Rallyinterviews are glad to announce that we will be supporting Manus Kelly and Gareth Doherty in their 2017 bid for the Triton Shower’s National Rally Championship Sean Lambert from rallyinterviews commented that this is a great thing for rallyinterviews going forward and is delighted to be in a position to help Manus and Gareth in the 2017 Trition Shower’s National Rally Championship pointing out that only good things can come from this. Keep up with the action from the stages with rallyinterviews this weekend at Round 2 of the Triton Shower’s National Rally Championship in Longford.
The Triton Showers National Rally Championship zooms in on Longford this Sunday for the Midland Moto Rally. The nine-stage event in association with The Longford Arms Hotel, A Plus Skip Hire & Admore Air Conditioning Corp has just over 100 entries for what is the second round of the national series.
Opening round winner in Nenagh, Sam Moffett is the top seed in his Ford Fiesta WRC. The Monaghan driver is certainly a real threat to the more established stars of the national series and has the ability to win the prestigious Vard Memorial Trophy. On the last round, Moffett – a former winner of the Billy Coleman award – led from the start and finished almost a minute ahead of the Fiesta WRC of former double national champion Donegal driver Declan Boyle.
The terrain around Longford will certainly provide a tough challenge for all concerned with the organising Midland Motor Club under the baton of clerk of the course Sean Cahill, who has laid out a very demanding route of three stages that will be repeated three times.
Boyle, who won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, is hoping to be ultra competitive on Sunday, however, it will be a tough task especially with Moffett in such good form.
Winner of last week?s West Cork Rally in Clonakilty and the 2015 Triton Showers champion Donegal?s Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus WRC) will also have designs on outright victory and his battle with Moffett and Boyle should be intense.
Reigning champion Clonmel?s Roy White (Ford Fiesta WRC) is still searching for his inaugural win in the series and that will continue to be a difficult task given the quality of the entry.
The rally will also mark the first outing of the season for Donegal?s Manus Kelly, who will campaign a Subaru WRC. Last year he made a stunning debut in a Subaru World Car winning the Carlow round of the Triton series, however on Sunday he may take time to acclimatise to the pace. Tyrone?s Mark Donnelly (Ford Fiesta WRC) is in his debut Triton season and will be aiming to improve on his fifth place finish in Nenagh.
Former triple champion Monaghan?s Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) occupies the number seven berth in Longford in a top ten that also features Australian based Pauric Duffy (Ford Fiesta R5), Tyrone?s Adrian Hetherington and Meath?s Pat Donegan, both in Ford Escorts.
The top local driver is Keenagh?s Tommy Doyle, who will campaign a Mk. 2 Ford Escort, how he compares with the likes of Hetherington and Donegan will be watched with interest. Maynooth?s Ian Barrett in his nimble Darrian T90 is also competing in the two-wheel drive category. Other entries are Blackburn driver John Stone in a Ford Fiesta, Kerry?s Ed Murphy (Escort) and Donegal?s Martin Doherty also in a Ford Escort.
In Group N, Cork?s David Guest (Mitsubishi) took maximum points in Nenagh and in Longford he will renew rivalry Monaghan?s Shane Maguire in a similar car, Maynooth?s Paul Barrett (Subaru) and Dubliner Neil Tohill (Mitsubishi) as they chase top spot in the Motorsport Safety category of the Triton Showers series. Carrick on Shannon?s Sean Gallagher (Mitsubishi EvoIX) is also in the Group N frame. Meanwhile, the entry also features Meath?s Paul McCann (Skoda Fabia), Scottish ace Lee Hastings (Subaru) and Roscommon?s Cormac Phelan (Honda Civic).
In the Junior category, Donegal?s Michael Boyle (Honda Civic) is the leading entry. Reigning champion Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) will provide strong opposition that also includes Monaghan?s Jonny Treanor, Cavan?s John McCabe along with Kerry pair Mark Murphy and Kieran O’Donoghue, all in Honda Civics.
Local drivers amongst the entry list include Roscommon?s Colin Flanagan (Mitsubishi), Vincent Collins (Ford Escort) and Longford duo, Sam Johnston (Honda Civic) and Michael Shaw (Mitsubishi). Elsewhere, Carrick on Shannon?s Gavin Gallagher (Mitsubishi), Pauric Sheridan from Prunty in a Ford Fiesta and the Lanesboro pair, Stephen Healy (Toyota Corolla) and Shane Healy (Peugeot 205) will all be aiming to make an impression.
Organising Club: Midland Motor Club
Clerk of the Course: Sean Cahill.
Rally Headquarters: Longford Arms Hotel & Spa.
First Car Away: 08. 40
S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Killashee (9.50 km) 9.39, 12.18 & 15.03.
S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Newtowncashel (9.90 km) 10.13, 12.55 & 15.37.
