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Clare Stages Rally (J) - 18 Sep 11

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:42 PM - 19063 Hits

Round 8 - 2011 National Rally Championship (+ Junior)
Round 5 - 2011 West Coast Rally Championship

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Tough weekend for Carbery Plastics Team

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:42 PM

The Carbery Plastics rally team of Cal McCarthy and Eamonn Dullea endured a character building event at the recent Clare Stages junior rally. After a win at the Galway Summer rally a few weeks previously, hopes were high in the team for a similar result. This combined with a second place at Raven’s Rock where the team lost out by a mere 9 seconds over 5 stages, placed them right in the hunt for the Dunlop national junior title.

The young West Cork crew were a little apprehensive after the day of recce on Saturday, due to the tight nature of the stages which generally suit the pair but there was a real fear of a lot of muck being pulled out on the stages if it remained wet. Nevertheless the team felt they worked hard and made a good set of pace notes. Back driving their usual Honda Civic after a day testing the new Citroen DS3 in the UK, the pair began their event on stage 4 of the main event.

Once again, the team showed the opposition a clean pair of heals, completing stage 4, 18 seconds clear of championship rivals David Moffett and 20 clear of John Doogan. The team were surprised to gain such a lead due to the tricky nature of the conditions. As the next two stages were judged to be in poorer condition, the pair decided on a cautious approach, this proved very beneficial as two of their main rivals for the championship dropped out. It resulted in the team dropping time but still entering the final loop with a comfortable lead.

At service, the team checked over the car and got set for another 3 stages. Driver Cal McCarthy commented
“The first stage was quiet clean, we drove a controlled clean stage not making any mistakes or costly overshoots, at the end of the stage we made the decision not to risk anything on the next two as we felt we could control the pace.” Co-driver Eamonn Dullea agreed “We are driving well within ourselves trying to preserve our lead and the car.”

The plan on stage 7 was to attack again as the team had gone so well on the first loop and try to build on their lead. The pair felt they were setting a good pace, much faster than the first run through but sadly towards the end of the stage, a freak driveshaft failure occurred on a fast flowing section, leaving the pair stranded and left to watch their rivals pass by and into the championship lead.

Naturally disappointed, the team were encouraged by their pace, leading all the junior championship contenders. The retirement has setback their hopes for the junior title and a possible nomination for the Billy Coleman award. The Speaking afterwards Cal said “ We came to the championship late with a second in Raven’s Rock but have been on winning pace since which is very encouraging, we hope to head to the final round in Donegal with second in the championship still a possibility and perhaps wildcard nomination for the Coleman award .”

In Car

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:37 PM

Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) - SS7

Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort MkII) - SS1

Video Clips

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:23 PM

McNULTY/KIELY CLINCH DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLARE - Report Courtesy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the Dunlop National Rally Championship 2011

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:21 PM

MEATH’s, Tim McNulty (Subaru WRC) and his Sligo co-driver, Paul Kiely clinched the Dunlop National Rally Championship with a fine victory in the Ennis based Auburn Lodge Clare Rally.

It was their sixth victory in as many Dunlop outings, on this occasion, they finished 53 seconds in front on the Subaru of Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru WRC) with Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru WRC) a distant third.

Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi) won the Group N category and the top Modified crew was that of Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort).

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award was won by Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort).

Meanwhile, in the Dunlop Junior Rally Championship, Monaghan’s, Johnno and Padraig Doogan (Ford Escort) took the top points to move into the lead of the series with just one round remaining, remarkably, all three of their championship rivals failed to finish.

On the opening stage near Ruan village, McNulty took a 12 second lead over Niall Maguire, who had no intercom for the last four kilometres as a connection became undone. Kerry’s, Mike Quinn (Escort) with local Clare co-driver, Grainne McEnery slotted into third – five seconds further behind. Kevin Barrett, McNulty’s Dunlop Championship rival, was fourth in a top six that also featured the Escort of Wesley Patterson and local hero, Anthony O’Halloran, re-united with his Opel Manta after a lapse of some four years.

On S.S. 2, McNulty moved 27 seconds ahead of Maguire, who was just a second ahead of Barrett. Maguire punched in the best time on the third test.

McNulty arrived at the Gort Road Industrial Estate service halt with a 24 seconds advantage over Maguire. The Dunlop Championship leader was quite relaxed.
"I’m taking it steady, it is very slippery and greasy out there. We are making some minor suspension adjustments and switching to a cut slick tyre as opposed to the intermediate tyres we had for this first loop.”

Maguire was also quite composed while Barrett, who was 12 seconds behind Maguire, admitted he lost some 15 seconds with an overshoot on the third stage.

