Galway Summer Rally - 31 Aug 14

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Round 6 - 2014 National Rally Championship
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BOYLE’S BEST IN BALLINASLOE - Report courtesy of Dunlop Proud sponsors of the National Rally Championship

Posted: October 3, 2017 10:31 AM

Defending Dunlop National Rally champions Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru WRC) took a start to finish victory in the Ballinasloe based Carlton Shearwater Hotel Galway Summer Rally, round six of the Dunlop series to maintain their back to back title aspirations. At the end of the nine stage event they were 57.6 seconds in front of the Subaru WRC of Welsh ace Hugh Hunter and his co-driver Andy Marchbank.

Clonmel’s Roy White (MG ZR) and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien were third followed by Welsh driver Steve Wood (Subaru WRC) and his Limerick co-driver Keith Moriarty. All four drivers along with Tyrone’s Paddy McVeigh (Subaru WRC), who failed to finish in Ballinasloe, remain in the title hunt for the Vard Memorial Trophy, the two remaining rounds are the Clare Rally and the Donegal Harvest Rally.

Meanwhile, the Group N category was won by Monaghan’s Josh Moffett/John Rowan and Kerry’s PJ O'Dowd/John Young (Talbot Sunbeam) took the laurels in the Historic section. On the opening stage near Aughrim, Boyle set the pace and led Hunter by 4.8 seconds with Roy White (MG ZR) best of the rest in third – 10.2 seconds further behind. Derek McGarrity retired his Mini WRC due to oil pump failure less than half way through the stage.

Completing the three stage loop with a string of fastest times, Boyle arrived at the Ballinasloe service park with a lead of 28.3 seconds over Hunter, who lost time at the start of S.S. 2 when he had problems with the launch control. Indeed, the episode seemed to fluster the Welshman and he admitted he took time to regain his composure.

Even though he was stymied by a loss of power that was related to a turbo issue, Wood slotted into third some 24 seconds further behind but just a fraction of a second ahead of the MG ZR of Roy White, who was untroubled.

Josh Moffett in fifth held control of the Group N category – he was some 45 seconds in front of Stephen McCann with Shane Maguire twelve seconds further behind.

Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett and Paddy McVeigh were next in classification, the former had brake troubles and the latter was concerned about the transmission. The top ten was completed by the Escorts of Jonathan Pringle, who was just 1.3 seconds ahead of Frank Kelly, Galway’s Tom Curley (Subaru WRC) was tenth.

Admitting to setting a fast pace Boyle dominated the second loop and duly extended his advantage over Hunter to 57.9 seconds, the latter dropped time with fuel pump problems, switching pumps failed to sort the problem. White regained third at the expense of Wood, who continued to have the power issue.

Having sorted the brake problems Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) improved his performance, he held fifth as Josh Moffett arrived into service with a broken exhaust manifold that occurred on the fifth stage.

Paddy McVeigh (Subaru WRC) retired after the fourth stage with transmission woes while Jonathan Pringle was forced to retire when he damaged the steering of his Ford Escort following an altercation with a chicane bale.

Frank Kelly took up the mantle as leader of the two wheel drive category, however, his Escort sustained a broken halfshaft close to the finish of the sixth stage. Pat Donegan (Escort) in eighth place was his closest rival and was some 34 seconds behind as he gave a much better performance through the second loop.

Seeded at No. 72, Limerick driver Sean Liston (BMW E30) was up into ninth place, he had overheating troubles on the second stage and broke a suspension mount on the fourth stage. Russell Woods (Ford Escort) completed the top ten.

Elsewhere, Shane Maguire was eleventh in general classification and second in Group N. Kerry’s Mike Quinn (Ford Escort) occupied twelfth ahead of top Galway driver, Neil Pierce (Honda Civic), he was 11.7 seconds ahead of another Galwegian, David Quigley, also in a Honda Civic. Tom Curley (Subaru WRC) and Pat Kelly (Subaru) both retired during the second loop.

