Ravens Rock Rally

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urnlogoUltimateRallyNews added an extra feature to the 2012 Ravens Rock Rally with video reports going out on YouTube after every stage of the event. You can view each of the event's reports on the following links...

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1. Ceremonial Start - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford,  Neil Tohill, Shay Power, Fergus O'Meara, Richie Dalton, Gemma Kerley and Killian rounds things off setting the scene for the Sunday Stages...

2. End of Stage 1 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming, Shay Power and Daughter Katie, Fergus O'Meara, Damien McCarthy, Lloyd Hutchinson, Enda O'Brien, Barry Ryan and Keith Power

3. End of Stage 2 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming, Shay Power, Fergus O'Meara and Damien McCarthy

4. End of Stage 3 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming, Shay Power, Damien McCarthy, Lloyd Hutchinson, Enda O'Brien and Diarmuid Lynch co driver for Fergus O'Meara

5. End of Stage 4 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming

6. End of Stage 5 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming, Fergus O'Meara, Damien McCarthy, Lloyd Hutchinson

7. End of Stage 6 - Interviews with Kevin Barrett, James Stafford, JJ Fleming, Fergus O'Meara, Damien McCarthy, Lloyd Hutchinson, Enda O'Brien, Barry Ryan, Keith Power, Graham Scallan,

8. End of Stage 7 - Interviews with Killian gives an update on the top 10 and class leader, this is accompanied by action from the stage.

9. Final Report, End of Stage 9 - Interviews with COC - John Rafter, Rally Winner - James Stafford, 2nd O/A JJFleming, 3rd O/A Kevin Barrett, 4th O/A Damien McCarthy, 5th O/A Fergus O'Meara, 8th o/A and Class 9 Winner Lloyd Hutchinson, 9th O/A and Class 6 Winner Keith Power, 10th O/A and 3rd in Class 11 Enda O'Brien, 6th O/A and 2nd in Class 11 Barry Ryan, 11th O/A and Class 15 Winner John Hickey, 14th O/A and Class 4 Winner (GpN) Graham Scallan, 7th O/A and Class 13 Winner Chris Armstrong, 19th O/A and Class 12 Winner Alan Commins, 25th O/A and Class 2 Winner James Dunphy, Class 8 Winner Seamus Flynn, Class 10 Winner Jimmy Doyle, Class 7 Winner Noel Coogan and Junior Winners James Bradley and Maria Kehoe and a happy birthday to Maria. Club Members in Bold....

Thanks to Killian, Enda and all at UltimateRallyNews


 

Heroic Victory for STAFFORD & STAFFORD on 2012 Ravens Rock Rally

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Heroic Victory for STAFFORD & STAFFORD on 2012 Ravens Rock Rally

A WEEK AGO last Saturday, James Stafford called his co-driver James F. Stafford asking “Will we do the ‘ROCK’?” Push the clock ahead a week and the two Wexford men exit their Darrian T90 GTR on the finish ramp as winners of the 2012 RAVENS ROCK RALLY. The two Stafford’s had to battle all the way through but gave an incredible display to take a start to finish win. The win being even more remarkable as their Darrian is rear wheel drive and their arch rivals John Joe Fleming and Kevin Barrett were driving four wheel drive WRC machinery. With grins from ear to ear both Stafford boys were ecstatic with their victory. Driver, James Stafford said “We grabbed an early lead on the first loop and from there battled to stay in front. We are both delight with the win, the weather played a major part in our success. Yesterday afternoon (Saturday) when it started to rain it looked like we were in for a tough event but I was grateful this morning to see the grey clouds had blown away and the sun had returned. The stages were dry and John Rafter and the Carrick Motor Club had organised a great event.”   

Ravens Rock Results: Starters                        stafford

Ravens Rock Results: Starters By Class

Ravens Rock Results: Final Results Overall

Ravens Rock Results: Results By Class

Ravens Rock Results: Times by Stage

Ravens Rock Results: Fastest on each Stage

Ravens Rock Results: Road Penalties

The Ravens Rock Rally rolled into the Marble City last weekend for the third year in succession and the culmination of the events stay in the Black and Amber County. This was the grand finale of three years of hard work for Threecastle’s man John Rafter as Clerk of the Course and his battle hardened team. The rally did not disappoint as there were hotly contested battles throughout the various classes but the event was tinged with a notable air of sadness as the week prior Gareth Roberts, co-driver to Carrick Motor Club member Craig Breen lost his life in a tragic accident on the Targa Florio Rally in Sicily. 

