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Carrick On Suir Motor Club - Winter Rallysprint

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Carrick MC Rallysprint

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Regulations and Entry Form are now available to download (CLICK HERE)

The Club will require 10 days notice for those requiring a ONE-DAY LICENCE. Please contact Ann Fitzgerald (051- 895238) after 8pm

Event Enquiries to Eamonn Murphy 086 2783180 or Donagh O'Sullivan 086 8476178

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Carrick on Suir Motor Club conclude their year of events with a One Day Winter Rallysprint on Sunday the 6th of November. The event will be based in the Waterford Airport Business Park, Killowen, Co.Waterford. The event includes a 1.6km loop on a tarmac surface. Familiarization for this event will be done by walking or cycling the course. There will be at least 3 timed runs, total times to count. The event will get underway early that Sunday morning for the competitors as mchanical and paper scrutiny starting at 8am. Drivers briefing and the practice run beginning at 10.15am and the first timed run getting off the startline at 10.30am.

The Carrick Motor Club are delighted to announce that proceeds from the event will be presented to the South Eastern Cancer Foundation, The Solas Centre.

Solas Centre – South Eastern Cancer Foundation provides excellent support to cancer patients and their families in the south east.  The Solas Centre is a place where cancer patients and their families can find support to help living with cancer. Services include confidential listening, relaxation therapies such as reflexology or massage, counselling, art therapy, support groups, stress management, yoga and art psychotherapy for children. 

The new Solas Centre opened in 2011 and was built entirely by the public’s generous donations of €1.5m.   The centre will improve and expand the service that the SECF provides in Waterford and throughout South East counties of Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Carlow and Wexford.  With more people being diagnosed with cancer each year in the region the new Solas Centre can now offer free services to over 1000 cancer patients per annum.  In order to achieve this, the need to continue fundraising is crucial.


The Solas Centre is delighted to be associated with the Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club in its endeavours to fundraise for the Solas Centre.solascentre

Ann Marie Power,
Solas Centre


 

2011 Trition Showers South East Stages Rally Championship Goes to the WIRE!

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

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by Joe O'Brien

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Welcome to the final round of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. As ever the final round of our seven event championship is the Wexford Motor Clubs Dick Bailey Stages Rally which take place over two days of tarmac action. Once again the outcome of the Championship is going to the wire, with an optimistic five crews in a position to taste victory.

Despite the ongoing recession this rally championship is still attracting a competitive field. It’s also helped by the fact that it’s a class based championship that allows competitors from the six classes, regardless of their budget, the opportunity to win this well fought and contested championships. Whilst some rounds have been a bit bereft of competitors nevertheless there has always been keen competition.

Ignoring the fact that competitors best five rounds count and some crews have competed in six rounds to date and intend going for clean sweep of doing all seven rounds, I’ll record their maximum points and let the mathematical permutations to those who understand sums better than I...

First overall are the class 3 crew of Derek Butler / Diarmuid O’Sheaderekbutlerdiarmuidosheahondacivic in the ever reliable Honda Civic on 70 points. This crew has competed on the three forestry rounds and two of the tarmac. They have been fantastic ambassadors for FWD cars encouraging others to the joys of forestry rallying.

seamuspowerjohnrafterSecond overall are Shay Power and John Rafter, class 5, Escort MK2. Shay is a previous winner of the South East Stages (years ago) and has an undiminished appetite for rallying on both forestry and tarmac. Non-finishing on the Ravens Rock within a stone’s throw of his house was another disappointment, he shrugged off as part of rallying. Most disappointed was daughter Katie who was navigating as regular navigator (Raffter) was on official duty on the Kilkenny event. Shay and John are just one point shy of the leaders on 69 points.

Third overall is Mick Nevin and Michael Garahy in the ever reliable mickmevinandmichaelgarahyclass 2 Ford Escort MK2. Mick is as ever best described as a multiple winner of the TRITON SHOWERS SES Rally Championship over the years. Forestry or tarmac it’s all the one to this crew. Nothing elaborate or flamboyant, just doings the basics and keeping things simple and well maintained. As there are only two crews registered in the class the points scoring has mitigated against them this year. It’s surprising that they are so far up the leader board at this stage of the championship with 68 points from five rounds.

alanandjamescomminsJust taking a sentence,to remark on the fact that Alan and Jamie Commins are on 67 points. So the leading four are all separated by just one point between each position. There are two further dark horses in the title shoot out that may well have a mathematical chance of being feted as the winners of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. More anon.