Boyle went on to record his third win of the Dunlop series with Hunter and White completing the top three. Wood was fourth in a top six that also included Kevin Barrett and Group N winner Josh Moffett. Frank Kelly (Ford Escort) won the Modified section ahead of Pat Donegan (Escort).

The Dunlop “Drive of the Day” was won by the Limerick crew of Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh-Liston (BMW E30), who were eleventh overall, they had a misfire on the seventh stage. Neil Pierce (Honda Civic) won the Ger Conway Trophy for the highest placed Galway driver, he finished 13th. overall and first in Class 11F.


Posted: October 3, 2017 10:30 AM

1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) 77m 22s,
2 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) 78m 20s,
3 Roy White/James O'Brien (MG ZR S2400) 79m 46s,
4 Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) 80m 33s,
5 Kevin Barrett/Anthony Nestor (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) 81m 27s,
6 Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 81m 43s,
7 Frank Kelly/Russell Harold (Ford Escort MkII) 81m 55s,
8 Pat Donegan/Alan Keena (Ford Escort MkII) 82m 39s,
9 Shane Maguire/Stephen Thornton (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 84m 10s,
10 Russell Woods/Pauric Sheridan (Ford Escort MkII) 84m 14s.

Production class:
1 Josh Moffett/John Rowan. Two wheel drive award:
Frank Kelly/Russell Harold.

1 P J O'Dowd/John Young (Sunbeam) 52m 33s.

1 Ger Lyons/Steve O'Brien (Civic) 59m 01s,
2 Sean Brady/Pauric Murtagh (Civic) 59m 22s,
3 Richard Moore/Conor Moore (Civic) 59m 35s.

SS1-9 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)

Stage Winners
SS1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS2 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS3 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS4 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS5 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS6 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS7 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC S11)
SS8 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)
SS9 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B)

DUNLOP DRIVE FOR FIVE IN BALLINASLOE - Preview courtesy of Dunlop Proud Sponsors of the National Rally Championship 2014

Posted: August 31, 2014 7:46 AM

FIVE drivers can still win the Dunlop National Rally Championship that continues on Sunday next with the Carlton Shearwater Hotel Galway Summer Rally in Ballinasloe. The nine stage rally, round six of the campaign will play a pivotal role in the destiny of the magnificent Vard Memorial Trophy. The Galway organisers have attracted a capacity entry along with a reserve list that highlights the popularity of the Dunlop series that is based on the best six scores from eight events.

Top seed and last year’s winner in Galway, Welsh ace Hugh Hunter (Subaru) is one of the Dunlop title chasing quintet, he has already dropped two rounds and must score significant points in Ballinasloe to remain in contention.

It is a similar situation for defending Dunlop champion, Declan Boyle (Subaru WRC), who retired whilst leading the last round in Clonmel. The Donegal driver can, provided he takes maximum points in county Galway and the events in Clare and Donegal, reach the 100 points tally and possibly win the title on what would be the lowest points total in the history of the Dunlop series. Of course there are numerous permutations at this point but it is likely that the title hopes of possibly one of the five will end on Sunday.

Tyrone’s Paddy McVeigh had his first non-finish of the season in Clonmel last time out and has lost the lead of the series to Welshman Steve Wood, they are seeded at three and four respectively, Wood claimed second placed points in Clonmel. Of the title chasing quintet, Clonmel’s Roy White could actually finish with a points total of 109, however, he is very much aware that this is not realistic and he has admitted he will be quite content to secure another top three finish in the series against the more powerful WRC brigade.

Antrim’s Derek McGarrity will compete in a Mini Cooper WRC, he was a regular in the Dunlop series a few years ago and it will be interesting to see how he will fare, like Darragh O’Riordan in the last round, McGarrity will run his car in Class 20. That last Dunlop round in Clonmel provided Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) with his best finish of the current season, the Maynooth driver is a former winner of this event.

Although the top ten also includes Alan Ring in the Mel Evans hired S12B Subaru WRC, the Castleisland driver has withdrawn as the Subaru WRC will not be repaired in time following his exit in Clonmel.

