyth/Brigetta White (Ford Escort) [12]
38 Shane Maguire/Paul Kelly (Subaru Impreza) [ 4]
39 John Hickey/Nick Burke (Ford Mk2 s2000) [13]
40 Eoin Woods/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
41 Pat Aherne/Mike Cleary (Ford Escort) [13]
42 Liam Higgins/Brian Commins (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [ 4]
43 John Cavanagh/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
44 Eddie Kennelly/Con Mulcahy (Ford Escort) [10]
45 Tim Enright/Stephen Buckley (Ford Escort) [13]
46 Mike Jnr O'Connor/Timmy Ahern (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
47 Pat Ahern/ TBA (Darrian T9) [14]
48 Gerard O'Connell/Pakie McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
49 Kieran Guinan/Alan Higgins (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
50 Pat Ryan/Jack Dalton (Ford Escort Mk2) [ 9]
51 John O'Connor/Carrie Moroney (Peugeot 205 RWD) [ 9]
52 Pat Barry/Stephen O'Connell (Ford Escort) [13]
53 Michael Dennehy/Michael Greaney (Ford Sierra) [14]
54 Fergal Heney/Paul Murphy (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11]
55 Gary Gallagher/Paddy Duffy (Ford Escort) [11]
56 Niall Walsh/John McCarthy (Honda Civic) [13]
57 Liam Mulcaire/Shane Meade (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
58 Richard Whelan/Colin Fitzgearld (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
59 Mike Walsh/Ger Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
60 William Kenneally/Finbar Fogarty (Ford Escort) [12]
61 Thomas Doody/Jonathan Keane (Honda Civic) [11]
62 Michael Walsh/John Wlash (Ford Escort G3) [10]
63 Denis Dineen/Donal Dineen (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
64 John Coughlan/Mark Parsons (Ford Escort Mk1) [12]
65 Sean Kennedy/Stephen Ryan (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
66 John Collins/John Byrnes (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [11]
67 Kieran O'Connell/David O'Connell (Honda Civic Type R) [ 7]
68 Mike Neligan/John Hurley (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11]
69 Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
70 Eamonn Barrett/Andrew Ryan (Ford Escort) [ 9]
71 Andy Poole/Mark Kirwan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
72 Paudie Casey/ TBA (Toyota Corolla RWD) [13]
73 Richard Burke/John Burke (Subaru Impreza) [15]
74 Declan Gannon/Alan Leonard (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
75 Mike Costello/Paddy Costello (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
76 Anthony Madigan/Mark O'Sullivan (Peugeot 106 GTi) [ 6]
77 Anthony Masterson/Andrew Browne (Honda Integra Type R) [ 7]
78 John Corrigan/Alan Hartigan (Ford Focus) [ 3]
79 Ciaran Burke/Darina Joyce (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
80 Joe McCarthy/Noel Spencer (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
81 Paul McEnroe/Andy Donoghue (Subaru N14) [ 4]
82 Brendan Dunne/Brendan Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
83 Alan Fair/David Gardiner (Honda Civic) [ 6]
84 Michael Conneely/Padraic Callanan (Honda Civic EK4) [ 6]
85 Paul Casey/Stephen Quinn (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
86 Justin Comer/Shane Reidy (Honda Civic) [ 6]
87 Martin Mulcahy/ TBA (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
88 Tom Ryan/Stevie McTiernan (Opel Corsa) [ 9]
89 Victor Beamish/Andrew Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
90 Joe Baker/Vicky Baker (Honda SIR Vtec) [11]
91 Eamon Dervan/Brian McNamara (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
92 Hazel O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
93 Kieran Bailey/Donald Gleeson (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
94 Benny Kennedy/Brendan Ryan (Honda Civic) [11]
95 Gavin Walsh/Martin Barry (Honda Civic Type R) [11]
96 Chris Campbell/Sean Campbell (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
97 George Whelan/Noel McMahon (Honda Civic) [11]
98 Ger Lyons/Stephen O'Brien (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
99 Thomas McDonagh/Paul Hickey (Ford Escort) [11]
100 Liam Lynch/Kieran Madden (Toyota Corolla GT) [11]
101 TJ O'Connell/Calvin Kirby (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
102 Shane McAuliffe/John Nugent (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
103 Paul Horan/Ross Forde (Peugeot 206 Cup Car) [ 6]
104 Edward Kennedy/Paul McAuliff (Peugeot 106) [ 6]
105 Barry Mahon/Shaun Forde (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
106 John Moran/Dave Cummins (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [11]
107 John O'Sullivan/ TBA (Citroen C2) [11]
108 Charlie Nilan/Ruth O'Kane (Honda Civic) [ 2]
109 Stephen Carey/Nicole O'Shea (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
110 Niall Shorten/ TBA (Honda Civic) [ 2]
111 Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
112 Des Roche/Dan Browne (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
113 Stephen Linehan/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [ 3]
114 Pat Canny/Sinéad Canny (Ford Fiesta ST) [ 3]
115 Michael Canny/Kerrie Barry (Citroen Saxo) [ 6]
116 Liam Fitzgibbon/June Fitzgibbon (Ford KA) [ 5]
117 George Jagoe/Alan Mulligan (Suzuki Swift GTI) [ 9]
118 Joseph Monaghan/Simon Monaghan (Honda Civic) [ 2]
119 Paul McHugh/Aisling Grimes (Honda Civic) [ 2]
120 James Brett/Jason Ollerenshaw (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
121 Pat Roche/Scanlan Desmond (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
122 Gerard Dineen/ TBA (Toyota Starlet RWD) [10]
123 Frank Dwyer/Niall Whitty (Ford KA) [ 5]
124 Shane Timony/Niall Timony (Ford Puma Kit Car) [ 5]
125 Ronan Keys/ TBA (Nissan Micra) [ 5]
126 John Walsh/Philip Walsh (Honda Civic EK4) [ 6]
127 Michael Fitzgibbon/Keith Tierney (Ford Puma S1600) [ 6]
128 Pat O'Connell/Monty Tierney (Toyota Starlet) [ 9]
129 Chris Dineen/ TBA (Honda Civic) [11]
130 Timmy Howard/DJ Howard (Opel Corsa) [ 9]
131 Dan Mulcahy/ TBA (TBA TBA) [13]
132 Mike Dolan/Darragh Mullen (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
133 Neil Pierce/Enda O'Leary (Honda Civic) [11]
134 Keith Naughton/Derel Flanagan (Ford Escort) [13]

00 Cars

Posted: May 21, 2010 9:38 AM

001 Edward O'Callagan
002 Raymond Enright
003 James O Rourke
004 Henry Nash

J001 Maurice Meskell

Mechanical Scrutiny will be taking place in the 
NCT centre Eastway Business Park Ballysimon Road Limerick

from 14:00 to 19:00.

Photo: Ita's Photography

Rally Launch - (Wed) 5 May 10

Posted: April 30, 2010 9:23 PM

The Circuit of Munster Rally launch is on next Wednesday the 5th of May
At the Woodlands house hotel in Adare
At 8 o clock sharp
All are welcome  


Posted: April 23, 2010 11:19 AM

Rally Headquarters is The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick
Kieran Ambrose is the Clerk of the Course
Junior + Historic Classes
The Entry Secretary can be contacted on 087 8221067 / +353 87 8221067

Regulations / On Line Entry

Posted: January 1, 2010 12:01 AM

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