Class 1. Emmet Cronin / Richie Long, Escort MK2 are well ahead on 30 points. Their usual engine is a real screamer and a feat of modern technology. Happier on forestry but no mean performers on tar either. Colin O’Toole / Francis Kelly are second on 22 points are seem to be concentrating on forestry . Third are another recognised forestry crew, Joe Shinnors / Derry Healy on 17 points.

Class 2. The other lone players in this once very pascalandrobbiepopular class are Pascal O’Shea / Robbie Hennessey on 64 points in the well maintained Ford Escort MK2. Leading the class and enjoying the support of the “parish based” Buckstown Motorsport.

Class3. Class leaders and a world class rallying act are Craig Breen / Garath Roberts, Ford Fiesta on 45 points. Swopping between his brace of Fiestas has probably cost them the championship lead but they have bigger fish to fry in the international rallying arena. Second are Seamus Flynn / Ian Munnelly in the FWD Ford Focus on 44 points. This car and crew are a welcome return to rallying in what could have been the flagship rally car, but for the devotion to the ESCORT MK2. Sharing the points (44) are Douglas Stewart / Billy Ryan in the Peugeot 306. This crew have a great record in forestry but mishaps have marred their tarmac exploits. As an aside it’s fantastic to see the FWD cars to the fore.

Class 4. Class leaders are the family team of Alan and James Commins who alternate between the MK2 and the RWD Peugeot both Pinto powered. Their points tally of 67 lets them with the cusp of lifting the Championship provided they win the class in Wexford and others suffer a hiccup or two over the testing two day event. Second are Sean Benskin / Joe Fitzgibbon on 44 points in the MK2 escort who rarely venture onto tarmac. Third are Paul Quinlan / Tommy Cuddihy also in an Escort MK2 who are scoring steady finishes are comfortably on 41 points.

jamescolemanmichaelhaleyClass 5. The Dark Horses - James Coleman / Michael Haley and Frank Kelly / Liam Brennan both in Escort MK2’s share the lead on 60 points. Both are very competitive and the will to win is a trait in both drivers. Both also have a mathematical chance of winning the 2011 frankkellyliambrennanTRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship, depending on the fate of others. A battle to watch. Third are another crew under the Buckstown Motorsport banner, Johnny Murphy / Martin Nolan also in the unusual four door MK2  on 31 points.

Class 6.  Ger Connors / Owen O’Neill are well ahead in 55 points. They have missed just one round are well on the way to maintaining the class lead in the Subaru Impreza. Second are Owen Murphy / James O’Brien on 46 points in the forestry spec Mitsubishi Lancer. Third are the Co.Monaghan duo of Vincent and J.P. McAree on 45 points also in their forestry spec Mitsubishi Lancer.

Many competitors in the 2011 Championship support the clubs by competing on their respective rallying disciplines, be it forestry or tarmac. In these recessionary times it is gratifying that so many crews also support the championships that the events count towards. Our prayer is that ‘may they continue to have deep pockets’!! Rallying never was and never will be a cheap sport but the friendships that have been built upon over the years are enduring.

Our best wishes to ALL associated with next weekend’s event and the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship.
 
 

SES 2011: Stonethrowers Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

What a difference a day’s rallying makes; the old order has changed and we now have a new look leaderboard. I’m told to be brief so it’s only the bare bones that is appearing below.

Nothing new or remarkable about the latest leader of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship.  Once again it’s the indomitable Mick Nevin / Michael Garahy, Ford Escort MK2, class two on 68 points. It’s the usual stuff nothing flash or remarkable except their finishing record and the ability to get the job done with the maximum return.

 In the runner up position are Frank Kelly / Liam Brennan, Escort MK2, class 5 on 60 points. Another crew who are enjoying their dual surface rally championship which is the unique feature of the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. They have had three class wins including bonus points which put them in the position of potential 2011 Championship.

Third o/a are Derek Brennan / Diarmuid O’Shea, Honda Civic, class 3 on 58 points. These lads are enjoying the craic of forestry and tarmac as well, so who says the Civic are too soft for Irish Forestry rallying.

