Wm. Loughman to feature on RTÉ Radio One's Pat Kenny Show

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Next Monday morning the 5th of March the Wm. Loughman Forest Rally SenatorMarie_LouiseO'Donnellwill be featured on RTÉ Radio One's Pat Kenny Show, as intrepid reporter, Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell reports first hand on her experience at this weekend’s Wm. Loughman Forest Rally.

Senator O'Donnell enjoys a weekly slot on the Pat Kenny Show and this weekend Marie-Louise will get her first taste of Motorsport has she joins rally driver James Coleman as his navigator for the Carrick on Suir based Wm. Loughman Forest Rally. Marie-Louise will then report on her experience of the event with Pat Kenny on Monday mornings show.



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Ian Chadwick/Stephen Quinn Subaru Impreza Class TBA

Adrian Malanathy/France Fee Mitsubishi EVO IX Class 8

David Candell/Ken Blanche Ford Escort MK11 Class 5




Final Instruction 1

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2012 Wm. Loughman Forestry Rally Final Instruction 1 (28-2-2011)


  1. Scrutiny

          The club will not be using slot times this year for this event. Scrutiny will start at 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs. All late cars to be in position by 1100 hrs so the club can finish at 1200 hrs. Numbers must be collected before scrutiny in the scrutiny area. This will take place in Mill River Business Park. The Rally office will close at 12.30 hrs for licences and collection of documentation. Please come as early. This will take place in the Carraig Hotel, Rally HQ

  1. One service vehicle per rally car. Spaces limited, first come first served.
  1. Overnight Parking can be arranged For Friday and Saturday night.
  1. Trailer park will be in the mart from 8.00 hrs and gates will be locked at 23.00 hrs, Trailers parked at owner risk.
  1. All cars to go to Park Ferme directly after scrutiny.
  1. Service area is operating as one way systems Left Hand Entry please obey Marshals.
  1. Start, Flying Finish and Stop Car will all be illuminated.
  1. All Competitors Must be ready To Start once they leave the S.A.C Delays will not be accepted (if not ready when instructed to start the stage the time it takes to get ready will be your penalty) SELF INFLICTED your corporation would be appreciated.
  1. Please can we have a telephone number from either driver or navigator this will be asked for at documentation. This is to help with the safe -running of the night stages for the clubs accountability. Should you retire from Please contact control on 087/087-2670445 this is also printed on your time card.


  1. Accountability for the night stages. The club will issue an accountability number these will be in numerical sequence. These will be handed out at  each stage start and collected at the stop car of each stage these accountability numbers are to keep track of each car on the night section but will be run in the day time stage to acustomize yourself to the procedure. Should the car in front of you in counter difficulty but do not need assistance please tell the stop marshal that their OK.

1. All Cars must Carry 2 reflective jackets and a Torch for signalling purposes if in difficulty. These will be checked for in scrutiny.

2. Mandatory red triangles and OK Board to be erected in the event of a car breaking down or for any other reason.

3. All signage will be reflective for the night section.

  1. Any additional lights fitted to a competing car must be presented during scrutiny (Fitted and Working).
  1. Stage Commander Stage 2 has changed from Matt Crehan to Seamus Anderson

Please all Competitors keep an eye out for each other for a Safe running of the event. I would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend.


Barry Duggan,

Clerk of the Course.


Seeded Entry List/Event Preview

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2012 Wm. Loughman Official Entry List 

Craig Breen headlines Class Field on Carrick Forest Rally

Reigning National Forestry Rally Champion Owen Murphy, 2nd Overall in 2011 Vincent McAree and winner of the opening round of the 2012 series Garry Jennings will be starattraction.among the main attractions for next Saturday’s Carrick on Suir, Wm. Loughman Memorial Forest Rally but all eyes will be on recently announced ‘Waterford Person of the Year 2011’ Craig Breen as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club welcomes round two of the 2012 Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship.  

