Fastnet Stages Rally (Bantry) - 27 Oct 13

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:32 PM - 16787 Hits

Round 8 - 2013 National Rally Championship
Round 6 - 2013 Southern 4 Rally Championship

Video Clips

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:32 PM

In Car

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:27 PM

Declan Gallagher & Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet RWD) SS1

Vincent McSweeney & Michael Kearney (Honda Civic)

Martin Crowley & Martin Barry (Suzuki Swift) SS1 OFF

CRONIN SPEEDS TO FASTNET RALLY VICTORY - Report courtesy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:25 PM

THE Dunlop National Rally Championship concluded in Bantry, west Cork where locals, Denis Cronin and his co-driver, Coleman Hurley (Subaru WRC) took a 29.8 second victory over the Ford Fiesta WRC of Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid. Third placed, Clonmel’s, Roy White (MG S2000) and his Cork co-driver, James O’Brien, secured maximum Dunlop points to clinch third overall in the series.

Meanwhile, in the category of the Dunlop series – awarded for the top two wheel drive crew in overall standings – victory went to Donegal pair, Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet), they finished fourth overall. Their only rivals for the title, Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle/Martin Byrne crashed their Ford Escort out of the rally on the seventh stage.

On the opening stage, Hugh Hunter (Subaru WRC), winner of the last Dunlop round, the Galway Summer Rally, set the pace – his Subaru set the road - that skirted Bantry Bay - alight long Bantry Bay. At the finish near Durrus, he led the rear wheel drive Toyota Starlet of Declan Gallagher by 18.6 seconds with back to back Fastnet champion, Daragh O’Riordan (Ford Fiesta WRC) occupying third. On a pre-event test, O’Riordan’s Fiesta broke a rear driveshaft.

Roy White slotted his MGS2000 into fourth spot followed by late entry, Denis Cronin (Subaru WRC). The Ford Escorts of Jonathan Pringle and Wesley Patterson were next in classification. The top ten was completed by Jer O'Donovan (Subaru), Jason McSweeney (Mitsubishi Evo VIII) and John Hickey (Ford Escort).

Hunter was also quickest on the second stage as Cronin moved into second – 27.3 seconds behind and 4.4 seconds in front of O’Riordan. Hunter’s rally ended on S.S. 3, Mount Gabriel when his Subaru WRC developed transmission problems.

Cronin set the pace on the stage and arrived at the Bantry town service park with a lead of 24.1 seconds over O’Riordan with Gallagher 12.1 seconds further behind in third. Cronin remarked that he was still braking far too early at the various junctions but was happy with his performance. That was in sharp contrast to O’Riordan, who admitted he was very unsettled on the opening loop. Third placed Gallagher was untroubled. Fourth placed Roy White (MG S2000) was stymied by a dirty windscreen as Jonathan Pringle (Escort) seemed to have no answer to the pace of his rival, Declan Gallagher.

Wesley Patterson (Escort) was sixth in a top ten that was completed by Jason McSweeney (Mitsubishi), John Hendy (BMW M3 Compact), Jer O'Donovan (Subaru) and the Ford Focus of Dan O'Brien.

On the repeat loop of three stages, Cronin topped the time sheets on the Goat’s Path and Mount Gabriel tests while O’Riordan set the best time over Mount Gabriel. Cronin ran out of sequence on the Mount Gabriel as he attended to an intercom problem. At the final service halt in Bantry, the Ballylickey ace led O’Riordan by 27.2 seconds, the latter made changes to the suspension set-up that seemed to improve the handling capabilities of his Fiesta WRC. A charging Roy White moved into third with duo, Gallagher and Pringle next in classification.

Wesley Patterson (Escort) admitted that he was not willing to mix it with Gallagher and Pringle. Seventh placed Jason McSweeney on his first outing in a Mitsubishi was delighted with his performance. The remaining places in the top ten were annexed by Jer O'Donovan (Subaru), Vincent O'Shea (Ford Escort) and Vincent McSweeney (Honda Civic), who led Class 11F.

