Birthday: 9 August 1982
Occupation:Sales Rep Team PR Reilly
Rally car:Depends on Weekend
Road car:GT4 Celica
How old were you drove your first car ?
Probably 14. A mate of mine Darren Hughes had a 1979 Cortina. Looking back now we were foolish would be a nice car to have now
Where does your love of motorsport come from? My Father was a big influence. As a toddler we were brought to stock car racing. Also being from Monaghan was a big factor.
First memory of rallying in Donegal ?
My first Donegal was in 2009 with Joe Mc Gonigle. We were in a class 2 Civic and won the class. It was great to get a run on classic stages like Knockalla and Fanad.
When was first rally?
ALMC 2007 with Joe Mc Gonigle
What your plan’s for the rest of 2014 year ?
Currently sitting with two drivers. American based Longford man Paul Rowley in the Tarmac championship and Colin Flanagan from Boyle in the Border and National Championships. Hope to finish off the championships so its a busy year.
Favourite food ?
Can’t beat Fillet steak
Do you have any frustrating memory’s in rallying?
Not too many. I go out to enjoy the sport and have the craic. I’ve had a few non finishes due to mechanical breakdowns when we were due to finish well, that can sometimes be frustrating.
What’s your Favourite rally of the year and why ?
Midlands Rally. Everyone loves their home event. Lovely stages, friendly atmosphere and the after party is always good.
Who is your favourite rally driver of all time and why ?
As a child I was allowed to stay up later later than usual to watch any rally that was televised. One driver that stood out was James Cullen. I was fortunate to meet James when I was in College in Letterkenny. James is a quiet, humble man which is quiet rare in rallying circles and he helped me a lot at the start and continues to help me. I navigated for his son Declan in his first few events and had the pleasure of testing with James and doing gravel notes.
Who is going to win the Dunlop national rally 2014 ?
Its a tough one as Hugh Hunter has added a lot of spice to the mix. But you can’t rule out the rest of the pack. Would like to see Paddy Mc Veigh do well.