garethWelshman, Roberts had been taken to the hearts of Irish rally fans and particularly Carrick on Suir Motor Club members after striking up a partnership with Breen in March 2009. The pair hit the winning formula on their first weekend together claiming a class win at the Sunseeker Rally in the UK and then raced back across the Irish Sea to compete in the Willie Loughman Forest Rally, which they duly came away from with another class victory. This was the start of what will now go down in history for the Irish/Welsh crew. In 2009 a Triple Crown of Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship including the Irish, UK and International Series, the Irish National Junior Rally Championship and for Breen the Fiesta Sport Trophy International Shootout. Craig and Gareth or the name he is more widely known as ‘Jaffa’ moved to the Fiesta S2000 for 2010 and the success continued to snowball. Debuting the car in both the Irish and UK they took their first International win on Rally Northern Ireland and ended the year finishing second in the Irish Tarmac Championship but the sweetest victory came in Spain where Breen and Roberts clinched the Pirelli Star Driver Global Shootout, securing a fully funded drive in the inaugural running of the FIA WRC Academy, 2011 season. 

2011 was to be another roller-coaster ride has the duo took on the Academy. Irish rally eyes were glued to the World Rally Championship (WRC) as the two traversed stages in Portugal, Italy, Finland, Germany, France and finally Great Britain. The season did not begin well and by round three in Finland Craig and Gareth were in catch up mode. Second place overall got thing back on track and the luck really began to turn when their first victory came on Rallye Deutschland. A non-finish in France meant the championship would go to the wire on Rally GB and this is where Breen and Roberts cemented their names in WRC folklore, winning fourteen of the seventeen event stages, the rally and the inaugural WRC Academy Championship. 

The next step in what looked like a truly divined plan for the two was taken last January when they entered the Super 2000 Championship within the World Rally Championship. The Midas touch looked to be on hand again when on the opening round in Monte Carlo Breen with his half pint sized magician calling the notes claimed the opening round of the season. They backed up that performance with second in Sweden and after round three in Portugal held the championship lead. Their notable results attracted the focus of French Team, Sainteloc Racing and in early March it was announced that they would contest four rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). The pair acclimatised to their new drive (Peugeot 207 S2000) with encouraging results at the Circuit of Ireland and Tour de Corse (Corsica). Last weekend the Craig and Gareth made the trip to Sicily for IRC Targa Florio Rally in a one off drive with HRT Motorsport. The fatal accident that claimed one of the brightest talents in rallying happened on stage eight early on Saturday morning (June 16).

condolencebook Upon entering the ‘Rally Office’ for the first time last Saturday morning I was greeted to the usual banter as recce sign on for the competitors was about to start, then out of the corner of my eye I noticed a small table to the side of the room. On the table lay a photograph of a blond haired lad in his rally suit with a resonating smile. Beside the photo sat an opening condolence book with the first page already full. As the day passed by each driver, co-driver, event official and rally fan that entered the room their first port of call was to that little table, that book, drawn by the huge grin gleaming from the image. During the day I wondered near to the table from time to time, listening to the individual stories about the Welsh Wizard and with ever tale I realised how great a loss Jaffa is. 

Gareth ‘Jaffa’ Roberts will be laid to rest on Wednesday June 27th in his home of Carmarthenshire, West Wales. 

The rally kicked off on Saturday with the now usual ‘Ceremonial Start’ on Main Street at 7pm. Over the previous two years the ‘Rock’ was blessed with sunny shine and blue skies but on Saturday the clouds rolled in and the rain began to fall. COC John Rafter was quick to make the decision that he and the club was not going to be deterred by the inclement weather. Dougie Hughes, the Voice of Irish Motorsport was on hand to declare the 2012 Ravens Rock Rally officially live. Dougie began with a tribute to Gareth Roberts, detailing the Welsh co driver’s victory a year ago in the ribbon hot seat of the Kel-Tech Fiesta S2000 with Craig Breen. Instead of a minutes silence Dougie called for a round of applause in recognition of Gareth or as he calls him ‘The Pocket Rocket’, as a mark of respect to Gareth a special commemorative sticker was designed for each of the competing cars to carry in honouring the co-driver. The tribute resonated throughout the rallying world over the weekend, in Belgium at IRC Rally Ypres a sticker was also placed on the competing cars and this was echoed on the other side of the globe in New Zealand on the latest round of the WRC, where at the ceremonial start a minute’s silence was also acknowledged. 