O’Riordan took 2.9 seconds out of Cronin on S.S. 7 and 6.3 seconds on the penultimate stage to cut the deficit to 18 seconds. However, Cronin sealed victory with the fastest time on the final stage to take his third win on this event.
O’Riordan, who celebrated his 32nd. birthday, had to be content with second with White taking third overall in the rally and also in the Dunlop National Rally Championship.

Gallagher had a super run to claim the award, unfortunately, his title rival, Jonathan Pringle (Escort) crashed on the first stage of the final loop.
Elsewhere, Wesley Patterson (Escort) was fifth and Dunmanway’s, Jason McSweeney (Mitsubishi VIII) was sixth. The remaining places in the top ten went to Eddie Power (Toyota Corolla), Group N winner, Jer O'Donovan (Subaru); Vincent McSweeney (Honda Civic) and Andrew Mahon (Ford Escort) were the respective winners of Class 11F and Class 11R - front and rear wheel drive.

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” award went to Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Citroen C2R2 Max).

Non-starters included Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC), James Stafford (Darrian T90 GTR), Pat Donegan (Ford Escort) and Eoin Doyle (Ford Focus WRC)


Posted: January 31, 2014 2:16 PM

1 Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru Impreza WRC) 77m 42s,
2 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC) 78m 12s,
3 Roy White/James O’Brien (MG ZR S2000) 79m 50s,
4 Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet) 80m 31s,
5 Wesley Patterson/Alan Whyte (Ford Escort MkII) 82m 50s,
6 Jason McSweeney/Ronald Riordan (Lancer Evo 8) 84m 51s,
7 Eddie Power/Mark Wiley (Toyota Corolla WRC) 85m 33s,
8 Jer O’Donovan/Mark Bowen (Subaru Impreza N12B Gp N) 85m 37s,
9 Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney (Honda Civic) 85m 38s,
10 Dan O’Brien/Mark Dennis (Ford Focus WRC) 86m 03s.

Motorsport Safety Team Group N Production class:
1 Jer O’Donovan/Mark Bowen,
2 Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll (Honda Civic),
3 Philip Cross/J J Cremin (Subaru Impreza N9). Two wheel drive award:
1 Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore.

Dunlop National Escort Mk 2 award:
1 Wesley Patterson/Alan Whyte.

1 Ellis Belton/Gwynfor Jones (Escort) 63m 22s,
2 David Dee/Rita Dee (Mini Cooper S) 73m 55s,
3 George Swanton/Kevin Barry (Escort) 77m 07s.

1 Kevin Eves/Chris Melly (Corolla) 55m 22s,
2 Conor Moore/Ella Ryan (Civic) 57m 05s,
3 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Civic) 57m 26s.

Leaders After
SS1-2 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3-9 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC)

Stage Winners
SS1 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS4 Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS6 Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS7 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS8 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS9 Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Updates to Entry List (24/10/13)

Posted: October 25, 2013 11:12 AM

No. 30 Ray O'Sullivan/William Lynch
No. 35 Stephen McCabe/Aileen Kelly
No. 65 Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh


Posted: October 25, 2013 10:58 AM

Double winner of the Fastnet Rally, Ballylickey’s, Denis Cronin, is a late entry for Sunday’s Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally that marks the conclusion of the Dunlop National Rally Championship.

The Ballylickey driver, who won the rally in 1994 in an Opel Ascona 400 and in 2009 in a Subaru WRC, will drive his S11 Subaru WRC on the nine stage event in Bantry.

FASTNET FINALE IN BANTRY - Preview courtesy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors on the National Rally Championship

Posted: October 25, 2013 10:51 AM

THE Dunlop National Rally Championship concludes on Sunday next with the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry in West Cork The nine stage encounter that meanders through some of the most spectacular scenery along Bantry Bay, Dunmanus Bay and Mount Gabriel will determine the outstanding issues within the popular eight round series.