Wexford’s James Stafford took maximum points in Clonmel and is still involved in the award – for the top two wheel drive in overall classification, currently he trails Frank Kelly by 15 points, he could also play a key role in splitting the Dunlop contenders. Reigning Irish Forest champion Michael O'Brien (Ford Focus WRC) completes the top ten as he builds up to a full attack on next season’s series.

In Group N, Josh Moffett (Mitsubishi), who missed the last round but still heads the classification for the Motorsport Safety Group N award occupies the number eleven berth. Opposition in Galway includes Shane Maguire, who cut the deficit to seven points and former leader Neil Tohill. Pat Kirk, Stephen McCann, Rob Duggan, Daniel Cronin and Gus Kearney, all in Mitsubishi’s are also on the entry.

Meanwhile, the entertaining Frank Kelly, a winner of the Dunlop Mk. 2 Challenge heads a plethora of Ford Escorts. His rival in the Dunlop series, Viv Hamill along with Pat Donegan, Jonathan Pringle, who won the title last year, Gary Kiernan, Ed O'Callaghan, Tom Flaherty, Mike Quinn, Michael Curran, Martin McGee, Jim McKenna and Ed Synan provide fascinating opposition.

The top Galway driver amongst the capacity entry is Tom Curley (Subaru WRC) others such as Pat Kelly (Subaru), Tom Flaherty (Ford Escort), Neil Pierce (Honda Civic), David Quigley (Honda Civic), Maurice Greaney (Mitsubishi) Paul Curley (Subaru), Kenneth Hogan (Mitsubishi) and Richard Whelan (Honda Civic) will endeavour to impress on home ground.

Meanwhile, in the Dunlop Junior Championship just four points cover the top three drivers - Clare’s Niall O'Sullivan (Citroen C2), Roscommon’s Cormac Phelan (Citroen C2 R2) and Cavan’s Damian O'Reilly all of whom are competing on Sunday.

The Dunlop Historic Championship has been won by the Kerry crew of Kerry’s PJ O’Dowd/John Young (Talbot Sunbeam).

Entry List is oversubscribed for the weekend’s Galway Summer Rally!

Posted: August 27, 2014 1:55 PM

Galway Motor Club is delighted to confirm that there have been in excess of 140 teams entered for next weekend’s big Carlton Shearwater Hotel Galway Summer Rally. The competing teams, their sponsors and crews, and the hundreds of spectators that will line the route will bring a welcome late season boost to tourism and visitor numbers to Galway city and county over the weekend. The event is Round 5 of the Dunlop National Championship of Ireland and Round 4 of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship.

The place to be on Saturday 30th August is Ballinasloe. The rally will start with afternoon scrutineering of cars at the Headquarters, the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, from 2pm. There follows a Ceremonial Start at 7.30pm for the top seeded cars and local drivers. These are ideal opportunities to see the rally cars and drivers up close prior to the start of the competition. Entertainment continues with a Barbeque and Tractor Build event at 9.00pm that evening in The Carlton Shearwater Hotel

Traffic Diversions:

In order to facilitate the safe running of the event there will be temporary Road Closures on certain roads in East county Galway on Sunday 31st August. All will be clearly sign posted and marshalled. All residents affected have been informed of the times and arrangements and the details have been advertised by Galway County Council.

Nominated Galway Charity:

The organisers have chosen the Galway Parkinson’s Association as its charity partner. The charity’s volunteers will be promoting awareness at various locations along the route and all support will be much appreciated by them.

Leading Entries :

The entries have been seeded by the organisers and the rally winner is likely to come from one of the top 10 seeds. The number 1 seed will be reserved for last year’s winner, Hugh Hunter from Wales in his Subaru WRC. He will be co driven by Andy Marchbank. Other top seeds in similar Subaru World Rally cars are current Dunlop National Champions, the Donegal cousins, Declan and Brian Boyle, Steve Wood (Wales), Paddy Mc Veigh (Dungannon), Kevin Barrett (Maynooth), and Alan Ring (Kerry). Driving a Ford Focus WRC will be the current Irish Forestry Rally Champion, Michael O Brien, (Cork), while former National Champion, Peadar Hurson from Newry will drive an Escort WRC. Roy White from Clonmel will be driving the unique MG ZR, also capable of taking a win, while the leading Group N car is that of Monaghan’s Josh Moffett.