In total over 30 crews braved the wet weather to drive over the ceremonial start ramp. Top of the list were Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullally with their Subaru Impreza WRC S11, they were followed by number three seeds James Stafford driving his Darrian T90 GTR, James stated to Dougie in his interview, “I’m definitely hoping for the wet weather to clear overnight as the two-wheel drive Darrian would not have a hope of competing against the likes of Kevin in the rain.” Local cars seen on the night included Johnny Murphy, 

Moving to Sunday morning and the rain had cleared and as Gareth ‘Jaffa’ Roberts would have done if he was taking part the first business of the day was drivers briefing and as Clerk of the Course, John Rafter emphasized the importance of safety and the tribute to Jaffa in the rally office was carried out onto the stages in the form of a sticker which was on each of the competing cars. 

Before the first gear was chosen there was a news flash from service as Car No. 3 Denis Cronin was a NON starter. The word out on the stages was even though the rain from Saturday night had cleared and the sun was out but there were damp and slippy patches on the roads. James Stafford in the Darrian set the pace on stage one, with a time of 5 min 31 sec, Fergus O’Meara (Ford Escort Mk11) was 10 second 10sec away and there was a flock of crews tying for equal third on 5:42 including top seed Kevin Barrett who said, “The car felt a bit sluggish but everything else ok”, John Joe Fleming in the WRC Ford Focus and a great time from Damien McCarthy in the Honda Civic, setting a great time. On stage two Stafford was again fastest. This time pulling out another seven second faster than John Joe Fleming on the test and 18s Overall. Fergus O’Meara took third on his own but was only is ahead of Kevin Barrett in fourth. Damien McCarthy with Sorcha Kelly calling the notes was fifth 26sec off the pace. Top club member after stage two was Shay Power in the Escort Mk11 who held 8th O/A with his daughter Katie in the co-driver’s seat. Moving to stage three Stafford est his third fastest time in a row but was equalled on this occasion by John Joe Fleming in the Focus. Kevin Barrett moved up to third ahead of Damien McCarthy who now held fourth. Fergus O’Meara dropped time on the final stage in the loop when he had a minor off and hit bales near a bridge. Shay Power in 8th continued to uphold club honours but on reaching service reported a clutch problem and was unsure if he could repair the problem. Looking down the classes after the first loop, class 2 Club members James Dunphy and JP Ruth held the lead from Jason Roycroft by just 1 sec. Class 6, Keith Power, another club member and Des Moran from Wexford on the notes held a 35second advantage over Dean Raftery/Aileen Kelly. In class 10 John Forde was out in front with a 21 sec lead over Jimmy Doyle. Mullinavat’s Pascal O’Shea in the Buckstown Motorsport Ford Mk11 was in 8th in the class 29 seconds in arrears. Class 11, front runner Damien McCarthy was in the lead with Barry Ryan in second and club member Enda O’Brien (Mk11) in third position. 

