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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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HeroSpec Is a Go


This weekend Mondello Park is set to welcome the new format of motorsport “Herospec”, this is the brainchild of Seán Hasset and John McCay who are no strangers to Motorsport, both have been involved in rallying for many years on various levels.

This idea came about due to the non-running of the Galway International Rally in 2018 and Seán, john & the team wanted to give the competitors something to kick-start the year.

“Herospec” is set to be a 2 day nonstop rally action event running over the course of Mondello Park in Kildare.
The interest shown in this event has been phenomenal with big names such as Gary Jennings and Declan Boyle taking an interest in the event. Entries have exceeded over 60 crews from countrywide, the event itself is a 7km course giving many different challenges to the teams. Anyone wishing to take part in “Herospec” can do so by clicking the link below to download an entry form.

A 2 day licence can also be obtained from rally office on the morning of the event, would like to wish the Herospec organisers the very best of luck with the running of this event and we hope it is a success for all involved.

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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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