Up to the Ravens Rock Shay Power, Escort MK2, class 5 was in command but the throttle- wire wasn’t up to the job. James Coleman, Escort MK2, class 5 was on 00 duty and Owen Murphy, Mitsubishi Lance, class 6 was on an early summer break.

Last year’s TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship winner Andy Fanning has thrown his hat at this year’s championship as his impeccable finishing record has deserted him, he’s now out in the ‘big engined’ Ford Puma. Also losing out due to a car change is Craig Breen who had his big ‘engine’ Ford Fiesta on Ravens Rock duty in anticipation of engaging the WRC brigade in battle. The white flag was run up early and the experts say he would have won the Rock anyway, just by a smaller margin.

Class 1 Positions are unchanged as none of the registered crews started. Emmet Cronin, 29 points. Colin O’Toole, 22 points. Joe Shinnors, 17 points.

Class 2 Pascal O’Shea is the only other registered competitor and is thriving on his way with 54 points. One of the Buckstown community of competitors, look them up on Facebook.

Class 4 Alan Commins and son James have knocked the Ballycotten crews from the ‘top sails’ and are leading on 55 points. Sean, Ray (jnr)  and Ray (snr) Benskins are on 44; 40; 35 points respectively.

Class 5 Shay Power, James Coleman and Ed Colton are holding station on 54; 48; 30 points. There’s a few “buckos” from Buckstown who are eyeing up their positions and are intent on mounting a raid!

Class 6 The sad story here on the Rock was an entire no show from all registered crews. The class positions are shared by five crews as some are on equal points. It’s not cheap to keep these machines on the road and I suppose it’s unfair to expect them out on every event. Owen Murphy is leading on 46 points. Ger Connors and Vincent McAree are sharing 45 points. Mark Murphy and John Reid are sharing 32 points.

The final round of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is the Dick Bailey Stages Rally (2 day)            in Wexford on the 10th/11th Sept.
 
 

SES 2011: Ravens Rock Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

The Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club’s Ravens Rock Rally is the fifth round of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship; it’s also the second tarmac round of the seven event dual surface rally championship. Encompassing both forestry and tarmac under the banner of one championship is pretty unique within the rallying championship calendar. Some competitors rise to the challenge of competing on both surfaces while others specialise on either forestry or tarmac. Generally all the rounds are also rounds of either the national forestry (Valvoline) or the tarmac (Dunlop) championships. Although the title of this championship is The South East Stages, we have been known to spread over a greater terrain with the occasional trips to Wicklow and Lismore for forestry events. Our competitors are representative of the regional strongholds of rallying within Ireland. The quality of our events have also attracted some loyal and welcome competitors from Wales who bring their own brand of exuberance and excitement and welcome competition giving an International flavour to our events and Championship.

To the business in hand, the championship standings to date and this weekend’s event.  The simple story is that leading the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is Shay Power and John Rafter in their class 5, Escort MK2 on 53 points. Shay won the forerunner of the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship way back in 1992 when it was the Foley Championship. He has a 1300 MK2 and a long term partnership with Connie Delaney. There have been many bumps in the road since those far off days in the latter half of the 20th century. Shay competes on both the forestry and tarmac events with aplomb and flair. So much natural talent that he has a pool of navigators ranging from daughter Cathy, super navi Derek Gibbs and fellow club member John Rafter. He’s a long time on the road, has plenty of experience and above all enjoys his rallying, always smiling through the rough and the smooth.

Second O/A are James Coleman and Michael Haley, also in class 5, not surprisingly also in an Escort MK2 and on 48 points. Friends, neighbours and rivals who enjoy the cut and thrust of rallying with Shay. James wears rallying on his sleeve as his support for rallying through his SUIRWAY BUSINESS ventures and the events of the Carrick-on-Suir bear testimony to his commitment to rallying and motorsport in general. Formerly a National Karting champion his competitive spirit is still to the fore. James and Michael also compete on both the forestry and tarmac events.