Top seed and back to back Fastnet champion, Daragh O’Riordan (Fiesta WRC) will renew rivalry with Welsh ace, Hugh Hunter (Subaru WRC), who won the last Dunlop round, the Galway Summer Rally. On that occasion, he finished a minute and 22.5 seconds behind Hunter, who is likely to contest the 2014 Dunlop series. However, O’Riordan, who will start as favourite. He is seeking to become the third driver to win a hat trick of wins on the Fastnet (Carrigaline’s, Frank O’Mahony won the inaugural event in 1982 and also won in 1996 and 1997 while Dunmanway’s, Liam McCarthy won in 1988, 1992 and 2008) and the first to win three in a row. This will be his fourth Dunlop round this season, he finished third overall in Monaghan where he felt unwell throughout the rally. In the Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally, he led from the start until he crashed out on the fourth stage.

Clonmel’s, Roy White in his MG S2000 is having one of his most successful seasons to date and can finish third overall in the series. He needs just five points to deny present incumbent, Josh Moffett, who is not on the entry list.
“If we (Roy and co-driver, James O’Brien) finish third, it will be a lot more than what our plans were at the start of the year, it will be an awesome result for us.” Throughout the season, White has notched up several top five finishes but he has no doubt about selecting the highlight so far, “If I want to be totally partisan, it has to be the Stonethrowers Rally, that was my best ever in a national round.” He added, “The car is more reliable this year and given that, we have more seat time and we are able to be more competitive. There is great comraderie in the series, , it’s been brilliant, along with the Irish drivers, James Belton came across from Wales and he added a lot to the championship, we all met up after recce, in parc ferme and service, it’s a real good feeling and a great championship and I’m definitely doing it next year.” White is aware of what is needed in terms of points, added, “I think the situation we are in is more nerve wrecking than anything else.”

Although Kevin Barrett (S14 Subaru WRC) is seeded at number four, he will not be participating. This season he had only brief outings in the Dunlop series but plans to return for a full attack in 2014.

Early season Dunlop front runner, Wexford’s, James Stafford in his rear wheel drive Darrian T90 GTR will be hoping that the weather along the Atlantic coastline is dry so he can give mount a challenge to the WRC brigade. Non-finishes in the rounds in Monaghan, Sligo and Galway have ruled him out of contention for the top award (the highest wheel drive competitors in overall standings). He is currently third in the standings behind Donegal’s, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle (Ford Escort), who occupy the respective number six and seven berths I Bantry, Stafford could still take the runner-up spot. On the last round, the Galway Summer in Ballinasloe, Gallagher secured 18 Dunlop points – two more than Pringle, who is nine points adrift heading to Bantry, the Cavan driver has already won the Escort Mk. 2 Dunlop Champions Trophy. All three can add all their points tally from Bantry due to the fact that they have all failed to finish at least two of the events thus far.

Meanwhile, the top ten is completed by Lisburn’s, Wesley Patterson (Ford Escort), Meath’s, Pat Donegan (Ford Escort) and Kilkenny’s, Eoin Doyle in the Ford Focus WRC that won the Fastnet Rally and indeed, the Dunlop National Rally Championship, in 2005 in the hands of Ray Breen.

Elsewhere, Meath’s, John Hendy will compete in a BMW M3 Compact, last year, driving a Toyota Corolla, he was seventh overall after the opening stage, but dropped down the order with problems and retired on the second loop of stages.

Londoner, Dan O'Brien, the son of newly crowned Irish Forest Rally champion, Michael, will occupy the number twelve slot in a Ford Focus WRC and will be followed by Waterford’s, Eddie Power (Toyota Corolla WRC), Killarney’s, Kevin O'Donoghue (Ford Escort) and Clare’s, Anthony O'Halloran (Opel Manta 400)

The top Group N entry is that of local driver, Jer O'Donovan (Subaru). Opposition will be provided by Waterford’s, Brian O'Keeffe, also in a Subaru and last year’s Dunlop Class 3 winner, Baltimore’s, Stephen Carey (Honda Civic). Kenmare’s, Vincent O'Shea (Ford Escort) fourteenth overall in last year’s rally will be hoping for an improved performance this time around.

