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Tyrone Stages Rally - (Sat) 29 Jul 17

Posted: August 14, 2017 6:02 AM - 10030 Hits

Round 4 - 2017 Northern Ireland Rally Championship

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Posted: August 14, 2017 6:02 AM

In Car

Posted: August 14, 2017 5:57 AM

Donall Sweeney & Deane O'Sullivan (Ford Escort Mk 2) SS5

James McCarville & Paddy McCrudden (Ford Escort MkII) SS9

Declan Hall & Chrissy Corr (Toyota Corolla) SS1

Desi Drives to Great Tyrone Stages Victory! - Round Four of the 2017 MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship!

Posted: August 14, 2017 5:48 AM

Desi Henry from Portglenone with his Cork co-driver Liam Moynihan guided their Skoda Fabia R5 to a convincing victory on the fourth round of the 2017 MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship on Saturday. The Tyrone Stages Rally run by the Cookstown Motor Club attracted a bumper entry of over one hundred crews, for nine closed road stages, three loops of three tests all bases close to the rally headquarters at Loughery College.

Number one seed and championship leader Derek McGarrity with a S14 Subaru Impreza this time was also one of the first retirements. “On stage one I just felt the engine tightening up and we pulled in. That was it, but we will aim to convert this car to gravel for the Lakeland” said the Belfast driver. It wasn’t a good morning for the S14 Subaru’s with Alan Carmichael’s example retiring with gearbox failure, Alan another championship challenger, third in the points race entering this round. Kenny McKinstry reunited with co-driver Robbie Philpott, scored fifth place despite a small over-shoot and running in road mode on stage with his S14 Impreza.

Tyre choice was a factor after over-night rain, and threatening rain clouds during the day, a heavy shower appearing before the final loop. At the front Peader Hurson took fastest time on stage one, but he was set to drop behind the charging R5 Fabia’s of Desi Henry and Marty McCormack, who was fortunate not to puncture after breaking a wheel on a rock. Marty was picking up confidence all day in his car sporting a new body-shell after his big Ypres crash.
“My confidence is coming back all day. It’s virtually a new car so I’m getting the feel for it again and it’s good to see an event like this running in this format.” Desi Henry took a lead he was never to relinquish, and a stunning time on the fifth stage widened the gap to McCormack and Hurson who was still learning his Fiesta WRC. Jonny Greer, second in the points race entering this event was fourth in the Citroen DS3 R5, but on stage six the Carryduff chargers rally ended with a fuel pressure problem, meaning that the top three in the McGrady points table all retired!

One of the talking points of the rally was the performance of Cookstown’s Philip Allen on his first closed road rally in the Mini WRC. Son of the late Glenn Allen- the 2007 NI Rally Champion, Philip had Eugene Donnelly in the co-driver’s seat and the pair where sensationally second fastest on the first stage. A spin and stall on stage three cost them almost twenty seconds, but fourth place overall was a fabulous result, which won praise from his co-driver. “Philip did amazingly well today. He realised early on the importance of the pace-notes and he really listened. We wanted to finish, that was important but he did more much than just that.” A late retirement from the top ten, with clutch trouble was Daniel Barry in his Peugeot Super 2000, whilst Niall Devine had an excellent run to lift the Group N spoils and take seventh in his Evo 9. Group N series leader Clive Kilpatrick’s challenge was delayed with an excursion on stage eight.

In the two wheel drive battle Armagh’s Damien Toner took a splendid sixth place overall in his MK2 Escort and always a slight advantage from the start which he extended on the second loop, from Adrian Hetherington, who pulled out after a minor excursion on stage seven. Donall Sweeney took eighth overall and the class six win in his two litre MK2 Escort, and former ANICC Junior 1000 Champion- William Creighton was a fine ninth overall in the Peugeot 208 R2. Kyle White in his similar machine ended up stuck in a ditch on stage four and retired this time out. No such issues for Isle of Mull visitor Callum Duffy in tenth making a debut of a newly built MK2 Escort. Other two wheel driver runners to hit trouble were Keith White who ran into transmission problems, event sponsor Enda McNulty in his MK2 who was a late retirement and Marty Toner who retired the Sunbeam with some light damage.