Innovation was the outstanding feature of last year’s Willie Loughman Memorial Forest Rally as the Carrick on Suir Motor Club introduced an all-inclusive one day event which included both scrutiny for the competing cars and was followed by afternoon and night stages. The club continues this successful format for 2012 which takes place next Saturday the 3rd of March. The highlight for both competitors and spectators comes by way of a mouth-watering 25 Km stage, the longest in the forest championship this season in the Gurteen Forest Complex near Kilsheelan and for the passionate rallyfans in the South East the event moves to pastures new as the rally revisits the Village of Portlaw as the famous stages of Towerhill and Bealough make a welcome return after a long absence.

The rally is again centralised in Carrick on Suir as the Carrick Motor Club continues its successful partnership with co-sponsors the Carraig Hotel and Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery. Rally HQ is based in the Carraig Hotel but the main hub of the event will be in the Mill River Business Park which contains mechanical scrutiny and the service area.

The one day event format will see competitors arrive in the morning to get their respective rallycars scrutinised, then the main event is set to begin with the first stage scheduled for 15.21 hrs in Gurteen.

Forming an integral part of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship, the Carrick based event fits in this year as the second round. The opening round was held on January 28th in Donegal was dominated by Fermanagh’s Garry Jennings driving a Gp A Subaru Impreza. Jennings, the current Group N Irish Tarmac champion romped to victory, leading the rally from start to finish. Second place on the day was Monaghan’s Stephen Wright in a Mitsubishi EVO VI and the top three overall was completed by Colin Britton in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX Gp N.

The excitement was no less intense in the 2WD class, where Frank Kelly (Ford Escort Mk II) was on the top rung finishing 6th O/A with a margin of eighteen seconds over Adrian Hetherington (8th O/A) in the V6 Rover powered Mk II. Third in the class was claimed by Shane McGirr (9th O/A) in the Toyota Starlet RWD.

As we head to round two of the series next Saturday all of the above are making the trip to Carrick and the big names are not curtailed to the pace setters in Donegal. Reigning National Forestry Rally Champion Owen Murphy missed round one when he hurt his back prior to the event but now after some recuperation the Co. Corkman is itching to get back on the stages and after winning last year’s Carrick event and the subsequent championship I’m sure Owen will be eager to get his 2012 season back on track. After taking a year out Pat O’Connell, the National Champion in 2010 is back again in Carrick next weekend and with Mark Wiley calling the pacenotes the Cashel duo in their EVO IX will be fighting for top honours. The Lucey Brother in their EVO VIII Lancer, are another Cork crew who’ll be ones to watch and after finishing 7th in Donegal, I’m sure they’ll be looking for a higher finish as the championship moves down south.

The rally also signifies the opening of the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. This regional rally championship organised and promoted by THE CARLOW; CARRICK-ON-SUIR; MUNSTER; TIPPERARY AND WEXFORD MOTOR CLUBS is a clubman affair and in 2011 all top three overall honours went to Carrick Club member.  Shay Power/John Rafter, Ford Escort MKII took the title in Wexford on the final round, narrowly pepping follow club mates, Father and Son team of Alan and James Commins. The top three in the series was rounded off by James Coleman and Michael Haley also Carrick Club members. All three crews are back again this year and will make the Two Wheel drive section of the rally very interesting.The rally has attracted a host of other club members including Pierce Doheny who’s back to his Opel Corsa this year, Gemma Kerley will be partnered by Lynn Martin as the all lady crew will be out in their Subaru Impreza. This is Gemma’s first rally in a 4WD car but she will be hoping for a good result after building up experience over the last few years at the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. John Murphy (Boo) with co-driver Niall Fitzgerald are out in their trusty MKII and are followed by Paschal O’Shea and Robbie Hennessy in yet another Mk II Escort with both crews forming part of the Buckstown Motorsport dynasty, the king of the Buckstown stable Seamus Anderson is however not taking part as on this occasion he is working on the event and is the stage commander for the Towerhill test.

Looking through the field the scene is set for an excellent day of forestry entertainment but icing on the cake comes in the form of FIA WRC Academy World Rally Champion Craig Breen, who’s also taking on his local event as he builds towards round three in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) in Portugal at the end of March.   