Third O/A are Owen Murphy and James O’Brien, class 6, Mitsubishi Lancer on 46 points. Recognised by many as a competitor who with sufficient backing would be a house-hold name among the rally fraternity. They have the strong streak of the unique Cork motorsport competitiveness that has produced Coleman, the Fitzgerald’s and Cronin’s to name a few of the most successful Cork names within Irish rallying. Currently committed to the Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship, they may venture onto some tarmac events outside of the cork / Kerry region. They thoroughly enjoyed the night stages of the Willie Loughman Forestry rally attributing their success from competing on night navigation (rallies) trials.

Class 1. Class leaders are Emmet Cronin / R. Long, Escort MK2 on 29 points. Most likely to stay on the loose surface but may try the next two tarmac events as they are ‘local’ to Richie. The revs of the 1300 engine are akin to the wails of a F1 engine. Colin O’Toole / Francis Kelly are second on 22 points in the Ford Ka. Francis is a former TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship winning navigator. Joe Shinnors / Derry Healy, Nova on 17 points are currently third. The Shinnors name is synonymous with Irish rallying.

Class 2. For some reason the 8 valve rally engine is fading fast from Irish Rallying. Strange but true, the 1600 CC Kent engine, once the backbone of the Ford Escort has faded from the rallying scene. Just two competitors in the class, former multiple  TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship winner Mick Nevin / M. Garahy and relative newcomer to the sport Paschal O’Shea /R. Hennessy both of course in Ford Escort MK2’s share the class on 44 points. Surely there are 1600, 8 valve Sunbeams, Novas, Starlets, Skoda’s to name a few that are under the wraps of dust and cobwebs waiting for an occasional blast.

Class 3. The lead is shared by Douglas Stewart / B. Ryan, Peugeot 306 and Derek Butler / D. O’Shea, Honda Civic, both on 43 points. Again both crews are competitive on forestry and tarmac. Not so far behind on 40 points are Mick Cuddihy / J. Dunphy, Toyota Starlet. Unusually the FWD seem to have the upper hand of the RWD. The situation may be readdressed on the next two events are they are fairly local to Mick. Having a lash at the domestic rallying scene are our WRC contenders pairing of Craig Breen / G Roberts, Ford Fiesta on 30 points. Two rounds, two class wins, the ambitious target of fellow class competitors is to have Craig finish behind them ! Oh, the majority of the main field have the same ambition.... Personally I think it’s fantastic that Craig competes so often at home to show what a talent he so modestly has.

Class 4. The preserve, so far, of the RWD, mainly MK2’s. It’s so simple really; the class is sewn up by the Benskin family from Ballycotten, Co. Cork. Sean W. with Joe Fitzgibbon is on 44 points. The young lad, Ray (jnr) with Ollie Kierce is on 40 points and the (most respectfully) senior member Ray with long co-driver Peadar Walsh are on 35 points. Without exception Ray Benskin is competing for what seems to be forever in Carrick-on-Suir motorsport events. Oh, I’ll make an exception by mentioning fourth and fifth placed crews, Alan Commins and Paul Quinlan who are not related to anybody else in the class.

Class 5. Frank Kelly / L. Brennan, Escort MK2, on 45 points are just off the overall contenders in the same class. Frank is rated as one of the most exciting MK2 drivers that grace Irish Rallying. Ed Colton / Claire O’Mahony is making the latest of many come backs to rallying in a Peugeot (what else) 306. On 30 points from the previous four rounds. Paul Lacey / A. Walsh Escort MK2 are on 10 points from the Carlow MK2 challenge.

Class 6. The class lead is shared by Vincent and J.P. McAree, Mitsubishi Lance, on 45 points from the forestry rounds. If the tarmac can be assured as loose they may take in a few tarmac rounds. Another crew with night navigation experience who revelled in the night stages of the Carrick-on-Suit forestry rally. Ger Connors / O. O’Neill in a Subaru Impreza, also on 45 are competing on both forestry and tarmac. Diligent and steady competitors who are always there or thereabouts in the shake up. Second in class is also a shared position. Mark Murphy / Carol O’Keeffe, also in a Subaru are on 32 points. John Reid / E. Shiels, in the almost unique to Irish rallying Toyota Corolla, 32 points. Both perhaps committed to forestry but may yet appear on some of the tarmac rounds. Third are Connie Delaney and R. Grace, 23 points also in a Subaru. May not make much progress as Connie will adopt an officials status for the Ravens Rock.

