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Phelan gains Young Rally Driver of the Year nomination

cp for his performances in May and June.

The 24 year-old from Cootehall, Co Roscommon, won the Junior class in the Carlow and Circuit of Munster Rallies, giving him a hat-trick of three in a row in the Dunlop National Rally Championship, as he had earlier taken victory in the class in the Kerry round in April. This was his first Junior win, and is the highlight of his rallying to date. Despite retiring from the opening Dunlop round in Mayo, Cormac holds second place in the Junior Championship, just two points behind the class leader.

Cormac began his motorsport career in 2012, tackling three rallies, and increased this to five events last year, so this is his first full season of competition. He has been driving a Honda Civic until recently, but has now changed to a Citroen C2R2 Max which he drove to second place in class in Sligo last weekend on his first outing in a left hand drive car.

His plans for the remainder of this year include completing the Dunlop Junior series and the Top Part West Coast Championship. For 2015, he intends tackling some of the Irish Tarmac Championship rallies, and hopes to contest the Junior section of the European Rally Championship.

Cormac’s principal sponsors are FAAC, who manufacture automated gates and doors, HKC Alarms, National Automation Ltd., where he works as head of technical sales, PJF Motorsport and DYGM Photography. He attributes a large part of his success to his girlfriend Katja Auhl, who is his regular co-driver.

The winner of the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award receives €50,000 worth of support to contest stage rallies nationally & internationally in 2015 along with the support of Billy Coleman co-ordinator, Tom Walsh, while the two runners-up will receive free entries into a number of MI permitted events in 2015, along with co-ordinator support.

Five bi-monthly winners are selected from January/February, through to September/October, joined by the winner of the Junior Championship in the Dunlop National series, the winner of the Junior class in the Valvoline National Forestry Championship, and a wildcard selection, as the award finalists.

Cormac Said Early Tonight
I am absolutely delighted to share this great news with everyone. I am over the moon and want to thank everyone for there support through out the year so far.
Especially all my family and friends.
Also huge thanks to my sponsors who have been absolutely great all year.
Lastly huge thanks to connacht motor club for there support. Thanks everyone

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30 secs With Co-Driver and Tv Presenter Katrina Walsh Liston

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Name: Katrina Walsh Liston
Birthday: 10th April 1985
Lives: Cappagh, Co. Limerick
Occupation: Office Manager at Derek Walsh Camper Centre
Rally car: BMW E30 with a 2L Honda engine
Road car: 2008 BMW 320D MSport

How old were you when you drove your first car ?
12 years old. Dad was after washing his car and he asked me to get in and reverse it out for him. He was standing behind the car. I spun the wheels and covered him in muck, whoops!

Where does your love of motorsport come from?
My parents. My mother was a total petrolhead and did the odd bit of navigating for my first father Noel Conlon, who rallied a RWD 205 built by Kenny Colbert. They lived for rallying, my first father rallied until he died, you might remember him from the footage of the 1993 Circuit of Ireland where everything was done to ensure he finished the rally in the Sierra. At each service he would have to be brought to the local hospital to be put on oxygen before he’d go back into the car again. My daddy now Derek Walsh, was a serious pilot in a car, he just had a lot of bad luck. He spent too much time sorting out other peoples cars and never his own! He finished 3rd overall in the single stage in Dungarvan in 1991 in his Lotus Sunbeam. Frank Meagher won and Declan Wilmott was 2nd. He was 7th overall in Banna Single Stage in 1992 and 10th overall in Galway Summer 1992. But other than that he tended to break down! That was a pity because he could have pulled a lot more very good results.

What was your first rally car ?
Built up a 2001 Peugeot 106 Gti Class 2 Group N car. Fast little standard car. I co-owned it with my boyfriend at the time and my parents. Think it was 2002 when we built it.

How do you find navigating with your hubby ?
Grand actually! When he listens! Ha I’m just kidding!
He trusts me and I trust him so I guess that’s what makes us a good team. Sean had a good bit of bad luck before I sat with him and he tended to crash quite a bit too. But to be honest we just clicked from the start. The first time I sat with him was the Limerick Mini Stages in 2009 and we won our class. His first class win. I only really navigate for Sean to be honest, he does be nervous about me navigating for anybody else in case I’d get hurt, the way he sees it is that when I’m with him at least he’s there to look after me! Although he might have to reconsider if a lad with a 2.5 or a WRC came knocking on my door haha!
To be honest I think it really helps a relationship when you have the same interests. Especially when there’s so much money involved. Not every partner would understand you breaking yourself every week to try to do a rally!
I tried to go out with a guy once that wasn’t into rallying, it only lasted a few weeks! It’s a no go area for me.