The Historic race was dominated by a charging Stanley Orr in his MK1 Escort BDA, with Raymond Johnston in his FIA specification MK2 RS1800 second, and Stephen Mawhinney’s Lotus Sunbeam third. Championship leader Drew Wylie in his RS1800 was also in the hunt until gearbox trouble forced retirement on the middle loop.

Other class winners were: Gareth Deazley- class 1 (Honda Civic), Ryan Murray- class 3 (Peugeot 205 Gti), Jonny Cargo- class 5 (MK2 Escort), Niall Henry- class 8 (Evo 10).

The big winners on the day however were Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan who eased off over the final slippery loop to claim a 12.6 second victory.
“We had a ball today!” commented Desi at the finish. “We really enjoyed the rally, and thanks to the team we had no issues with the car. It was by no means an easy event, very challenging special stages, technical in places and with the weather changing for the final loop everything was thrown in. All in all it was a good event, and hopefully it will be back on again next year.”

Round five of the McGrady Insurance series will see the crews switch to gravel for the traditional Lakeland Stages Rally, over the classic Fermanagh forest tests, run by the Enniskillen Motor Club. The final round scheduled for the Down Forests has been cancelled due to issues of usage for key forests, so it’s expected that an announcement will be made soon whether the reserve event planned for the 4th November will round off the 2017 championship.


Posted: August 14, 2017 5:47 AM


Posted: August 14, 2017 5:46 AM

1 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) 41:50.9
2 Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5) 42:03.5
3 Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 42:15.1
4 Philip Allen/Eugene Donnelly (Mini Cooper WRC) 42:44.4
5 Kenny McKinstry/Robbie Philpott (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) 43:26.5
6 Damian Toner/Denver Rafferty (Ford Escort MkII) 43:39.6
7 Niall Devine/Kieran McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 44:42.2
8 Donall Sweeney/Deane O'Sullivan (Ford Escort MkII) 44:42.5
9 William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2) 44:56.7
10 Calum Duffy/Iain Duffy (Ford Escort MkII) 45:00.2

Class Winners
Class 1:  Gareth Deazley/James Duffin (Honda Civic)
Class 2:  Niall Devine/Kieran McGrath (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo)
Class 3:  Ryan Murray/Kerry Murray (Peugeot 205 GTi)
Class 4:  William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2)
Class 5:  Jonny Cargo/David McElroy (Ford Escort MkII)
Class 6:  Donall Sweeney/Deane O'Sullivan (Ford Escort MkII)
Class 7:  Damian Toner/Denver Rafferty (Ford Escort)
Class 8:  Niall Henry/Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
Class 9:  Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta)
Class 10:  Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
Class 11:  Stanley Orr/Stephen McAuley (Ford Escort)
Class 12:  Raymond Johnston/Marc Johnston (Ford Escort RS1800)

SS1 Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS2-9 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)

Stage Winners
SS1 Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta WRC)
SS2 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS3 Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS4 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS5 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS6 Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS7 Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS8 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS9 Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5)