On to the Second Loop: James Stafford in the rear wheel drive Darrian T90 GTR extended his lead by another 7 seconds over John Joe Fleming to lead by 25 on stage four. The Subaru of Kevin Barrett was third 11 sec down on Fleming and 25 behind Stafford. Damien O’Meara was just off the top three in the Mk11. There was high praise for Co. Cavan’s Chris Armstrong in another Mk11 Escort who was in 7th O/A and leading class 13. Club member Shay Power was a non-starter as the clutch trouble he reported in service were terminal, this elevated Enda O’Brien to head the club brigade. After setting fastest time of the opening four stages Stafford had to be sissified with second quickest on SS5. The WRC Focus of JJ Fleming set the pace over the test, taking back 12 seconds in the process, the gap between the top two now was only 13sec. Kevin Barrett in the Triton Showers Subaru competed the top three. Fourth, fifth and sixth in Mk11 Escorts were Fergus O’Meara, Barry Ryan and Chris Armstrong respectively. Lloyd Hutchinson was doing a giant killing job in 8th in O/A driving his Austin Mini Cooper S. The second loop was completed with stage six and after losing time on the previous test James Stafford was back on the top of the time sheets. He took the stage by 2 seconds from Fleming and his lead extended back out to 15 seconds. Barrett remained in third but now over a minute. The Honda honours continued to be upheld by Damien McCarthy in fourth and then the three Escorts of Fergus O’Meara, Barry Ryan and Chris Armstrong in 5th, 6th and 7th. Class update after SS6. Class 2; James Dunphy continued to lead but was feeling a little weary after completing six stages and being in Dublin to see the ‘West Life’ concert. Class 4; Graham Scallan was in a class of his own and leading group N. Class 6; Keith Power was having a fine drive in the Clio Super 1600 and held a 1:12 minute lead. Class 7; Kilkenny’s Noel Coogan was over a minute and a half ahead of Edward McNamara. Class 9; Lloyd Hutchinson in the Mini held a clean advantage of over 4 min to Shane Stanley. Class 12; Eamonn McGuigan held a slender lead of only 2 seconds from father and son team of Alan and James Commins, Alan stated at the end of stage “I’m  trying to get used to a new sequential gearbox and it’s taking a while to bed in.” Class 15; John Hickey lead the way in the class with Jer Connors and Gemma Kerley in third. Class 16A; Both 16A and 16B were the ‘Junior classes and this was their first loop of the day. In 16A, Eamonn Bates held a commanding lead of 2 minutes over Tonya Fortune, with Alison Levis in third. The battle was much closer in 16B, James Bradley (Honda Civic) topped the class but only had 6 seconds of a lead on Rob Duggan in another Civic and in yet another Civic in third was Vincent McSweeney.

Final Loop: Praying that the weather would stay kind Stafford extended his lead on stage seven to pull out the advantage over Fleming to 47 seconds this was helped by virtue of Fleming’s SS5 time being amended to 5:44, 17sec slower than what was originally posted on the results. In third, Barrett was relaxing and after stating in service “I have a new engine and we changed to a harder tyre compound but the two in front have a nice lead.” The battle roared on during the penultimate test as Stafford and Fleming set equal fastest time. But it was the Wexford man who held the advantage going into the final test. With the top two fighting for the win, Barrett was content to hold station and remained in third. Outside the top three there was also a battle brewing for fourth position Damien McCarthy was holding the position but on SS8 Fergus O’Meara pulled back his 2sec disadvantage to be equal on time going into the final test. So on to the final stage and JAMES STAFFORD, partnered by JAMES F. STAFFORD win the 2012 Ravens Rock Rally taking fastest time yet again. John Joe Fleming never gave up but ended the day 34 second down in the Ford Focus WRC and finally rounding off the top three was Kevin Barrett with Sean Mullally calling the notes taking third. The contest for fourth place went all the way to the wire and it was DAMIEN MCCARTHY who took the position by 1 SECOND and the class 11 victory and the SPRIT OF THE RALLY Award. With Fergus O’Meara taking fifth plus the class 14 win, it was Barry Ryan in sixth and second in class 11, Chris Armstrong/Breen McNamee rounded off a great performance  with 7th overall and a class 13 win. As we described them earlier, giant killers Lloyd Hutchinson and Willie Fitzpatrick took 8th O/A and class 9 honours. 9th overall and a class 6 win went to Keith Power and Des Moran, with Keith being the first Carrick on Suir Club member home. Rounding off the top 10 were Enda O'Brien and John Butler in their Mk11 Escort. 

Class Wrap Up: Class 2 winners James Dunphy and JP Ruth, Class 4 (Group N) winners Graham Scallan and Tom Scallan, Class 5 winners Philip Jennings and Jonathon Jennings, Class 7 winners Noel Coogan and Mick Coady, Class 8 winners Seamus Flynn and Ian Munnelly, Class 10 winners Jimmy Doyle and Andrew Griffin, Class 12 Winners were club member and Father and Son team of Alan Commins and James Commins. Alan dedicated the win to his daughter Chloe who is going to Australia next Wednesday.   John Hickey and John McCarthy were just outside the top ten in eleventh but took class 15. Class (A) went to Eamonn Bates and Jason Stafford. Class (B) winners and the O/A Junior Award were James Bradley and Maria Kehoe. It was a double joy for Maria as she celebrated her birthday as well. Finally in the historic section victory went to Seamus Anderson and Lisa Knox in their Ford Anglia.