Juniors.  Alan Keena / Fionnuala Moloney, Honda Civic, 46 points. Michael Ryan / K. Carroll, Peugeot, 24 points.  *note the juniors cannot qualify for overall awards.

 As we look forward to the remaining rounds of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship we wish the promoting clubs healthy entries. Far too many events are running at a loss and need support from outside of the competitor’s entry fees. Advertising and sales of programmes are just two other means of supporting the sport. To all who buy the programmes, thank you for your support.

 
 

SES 2011: Carlow Tarmac Stages Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

The opening three rounds of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship were crackers. Each event had its own distinct personality. All were forestry. To Mitchelstown for the Tipperary Sean Conlon Forestry rally over the well tried and tested stages surrounding the Co-operative town.

The 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is class based allowing competitors from any of the six classes to win the championship outright.

 Three crews shared the top positions when stones settled. Overall winner and winner of class 6 were Corks Owen Murphy and James O'Brien in the Mitsubishi Lancer on 30 points. Ray Benskin (jnr) / Ollie Kierce, Escort MK2 won class 4. Frank Kelly / Liam Brennan, Escort MK2 won class 5. All on 30 points virtue of the bonus points system.

Next it was to the Willie Loughman forestry rally promoted by the Carrick-on-Suir Club. Novel for this event was the decision to have the rally on Saturday afternoon with the late stages in the dark. This was new challenge for many of the crews who experienced their first event with the dancing shadows and the hollow voids of the dark spaces. Old hands of night navigation events showed that "practice makes perfect" Murphy and O'Brien chalked up another win to nail first place in the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship with 45 points.

 Second O/A was shared by Douglas Stewart / Billy Ryan, Peugeot, class 2 and Shay Power / Johnny Rafter, Escort MK2, class 5, both on 40 points.

Third O/A was also shared; Mick Cuddihy / James Dunphy, Starlet, class 3 and Ray Benskin (jnr) / Ollie Kierce, Escort MK2, class 4, both on 39 points.

Round three was the Munster Clubs Moonraker Rally in Lismore. It could just as easy have been Lisbon; to say it was sweltering would only be a slight exaggeration, because the sun shone from a cloudless sky and the stages were in fine condition. The 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship had a new leader with Douglas Stewart / Billy Ryan winning class 2 again amassing 55 points, to see leaders Murphy / O'Brien who ended their run with a blown head gasket. This is a fantastic achievement by a FWD car in the usual playground of the Escort MK2 and 4X4’s.

Second O/A are Derek Butler / Diarmuid O’Shea, Honda Civic, class 2 on 48 points. Once again a FWD more than holding its own on the loose. I suppose it’s ok to finish second in class in the “works spec” Ford Fiesta of Craig Breen who is one of the leading lights in Irish rallying!

Third O/A are James Coleman / Michael Haley, Escort MK2, class 5 on 47 points. The Mk2 is undergoing some development work in the suspension department.

The class positions are equally competitive. The current state of play of rallying in Ireland is that the ‘clubman’ has held onto the Euros required for his hobby and didn’t lose the run of himself in the time of the tiger. There were healthy entries on the first three rounds of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship and indeed the Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship. Indeed the National Tarmac rally championship has so far early in the season been well supported.

As we eagerly look forward to the tarmac rounds of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship we wish the promoting clubs healthy entries. Far too many events are running at a loss and need support from outside of the competitors entry fees. Advertising and sales of programmes are just two other means of supporting the sport. To all who buy the programmes, thank you for your support.
 
 

SES 2011: Moonraker Forestry Stages Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

It’s back to the historic town of Lismore for round three of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. This is also the final forestry round before we head for the tarmac stages in Carlow.

The first two rounds were crackers, the Tipperary Sean Conlon Forestry had one of the biggest entries for a forestry rally in many years, allaying fears that rallying would suffer mightly in these recessionary times. Thankfully the resilient rallying clubmen have been prudent with their lifestyles and have a few Euro aside to spend on their chosen pastime. Thirty crews signed up for the  2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship, relief all round that we were up and running.

The Willie Loughman, Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally was next up with a few innovative features. It ran on a Saturday with an afternoon start time, allowing scrutiny on Saturday morning and with the novel attraction of night time stages. This was a fantastic experience for all as it pushed out the boundaries for everybody. So it’s off with the light pods and time to savour the fast flowing stages in the heartland of Co. Waterford.