Aside from O’Donovan, some of the local entries are Dunmanway’s, Jason McSweeney (Mitsubishi EvoVIII), Bandon’s, Vincent McSweeney (Honda Civic) and Murragh’s, Andrew Mahon (Ford Escort).

The now traditional ceremonial start in Bantry Square takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday evening next.

Updates to Entry List (23/10/13)

Posted: October 24, 2013 11:12 AM

Denis Cronin/Coleman Hurley - Subaru WRC
108 - Mark O Shaughnessy/Brendan O Mahony
109 - Denis O Brien/Derry Healy
110 - James Cotter/Brian McCarthy
111 - Enda Gerety/TBA

J18 - Kevin Cole/ Killian O Reilly
J19 - Shay Delaney/Lisa Delaney

34 - Jason Roche/Damien Fleming

Southern 4 Championship - Three in a row for O’Riordan

Posted: October 22, 2013 10:39 AM

By virtue of winning the Orchard Motorsport Cork 20 International Rally on the first weekend of October, the subsequent maximum points gained have made Daragh O’Riordan the Southern 4 Rally Champion for 2013. Having achieved four maximum scores the Midleton driver cannot now be caught even with the last round, the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally still to come on the October Bank Holiday weekend. This is O’Riordans third year in a row winning the championship, the first driver to achieve this since the competition began in 1998. The battle for the runner up spot is still wide open though, with a number of drivers still in a position to take this place. Stephen Carey currently hold second spot by just one point from Wesley Patterson with Roy White and Kevin O’Donoghue making up the top five place and any one of these drivers can claim the runner up spot in the championship with a good score in Bantry.

In the classes, class 2 has been won by Shane Kenneally in his Honda Civic as Christopher O’Donovan in second place can no longer catch him. Stephen Carey as always completely dominated class three,while class six sees a close battle between Patrick Calnan and Jason O’Brien with just two points separating the pair. Colm Noonan is in a strong position to claim class seven, while Daragh O’Riordan has won class eight yet again. Shane Stanley and Noel O’Sullivan are battling it out for class 9 honours in their Civic and Escort respectively while class 10 has been won by Victor Beamish with a maximum score. Class 11 is currently being led by David Duggan, but Jonathan O’Callaghan could still pip him to the honours with a good score in Bantry.

Steve Roberts has already won Class 12 in his Escort and Wesley Patterson has done likewise with Class 13 both with maximum scores. Kerrymen Charlie Hickey and Kevin O’Donoghue are both still in the hunt for Class 14, while in class 15 Mark Nangle has enough in hand to pip John Hickey, but an appearance and a good result for Roy White in Bantry could land him the class honours. Todd Falvey currently leads the Historic section in his Porsche which still has both the Fastnet Rally and the Historic Lakes as the final two rounds. The junior class has been won by John Flaherty in his Starlet after taking maximum points in the Cork 20.