There are a total of 10 crews from outside of Ireland taking part in this year’s event, some travelling from Australia, USA and Canada, others from London, Wales and other parts of the UK.

Leading Local Entries:

Members of Galway Motor Club taking part in the event will be seeking to put their name on the Conroy Cup. This cup has been presented annually for the past 25 years to the highest placed Galway Motor Club crew. Winners in 2013 were Eamon Dervan from Loughrea, co driven by Brian Mc Namara, in his Escort Mk2, who will be seeking to retain the cup in 2014. The other leading Galway drivers will include:

    Driver Navigator Address Car
    Tom Flaherty Leon Jordan Galway Escort RS
    Pat Kelly Jonathan Kelly Galway Subaru STi
    Neil Peirce Enda O’Leary Loughrea Honda Civic
    James Whelan Sarah Whelan Galway Honda Civic
    Stephen Greaney Kieran Feeney Loughrea Escort Mk2
    Paul Curley Jason Ollernshaw Galway Subaru
    Frank Byrnes David Ray Oranmore Peugeot 206
    Frank Cunningham Aaron Forde Carnmore Porsche 911
    Jonathan Cunningham Ross Forde Claregalway Honda Civic
The event will also include an Escort Mk2 Challenge, sponsored by Galway company GRP4 Fabrications. Apart from the local Escort drivers, a great battle is expected between Cavan drivers, Russell Woods, Gary Kiernan, and Jonathan Pringle, Mike Quinn from Clare, Ed O Callaghan from Limerick, Meath’s Pat Donegan and Donegal’s Martin McGee.

Route :

The rally route on Sunday August 31st will cover 9 closed road stages in east Galway. The rally Service Park will be in Ballinasloe Mart, by kind permission of the Mart Committee. The cars will visit the service park on three occasions during the day for checks, tyre changes etc. Sunday evening will see the Ceremonial Finish at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel at approximately 5.00pm. Admission to all events on Sunday is free.

Rally Programmes:

The Official Rally Programme contains full listings of all of the entrants, all stage times, service area times, detailed Ordnance Survey Route Maps and all of the information required to locate the many spectator access points. The programme is available from the Headquarters and from various filling stations, newsagents and outlets in the city and county listed on the rally website,

Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: August 27, 2014 1:39 PM

Entry Lists & Reseve List

Posted: August 21, 2014 8:14 PM

1 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) [ 8]
2 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [ 8]
3 Paddy McVeigh/Mcelhinney Gary (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [ 8]
4 Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [ 8]
5 Roy White/James O'Brien (MG ZR) [20]
6 Derek McGarrity/James McKee (BMW Mini Cooper S WRC) [20]
7 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [ 8]
8 Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [ 8]
9 James Stafford/Amy Ryan (Darrian T90 GTR) [14]
10 Michael O'Brien/TBA (Ford Focus WRC) [ 8]
11 Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
12 Frank Kelly/Russell Harold (Ford Escort MK2) [14]
14 Pat Kirk/John McElhinney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
15 Shane Maguire/Stephen Thornton (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
16 Tom Curley/Martin Brady (Subaru Impreza WRC S9) [8]
17 Stephen MaCann/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
18 Viv Hamill/TBA (Ford Escort MK2) [14]
19 Pat Donegan/Alan Keena (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
20 Pringle Jonathan/Byrne Martin (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
21 Gary Kiernan/Niall Tierney (Ford Escort MK2) [13]
22 ED O'Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
23 Pat Kelly/Jonathan Kelly (Subaru Impreza STI) [ 8]
24 Tom Flaherty/Leon Jordan (Ford Escort RS Mk2) [14]
25 Mike Quinn/Donal Balfe (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
26 Michael Curran/TBA (Ford Escort MK2) [14]
27 Martin McGee/Denis O'Mahony (Ford Escort MK2) [13]
28 Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor (Ford Escort MK2) [14]
29 Ed Synan/Denis O'Connell (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
30 Mark Dolphin/Finbarr Quirke (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
31 Alan Sherdian/Plunkett Paddy (TBA TBA) [14]
32 Russell Woods/Pauric Sheridan (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
33 Rob Duggan/Noel O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
34 Neil Pierce/Enda O'Leary (Honda Civic EK4) [11F]
35 Eddie Power/Mark Bowens (Toyota Corolla) [15]
36 Tom Cahill/Barry McNulty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [15]
37 David Quigley/Des Sherlock (Honda Civic EK4) [11F]
38 Maurice Greaney/Keith McHugh (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
39 Sean Gallagher/Claire Gallagher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
40 Neil Tohill/Gerard Tohill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
41 Paul Curley/Jason Ollerenshaw (Subaru Impreza N12B) [20]
42 Kenneth Hogan/Sean Burke (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
43 Richard Whelan/David Mannion (Honda Civic) [11F]
44 Terence O'Shaughnessy/Mickey McGrath (Toyota Corolla Twincam) [11R]
45 Kevin Bradley/Graham Henderson (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
46 Paul McCann/Tomas McCann (Ford Escort Cosworth) [15]
47 Ryan Loughran/Emmet Sherry (Ford Escort) [11R]
48 Paraic Cummins/Graham Kelly (Ford Fiesta) [14]
49 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort RS) [14]
50 JJ Callanan/Patrick Curley (Ford Escort RS Mk2) [14]
51 Pauric McGee/Shane Barry (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [ 2]
52 Daniel Cronin/Shane Buckley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
53 Justin Comer/Adrain Comer (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [15]
54 Lloyd Hutchinson/Willie Fitzpatrick (Austin Mini Cooper S) [ 9]
55 Kevin Eves/Chris Melly (Peugeot 208 R2) [ 6]
56 Calvin Beattie/TBA (Ford Fiesta R2) [ 6]
57 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [11F]
58 Mark Kennedy/Ian O'Leary (Suzuki Swift maxi) [11F]
59 Colin Flanagan/Patrick Brides (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [15]
60 Frank Wray/Joe McNulty (Subaru Impreza WRC) [ 8]
61 Darren Young/Sean Walsh (Honda Civic) [11F]
62 David Geraghty/Robert Nolan (Honda Civic EK4) [11F]
63 Jonathan Cunningham/Ross Forde (Honda Civic) [11F]
64 Andrew Slattery/Andrew Browne (Peugeot 208 R2) [ 6]
65 Alan Shiel/Shane Reidy (Honda Civic) [11F]
66 Enda McLoughlin/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
67 William Cavanagh/Olivia Coen (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
68 Mike Dolan/Derek Flynn (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [11F]
69 Sean Moran/Mark Sullivan (Toyota Corolla RWD) [13]
70 John Collins/Peter McDonnell (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