As usual the championship doesn’t really take shape until the second round has been completed. The 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is class based so all crews regardless of budget have an even chance of winning the championship.

2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship leaders, Owen Murphy, James O’Brien, Mitsubishi Lancer, class 6 have really stamped their mark on the championship with back to back wins on the opening two rounds, plus bonus points on the opening round, total 45 points.  He is a serious competitor on forestry and a talent to be nurtured. They are also making a determined attempt at the Valvoline National Forestry Rally Championship. So expect them to take another overall win today.

Second O/A are Derek Butler/Diarmuid O’Shea, Class 2, Honda Civic on 42 points. Another Cork crew, perhaps a revival of rallying talent from Cork is in the making! They were class winners in Mitchelstown and runners up in Carrick giving way to a well prepared and driven Escort MK2. This belays the assumption that the Civic is a bit ‘soft’ for the travails of forestry.

Third O/A is shared by two crews (the beauty of a class based championship) one from class 2 and the other class 5. Lowest number first, Douglas Stewart / Billy Ryan, Peugeot 206, class 3 on 40 points, just two less than second o/a in the same class. There should be a ‘class’ battle here for the pecking order honours. The address is Dublin but I suspect Co. Wicklow is nearer the mark as the Dubs wouldn’t be used to the forestry tracks!

On the exact same scoring are the Carrick crew of Shay Power / Johnny Rafter, class 5, Escort MK2. Shay is a well known forestry competitor who can more than hold his own on tarmac. Rally is for enjoyment and the results will look after themselves. It’s a form of relaxation he says, Johnny Rafter will be poaching entries for the Ravens Rock (round 5 of the championship)

An observation at this point; the majority of crews have declared their bonus rounds befor getting onto the tarmac rounds.

Class 1 is being led by a country mile by Emmet Cronin / R. Long in the screamer of a MK2 Escort on 17 points. Their bonus round was a non finish in Mitchelstown. Richie Long is making a comeback before the midlife crises sets in.... Second are Andy Fanning / Paddy King in the Ford Ka. What a difference a year makes, 2010 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship winner with a flawless run of finishes to two rounds gone and two non-finishes. A tough sport, this rallying! No doubt this will change rapidly...

Class 2. The ever present  TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship competitor and past multi winner, Mick Nevin / Mike Garahy, Ford Escort MK2, 21 points are just one point ahead of Paschal O’Shea / R Hennessey, Ford Escort MK2, on 20 points. One a youngish charger the other a little older but resilient and both well up for the remaining rounds. An aside here, both crews have has equipment stolen at a recent event. There is a lot of low life out there waiting for the opportunity to steal and rob. Information gratefully and anonymously appreciated.

Class 3. The rip roaring going up a gear when all else are coming down, Mick Cuddihy / J. Dunphy, Toyota Starlet are well ahead on 39 points. Flamboyant and fantastic to watch and always competitive. Second are another Tipperary crew, Noel Wade / E. Touhy, Escort MK2 on 21 points. Third is one to watch for the present and the future, Craig Breen / G. Roberts Ford Fiesta R2, 15 points.  This crew are “world class” competing on the WRC stages and it’s fantastic to have them compete on the domestic scene. They will compete on selected events of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. Every event is an opportunity to hone their skills.

Class 4. As said earlier, there is a rallying revival in Cork. It’s home of the Ford Marque and home to the Benskin’s of Ballycotton, Co. Cork. Class 4 is the preserve of the Benskin family.  Ray Benskin (jnr) / Ollie Kierce, Ford Escort 39 points, Ray Benskin / P. Walsh, Ford Escort, 34 points, Sean W. Benskin / Joe Fitzgibbon, Ford Escort, 32 points. What more is there to say, except, ‘let the battle continue’ Just for the record, Alan and James Commins, Ford Escort and Paul Quinlan /T Cuddihy, Sunbeam who are also in the class.

Class 5. James Coleman / M Haley, Ford Escort are heading a tightly bunched class on 32 points. Frank Kelly / Liam Brennan, Ford Escort, 30 points ffirst round. A returnee to rallying, after a bit of a lay off are Ed Colton / C. O’Mahony, Peugeot 306 on 28 points. Welcome back Ed, a bit more match practice and the younger lads will have their work cut out.