Final Instructions 1

Posted: October 21, 2013 11:22 AM

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Seeded Entry List

Posted: October 21, 2013 11:08 AM

Car No Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC) [8]
2 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
3 Roy White/James O'Brien (MG S2000) [20]
4 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC) [8]
5 James Stafford/Amy Ryan (Darrian T90 GTR) [14]
6 Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet RWD) [13]
7 Jonathan Pringle/Martin Byrne (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
8 Wesley Patterson/Alan Whyte (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
9 Pat Donegan/Alan Keena (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
10 Eoin Doyle/TBA (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
11 John Hendy/TBA (BMW M3 Compact) [14]
12 Dan O'Brien/Mark Dennis (Ford Focus WRC) [8]
15 Eddie Power/Mark Wiley (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
16 Kevin O'Donoghue/TBA (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
17 Anthony O'Halloran/TBA (Opel Manta 400) [14]
18 Ger O'Donovan/Mark Bowen (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
19 Brian O'Keeffe/Donnacha O'Callaghan (Subaru Impreza N11) [4]
20 Stephen Carey/Breda O'Driscoll (Honda Civic) [3]
21 Vincent O'Shea/Brian Hickey (Ford Escort ) [14]
22 Declan Gannon/Alan Leonard (Subaru ) [8]
23 John Hickey/John McCarthy (Ford Escort ) [20]
24 Jason McSweeney/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) [20]
25 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort ) [14]
26 Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney (Honda Civic) [11F]
27 Jonathan O'Callaghan/Gavin Sheehan (Peugeot 106 GTi) [11F]
28 Andy Mahon/Andy O'Donoghue (Ford Escort ) [11R]
29 Allen Treacy/Bob Fitzgerald (Toyota Corolla) [13]
30 Ray O'Sullivan/William Lynch (Ford Escort) [14]
31 Diarmuid Keohane/Peter Keohane (Ford Escort) [13]
32 Fintan Canty/Denis O'Mahony (Ford Escort ) [13]
33 John Stafford/Richie Codd (Peugeot 205 ) [13]
34 Jason Roche/Damien Fleming (Ford Escort ) [13]
35 Johnny Curran/Mikey Walsh (Ford Escort ) [13]
36 Steven McCabe/Aileen Kelly (Ford Fiesta) [11R]
37 Bernard Foley/TBA (Honda Civic) [11F]
38 Derek Butler/Aaron o'Regan (Honda civic) [11F]
39 Luke McCarthy/Eric McCarthy (Honda Civic) [11F]
40 Paul Browne/Margaret Browne (Honda Civic) [11F]
41 Philip Cross/J.J Cremin (Subaru ) [20]
42 Barry McKenna/James McCarville (Ford Escort ) [13]
43 Martin Lordan/Rory Hennessy (Ford Escort) [9]
44 Gary Kiernan/TBA (Ford Escort) [10]
45 Victor Beamish /Susan Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
46 Ciaran Casey/Stephen Clarke (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
47 Adrian Levis/Dan O'Donovan (Honda Civic) [2]
48 Paul Manton/TBA (Citroen C2R2 Max) [6]
49 Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Citroen C2R2 Max) [6]
50 Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran (Ford Escort ) [12]