What is your dream rally car and why ?
Audi Quatto Sport, the short wheel base version with the mental wings, an S1 I believe it’s called. Sooooooo sexy! Just listen to it… it’s sex on wheels seriously! Nothing else since looks or sounds like it.
Other than that I obviously have a penchant for BMW E30s, the old M3s were stunning cars. Watch Patrick Snijers at the Manx rally in 1988 on YouTube and you’ll see how beautiful an M3 is in full flight. But I’m particularly partial to our E30 with its Mark II arches, I think she looks very butch!
And you can’t beat the sing off a Millington Escort too! Yum!
To be honest I’m a modified girl through and through. I find them far sexier than WRCs or GroupNs. You can’t beat RWD either!
What’s your plans for the rest of 2014 year?
Hopefully try to do the last 4 rounds of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, funds allowing. We’re lying in 3rd in class at the moment so it would be great to finish there or better in our first year in the car.

Favourite drink?
Hmm…I tend to mix it up a bit. But I often just drink wine with a dash of white because it’s a fast and cheap way for me to get tipsy, it goes straight to my head!

Do you have any frustrating memories in rallying?
Worst moment for me was rolling out of the Fastnet rally in 2010. Think it was the 4th stage. We were already leading Eugene Donnelly and the rest of the class by 1 and a half minutes, we were on a mission and were absolutely delighted with ourselves and I think we were lying in the top 20 in the little 127bhp Nova. And it was the softest roll ever, we rolled down into a bog, it was like rolling on a marshmallow! Did no damage, just couldn’t get back out of it again. Then a Junior came on later and ploughed into the side of us and destroyed the front side of the car. Not the luckiest day for us.

Who is your Favourite rally driver of all time and why?
Colin McRae. I remember sitting in the front room watching him win the 1995 World Rally Championship, they played that song “You’ve Done It All” as he came flat out over a jump. And he really had done it all. I loved Jimmy, Colin’s dad, too, I heard so much about him from my mom.
And Sebastien Loeb. Unreal. And gorgeous!

Who is Ireland’s next top rally driver?
Other than my hubby? That will surely win me some brownie points!! He’s a really talented driver though, the things he could make that Nova do were crazy, especially before we got her rebuilt when she only had 90bhp! We shouldn’t have won the class or the Juniors a lot of the time when we did. It’s a pity he hasn’t got more money behind him so he can be out more often. Wait till he gets used to this BMW, he’ll surprise you all then! 😉
Hmm…the Moffett brothers are on a serious roll right now. They’re ones to watch.
Daniel McKenna of course. Some pilot. Unreal watching him flat out in the Escort. The car control he has is amazing.
And Declan Gallagher, he’s really humbling a lot of boys out there in better machinery.

Who is going to win the wrc this year 2014?
Sebastien Ogier. Because he’s so bloody quick! And he rarely makes mistakes.

What is the best tarmac rally and why?
Donegal International. We’re competing in it next year if it’s the last thing we do! It’s just an amazing event, the stages, the cars, the fans, the scenery, the atmosphere, the afterparty! It would be a dream to compete in it and finish it.

Would you recommend navigating and why?
Of course! It’s a great way to get started in the sport for one thing, without having to shell out the costs of looking after your own car. And it’s really good craic!
When you’re flat chat down a stage and you’re trusting eachother 100% there’s this flow between you and you know there’s no room for error, there’s such an adrenaline rush, it’s mental!
I want to drive some day too though. I’d love to! If I ever get over my nerves of people watching me and the few heroes on the ditch commentating! I have my license from MSI. Sean’s mad for me to do a rally or a sprint some day too, he thinks I’d be good because I’m a bit mad in a car but I reckon I’d come home with every single panel bent!! That’s if I’d finish at all! But some day I’ll do something. Maybe up north where not many people would know me!!
But I really do love navigating, I cannot wait until our next outing in the Stonethrowers, I’m counting down the days! Mad for tar!

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30 Secs With Patrick Brides


Name:Patrick Brides
Birthday: 9 August 1982
Lives:Roscommon Town
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.

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Tipperary Gear Up For Top Event


Tipperary Light Car and Motorcycle Club Have announced that preparation for this
years SEPAM Stonethrowers Rally on the
10th August 2014, are near a Finalé, with regulations awaiting final approval
Clerk of the Course for this years event, John Ward reported:
“Regulations for this years event has been submitted to Motorsport Ireland and are
awating approval.
We have put together a fantastic three stages which will suit all competitors
wishing to win silverware at this years event.”

As with previous years the event is sponsored by SEPAM.
SEPAM is a family business owned by the Kearney family and they have been steeped in
Motorsport History for many years.
Without their Continuing Financial support, this years event would not have been a

Entries for this years event are open with the Main Field Entry fee €495 and the
Junior Rally Entry fee €290.
Competitors in the Main field will compete over approx 120 stage Kilometres
comprised of 3X3 Format
(9 stages in total).
The Junior Rally will consist Of The First 6 Stages.