One of the drives of the rally was that of Monaghan’s, Josh Moffett, the 19 year old held fourth overall and led the Group N category; he was 14 seconds ahead of his 21 year old brother, Sam, who was seventh in general classification. Sandwiched between them were the Escort duo of Mike Quinn and Wesley Patterson, the latter lost time on the opening test when he caught the spray from Shane Maguire’s Subaru. On the third stage, he also overshot one of the junctions. Meanwhile, Quinn, who occupied fifth overall remarked that the newly fitted Proflex suspension was of great benefit.

Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi) in seventh also had new suspension but was taking time to get accustomed to the handling of the car. Limerick’s, Ed O’Callaghan (Escort), despite an off road excursion after a series of jumps, was eighth; O’Halloran was ninth and Washington James in a Darrian completed the top ten.

A straying horse caused problems on the fourth stage with McNulty being the worse affected by the equine species. He lost time and the lead with Maguire, who also encountered the horse, moving into a seven second lead while Barrett was a further 28 seconds behind. Mike Quinn displaced Josh Moffett in the race for fourth.

McNulty regained top spot with a fine performance on S.S. 5 to move eight seconds ahead of Maguire with Barrett slipping 43 seconds behind Maguire.

At the final service halt, McNulty, who was fastest on S.S. 6, led Maguire by 25 seconds, the latter remarked that he had no brakes for the closing section of the sixth stage. A broken seal was replaced at service although the replacement seal was not the exact fit.

Barrett in third, was a further 35 seconds behind but needed to finish second to keep his Dunlop Championship hopes alive. Following the demise of Josh Moffett, who slid his Mitsubishi off the road following a series of jumps, Wesley Patterson (Escort) moved into fourth. Adjustments to the suspension system transformed Sam Moffett’s Mitsubishi, he occupied fifth and also led Group N. Mike Quinn’s Escort broke the fan belt, having lost the oil coolant, he was hoping that no damage was caused to the engine. Frank Kelly (Escort) set some very strong times to move into seventh overall. The top ten was completed by O’Halloran, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and Shane Maguire (Subaru). Washington James retired his Darrian after an off road excursion.

McNulty was quickest on all three stages of the final loop and won by a margin of 53 seconds, it was his sixth win in six Dunlop outings and was enough to clinch the Vard Memorial Trophy. At the finish, he remarked, “I couldn’t have asked for better, the horse was the only moment of concern. We have worked hard at this championship, people also worked hard in the background, we have a great team. Aside from your rivals, you have to cope with the weather, indeed, there are so many things that can go against you, nobody knows that better than myself. I’m delighted.

Maguire took second and Barrett, requiring a second place finish to keep his Dunlop hopes alive, had to be content with third.


Posted: September 23, 2011 1:03 PM

2WD Winners - Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort MkII)

GpN Winners - Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9)


Posted: September 23, 2011 12:51 PM

1 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC) 71m 38s
2 Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 72m 31s
3 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) 74m 05s
4 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort MkII) 74m 27s
5 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort MkII) 74m 47s
6 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 74m 58s
7 Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort MkII) 75m 15s
8 Anthony O’Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Opel Manta 400) 76m 00s
9 Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet) 76m 03s
10 Shane Maguire/Conor Foley (Subaru Impreza N11 Gp N) 76m 49s\

Motorsport Safety Team Group N Production class:
1 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly,
2 Shane Maguire/Conor Foley,
3 Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll (Honda Civic)

rally.ie Two wheel drive class:
1 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity,
2 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery,
3 Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan.

1 Martin Casey/Sean Hegarty (Civic) 55m 29s,
2 John Doogan/Padraig Doogan (Escort) 57m 56s,
3 Brian Hassett/Brian Liddy (Corolla) 63m 32s.

Leaders After:
SS1-3 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5-9 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Stage Winners:
SS1 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS6 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS7 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS8 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS9 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Final Instructions & Map of Key Locations

Posted: September 15, 2011 6:59 PM

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Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: September 13, 2011 9:26 PM