51 Gerard O'Connell/TBA (Ford Escort ) [12]
52 Jeremiah O'Flynn/Shane McCarthy (Ford Escort ) [13]
53 Pat Aherne/Mike Cleary (Ford Escort ) [13]
54 Colm Noonan/Stephen Quin (Peugeot 306 ) [7]
55 Ian Chadwick/TBA (TBA) []
56 Sean O'Carroll /Ian Stanley (Ford Escort ) [13]
57 Patsy Carberry/Paddy Cunningham (Ford Escort ) [13]
58 Joe McCarthy/Jason O'Brien (Honda Civic ) [3]
59 Brendan Stone/Donal Mooney (Honda Civic) [11F]
60 Daniel Cronin/TBA (Honda Civic) [6]
61 Conor McCarthy/Dylan Coffey (Honda Civic) [6]
62 Paul Casey/Vincent Goggin (Ford Escort) [13]
63 Conor Nash/David Kearney (Ford Escort ) [11R]
64 Etienne O'Sullivan/TBA (Peugeot 106) [6]
65 Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh (BMW ) [13]
66 Eddie Twomey/Alistair Wyllie (Subaru Impreza) [20]
67 Anthony Breen/Jill White (Subaru Impreza) [20]
68 Colin Byrne /Brian Quinlan (Citroen C2R2) [6]
69 Andrew Slattery/Shaun Forde (Peugeot 208 R2) [6]
70 Patrick Calnan/Trevor McCarthy (Peugeot 106) [6]
71 Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
72 Andrew Beamish/Lisa O'Dowd (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
73 Fergus Hurley/Eric Deane (Ford Escort ) [11R]
74 Jerry O'Mahony/Willie Buchannan (Ford Escort ) [12]
75 Ellis Belton/Gwynfor Jones (Ford Escort ) [17]
76 Simon Greene/Brendan Greene (Ford Escort) [10]
77 Mick Cremin/Derek Tobin (Mitsubishi Lancer EvoV) [15]
78 Brian O'Mahony/Michelle Gallwey (Honda Civic) [2]
79 Shane Carberry/Kevin Malone (Honda Civic) [2]
80 Neville Brett/Cyril Kerr (Toyota Corolla) [11R]
81 Tommy Kelly/Edel McCarthy (Honda Civic) [11F]
82 Jim Cronin/TBA (Ford Escort ) [13]
83 Shane Kenneally/Eamonn Harte (Honda Civic) [2]
84 Francis Kelly/Sinead O'Donovan (Honda Civic) [2]
85 Alan O'Riordan/James Jordan (Subaru) [20]
86 Pat Kearney/Eddie O'Neill (Mitsubishi EvoIX) [4]
87 Jonathan O'Mahony/TBA (Ford Escort ) [10]
88 Andrew Sheehan/Cian Corbett (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
89 Shane Stanley/Liam Fouhy (Honda Civic) [9]
90 Christy McCarthy/TBA (Peugeot 205) [10]
91 David Kelly/Ryan Hegarty (Peugeot 205) [10]
92 Andrew Lehane/Cliff Desmond (Honda Civic) [11F]
93 Richard Harney/Brian Harney (Ford Escort ) [11R]
94 David Cremin/Johnny O'Shea (Ford Escort ) [12]
95 Robert O'Regan/Kevin Horgan (Honda Civic) [11F]
96 Padraig Deasy/Edel McCarthy (Nissan Sunny) [9]
97 Owen Crowley/John Caverly (Ford Escort ) [10]
98 Shay Byrne/Leon Galvin (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
99 Patrick O'Regan/Katy Ford (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
100 Chris Manning/Tim Sayer (Ford Escort) [17]
101 George Swanton/Kevin Barry (Ford Escort ) [17]
102 David Dee/Rita Dee (Austin Mini Cooper) [17]
103 Stephen O'Shea/TBA (Toyota Starlet) [11]
104 Kieran O'Regan/Ger Keohane (Suzuki Swift) [9]
105 Martin Crowley /Martin Barry (Suzuki Swift) [9]
106 Harry Noonan/TBA (Austin Mini) [9]
107 Robert Beamish/Orla Beamish (Opel Corsa) [9]