Proceedings came to a close on Sunday evening back at rally HQ in the Kilford Arms, Club Chairman Terence Kearney was first to speak, thanking all who took part in the event, the rally sponsors but most of all he congratulated Clerk of the Course, John Rafter and his team for three years of dedicated work. Kearney underlined that over three year period John has brought the Ravens Rock to new heights of professionalism. John Rafter himself was next to take the microphone and before going into the prize giving itself he paid tribute to Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery, The Kilford 2012winnersArms Hotel and Chancellors Mill for their sustained support. Pius Phlean and the Kilford Arms has been an incredible headquarters, Pius and his team within the hotel are always on hand to help in anyway. I thank John Dalton owner of Chancellors Mill for the use of his premises. From year one John has always been eager to be involved with the rally and more than eager to give of his premises. I leave Suirway Forklifts/Farm Machinery and James Coleman to last because it’s hard to put into word what James has done for the rally. He and his company are now synonymous with the rally having been a major sponsor of the ‘Ravens Rock’ for main years. I also want to wish James well as his is sick at the moment but knowing James he won’t be out of action for long. From there he thanked his full team, not just for the last twelve months but for three years of hard work. I want to thank my ‘Stage Commanders’ and their ‘Deputies’, ‘Marshals’ from within the club and marshals from neighbouring clubs, rescue personal, time keepers, radio operators and with that the curtain came down on the 2012 RAVENS ROCK RALLY. 
 
 

Rally LIVE Updates...

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2012 Ravens Rock Rally - TOP 10

O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev
1 4 James Stafford/James F. Stafford Darrian T90 GTR 14 O/A 56:41
2 6 John Joe Fleming/Robbie Ward Ford Focus WRC 8 O/A 57:15 0:34 0:34
3 2 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally Subaru Impreza WRC S11 8 O/A 57:33 0:52 0:18
4 12 Damien McCarthy/Sorcha Kelly Honda Civic 11 1 58:22 1:41 0:49
5 11 Fergus O'Meara/Diarmuid Lynch Ford Escort Mk2 14 1 58:23 1:42 0:01
6 108 Barry Ryan/John Young Ford Escort Mk2 11 2 59:10 2:29 0:47
7 31 Chris Armstrong/Breen McNamee Ford Escort RS2000 13 1 59:22 2:41 0:12
8 14 Lloyd Hutchinson/Willie Fitzpatrick Austin Mini Cooper S 9 1 59:27 2:46 0:05
9 16 Keith Power/Des Moran Renault Clio Super 1600 6 1 59:58 3:17 0:31
10 15 Enda O'Brien/John Butler Ford Escort Mk2 11 3 1:00:21 3:40 0:23

Enda O Brien happy to finish 10 th

4th O/A and Class 11 winners Damien McCarthy N Sorcha Kelly 

Class 9 winners Llyod Hutchinson n Willie Fitzpatrick

Junior top 3 James Bradley Rob Duggan and Padraig McCarthy

Junior winners James Bradley n Maria Keogh

Class 10 winners Jimmy Doyle n Derek Bovenizer

Barry Ryan very pleased with 6th

Class 4 winners Graham Scallan n Tom Scallan

Class 6 winners Keith Power n Des Moran

Class 15 winners John Hickey n John McCarthy

Class 13 winners Chris Armstrong n Breen McNamee

Class 12 winners Alan Commins n James Commins

Class 2 Winners James Dunphy n J P Ruth  

Go Westlife

Class 8 Winners Seamus Flynn n Ian Munnelly

Class 7 winners Noel Coogan n Mick Coady

Overall top 10 cont 7 C Armstrong 59.22 8 L Hutch 59.27 9 K Power 59.58 10 E O Brien 60.21

Overall Finish 1J Stafford 56.41 2 J J Fleming57.15 3 K Barrett 57.33 4 D McCarthy 58.22 5 F O Meara 58.23 6 B Ryan 5901

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Stafford wins

00s coming off the last stage now , live results to follow shortly...

Great battle goin into the last stage for 4th place between Fergus and Damien .They are level after over 100kms of competitive stages.