 
 

SES 2011: Willie Loughman Forestry Stages Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

What a relief to have the first round of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship completed. Relief, because who knew what the future of rallying was to be this year in a country so utterly financially depressed and lacking in belief? The Galway International Rally was the first to bear the brunt of the economic woes and was a possible indicator of what was in store for the upcoming events. But Gloria hallelujah the Sean Conlon Forestry rally gave the indications that clubman rallying was surviving the recession and that there is hope for the “ordinary” competitors. The Birr Stages rally, the first round of the Dunlop tarmac championship is also boasting a healthy quality entry. LONG LIVE THE CLUBMAN.

The Sean Conlon Tipperary Forestry Rally had a massive 64 starters, many came late in the day but there appears to have been a lot of hard graft put in by the club and competitors to get the year off to a good (great) start. Valvoline are sponsoring the National Forestry Rally Championship and the pre season publicity has paid off. Long may the two championship trade off each other.

Andrew Fanning, the 2010 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship victor, was well fired up for the challenge of his local event and having a crack at both championships. The Ford Ka got a power boost but his fears about the durability of the drives were well founded, resulting in a rare non-finish. Bang went his opening gambit and the pain of blowing his bonus round points. Ouch. His fellow competitors in Class 1 suffered the same non-finishing fate and coincidentally also blew their bonus points. So it’s all even in class 1.

Class 2 had just two crews registered. Derek Butler / Diarmuid O’Shea, Honda Civic were the winners and used their bonus points to kick off their championship with 24 points. The ever competitive Mick Nevin / Michael Garahy, Ford Escort MK2 were second with 10 points.

Class 3 was won by one of the natural talents of forestry rallying Mick Cuddihy with former driver James Dunphy on the notes. The little Starlet fairly bucked it way around the stages to finish 11th overall. The bonus points are held in reserve so the haul was 15 points. Second were the Dublin based crew of Douglas Stewart / Billy Ryan in the Peugeot 206. Again the bonus points were not engaged so are on 12 points. Third in class are and from the well known Carlow motorsport family were Emmet Watchorn / John hade in a Peugeot 106 on 10 points.

Class 4 was won by one of the longest and most regular competitors in forestry rallying, Ray Benskin / Peadar Walsh, Ford Escort MK2. They engaged their bonus points and are one of the joint leaders of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship on 30 points. Keeping the class honours in the family name were Sean W. Benskin / Joe Fitzgibbon also Ford Escort MK2 on 24 points. Third were the local crew of Paul Quinlan / Tommy Cuddihy in a Talbot Sunbeam on 10 points.

Class 5, the power and exhibition of two wheel drive has to be seen to be believed in this class, mainly dominated by MK2 Escorts. Class winners and actually third O/A were Frank Kelly / Liam Brennan who made the long haul from Co. Tyrone. They wasted no time used their bonus points to co-lead the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship on 30 points. Next up championship wise were another Cork crew, Ray Benskin (jnr) /  Nicky Hegarty, Escort MK2 on18 points. How many of the current rally generation can recall seeing Ed Colton / Claire O’Mahony in a Peugeot 306. Ed has been synonymous with this marque for most of his rally career and it was just great to see him back not only competing but also competitive. His 16 points also used up his bonus points. Actually second and third in class were James Coleman (12) and Shay Power (10) points.

Class 6 proves that there may be some prudent competitors about in rallying as it’s the best supported class. First and second O/A also are first and second in the class. Owen Murphy / James O’Brien, Mitsubishi Lancer are co-leaders of the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship on 30 points. John Reid / Enda Sheil in the Toyota Corolla are second on 24 points. A spectacular car to see on the forestry stages. Perhaps the one remaining WRC cars to be seen in the forestry rallies. Third are the Co. Monaghan crew, Vincent and J. P. McAree in a Mitsubishi Lancer on 18 points. All three crews used their bonus points so there will be no surprises from that trio. For the record Ian Cochrane / Ray Fitzpatrick, also in a Mitsubishi Lancer were third in class but hold fourth place with 10 points.

That’s the state of play at the moment. Long may the clubman championships and events prosper in these uncertain times.