Car No Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Conor Moore/Ella Ryan (Honda Civic ) [16]
2 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [16]
3 Padraig McCarthy/Peter Murphy (Honda Civic) [16]
4 Kevin Eves/Chris Melly (Toyota Corolla ) [16]
5 Martin Casey/Jonathan Carroll (Honda Civic) [16]
6 John O'Flaherty/Tommy Commane (Toyota Starlet ) [16]
7 Tomas Creedon/Eamonn Creedon (Ford Ka) [16]
8 Sean Fleming/Gavin Culloty (Ford Fiesta) [16]
9 Diarmaid O'Crowley/O Crowley Sean (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
10 Kenneth Quirke/Martina Quirke (Honda Civic) [16]
11 William Nolan/David Daly (Honda Civic) [16]
12 David Beamish/Muireann Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [16]
14 Patrick Lawlor/Cian Dineen (Honda Civic ) [16]
15 Conan O'Riordan/Ciano O'Riordan (Peugeot 205 GTi) [16]
16 Chris Brady/Jenny Warren (Toyota Corolla GTi) [16]
17 Eric Calnan/Cillian Crowley (Peugeot 106 GTi) [16]

Late Entries will be taken.


Posted: October 21, 2013 10:47 AM

Goleen - Sheehan’s

Schull - Euro Spar

Ballydehob - Camier’s Service Station

Durrus - Ryan’s Shop

Bantry - Westlodge Hotel
Casey’s Service Station
Cronin’s Ballylickey
Hegarty’s Mace
Burke’s Kealkill

Skibbereen - Connelly’s Great Gas
Hegarty’s Service Station
John O’Driscoll, Motor factors

Drimoleague - Collins Centra

Dunmanway/Ballineen Galvin’s, Hennessy’s Ballineen

Rosscarbery/Leap Rosscarbery Service Station
Leap Service Station
Kilmeen Creamery

Clonakilty - Maxol
John Crowley
O’Donovan’s Ballinascarthy

Marshals Meeting Points

Posted: October 14, 2013 11:20 AM

S.S.1 is in The Westlodge Hotel at 6.15am HQ for the rally

S.S.2 is in Goleen Community Centre, Goleen at 7.00am

S.S.3 is in Ryan's Gala Shop in Durrus at 7.15am

Marshal Co-ordinators are: 086-8598038 or 086-8626001 (+353 86-8598038 or +353 86-8626001)

Press Release No. 3

Posted: October 14, 2013 11:19 AM

The Bantry Development & Tourism welcome back the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally and extend a warm welcome to participants, organisers and Rally followers for the 2013 Rally.

Overlooking Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork, Bantry town is situated just over 80 Km west of Cork city. Bantry is a large Market town providing tourism, commercial, and retail and Leisure facilities for locals and visitors alike.

Bantry is an important tourism location with accommodation to suit all budgets and is a designated outdoor activity hub in west Cork with a wide variety of activities available all year round. Water sports, Horse riding, Angling, Golfing and Cycling are some of the outdoor activities available all year round. Bantry is conveniently situated between the Beara and Sheep’s head peninsulas giving access to the Beara Way and the award winning Sheep’s head way with some of the finest walking tracks in the Ireland.

With a fine raised plaza in Wolfe Tone Square overlooking the harbour. Bantry has a variety of small shops, craft shops, restaurants, and cafes and bars to choose from and is an ideal holiday location with plenty to offer all visitors.

The majestic Bantry House overlooks the harbour with its beautiful gardens reaching down towards the shore where one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Caha Mountains across the bay.

Whiddy Island has much to offer the visitor, the nature of the island means it is popular with locals, artists and painters and nature lovers. Quiet walks can be taken both by road and pasture and along its plentiful shores. Bicycles are available for hire and you can enjoy some delicious seafood in the bar/restaurant on the Island. A very warm welcome awaits you.

Bantry is one of the larger towns in West Cork with a population of about 4000 people and a catchment area of about 12000 people, it is a busy welcoming community with plenty going on all year round.

Bantry is also host to many festivals including West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Masters of Tradition festival, Chief O’Neill Traditional Music Festival, West Cork Literary festival, BBQ Festival, Westlodge Fastnet Rally, Bay Run Half Marathon & Bantry Agricultural Show. Heritage & Culture

Bantry town is alive with Heritage & Culture.
Over 200 years ago, in the Winter of 1796, a formidable French Armada, inspired by Theobald Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen, sailed from Brest in France. Their purpose was to invade Ireland, put an end to British rule and establish an independent Irish republic. Almost 50 warships carried 15,000 soldiers to the Southwest of County Cork.

Stormy chaos reigned and with ship-to ship communication largely disrupted, the invasion foundered the fleet eventually turning about for home. Ten ships were lost..... One of these, the frigate Surveillante, was too storm-damaged to make the return journey to France. She was scuttled off Whiddy Island and has lain undisturbed for almost 200 years. Rediscovered in 1982, the Surveillante was declared an Irish National Monument in 1985 and the work began on its recovery, conservation and exhibition. Wolfe Tone Square with its Monument of Wolfe Tone is named after Theobald Wolfe Tone.

During June July & August we offer visitors the opportunity of doing our heritage walks around the town which is free of charge to our visitors.