Seeded Entry List

Posted: September 12, 2011 6:48 PM

No Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
2 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 Niall Maguire/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
4 Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
5 Shane Maguire/Conor Foley (Subaru Impreza N11) [4]
6 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
7 Edward O'Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
8 Washington James/Llinos Jones Davies (Darrian T90 GTR) [14]
9 Frank Kelly/Liam Brennan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
10 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
11 Trevor Bustard/Kenny Bustard (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
12 Sam Smyth/Alan Smyth (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
14 John McQuaid/Seamus O'Connor (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
15 Anthony O'Halloran/Charlie McEnery (Opel Manta 400) [14]
16 Michael Curran/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
17 Declan Gallagher/Gallagher Eoin (Toyota Starlet RWD) [13]
18 Richard Burke/John Burke (Subaru Impreza WRX Sti) [15]
19 David Percy/Owen Percy (Ford Escort F2 Maxi) [13]
20 Frank Sweeney/Jane Cogan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
21 Aidan Walsh/Jim Casey (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
22 Pat Kelly/Jonathan Kelly (Subaru Impreza STI) [8]
23 Jonathan Folan/Ger Myers (Subaru Impreza N10) [8]
24 Eamon Dervan/Keith Gardiner (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
25 Stephen Furey/Trevor Graham (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
26 Raymond Drury/Sarah Whelan (Ford Escort) [14]
27 Alan Shiel/Kenneth Sheil (Honda Civic) [11]
28 Neil Pierce/Enda O'Leary (Honda Civic) [11]
29 Noel O'Donnell/Ronan Murrin (Peugeot 205 GTi) [12]
30 Martin Kelly/Paula Greene (Mitsubishi Evo 7) [8]
31 Ken Lyons/Paddy McDonnell (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
32 Tim Enright/Stephen Buckley (Ford Escort) [13]
33 Tony Tuttle/Derek Flynn (Ford Escort) [13]
34 PJ Bonner/Michael Green (Ford Focus RS) [14]
35 Patrick Bonner/Comack Connor (Ford Escort) [12]
36 Stephen Carey/Breda O'Driscoll (Honda Civic) [3]
37 Michael Fitzgibbon/ The Keith Tierney (Honda Civic) [11]
38 Tom Ryan/Ciara O'Connell (Opel Corsa) [9]
39 Pat Barry/Charles (tony) McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
40 Alan Naughton/Neil Jordan (Peugeot 205 GTi) [12]
41 Sean Moran/Keith Moriarty (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11]
42 Vincent Bonner/Donal McCole (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
43 PA Horan/PA Baker (Vauxhall Nova) [11]
44 Gerard McQuaid/Gareth Quinlan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
45 Patrick McHugh/Pauric O'Donnell (Ford Escort) [13]
46 Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
47 Sean Agnew/Connolly Seamus (Citroen C2 R2) [6]
48 John O'Sullivan/ TBA (Citroen C2) [15]
49 Daniel Cronin/Sean Duggan (Peugeot 206) [6]
50 John Coughlan/Mark Parsons (Ford Escort Mk1) [12]
51 David Leonard/Darragh Mullen (Citroen Saxo) [11]
52 Alan Fair/John Conneely (Honda Civic) [6]
53 Pat Aherne/Mike Cleary (Ford Escort) [13]
54 Declan Gannon/Alan Leonard (Honda Civic Type R) [3]
55 John Murphy/Martin O'Connor (Subaru Impreza) [15]
56 Tom Howard/Tadg Collins (Ford Escort) [13]
57 George Whelan/Noel McMahon (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [11]
58 Micheal Cunningham/John Fitzpatrick (Subaru Impreza S8) [15]
59 Patick Corey/Christopher Horan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
60 Keith Naughton/Sinead Canny (Subaru Impreza STI) [8]
61 Mike Walsh/Ger Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
62 Kieran Donohue/Kenneth Lee (Subaru Impreza STI) [8]
63 Shane Timony/Jeffrey Case (Ford Puma Kit Car) [5]
64 Steven McCabe/Carrie Moroney (Ford Fiesta) [11]
65 Aaron McQuaid/Aidean Coyle (Ford Escort) [10]
66 Eamonn McCafferty/Paddy McCrudden (Ford Puma) [5]
67 Frank Byrnes/Dave Ray (Peugeot 206 GTi) [11]
68 Adrian Foley/Con Mulcahay (Opel Corsa) [10]
69 John Paul Lernihan/Shane Ryan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4) [15]
70 Michael Conneely/Aisling Grimes (Honda Civic Vtec) [2]
71 Martin O'Halloran/Robert Ryan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
72 Declan McBrearty/James McLoone (Toyota Corolla GT) [11]
73 Joe Baker/Vicky Baker (Honda SIR Vtec) [11]
74 Kieran Bailey/Donald Gleeson (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
75 Mark Boyle/ TBA (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
76 Paddy Boyle/Patrick Coll (Ford Escort Mk1) [11]
77 Mike Costello/Paddy Costello (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
78 Mike Dolan/Stephen Casey (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
79 Ger Lyons/Stephen O'Brien (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
80 Niall O'Sullivan/ TBA (Citroen C2) [11]
81 Martin Quirke/John Hurley (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
82 Declan O'Regan/Anne O'Regan (Peugeot 205) [10]
83 Hazel O'Callaghan/Kaye Shanahan (Peugeot 106 Cup Car) [6]
84 Adrian Hynes/PA Lyons (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
85 Francis Kelly/ TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
85 Declan Courtney/Tara Courtney (Peugeot 106 GTi) [11]
87 Denis Dineen/Donal Dineen (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
88 John Warren/Ruthann O'Connor (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [11]
89 Joe McCarthy/Jenny Lyons (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
90 Tommy McDonagh/Paul Hickey (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
91 Brian O'Shaughnessy/PA Harding (Ford Escort) [11]
92 John O'Donnell/ McDonald (Toyota Starlet RWD) [10]
93 Gerard Dineen/Campbell Sean (Toyota Starlet RWD) [12]
94 Paul Corcoran/Liam McIntyre (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
95 Ryan Loughran/James McCarville (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
96 Sean Maher/Fiona Hickey (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
97 Pauric McGee/Fergal Loughney (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
98 Tommy Flanagan/Patrick Curley (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
99 Michael Canny/Richard Ruddy (Ford Fiesta ST) [3]
100 Pat McDonagh/Gary Galagher (Ford Cortina) [10]
101 Jason Roycroft/Nicole O'Shea (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
102 Denis Dillon/Sinead Keys (Nissan Micra) [5]
103 Chris Dineen/Alan Mulligan (Honda Civic) [11]
104 Anthony Breen/Fergal Keane (Subaru Impreza WRX Sti) [8]
105 Martin McLaughlin/Danny McLaughlin (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
106 Ronan Keys/ TBA (Peugeot 106) [5]
107 Tony Langdon/Michael Loughney (Honda Civic) [11]
108 Sean O Carroll/Brian Kirwan (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
109 Pat O'Connell/Jackie O'Connor (Toyota Starlet) [1]
110 Martin O'Donnell/Johnmichael O'Donnell (Honda Type R) [3]
111 Dermot O'Rourke/Chrystal Culkeen (TBA TBA) [1]
112 Matt Behan/ TBA (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
113 Brendan Dunne/Brendan Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
114 David Donoghue/James Comer (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
115 Gary Kiernan/Darren O'Brien (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
116 Patrick Kiernan/Martin Byrne (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
117 Brian Quigley/Ryan Bradly (Honda EK 4) [2]
118 Gerard Hodgins/Aidan Kelly (Opel Manta) [13]
119 Declan Rigney/Mary Maher (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
120 Paul Curley/Dean {muscles} Raftery (Honda Civic EK4) [6]
121 Bernard Glackin/William Kelly (Toyota Corolla) [11]
122 Paul McDevitt/Alan Keena (Toyota Corolla) [11]