Seeded Entry List

Posted: July 22, 2017 5:09 AM

1 Derek McGarrity /Dairmuid Falvey (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
2 Kenny McKinistry /TBA (TBA) [9]
3 Jonathan Greer /Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) [10]
4 Peadar Hurson /Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
5 Alan Carmichael /Ivor Lamont (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [9]
6 Frank Wray /Joe McNulty (Subaru Impreza WRC S8) [9]
7 Desi Henry /Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
8 Marty McCormack /David Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
9 Philip Allen /TBA (Mini Cooper WRC) [9]
10 Adrian Hetherington /Ronan O'Neill (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
11 Damian Toner /Denver Rafferty (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
12 Enda McNulty /Ronan O'Kane (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
14 Ryan Loughran /TBA (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
15 Calum Duffy /Iain Duffy (Ford Escort MkII) [7]
16 Stephen Whitford /Jonny Hart (Toyota GT86) [7]
17 Niall Henry /Aaron Johnston (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [8]
18 Daniel Barry /Gary McElhinney (Peugeot 207 S2000) [10]
19 Keith White /Paul Mulholland (Ford Escort Mk1) [7]
20 Marty Toner /Raymond Knox (Talbot Sunbeam) [5]
21 Rodney White /Gavin Campbell (Talbot Sunbeam) [6]
22 James Kennedy /Heather Kennedy (Ford Escort Mk 2) [6]
23 Barry Morris /Declan Campbell (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
24 Fintan McGrady /Ashley Trimble (Ford Escort) [7]
25 Robin Phillips /Laura Phillips (Subaru Impreza WRC S10) [9]
26 Clive Kilpatrick /Jay Colville (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
27 Niall Devine /TBA (M Evo) [2]
28 William Creighton /Liam Regan (Peugeot 208 R2) [4]
29 Kyle White /Sean Topping (Peugeot 208 R2) [4]
30 John Bradley /Crawford Henderson (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
31 Andrew McCormick /TBA (Vauxhall Chevette) [6]
32 Raymond Doyle /Cathal Mick Mulgrew (Toyota Corolla) [4]
33 Anthony Cairns /Mark Preston (Subaru Impreza) [8]
34 Paul Britton /George Tinsley (Subaru Impreza N12) [2]
35 Kevin McBride /Mark Donnelly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
36 Aaron McLaughlin /Lee McLaughlin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5) [8]
37 Trevor McConnell /Shaun Lafferty (Subaru Impreza) [8]
38 Gary Cairns /TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [1]
39 Stanley Ballantine /TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [2]
40 John Mulholland /Jeff Case (Skoda Fabia R5) [10]
41 Stanley Orr /Stephen McAuley (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
42 Drew Wylie /Allan Harryman (Ford Escort Rs1800) [11]
43 Raymond Johnston /Marc Johnston (Ford Escort Rs1800) [12]
44 Steven Mawhinney /Tommy Speers (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
45 Shane Cullen /Connor O'Loan (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
46 Stanley McKeown /Nigel Gourley (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
47 Donall Sweeney /Deane Osullivan (Ford Escort Mk 2) [6]
48 William McClurkin /Martin McBrearty (Ford Mk2 Escort) [5]
49 Eamonn McGuigan /Michael Moran (Ford Escort) [5]
50 Jonny Cargo /David McElroy (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
52 Paul McKenna /Nial McKenna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
53 Paul Carron /Andrew Browne (Toyota Corolla) [4]
54 Niall Donnelly /Dave Birt (Ford Escort Mk2) [4]
55 Ronan Lynn /Naill McKeegan (Honda Civic Type R) [4]
56 Chris Quinn /David Turkington (Subaru Impreza) [2]
57 Geoff McMahon /Rob Graham Graham (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
58 Geoffrey Nevin /Paul Nevin (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
59 Declan Campbell /Ciaran McAnespy (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
60 Sean McQuaid /Ivan Wilkinson (Ford Escorts) [5]
61 Jamie Grant /Raymond Coulter (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
62 Declan Hall /Chris Corr (Toyota Corolla) [4]
63 Gerry McIntyre /Ben McIntyre (Toyota Starlet) [4]
64 Keith Hall /Graham Patterson (Toyota Corolla) [4]
65 Brian Tolan /Colin Irvine (Ford Escort G3) [5]
66 Eamon Doherty /Damian McAulay (Ford Escort) [5]
67 Niall Branniff /TBA (Ford Escort) [6]
68 Damian Campbell /Declan McGarrity (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
69 Simon Devlin /TBA (Ford Escort) [6]
70 Richard Somerville /John Nicholl (Ford Escort) [6]
71 Richard Moore /Brian Halligan (Ford Escort) [7]
72 Trevor Ferguson /TBA (Ford Escord) [7]
73 Darren Hamill /Karl Egan (Ford Escort) [6]
74 Bryan Jardine /TBA (Ford Escort) [5]
75 Mark Stewart /Gareth Miller (Ford Escort) [5]
76 Michael McCarroll /Ronnie Craig (Ford Fiesta St) [1]
77 Gareth Deazley /James Duffin (Honda Civic) [1]
78 Karl Fallis /Eamon Conway (Honda Civic) [1]
79 Niall Magee /Sean Devlin (Subaru Impreza) [8]
80 Joe Hegarty /Jamie McEldowney (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [8]
81 Sean Devlin /TBA (Ford Escort Mark 2) [6]
82 Lee Morelli /John Henderson (Ford Escort) [6]
83 Mervyn Tate /Dennis McMullan (Talbot Sunbeam) [3]
84 Gerard Hughes /Paul Hughes (Peugeot 205 Gti) [3]
85 Paddy Quinn /Keith McConnon (Ford Escort Mk1) [3]
86 James McCarville /Paddy McCrudden (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
87 Ryan Murray /Kerry Murray (Peugeot 205 Gti) [3]
88 Ronan Greene /Mark McAleer (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
89 Gerard Greene /Rachel Greene (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
90 Gerard McGinley /Michelle McGinley (Talbot Sunbeam) [4]
91 Gareth Badger /Connor Murphy (Honda Civic) [4]
92 Michael McGarrity /Damien Garvey (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
93 Keelan Maguire /Chrisy Corry (Honda Civic) [1]
94 Darren McGrath /Tanya McGrath (Honda Civic) [1]
95 Malcolm Pedlow /Ivor Ferguson (Bmw 2002tii) [11]
96 John Adams /Sam Adams (Ford Escort) [11]
97 Brian Muldoon /TBA (Toyota Corolla) [4]
98 Jonathan MacDonald /Nadene McAllister (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2) [8]
99 Greg McCormack /Caroline McCormack (Ford Escort) [12]
100 Josh McErlean McErlean /TBA (Citroen C2r2 Max) [4]
101 Stephen Kearney /Ryan Kearney (Ford Escort G3) [4]

