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R5 Challenge from Ears

The Ears Motorsport Team have came up with this great idea called the R5 Challenge from Ears Ran over Multi events in Ireland for more info Contact

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Herospec Rallysprint

RallySprint in Mondello – Buggy winner, Russell Woods, Overall winner, Padraig Egan, 2 wheel drive winner, Jason Keogh

Padraig Egan from Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, was the last minute winner of the Herospec Rallysprint at Mondello Park yesterday, taking the lead in the closing moments of the head-to-head final when rival Tomas O’Rourke, who led at the start, had problems at the final chicane. Jason Keogh from Gorey won the two wheel drive final from Mark O’Connor, with Russell Woods best in the Buggy final ahead of Jonathan Pringle.

Ian White continued his domination of autotesting, scoring another two wins at the Carrick-on-Suir MC weekend in Waterford to clinch the Hewison Trophy National championship for the first time. The Kilkenny driver was 19 seconds ahead of Darren Quille in Saturday’s event, and 40 seconds clear of Chris Grimes yesterday, while Quille had to retire with gearbox problems on his Westfield.

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Kris Ready for Recce For Opening Round For WRC

Message From WRC Driver Kris Meeke

Hi everyone,
I’ve just started recce for the opening round of the 2018 World Rally Championship, so I guess I’m running late with a Happy New Year! Anyway, I hope you’re looking forward to the season ahead as much as I am.
We’ve just had a couple of days of testing ahead of the first event, Rallye Monte Carlo, and I’m pleased to report that they went really well. Monte’s all about changeable conditions, as you’ll know, so what you’re generally after on test for the event is a little bit of everything.

And that’s pretty much what I got. There was very heavy rain on the morning of the first day, and then it dried out as the afternoon wore on. The second day started completely dry, and then the snow arrived at around midday. So in the second afternoon we had full snow – maybe 20cm of the stuff. So it was perfect in terms of trying all the combinations of tyres in differing conditions.
So as we go into the new season, how do I feel? I think the whole Citroen Racing team is a little bit more prepared than last year. We’ve identified where we were weak 12 months ago and we’ve certainly worked hard to correct most of those issues.

But in some respects, we are in exactly the same place as last year – because, as always in rallying, testing on your own doesn’t really tell you where you are relative to everyone else. I’m sure our rivals haven’t been sitting still over the past few months either; it’s just impossible, at the moment, to say how the gains that we’ve made – and we have made gains – match up against the improvements at M-Sport, Hyundai and Toyota.
Monte Carlo won’t help much with this assessment either, of course. It’s so fickle and specialised an event that it doesn’t really tell you much about outright speed.

As for the year ahead, we know 2017 didn’t go to plan or as we anticipated. So it’s fair to say that we come into 2018 quite humble, determined to just keep our heads down and put a lot of things right. And I’m speaking there for myself, as well as from a technical point of view.
So we’ll take it rally by rally and just try to build something as we go along. Everyone wants to put points on the board nice and early, though – so let’s try to get Monte Carlo under our belt and see where we are.
As always, thanks for your support,

Words Kris Meeke
Images Citroen Racing

Rallyinterviews would like to wish Kris & Paul the very best of luck for the opening round of 2018 WRC and we hope they have a great year a head.

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Wray heads way out west for opening round

Aidan Wray & Kieran McGrath GroupN Champions 2015

Aidan Wray & Kieran McGrath Champions 2016

Tyrone rally crew Aidan Wray & Kieran McGrath will return to the Triton series for the opening round in Mayo in March.

Two times national Group N champions who took a year out from rallying last year have committed to a full championship for 2018. Speaking to Wray during the week he said he “can’t wait to get back out on the stages for 2018, we kept a close eye on last year’s championship and David Guest & Shane McGuire and Paul Barrett were setting the pace for the 2017 series.” When we asked Aidan about his plans for 2018 he said “if the competition is anything like last year we are going to be in for a good challenge. We believe that Neil Tohill has bought an Evo 10 and he will be hot on our heels in the opening rounds but not forgetting Cork’s David Guest & Monaghan’s Shane McGuire and Maynooths Paul Barrett who will give us a run for our money too. “

The boys flying in to a class win at the Harvest 2016

Aidan & Kieran will use the opening few rounds of the Triton series to get their Prestige cars Ireland – Evo 10 on the pace for the Donegal International Rally in June which is Aidan & Kieran’s home event where they had great success when they bought there Evo 10 to a Group N win in 2016. We would like to wish Aidan & Kieran and the team all the best for 2018.

Keep up with the news from the opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship with Rallyinterviews the official media broadcaster for 2018.

Image from Triton Showers National Rally Championship & Sheals Photography

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Launch for M O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 Rally Series

HeroSpec Launch for M O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 Rally Series!
2018 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship
The 2018 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship, will once again play host to the Junior 1000 driver’s, aged just 15-19, as the future stars of the stages take to the Irish Forest Rally Championship, an ideal learning ground to perfect their rallying skills. This Saturday at Mondello Park Racing Circuit, the 2018 M. O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 series will be launched in style at the new HeroSpec Rally-Sprint event, where the Junior’s will be mixing it with the WRC and Modified machinery!
National Forest Championship Co-Ordinator Ray Fitzpatrick is very excited about the second season of the Junior 1000 which once again is sponsored by former National Forest Rally Champion – Mick O’Brien of M. O’Brien Plant Hire. “Last year was a big one for us to get the whole series off the ground and now for 2018 the interest has risen considerably and it is shaping up to be a big year for Junior 1000. We have a great prize fund on offer with €1500 for the series winner, €1000 for second and €500 for third. Added to this, entry vouchers per round of €200 for first, €150 for second and €100 for third are all designed to help these young driver’s progress in the sport.” Once again the 1000cc chargers will be on a control Kumho gravel tyre supplied by Ears Motorsport Ireland, and Ears will not only be supplying on-event service for the crews but also offering tyre prizes for each of the five rounds, making it an attractive proposition for any 15-19-year-old driver.
Reigning champion Jason Murphy is set to return in his C-Sport prepared Peugeot 107 to defend his crown, with Tipperary’s Aoife Gahan, the first female competitor in the series returning after a successful debut on last years Cork Forest event. Scottish driver Peter Beaton in his Peugeot 107 is set to make his Valvoline Championship debut at the first round in Carrick On Suir after being a front-runner in the N.I. J1000 series. Reigning Northern Ireland J1000 Champion Sam Adams was also to make his Valvoline debut with the Skoda Citigo in Carrick, but sadly the Co. Antrim driver was a passenger in a horrific road accident last weekend, and we hope he can make a recovery to join us during the season. Another significant interest of late has come from Casey-Jay Coleman, Konan Heaney from Cashel, Aaron Whelan from Cork and Cavan’s Ben Kellett, so the entries are set to grow and the talent to shine in the forests!
2018 M. O’Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 Championship Rounds
1 3rd February Willie Loughman Memorial Carrick on Suir Forest Rally, Co. Tipperary.
2 4th March Limerick Forest Rally, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary.
3 14th April Munster MCC Moonraker Forest Rally, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork
4 14th July Cavan Forest Rally, Co. Cavan.
5 29th July Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Interested in the M. O’Brien Junior 1000 series contact Ray Fitzpatrick-tel: 00 353 85 151 6229
For all the latest updates and more information of the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland Irish National Forest Rally Championship please look us up on Facebook or Twitter and even more details are available on our dedicated website: F: Irish Forestry Championship T:@IrlForestchamp.Official Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship press release issued by Andrew Bushe F: Andrew Bushe Promotions t-@andrew_bushe. Picture please credit David Harrigan:

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