J1 Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) [16]
J2 David Moffett/Patrick Brides (Toyota Starlet RWD) [16]
J3 Kevin O'Connor/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [16]
J4 Chris Snow/Seany Brunton (Honda Civic Type R) [16]
J5 Martin Casey/Sean Hegarty (Honda Civic) [16]
J6 Darren Young/Kenneth Quirke (Citroen C2) [16]
J7 Damien Boyle/Joseph Boyle (Honda Civic) [16]
J8 Johno Doogan/Padraig Doogan (Ford Escort Mk2) [16]
J9 David Carmody/ TBA (Honda Civic) [16]
J10 Dermot Ryan/Kohane Ger (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
J11 Brian Hassett/ TBA (Toyota Corolla GTi) [16]
J12 Billy Wrenne/Niall O'Donnell (Suzuki Swift GTI) [16]

H1 Denis Collins/Tommy Commane (Ford Escort) [17A]
H2 David Dee/Rita Dee (Austin Mini Cooper) [17A]
H3 Philip McKibbin/Andrew McKibbin (Ford Cortina) [17A]

Entries to Remain open

Posted: September 9, 2011 10:22 AM

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Marshal Meeting Points & Times

Posted: September 7, 2011 11:22 AM

SS 1-4-7
Lynch’s Centra, Gort Road Ennis at 06.45

SS 2-5-8
Crusheen at 07.30

SS 3-6-9
Carrigs, Tiermaclane at 08.00

For further info please contact chief marshall on 086-2766267 / +353 86-2766267

Regulations / On Line Entry

Posted: August 31, 2011 10:54 AM

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Posted: August 29, 2011 8:31 PM

Miss Clare Esther Woods from Rockmount in Ennis
at the launch of the 2011 Auburn Lodge Clare Stages Rally 2011
Photo: Dermot Kelleher

Dermot Kelleher (Clerk of the Course), Esther Woods (Miss Clare),
James Molloy (Sponsor: Auburn Lodge Hotel)

Clare Motor Club are delighted to announce The Auburn Lodge Hotel, gort road, ennis as the title sponsor of the 2011 Clare Stages Rally , Clerk of the Course Dermot Kelleher said
“The Clare Motor Club are delighted with the continued support of The Auburn Lodge Hotel, for a third consecutive year. The Club would also like to thank the Special Stage Sponsors, Service Area Sponsor and the programme advertisers for their support.The event will bring a vital boost to the local economy and this would not be possible without their support”.

The rally takes place on the weekend of September 17th and 18th. The rally is a counting round of The Dunlop National Rally Championship and The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship which will see some of the top cars and drivers in action on the stages around Ennis, Co. Clare.

Entries for the rally will open shortly.

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