Video from Launch Evening

Posted: June 13, 2017 3:19 AM


Posted: June 13, 2017 3:17 AM

It was a balmy Friday evening in June when the 2017 Tyrone Stages Rally organised by Cookstown Motor Club was launched at McNulty Motors near Coalisland.

McNulty Motors is the main sponsor for the Tyrone Stages Rally at end of July 2017 and this all new stages event will be run on closed public roads in the Stewartstown, Ardboe, Newmills areas.

The event is a qualifying round of the 2017 ANICC MSA McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship and a round of the Road to Wales competition.

The Closed public road stages are all new, never been closed for rally use before and are all 100% tarmacadam surfaces. Stages are all tarmac total 45miles (72 Kms) 3 stages run 3 times.

They are generally smooth and challenging with good technical sections.

The professional TV crews and interviewer filmed the top drivers from the locality including Enda McNulty himself, Adrian Hetherington and Richard Somerville, both stage sponsors, Frank Kelly and Declan Hall, all of whom intend to compete on the event.
Camillus Bradley is also sponsoring a stage.

Other support for the event comers from Mid Ulster Council, the Body Stop Craigavon and the A29 Garage Services.

A large crowd attended the Launch and refreshments and food were provided by Enda and his family. A enjoyable night was had by all!

Entries Received

Posted: June 12, 2017 5:54 AM

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Regulations Available

Posted: June 5, 2017 2:45 PM

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