71 Vincent Collins/Jane Collins (Ford Escort) [12]
72 Sean Liston/Katrina Walsh Liston (BMW E30) [13]
73 Frank Cunningham/Arron Forde (Porsche 911) [18]
74 Eoin Woods/Jonathan Carroll (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
75 Joe McCarthy/Jason O'Brien (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
76 Jason Roycroft/Nicole O'Shea (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
77 Jason Tuthill/Ben Teggart (Ford Escort Mk1) [11R]
78 Jason Costello/Garry Carroll (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
79 Justin Smyth/James McCarville (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
80 PJ O'Dowd/John Young (Talbot Sunbeam) [18]
81 Ciaran Burke/Darina Joyce (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
82 Sam Johnston/Nigel McCloughry (Honda Civic) [11F]
83 Shane O'Rourke/Alan McGovern (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
84 Frank Byrnes/Dave Ray (Peugeot 206 Cup Car) [11F]
85 Donal McGrath/Finbarr Fogarty (Toyota Corolla RWD) [11R]
86 Paudie Casey/Tony McCarthy (Toyota Corolla Twin Cam) [13]
87 Adrain Cannon/Padraic Heaney (TBA TBA) [11F]
88 Patrick Herity/Justin Gilmartin (Toyota Corolla RWD) [13]
89 Brendan Dunne/Brendan Murphy (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
90 Declan Forde/Chris King (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
91 Tom Ryan/Carrie Moroney (Opel Corsa) [11F]
92 Fergal Keane/Mark O'Looney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [20]
93 John Murphy/Martin O'Connor (Subaru Impreza) [20]
94 Liam Higgins/Paul Cummins (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) [15]
95 Mckillen Max/Tim McQuaid (Citroen C2 R2) [ 6]
96 Ger McDonagh/Ken Flanagan (Subaru Impreza) [15]
97 Kieran Donohue/Stephen Monahan (Subaru Impreza N) [15]
98 Anthony Masterson/Tommy Clinton (Ford Escort RS1600) [10]
99 Gus Kearney/Eddie O'Neill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [ 4]
100 Dermot Riordan/Jill White (Honda Civic) [11F]
101 Damien Boyle/Joseph Boyle (Honda Civic) [11F]
102 Ian Graham/Damien Duffin (Mitsubishi Lancer) [20]
103 Ian Davies/Ryland James (TBA Ford Escort MK2) [13]
104 James Power/Declan Kelly (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
106 PA Bellew/Michaela McGinn (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
107 Eamonn Barrett/Ken Kenneally (Ford Escort Mk2) [ 9]
108 Joachim Buckley/James Foley (Peugeot 306 S16) [ 7]
109 James Brett/Ayrton Sherlock (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
110 Paul Horan/Robbie Ward (Honda Civic EK4) [11F]
111 John O'Sullivan/Juha Bos (Citroen C2) [14]
112 Joe Donoghue/Dylan Donoghue (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
113 Jason Currid/John Conway (Ford Escort) [ 9]
114 Dermot McGroary/Donal Bradley (Talbot Talbot sunbeam) [10]
115 Mike Costello/Paddy Costello (Ford Escort Mk2) [11R]
116 Gearoid O'Regan/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [ 6]
117 Maurice Browne/James Browne (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
118 Joseph Monaghan/Kevin Monaghan (Honda Civic) [ 2]
119 Eamonn McCafferty/ TBA (Ford Puma) [ 5]
120 Mark Ewing/ TBA (Honda Civic Type R) [ 3]
121 Paul McHugh/Billy Riordan (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
122 John Duffy/John Egan (Honda Integra Type R) [ 7]
123 Bardon Alan/ TBA (Honda Civic) [11R]
124 Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
125 Gerard Dineen/Donal Dineen (Toyota Starlet RWD) [12]
126 Niall Keane/Conor Keane (Talbot Sunbeam) [18]
127 Iarla Carty/Joe Whyte (Austin Mini) [18]
128 Martin Creaven/Shane Creaven (Ford Escort) [18]
129 Patrick Condon/Kieran Daly (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
130 David Keane/Owen Gibbons (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
131 Francis Kelly/Sinead O'Donavan (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
132 Dave Walsh/Sean Mullins (Ford Escort) [12]
133 Mark Gordon/ TBA (Honda Civic) [11F]
134 Jarlath Conneely/Michael Hynes (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
135 Hodgins Ger/Ledwith Brian (Opel Manta) [13]
136 John Walsh/Philip Walsh (Honda Civic EK4) [ 6]
137 John Kenny/Charlie McEnery (Ford Escort Mk2) [ 9]
138 Jonathan Morrow/Denver Rafferty (Toyota Ae86) [11R]
139 Martin Greenwood/Aiden Connolly (Honda Civic Vtec) [11F]
140 John Fitzpatrick/James Comer (Honda EG6) [11F]
141 Alex Adams/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
142 Michael Fitzgibbon/Keith Tierney (Honda Civic) [11F]
143 Kenneth Ryan/Keith McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk2) [ 9]