West Cork is recognised as a gourmet capital of Cork. Enjoy delicious Bantry Bay mussels, organic Murphy’s Salmon, Bantry Bay Prawns & Crab from Castletownbere all from the clean waters of Bantry Bay. West Cork Cheese is world renowned and has won worldwide awards and exported to many Countries.

Our beef, lamb, pork and chicken are of the highest quality farmed here in west cork by small farmers ensuring the highest quality from farm to fork. By Night
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Rally Launch - (Tue) 8 Oct 13

Posted: September 20, 2013 12:30 PM

The re-scheduled Official Launch and Press Reception of the 2013 Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Association with Bantry Development & Tourism Association will take place on Tuesday 8th October at 8.30pm in the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, Co Cork.

Mr Ger Hayes, C.O.C. of the event would like to invite everyone to attend. Further details of the event will be revealed at the launch.

All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Regulations / On Line Entry

Posted: September 18, 2013 12:43 PM

Event Poster

Posted: September 11, 2013 10:55 AM

Press Release 2

Posted: September 5, 2013 10:18 PM

“The Westlodge Hotel is delighted to welcome back the Skibbereen & District Car Club Fastnet Rally for a 3rd year in a row. The rally which will take place on Sunday October 27th is the final round of the Dunlop series and is also a counting round of the Southern 4 Rally Championship and the Carbery Plastics Skibbereen & District Car Club Championship and will prove a very exciting weekend.

As the Title Sponsor, the Westlodge Hotel is proud to be associated with Skibbereen & District Car Club and also the organising team behind the rally who organise such a fantastic rally each year. It is a great event for the town of Bantry as we have the opportunity to show what a beautiful area we have here in West Cork and also the range of amenities we have to offer to all visitors.

The hotel will be serving food from early in the morning to late at night and accommodation rates are available to suit all. We will have late bars each night and lots of rally footage to view in the hotel. We are looking forward to seeing you all here for what will be an exciting weekend of rallying.

Again, on behalf of myself, the management and the staff of the Westlodge Hotel, we are delighted to again be title sponsor for the 2013 Fastnet Rally. We look forward to a great weekend of rallying. We will extend a warm welcome to all competitors and spectators from far and wide. It promises to be a fantastic rallying weekend.”

John Paul Carroll
General Manager
Westlodge Hotel


Posted: August 28, 2013 11:09 AM

Skibbereen & District Car Club Fastnet Rally will take place on Sunday 27th October 2013 (October Bank Holiday Weekend). It is not only the final round of the Dunlop series but is also a counting round of the Southern 4 Rally Championship and the Carbery Plastics Skibbereen & District Car Club Championship.

The Westlodge Hotel is again the Title Sponsor of the 2013 Fastnet Rally based in Bantry, Co Cork. That’s the news just announced by the Clerk of the Course for the Event, Mr. Ger Hayes. “We are pleased to confirm that The Westlodge Hotel will yet again sponsor the 2013 Fastnet Rally. We are more than happy to be associated with one of the leading hotels in the West Cork Area.”

Clerk of the Course for the 2013 event, Ger Hayes said, “I am happy to say that we value our association with our sponsors, and believe that a great feeling of trust has built up between our sponsor and Skibbereen & District Car Club, allowing for the partnership to continue into the 2013 season. We are also thrilled with the involvement and the backing of the Bantry Development & Tourism Association which will play a key role in developing a tremendously successful rally”.

It is predicted that there will be a top line up of local and international competitors and entry fees will be very competitive for all.

Centralised service is in Bantry on Sunday and will continue to be a feature of the event.

The organising team has designed the most demanding new route to test man and machine over the bank holiday weekend.

Exceptional accommodation deals are available at Rally HQ - the Westlodge Hotel, for crews and followers alike. Bookings and information at 027-50360.

Ger Hayes, Clerk of the Course commented;
“The Skibbereen & District Car Club Fastnet Rally will take place on 27th October 2013, and we all look forward to a special motorsport week-end again in Bantry, Co Cork, mark it in your diary now!”

Club Website

Posted: August 28, 2013 11:07 AM

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