The Clonmel Park Hotel will be the event rally HQ,and scrutiny will take place
in Sheehan Brothers yard from 2pm – 6pm with all cars being parked up in Parc Ferme
located beside the Rally HQ.

The Rally will be a counting round for both the Dunlop National Irish Rally
Championship and the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship.

Competitors Can use Angus Sealy’s website – for Online
with Angus also providing results on the weekend of the event.

The Drivers briefing for the event will be at 08:30hrs on the 10th August, in the
Ballroom in the Clonmel Park Hotel with the first car away for the event will be at

Donegal Cousins, Declan & Brian Boyle took overall honours last year, but who will
be crowned champions of this years event at the finish ramp in the Clonmel Park
Hotel and lift the winners trophy for the SEPAM Stonethrowers Rally 2014. Words & Image Paul McClay

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30 Secs With Mayo Lady Trisha Greavy


Name: Trisha Greavy
Birthday: 15th June 1989
Lives: Ballina Mayo
Occupation: Primary Healtcare Co-Ordinator
Rally car: Peugeot 406
Road car: Honda Civic

How old were you drove your first car ?

Very very young! We live in the country so used to b always tearing over
and back the road!

Where does your love of motorsport come from?

We were brought to rallies since we were babies and I used to b always
helping my brother fix cars.. I wanted to do panel beating/ body repair as
a career when i finished school but i settled for it as a hobby! I done my
first full respray recently on my brothers escort..if i had a proper shed
and all the right tools id be happy out!!

First memory of rallying ?

earliest memory of rallying wud hav been at a circuit of ireland night
stage ran near home or else the mayo stages that were ran out on achill
island up the side of the cliffs!!

What’s your dream rally car ?

Mk2 escort with a 2.5 millington!! (Id be some danger then!!)

What was your first event?
Mayo Stages Rally 2014 finished 3rd in class 11f

What your plan’s for the rest of 2014 year?
Maybe Galway Summer stages or Donegal Harvest all depends how funds go!!

Favourite food ?

Steak and Chips!!

Do you have any frustrating memories in rallying?

There for Sligo rally the brakes were givin me bother when i took it off
the trailer before scrutiny they were nearly gone again and then engine
start misfiring! All minor stuff we got sorted in time but was just

What’s your Favourite rally of the year and why ?

Think Killarney Rally of the Lakes is my favourite the whole weekend is just
mad craic and the stages are unreal!

Who is your Favourite rally driver of all time and why ?

Tough one!Declan Boyle gave me a lot of good advice going out for my
first rally and reminded me everyone had to start off somewhere was nice
to get motivation from a top driver…or else Declan Gallagher especially
after seeing him in action in killarney The man just has no fear!!

Who is going to win the Ulster rally 2014 ?

Id like to see Daniel Mckenna take victory in the Ulster Rally!

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30 Secs With Donegal Man Gary McElhinney


30 Sec’s With Donegal man Gary McElhinney

Name: Gary McElhinney
Birthday: June
Lives: Donegal Town
Occupation: long story
Rally car: Ford Escort Mk2
Road car: BMW 530D

How old were you when drove your first car ?

Not sure, pretty young, too young proably..!!

Where does your love of Motorsport come from?

My father rallied a mini in the 70′s/80′s and in the 90′s in a Suzuki Swift which I
navigated for him in..

First memory of rallying in Donegal ?

Watching Austin McHale in the black BMW M3 . I still have a xtravision sticker I got
from them at the finish ramp of the Donegal international

What was your first event?

Navagating it was Ballina rally 1998
Driving it was bunbeg single stage in 2002

What your plan’s for the rest of 2014 year ?

Finish off the Dunlop National Championship navagating for Paddy McVeigh, 1 more
trip accross to the British Forests navagating for Ray Cunnigham in the mini. Going
to the Silver fern Rally New Zealand with Frank Cunnigham and may be one more outing
driving the Mk2 myself. And a few nite navagation rallies with Damien Connolly.

Favourite food ?

Lasange and chips

Do you have any frustrating memory’s in rallying?

When I was Driving myself I Lost the 2006 enniskillen club mans rally overall win by
just 1 second..

What’s your Favourite rally of the year and why ?

The Donegal International is a high light for me driving and I really used to enjoy
driving in the Enniskillen Lakeland every year.. When navagating I’ve done a few
events out in Europe and I really enjoyed them..

Who is your favourite rally driver of all time and why ?

Bertie Fisher, because he was just a geniune straight forward quiet man and who was
a suberb rally driver

Who is going to win the Dunlop national rally 2014 ?

Hopefully Paddy McVeigh..!! But it will be tough to hold our championship lead if
Declan Boyle, Hugh hunter etc are out on there usual pace..!!

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