On entering the rally the Waterford driver said, “I’ve had a few weeks off since SWRC Sweden, we have had a hectic beginning to the year but it’s all been good. Winning in Monte Carlo was a perfect start and backing up that result with second in Sweden was great. I’ll be looking to continue that form in Portugal and taking part in next weekend’s Willie Loughman will be the ideal test session for me. It will be my first gravel rally of the year and I’ll be perfecting my car setup for our trip to Portugal.” Breen who is also a member of the Carrick Motor Club also went on to say, “Entering my local event is always an honour, I get a huge amount of support from the club and I delighted that the rally fits into my schedule.”

Stage Schedule: The action starts on Saturday afternoon at 15.21hrs with stage one in the Gurteen Forest near Kilsheelan and it’s a monster with the full Gurteen complex run as a complete test taking in 25 kms. We then move to Portlaw for stage 2, Tower Hill beginning at 16.28hrs and the final stage in the loop, Bealough is scheduled to get underway at 16.48hrs. Service back in Carrick is 17.30hrs and the second loop begins as darkness falls at 19.00hrs.


Valvoline Forest Championship gets TV Boost !

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The  Forest Rally Committee has announced a TV package for the 2012 series. onthelimitValvoline, the series sponsor for 2011 and 2012 has increased their support of this exciting championship with extra funding towards TV coverage for the six round series.

 Chairman John Quill is delighted  with the development. He commented “the further commitment from the Valvoline company  is a huge boost for the championship and it will add to the profile of the rallies and the crews taking part. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Qualvecom and Valvoline. In addition we are very mindful and appreciative of the help from Motorsport Ireland and the support of our associate sponsors, Hankook Tyres, Suirway Farm Machinery and Forklifts, R&R Tyres Ballincollig, CCS for HANS Hire and Exact Signs. The competitors who have registered for the series have also helped as the registration fee is going directly to help fund the TV package”.


Unseeded Entry List 24-2-2012

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Unseeded Entry List as of today Friday 24th Feb

Early Entry Incentive Package Winners

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2012 Wm. Loughman Memorial Forest Rally

Early Entry Incentive Package Winners

• Full Entry Refund: Gerard Lucey/James Lucey

• €225 Refund of Entry Fee: John Murphy/Niall Fitzpatrick

• B+B for two People in the Carraig Hotel, Rally HQ on Friday Night the 2nd of March or Saturday Night the 3rd of March. Pat Price/Stephen Price


Unseeded Entry List/Marshal's Meeting Points

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Jennings dominates in the Hills of Donegal

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Donegal MC hosted round one of the 2012 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship and the ten stage event was held on Saturday Jan 28th. Garry Jennings dominated the proceedings, Garryleading from start to finish and claiming nine fastest times. Jennings, who hails from nearby Kesh was driving a Group A Impreza. He is current Group N Tarmac champion and he won the Peugeot U.K. 206 cup in 2002.

Second place was a fine result for young Stephen Wright in the Evo6. While the Monaghan driver finished 53 sec behind the rally winner, Wright held second place all day, and he equalled Jennings time on stage2.  Wright finished last season on a high note with 3rd (and leading Valvoline runner) on the Down rally.

Colin Britton was third, the Strabane driver just thirteen seconds behind Wright. Britton was the first of three Group N cars, and he finished a mere second ahead of Donegal’s, Conor Harvey who had just 22 seconds to spare over Beragh’s Ian Cochrane. 

The excitement was no less intense in the 2WD class, where Tyrone drivers ruled the roost. As expected Frank Kelly was on top rung, and the Moy man finished  sixth  with a margin of eighteen seconds over Adrian FrankHetherington (8th O/A)in the V6 Rover powered Mk2. Third in the class was claimed by Shane McGirr (9th O/A) in the Starlet RWD, just 9 seconds behind Hetherington. Other finishers in the top ten included Corkman Ger Lucey who was 7th despite an electric niggle all day in the Evo 8, and local driver Paul Reid who was tenth in a Mk2.  

There are two new classes in the 2012 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship. Drivers of R2 homologated cars can enter Class 10,  and Class 11 caters for the Historic class. Joe Mc Gonigle entered his C2R2 Max but he retired after SS7 with a broken drive shaft. Tommy O’ Connell was more fortunate, and he scored the first ever historic points in his LHD Escort Mk2.