 
 

2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship: Sean Conlon Forestry Rally Event Preview

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The South East Stages Rally Championship

South East Stages Rally Championship SEVEN ROUND CHAMPIONSHIP, THREE FORESTRY, FOUR TARMAC

PROMOTED BY: CARLOW; CARRICK-ON-SUIR; MUNSTER; TIPPERARY AND WEXFORD MOTOR CLUBS LTD.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the 2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. Once again the five clubs have come together with sponsorship from TRITON SHOWERS to offer the rallying clubman the opportunity to compete in the best rally championship available anywhere on the island of Ireland.

Congratulations to the 2010 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Champions, Andrew Fanning / Alan McCormac in the Ford Ka / Puma, Class 1. Once again reliability was the key to their success. Not a big budget outfit by any means, but good preparation and a large degree of mechanical sympathy paid the deserved dividends. Proof in itself that the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is a genuine clubman rally championship.

The format and structure of the 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. So a crew with a well thought out structure, attitude and approach can take the spoils at the year end. As can be seen from the regulations, the forestry rallies are run concurrently so those who intend doing all the events will need to change the setup only once.

We would encourage competitors to canvass the support of their fellow competitors who may not intend to compete in a championship to register for the 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 we have changed the scoring format to the extent that only three crew need to start in their class to score maximum points (15), two starters 12 points and one starter 10 points. 

The three forestry events are now running before the Tarmac rounds start. We welcome back the Munster Car Club and the Moonraker Forestry Rally to the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. This is great news for the forestry and also for the crews who intend competing on both surfaces.

The other news for 2011 is that the Carrick-on-Suir Willie Loughman Forestry Rally will take place on Saturday 5th March. The Start will be at about noon with the later stages in the dark.

The TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship also allows crews to nominate a round for bonus points when points scored are doubled. This round must be declared when registering for the championship. The championship is also unique as it’s the only rally championship which promotes both tarmac and forestry.

This, the opening round, The Sean Conlon Forestry Rally, will be run again from Mitchelstown by the Tipperary Motor Club. With the current climatic conditions (30 Jan.) what are the chance of a rerun of the 2009 snow covered stages. Notwithstanding the Galway International, this will be a barometer of the state of forestry and indeed clubman rallying for the remainder of the year.

An appeal to those who support rallying but are unable to compete is to volunteer early to assist in marshalling, time keeping or whatever your expertise is to the promoting clubs. The craic can still be mighty.

We are constantly updating our web site (work in progress) www.southeaststages.ie and www.southeaststages.com. There are also links from the promoting clubs and on rally.ie

We wish you all, our sponsor, clubs, competitors and spectators a successful, enjoyable and safe year in Motorsport. Our sport is under scrutiny more than ever, we just ask you to be ambassadors for our sport.

2011 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship rounds:

The Sean Conlon Forestry Rally.  Mitchelstown. Tipperary M.C.            13 February.

The Willie Loughman Forestry Rally. Ck-on- Suir. Ck-on-Suir M.C. 05 March.             NOTE Saturday afternoon start with late stages in the dark.

Moonraker Forestry Rally. Lismore. Munster Car Club. 10 April

The Carlow Stages Rally. Carlow. Carlow Car Club. 08 May.

The Ravens Rock Rally. Kilkenny.            Carrick-on-Suir M. C.   24 June.

The Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally. Clonmel. Tipperary M.C. 07August.

Dick Bailey Stages Rally. Wexford.          Wexford M. C. 10/11 Sept.

Regulations and general information from Ann M. Fitzgerald. The Cross, Mooncoin via Waterford. 051 895238                       

 
 

Ravens Rock Rally on TG4 Player

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Ravens Rock Rally

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The 2011 Ravens Rock Rally is now available to view on the TG4 Player
   
     Click Here for Part 1 and Click Here for Part 2
 
 

Ravens Rock 40th Anniversary Special Prize

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Ravens Rock Rally

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Ravens Rock Rock Rally the club offered the special prize of €400 being refunded to the 40th finisher on the Official Results.


And the Winner is: John Kelly

 
 

Honda Award Winners

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Ravens Rock Rally

1st Prize: €500 - James Bradley

2nd Prize:€300 - James Fitzgerald

3rd Prize: €200 - Thomas Kelly

 
 

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