After SS 8 1JStafford 48.48 2J J Fleming 49.35 3K Barrett 49.55 4D Mccarthy50.34 5F O Meara 50.34 6L Hutch51.28

@ravensrockrally Stafford's lead extends to 47 sec by SS7 as he was fastest on the stage and JJ's ss5 time was amended to 5:44 @killianduffy @KillianNews @rally_ie

Results for the Main Field category after Stage 6

O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS6RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev
1 4 James Stafford/James F. Stafford Darrian T90 GTR 14 O/A 7:37 0:00 37:51
2 6 John Joe Fleming/Robbie Ward Ford Focus WRC 8 O/A 7:39 0:00 38:06 0:15 0:15
3 2 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally Subaru Impreza WRC S11 8 O/A 7:46 0:00 38:55 1:04 0:49
4 12 Damien McCarthy/Sorcha Kelly Honda Civic 11 1 7:56 0:00 39:15 1:24 0:20
5 11 Fergus O'Meara/Diarmuid Lynch Ford Escort Mk2 14 1 7:55 0:00 39:19 1:28 0:04
6 31 Chris Armstrong/Breen McNamee Ford Escort RS2000 13 1 8:01 0:00 39:47 1:56 0:28
7 108 Barry Ryan/John Young Ford Escort Mk2 11 2 8:11 0:00 39:50 1:59 0:03
8 14 Lloyd Hutchinson/Willie Fitzpatrick Austin Mini Cooper S 9 1 8:05 0:00 39:53 2:02 0:03
9 16 Keith Power/Des Moran Renault Clio Super 1600 6 1 8:06 0:00 40:21 2:30 0:28
10 15 Enda O'Brien/John Butler Ford Escort Mk2 11 3 8:14 0:00 40:30 2:39 0:09

Graham Scallan: Stages are fast, very happy to be clear in Gp N, backing off now to seal the win for the championship points

Enda O' Brien: Very happy, going well but had a few scary moments

Keith Power: Harder tires made big difference to times. Being put off by smell of petrol coming into car. Havent been in car for while,happy

Lloyd Hutchinson: very happy, car going very well, really enjoying the stages

Barry Ryan: on last stage had oil leak' lost half a tank and nearly 15 secs minding it. Keeping an eye on it, but very happy otherwise

Chris Armstrong: Flying, very happy to be leading class and 6th overall. Stages are very fast

F O'Meara: Great loop, tires too soft on 1st loop, caused off. Going on harder tires for last loop, otherwise lovely

K Barrett: car down on power, changing turbo. bedding in new engine after Carlow Changed to hard tires for 2nd loop, big difference

John Joe Fleming: Slippy in spots, struggling for confidence in LHD, loving the car. taking hard tires for last loop, soft all day,

James Stafford: stages drying out well, praying that the rain stays away. Have a small vibration in the back, but nothing major

Classes after SS6 11 D MCarthy 14 F O Meara 13 C Armstrong 9 L Hutch 6 K Power 4 G Scallan 15 J Hickey 12 E McGuigan 2J Dunphy

Othe times include Enda O Brien 8.14, Barry Ryan 8.11Keith Power 8.06 Graham Scallon consolidating his group N lead on 8.30.Neil Tohill out

top 5 after SS6: 1: J Stafford 37.51 2: JJ Fleming +15 3: K Barrett +1.04 4: D McCarthy +1.24 5: F O'Meara +1.28

Car 36 Stephen Greany hoping to continue his good run in his c2r2 after some recent bad luck in the car..

Car 26 Eamon mcGuigan looking aircon to be fitted to car!car 27 Alan Commins trying to get used to new sequential gearbox n his rwd Peugeot.

Next up is Fergus O Meara and Damien McCarthy on 7.55 and 7.56 respectively keeping that battle welland truly alive

#ravensrockrally Stafford fastest & now leads by 15sec for JJ Fleming

Kevin Barrett did a 7.46....Sean Mulally did his 3rd pack of cigs

Last loop is gonna go to the wire with Fleming promising a big push

SS 6 end Llyod Hutch very happy with his performance so far...Lying an impressive 8th overall who can blame him

End SS 6 Stafford fastest by 2 seconds from Fleming

Top 5 after SS5: 1: J Stafford 30.14 2: JJ Fleming +13 3: K Barrett +55 4: D McCarthy +1.05 5: F O'Meara +1.10

End SS 5 Fleming fastest on 5.27

Group N after SS 4 Graham Scallan ahead by 11 secs from Neill Tohill...

Top 5 @ SS4: 1: J Stafford 24.35 2: JJ Fleming +25 3: K Barrett +36 4: D McCarthy +49 5: F O'Meara +55

Report after First loop.

