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Genie Dances INTO ITC FOR 2018

As we set upon a new season in Irish motorsport, fans this morning were shocked to see the new I20 R5 sitting in the NEC in Birmingham for the Autosport show. Images quickly went viral of the 5 time consecutive Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly’s new car.

Over the past couple of years rumours had circulated that “the Genie” would make a return on the Irish Tarmac Circuit but no one predicted in what or when until this morning, all was revealed.
A source close to Eugene said “this is a very exciting time for the Donnelly Motorsport team, this new R5 is something that will turn heads on the back roads of Ireland and the team are looking forward to the first event in West Cork in 2018.”

The Genie is no stranger to making the unexpected work when he brought his Corolla WRC to great success on the Irish stages. Like any new rally car this will take time to be set up for Irish Rallying, the car will be ran by Derek McGeehan of McGeehan motorsport and his team for 2018. Speaking to Derek this morning, Derek said “the development of tyres with this car is going to be crucial as MRF tyres are a new company in Ireland “. Derek and his team will be working closely with them for the development of the tyres for the Irish stages.

Rallyinterviews would like to wish the “Genie” and the team all the success with their new R5 in 2018, we can’t wait to see this car on the stages in Ireland. If the Genie can rub this R5 like previous cars, we have no doubt that this new I20 R5 will be onto winning ways on the Irish stages.

Images Liam Brennan & Donnelly Motorsport

The Genie at work

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In the Hot Seat With 2017 Junior Champion Brian Brady

Name: Brian Brady

Birthday: 02/05/1995

Lives: Oldcastle Meath

Occupation: Aircraft mechanic

Road Car: VW caddy

MotorClub: Westmeath and district

Favourite Event of the year and why?
Baltinglass. Its a real clubman rally. Very well run and nice stages.

First memory of Rallying ?
The castle hellfire rally as this was a local event. I was probably 10 years young
When was your first event ?

First event was Oldcastle grass surface in 2010. My first stage was the black road for Galway international rally in 2014.

When your not rallying what do you do for fun ?
Rallying is a full time job with getting more than just my own car ready. Other than that abit off farming and football.
Favourite food:
Steak sandwich and chips

Do you have any frustrating memories in Rallying ?
Plenty…. We’ll just not go there

What is in your Rally bag on a weekend: ?
Water and lots of cable ties.

What’s your plans for the year 2018: ?
Currently doing a deal on a R2 car. I’m just not letting my plans be heard yet.

Would you like to thank anyone: ?
Yes firstly to Lenny Tuite I’m very grateful for all the help this year. My sponsers SAME part’s and Jimmy’s dry cleaners. Also mcn rallying, cs Motorsport and Holton Motorsport for the help and bits I’ve got of them during the year. All the lads competing in the national this year Michael, Johnny, Jason and Tom it was great championship all year.

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In The Hot Seat With Monaghan Man James Mc Carville

Name: James Mc Carville

Birthday: 24/03/1990

Lives: Tydavnet Co. Monaghan

Occupation Car sales

Road Car: Whatever has diesel in it

MotorClub: Monaghan motor club

Favourite Event of the year and why?
Donegal international,serious atmosphere,stages are unreal and so is the after party!

First memory of Rallying ?
Monaghan rally passing my house when I was very young!

When was your first event ?
Newry mourne rally 06
When your not rallying what do you do for fun ?

Favourite food:
Do I look fussy?

Do you have any frustrating memories in Rallying ?
Loads of them! Too many to start going into!!

What is in your Rally bag on a weekend: ?
Just the usual when I’m driving and plenty of water!!

What’s your plans for the year 2018 ?
Don’t know yet might go to Galway and then west cork,monaghan and donegal! It will depend on the funds!!

Would you like to thank anyone: ?
I’d like to thank my navigators,Ryan and Noel and the boys at NPL rally prep and my sponsors Gusclad,Westenra arms hotel,Ucar,Griffith’s tractors,Vci,crosbie and graham auctioneers,Gmc agri supplies

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In the Hot Seat With Isle of man Lady Cliona Collins

Name: Cliona Collins

Birthday: 02/05/98

Lives: Isle of Man but currently studying in Liverpool

Occupation: Student, studying Psychology.

Road Car: BMW Series 1

Motor Club: Manx Auto Sport

Favourite Event of the year and why? Probably Rally IOM as I was in with a new driver and new car. This caused me to step out of my comfort zone which I enjoyed.

First memory of Rallying? Childhood memories of me and Dad standing in fields and forestries watching stages.

When was your first event? First event was in 2014, using an Evo 6 in an airfield event.

When you’re not rallying what do you do for fun? Although I am very involved in motorsport, I am also incredibly girly. So of course I enjoy shopping, getting my hair and nails done etc.

Favourite food: This would have to be Mum’s homemade Chilli Con Carne, 10/10.

Do you have any frustrating memories in Rallying? No, I’m usually really calm during a rally. Even if something is going wrong I like to reflect on appreciating the opportunity I have. In Fact, the most frustrating memory is probably the ‘rally comedown’ you get days after.

Who is your favourite Rally car driver? My dad of course.

What is in your Rally bag on a weekend?
Cable ties
Spare intercom batteries
Tyre pressure gauge
Hairbrush and lip gloss (they’re essential)

What’s your plans for the year 2018? Hopefully planning on getting a sit with someone for the BRC Championship, whilst also sitting in with my Dad.

Would you like to thank anyone: I would like to thank my Dad firstly, for introducing me to the motorsport as a child and for giving me the opportunity to sit next to him throughout the many of rallies we have done.
Also my Mum for having to put up with the constant rally talk and supporting me although I know she’d much rather prefer I was involved in a less dangerous sport.
Whilst of course I would like to thank all of those involved in the motorsport such as; marshals, medics and Manx Auto Sport itself.

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The quest to become the Triton Showers Junior National Rally champion is set for a dramatic conclusion that goes down to the wire on the final round, the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry on the final Sunday of October.
Three drivers – Meath’s Brian Brady, Donegal’s Michael Boyle and Monaghan’s Johnny Treanor, all in Honda Civics, are vying for the title.

Results from the penultimate round, the Lady Gregory Hotel Galway Summer Rally, were revised on Monday morning last due to the exclusion of Johnny Treanor for an infringement of the rules. Brady failed to finish while business commitments meant Boyle didn’t enter the Gort based rally.

Currently and based on the best five scores Brady (41 points) – leads from Boyle (33 points) and Treanor (30 points), the latter pair can include all of the points from the Bantry rally while Brady can maximize his tally to 45 points. While there are several permutations, Brady or Boyle can become the Triton Junior champion by taking the ten points in Bantry.

The top prize is a VIP trip to join the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team at a European round of the 2018 World Rally Championship courtesy of Kelly’s Toyota. The winner will also qualify for a nomination for the Billy Coleman Young Driver of the Year award scheme.
The runner-up and third in the Triton Junior series will receive a tyre deal with compliments of Triton Showers worth €1250 and €750 respectively.

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