His father Seamus created another bit of history, when he was the first retiree. A half shaft failed in the Derryman’s Mk2 en route to the first stage. Other retirements included 2010 forest champion Pat O’ Connell (engine), Enda McNulty (misfire) Vincent McAree (anti-lag), Mark Murphy (transmission) and Mick Nevin (spark plug). In total eighteen crews retired from a starting list of forty five.

After this weekend’s Wm. Loughman rally, there are five rounds  of the 2012 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship remaining: Apr 15  Moonraker  Rally; May 19 Cork Forest Rally; July 8 Tipperary MC Rally; Aug 4 Dogleap Rally and Sep 22; Bushwhacker Rally.

Championship Website

Championship Points

Photos Courtesy of Dermott Sweeney (


'Early Entry Incentive Package'

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Carrick on Suit Motor Club are now delighted to announce their 'Early Entry Incentive Package' for this year's Wm.Loughman Forestry Rally.
Early Entry Incentive Package Draw: This Year's Early Entry Incentive Package Include:

• B+B for two People in the Carraig Hotel, Rally HQ on Friday Night the 2nd of March or Saturday Night the 3rd of March.

• Full Entry Refund

• €225 Refund of Entry Fee

Competitors who want to be in the draw MUST be FULLY PAID by the Entries Closing Date: Friday 24th of Feb and Winners will have to start the rally to avail of prizes.

TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship - 2012 Season Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship



The Willie Loughman Memorial Forestry Rally, Saturday 03 March

The Munster Moonraker, Sunday 15 Aprilwinners

The Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally, Sunday 08 July


The Carlow Stages Rally, Sunday 13 May

The Ravens Rock Stages Rally, Sunday 24 June

The Stonethrowers Stages Rally, Sunday 12 August

The Dick Bailey, Wexford Stages Rally,                                                 2011 Champions Shay Power/John Rafter

Saturday/Sunday 8-9 September    


Welcome to the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship, the recognised ‘clubman’ rally championship. We thank TRITON SHOWERS for again sponsoring the championship. Thanks also to the Carlow Motor Club for hosting the 2011 awards night in mid January.

powerrafterCongratulations to the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Champions Shay Power and John Rafter, Ford Escort MK2, Class 5, 79 points who has the narrowest of margins from Shay's brother-in-law Alan Commins and his son James, Escort MK2,class 4, 78 points. Third overall, James Coleman / Michael Haley, Escort MK2, class 5, 74 points. The Year was extra special for the Crrick on Suir Motor Club as all the top three are club members.

To recap on 2011 a little further, going into the final round, the Dick Bailey Wexford Stages Rally, any one of five crews had the potential of winning the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. This fact alone describes how close the competition is in this well balanced class based rally championship.

The format and structure of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship allows competitors approach their years rallying on a cost competitive basis. Being a class based championship it’s possible for a crew from any of the six classes to be the outright winner.

There are some changes to the structure of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. The Mitchelstown bases Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally has a new date in July, away from the cold wet / snow stages of winter to hopefully the dust trails of summer. So it’s TWO FORESTRY, TWO TARMAC, ONE FORESTRY and TWO TARMAC.

We would encourage competitors to canvass the support of their fellow competitors who may not intend to compete in the championship to register for the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. On occasions in the past some crews, although wining their class, were denied maximum points due to insufficient numbers starting some events.

Once again this year, taking cognisance of the current state of the economy and to encourage competitors to register and compete in TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship, the scoring format requires that only three crew need to start in their class to score maximum points (15), two starters (12) points and one starter (10) points. 

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             2nd Overall Alan and James Commins                                                              3rd Overall James Coleman and Michael Haley

Championship Contacts:

Championship Registrar; Ann Fitzgerald,

The Cross, Mooncoin, Via Waterford.

Phone / fax 051 895238.

Email;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Press officer, Joe O’Brien,

Carrick Beag, Carrick-on-Suir. 086 3154442


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