144 Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) [11F]
145 Mike Murphy/Karl Byrne (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
146 David Manning/Patricia Manning (Peugeot 306 S16) [ 7]
147 Conal Doherty/Declan Doherty (Citroen Saxo) [10]
148 Hibbitt Pat/ TBA (Honda Civic 1.6VTI) [ 2]
149 Denis O'Brien/Ryan O'Brien (Opel Corsa) [10]
161 Shane Buckley/TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [13]
150 O Rourke Colin/ TBA (TBA TBA) []
151 Mark Finnegan/Brian McLoughlin (Suzuki Swift GTI) [ 9]
152 Adrian Sweeney/Paddy McCrudden (Peugeot 207) [11F]
153 Andrew Lehane/Cliff Desmond (Honda Civic) [11F]
154 Noel McCarthy/Eamon Creadon (Ford Escort Mk2) [ 9]
155 Martin Geraghty/ TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [ 2]
156 Tadhg O'Sullivan/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
157 Larry Brady/Paddy Brady (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
158 Anthony Keating/Kevin Enright (Ford Escort G4) [ 9]
159 Martin McLaughlin/Martin McLaughlin (Ford Escort) [11F]
160 Con Mulcahy/Jonathan Keane (Vauxhall Nova) [10]

No Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
1 Cormac Phelan/Katja Auhl (Citroen C2 R2) [16]
2 Niall O'Sullivan/Sean O'Crowley (Citroen C2) [16]
3 Damian O'Reilly/Damien McCabe (Ford Escort Mk2) [16]
4 Ger Lyons/Steve O'Brien (TBA TBA) [16]
5 Andrew Ryan/Tommy Hayes (Honda Civic) [16]
6 Sean Brady/Pauric Murtagh (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
7 Kenneth Quirke/ TBA (Talbot Sunbeam) [16]
8 James Whelan/Sarah Whelan (Honda Civic) [16]
9 Alan Gibbons/Noel Mulvihill (Honda EG6) [16]
10 Andrew Sheehan/Cian Corbett (Honda Civic eg6) [16]
11 Justin Ryan/Andy Walsh (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
12 Patrick Lawlor/Kevin Rohan (Honda Civic) [16]
14 Brian Brady/Leonard Tuite (Peugeot 106 Rallye) [16]
15 Darragh Kenny/Niall Healy (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
16 Neil Martin Brogan/Conal McNulty (Honda Civic) [16]
17 Patrica Greavy/ TBA (Honda Civic) [16]
18 Ger Cullinane/Muireann Hayes (Toyota Starlet) [16]
19 John O'Sullivan/Linda Curtin (Honda Civic Type R) [16]
20 Cathal Keane/Laura Mulrooney (Honda Civic) [16]
21 Kieran O Donoghue/Rob Duggan (Honda Civic) [16]

Reserve list will be updated at:

Pre Rally BBQ & Tractor Build - (Sat)

Posted: August 13, 2014 2:27 PM

Galway Motor Club gears up for big 40th Summer Rally.

Posted: August 12, 2014 11:21 AM

At the recent rally launch, Ollie Turner, Galway Bay FM, Garrett Mc Guiness, Manager Carlton Clearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe,
Mark Parsons, President Galway Motor Club, and Donal Scannell, President Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce.

Preparations are well advanced for the Galway Summer Stages Rally which takes place over the weekend of 30th and 31st August next. The event is sponsored by the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe and is supported by the Ballinasloe Traders. As Round 6 of the Dunlop National Championship, and Round 4 of the Top Part West Coast Championship, a full entry of 130 of Irelands top line rally drivers will take part.