As the top crews reach their first service halt its Wexford man James Stafford in the Darrian that is setting the pace. Next on the leaderboard is John Joe Fleming in his Ford Focus WRC and in third our top seed Kevin Barrett. All drivers report that the stages arevery dry. Looking down the field a little bit further, our top club member after the first loop is Shay Power in 8th overall, who had a good run over the first 3 stages, but in service has reported a clutch problem

SS1. Kevin Barrett 5.42.... Car felt a bit sluggish everything else ok, Car 12 Damien McCarthy 6.18 puncture, No 14 Llyod Hutch Gearstick prob 6.48, 

With revised results coming in, James Stafford in the Darrian set the pace on stage 1. with a time of 5:31, 10 sec up on Fergus O'Meara in second and Kevin Barrett equal second. Top club member is Shay Power in 10th.

Barrett now showing up with a time of 5.42 which would put him second equal 

Fergus OMeara Car No. 11, sets the pace on the opening stage. No sign of top seed Kevin Barrett on the time sheets. John Joe Fleming followed OMeara being only :01 sec away from and Damien McCarthy setting the same time as Fleming.

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The Ultimate Rally News team are here this weekend so logon to http://bit.ly/MHEeZz 

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1st piece of news is that Car No. 3 Denis Cronin is a NON starter.....
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Good morning from the Ravens Rock press office, I'm sure we're all glad to see the sun has decided to make an appearance this morning. The rally is now LIVE and the cars are on their way to the opening stage. The first stage is scheduled to begin at 9.48am. We will be live with updates here on the club site and twitter (@cosmotorclub) all day.
 
 

Sunday Morning Start :The BIG Day is Here!

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Hello and good morning from the Carrick on Suir Motor Club. The clouds have lifted and the big day has finally arrived and the 2012 Ravens Rock Rally is about to roar off the start-line this morning. The event was officially declared live last night in High St where the 'Ceremonial Start' got preceding's underway. The inclement summer weather did not prevent a large crowd from coming out to see the rally cars and stars. Dougie Hughes was on and in his usual style interviewed each of the crews as they filed over the start ramp. There was also a poignant moment when Dougie paid tribute to Craig Breen's co driver Gareth's Roberts who sa dly lost in Sicily. As a tribute to Gareth each of the competing cars are carrying a commemorative sticker in today's honouring the co driver.aaaa

Now the attention turns to the stages this morning with the first on nine special stages getting underway at 9.48 am. The first stage is located near Freshford and is follow by stage two in Tullaroan and stage three near Kilmanagh. The crews then return to Chancellors Mills for first service.
For live result on the web go to www.carrickonsuirmotorclub.com and stay tuned to KCLR96fm for rally reports.

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Stage Time Schedule

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Rally Route:

Tomorrow morning with the first of nine special stages bigins at timeschedule 9.48am. The rally follows the same format as twelve months ago with a three stage layout and centralised service in Chancellors Mill after every three stages. Deputy, Clerk of the Course, Tullaroan's Pierce Doheny Snr said, "This has been one our biggest selling points to perspective competitors this year. The overall length of the event is approx. 199 km of which 123.33km are stages. When a crew leave Parc Ferme on Sunday morning it's only 10kms out to the start of the opening test and when they reach the finish they only have a 2km road section before entering stage two. This is again repeated on stage three and finally they cover 10kms back to service, making this a very compact rally both to recce and compete."

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Ravens Rock 2012 Starters List