S.S. 3, 6 & 9: Keenagh (18.70 km) 10.48, 13.30 & 16.12.
Service: Mastertech Business Park, Longford. 11.38 & 14.20
Finish Ramp: Longford Arms Hotel & Spa. 16.54
Top 10 Starters:
1. Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta WRC)
2. Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)
3. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Ford Focus WRC)
4. Roy White/James O’Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC)
5. Manus Kelly/Gareth Doherty (Subaru WRC)
6. Mark Donnelly/Barry McNulty (Ford Fiesta WRC)
7. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC)
8. Pauric Duffy/Kevin Glynn (Ford Fiesta R5)
9. Adrian Hetherington/Andrew Grennan (Ford Escort)
10. Pat Donegan/Alan Keena (Ford Escort)
Provisional Championship Positions after Round 1: S. Moffett 20pts; 2. D. Boyle 18 pts; 3. D. Kelly 17pts; 4. R. White 14pts; 5. M. Donnelly 13pts & 6. N. Maguire 12pts.
Wexford Motor Club is pleased to announce details of the 2017 Wexford Volkswagen Stages Rally which takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10thof September.
The event will have 15 competitive stages – a combination of both smooth and technical tarmac.
The format will consist of two classic stages run 3 times on Saturday, followed by three brand new stages run three times on Sunday, making a total of over 220 Kilometres. As usual, scrutiny will be at Hertz in Ferrybank and central service will be at the Wexford Racecourse on the Newtown Road.
This year we are introducing Niall McCarthy as the new Clerk of the Course. Niall has progressed to the top job having gained 25years experience as an official and organiser of rally events with Wexford Motor Club as well as other clubs. Before that he spent some time as a rear wheel competitor. Niall is supported by an experienced rally organising committee.
Entry fees for Main Field and Historic’s is the cheapest in Europe at €699 +€375Insurance Levy
Entry fees for Juniors is €375 +€188 Insurance Levy – LESS €100 if the crew Marshals on Saturday
2017, year 2 of a 5 year event development programme, sees the launch of a new online payment scheme aimed at helping to keep the Clubman rallying. Competitors can now save and pay for their entries – using easy to purchase online vouchers / coupons on wexfordmotorclub.ie with values ranging from €10 to €500. Needless to say that the online gift of credit towards your entry would make an ideal birthday or early Christmas present, even a special wedding gift!!
Competitors can also use this system to enable their sponsors or employers buy vouchers for drivers and co-drivers – up to a value of €500 each – tax free! Just like the One4all Voucher.
Chairman of Wexford Motor Club Graham Scallan said we are delighted to be the first motor club in Ireland to launch the new online payments facility for entries into all our motorsport events. With the rise in insurance costs and related costs within the sport, we have launched this new scheme to help members and competitors save and pay for their entry into our events in a more convenient and flexible way, and to help keep the Clubman rallying.
2017 also see’s discounted ferry crossings for all our UK competitors.
Live feeds, interviews and breaking news will be available on various platforms over the rally weekend.
This is the 46th running of the event, the 11th consecutive time the HQ has been at the Riverbank House Hotel and the second time to have Volkswagen Ireland and Wexford Volkswagen as the events title sponsors.
The gallery of previous winners include Steve Woods, Mark Straker, James Stafford, Damien Cole, PJ McGrath, Eamonn Boland, Stephen Murphy, Pete Doughty, Donie Keating, Bill Connelly, Frank Meagher, Austin McHale, Bertie Fisher, Ger Buckley and Billy Coleman.
The Wexford Volkswagen Stages Rally is a round of the following championships:
• The Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship
• Wexford Motor Club Championship
• Irelands Modified Tar Masters
Wexford Volkswagen Stages Rally would like to acknowledge the generous support of many businesses and organisations, including Wexford’s Local Authorities and Wexford Chamber of Commerce.
Regulations will be available to download soon on www.wexfordmotorclub.ie
Birr Success for Boyles-
For round 1 of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship Declan took his fiesta home to 2nd Overall gaining valuable championship points.
With treturious conditions all day, Declan & Brian done there own thing, Maintaining their car on the road with a continuous pace which led to a successful result.
Meanwhile in Juniors Michael & Dermot take maximum points home with a Junior win. Michael is still adapting to his new Left Hand Drive Honda Civic. With a steady pace, Michael is delighted with his result.
See use next time for round 2 in The Midlands Rally
Words Boyle Motorsport
The Midland Motor Club will play host to the Midland Moto Stages Rally in Longford on Sunday, March 26
The rally is also Round 2 of the Colton Motors Midlands East Championship and Round 2 of the Johnston Toy Town MMC Club Championship.
It comprises of 9 stages ran in a 3 x 3 format with a compact route of 120km. Centralised servicing is just outside Longford Town in Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road. The Rally headquarters is based in The Longford Arms Hotel.
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