The Clerk of the Course is Mark Parsons, Galway Motor Club President, an experienced organiser and rally competitor. The 2014 event will return to a full weekend format with Scrutiny, Ceremonial Start and entertainment on Saturday 30th August at the Rally Headquarters, The Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe. The Sunday route will then cover 9 special stages in the East Galway area. Official Rally Programmes with full time schedules and detailed maps and full entry lists will be available in the week before the event.

The rally format will bring a welcome boost to visitor numbers to Galway County. The event generates a requirement for approximately 1000 bed nights in the area over the weekend.

Mark Parsons, Clerk of the Course, said
“Galway Motor Club is indebted to the staff of Galway County Council, An Garda Siochana, Failte Ireland, the Road Safety Authority, our sponsors, the 300 volunteer marshals from all over Ireland, and most of all the residents along the route for their assistance with temporary road closures to ensure the safe running of the event.”

The Galway Summer Stages Rally is an event that is sanctioned by the FIA under an official Permit issued by Motorsport Ireland, and supported by the RSA – The Road Safety Authority of Ireland. The ‘Keep the Race in its Place’ campaign is extremely successful in talking to predominantly young people who follow motorsport. The Galway Motor Club is eager to remind everyone of the need to drive safely at all times – hence the message “Keep the Race in its Place’’. All competing cars will carry this logo and message. A comprehensive traffic management plan has been put in place with the support of the Gardai.

The 2013 Galway Summer Rally was a great success. Two crews from Wales finished in the top two places, both driving Subaru World Rally Cars. Hugh Hunter was the clear winner, with James Belton in second place. Cork driver Daragh O Riordan finished a close third in his Fiesta WRC. The first Galway Summer Rally took place 40 years ago, in 1974, and the winning driver was Sean Campbell from Newry in his Escort RS.

The Galway Summer Rally attracts a large entry from Galway Motor Club members, all vying for the prestigious Conroy Cup. The cup has been presently annually since 1989 to the highest placed car crewed by club members. Current holder of the cup is Eamon Dervan from Loughrea, who was navigated by Brian Mc Namara when winning the cup in his Mk2 Escort in 2013.

Rally Launch - (Fri) 25 Jul 14

Posted: July 18, 2014 9:06 AM

The Carlton Shearwater Galway Summer Rally launches on July 25th In The Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe @ 8pm
All are welcome


Posted: July 17, 2014 5:34 PM

Galway Motor Club, organisers of the Galway Summer Rally, are delighted to announce that The Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe in association with Ballinasloe Town will be again be the title sponsors of the 2014 Galway Summer Stages Rally.

Garrett McGuiness, General Manager of The Carlton commented “We are delighted along with Ballinasloe Town to be the title sponsor of such a prestigious event again in 2014. The Carlton Shearwater, one of the newest Galway Hotels, is an exquisite 4 star hotel and spa resort with easy access to Galway and Athlone. Ideally situated at Marina Point on the majestic River Suck, one of the most beautiful rivers in the country, this is the perfect retreat.

Donal Scannell, President of Ballinasloe Chamber Of Commerce said
“We are thrilled to have the rally based in Ballinasloe again following the huge success of last year’s event. The rally brings a great buzz to the town as well as a much needed boost to the local economy. Ballinasloe is an ideal location for the rally given its central location and access to the M6 Motorway. Welcome to the Gateway To The West”

Mark Parsons, Clerk of the Course for the Galway Summer Rally stated,
“The Carlton Shearwater Hotel and Ballinasloe Town is an ideal sponsor for the Galway Summer Rally. The Carlton Group has an established connection with the exciting sport of motor rallying through sponsorship of other rally events. The town of Ballinasloe could not have been more helpful in our preparations to date.

The Rally will take place over the weekend of August 30th and August 31st and will be a round of the Dunlop National and Top Part West Coast Championships. Three new real Galway stages await competitors. The Headquarters will be The Carlton Shearwater Hotel with Service and Scrutiny in close proximity. The event is expected to attract a full entry of over 130 cars and teams to the town.

Galway Motor Club endorses the Road Safety Authority’s “Keep the Race in Its Place” initiative


Posted: July 13, 2014 12:49 PM

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