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Main Field

Car

Driver/Codriver

Address

Make

Class

2

Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally

Co. Kildare/Co. Limerick

Subaru Impreza WRC S11

8

3

Denis Cronin/David Long

Co. Cork/

Subaru Impreza

8

4

James Stafford/James F. Stafford

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Darrian T90 GTR

14

6

John Joe Fleming/Robbie Ward

Galway/Co. Galway

Ford Focus WRC

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7

Shay Power/Katie Power

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort

13

11

Fergus O'Meara/Diarmuid Lynch

Co. Kerry/Co. Kerry

Ford Escort Mk2

14

12

Damien McCarthy/Sorcha Kelly

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

14

Lloyd Hutchinson/Willie Fitzpatrick

Co. Wicklow/Co. Laois

Austin Mini Cooper S

9

15

Enda O'Brien/John Butler

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk2

11

16

Keith Power/Des Moran

Co. Waterford/Co. Wexford

Renault Clio Super 1600

6

17

Jason Ryan/Tadgh O'Sullivan

Cork/Cork

Honda Civic

11

18

Derek Brennan/Robbie Webester

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk1

11

19

Graham Scallan/Tom Scallan

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Subaru N14

4

20

Neil Tohill/Gerard Tohill

Co. Dublin/Co. Dublin

Mitsubishi Evo 9

4

21

Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey

Co. Kerry/Co. Kerry

Ford Escort RS

13

22

Joe Connolly/Richard Connolly

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk2

14

23

Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

24

Larry Brady/Patrick Brady

Co. Laois/Co. Laois

Ford Escort

14

25

JT Warnock/Andy Hayes

Co. Down/Co. Wexford

Ford Escort Mk2

12

26

Eamonn McGuigan/Michael Moran

Derry/Derry

Ford Escort Mk2

12

27

Alan Commins/James Commins

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Peugeot 205 RWD

12

28

John Buttimer/James Kingston

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

31

Chris Armstrong/Breen McNamee

Co. Cavan/

Ford Escort RS2000

13

32

Niall Fortune/Brian Kirwan

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Ford Escort Mk2

13

33

Joey Carroll/Mark Kirwan

Co. Tipperary/Co. Laois

Citroen C2

11

34

Donagh O'Sullivan/Killian O'Sullivan

Co. Tipperary/Co. Tipperary

Ford Escort

11

35

Oliver Stanley/Edmond Brennan

Co. Laois/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Focus

13

36

Stephen Greaney/Agne Audiejaityte

Co. Galway/Co. Monaghan

Citroen C2 R2

6

37

James Grint/Craig Drew

England/England

Citroen DS3 R3

8

38

John Hickey/John McCarthy

Co. Kerry/Co. Kerry

Ford Escort Mk2 4x4

15

39

Moss Fitzgerald/Alastair Wylie

Co. Cork/

Toyota Corolla

11

40

Pat Price/Patrick Price

Co. Dublin/Co. Dublin

Mitsubishi Evo 6

15

41

Johnny Murphy/Martin Nolan

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Ford Escort

13

43

Tony Canny/David O'Brien

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk2

13

45

Steve Roberts/Leslie Wolfe

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Ford Escort

12

46

Paul Lacey/Arthur Walshe

Co. Laois/Co. Wicklow

Ford Escort Mk3 G3

13

47

Jer Connors/Owen O'Neill

Co. Waterford/

Subaru Impreza WRX

15

48

Paul Browne/Jenna Browne

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

49

Simon Reid/Paul Collins

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Waterford

Honda Civic

11

50

Bobby Hennessy/Sarah Jane Stamp

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Honda Civic

11

51

James Fitzgerald/Pat Cashman

Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic EK4

11

52

Paul Bruton/Thomas Bruton

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

53

James Dunphy/JP Ruth

Co. Tipperary/Co. Kilkenny

Honda Civic EK4

2

54

Colin Byrne/Brian Quinlan

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Ford Puma

9

55

Sean O'Carroll/Ian Stanley

Co. Tipperary/Co. Cork

Ford Escort Mk2

13

56

John Murphy/Niall Fitzpatrick

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk2

12

57

Cyril Kerr/Ger Brett

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Escort Mk2

11

58

Kevin Dalton/Alan McCormack

Co. Tipperary/Co. Tipperary

Opel Astra

13

60

Andrew Leacy/Niall Whitty

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Toyota Corolla

11

61

Jason Roycroft/Nicole O'Shea

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic EK4

2

62

Davy Donoghue/Andrew Browne

Co. Meath/Co. Meath

Citroen C2

11

63

Dean Raftery/Aileen Kelly

Co. Galway/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

6

64

Maurice Greaney/Keith McHugh

Co. Galway/Co. Galway

Honda Civic

6

66

Eamonn Dowling/Sarah Dowling

Co. Carlow/Co. Carlow

Ford Escort Mk2

12

67

Noel Coogan/Mick Coady

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Peugeot 306 GTI 6

7

68

John Forde/Eamonn Creedon

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Peugeot 205 GTi

10

69

John O'Donnell/Philip McDonald

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Carlow

Peugeot 205 RWD

10

70

Pascal O'Shea/Robbie Hennessy

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Wexford

Ford Escort

10

71

Daniel Cronin/Sean Duggan

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Peugeot 206 Cup Car

6

72

Ciaran Casey/Steven Clarke

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Talbot Sunbeam

10

74

John Kelly/Paul Kelly

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Peugeot 106 GTi

6

77

Eoin Neville/Niamh Neville

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Honda Civic

2

79

Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer

Co. Limerick/Co. Limerick

Peugeot 205

10

80

Jimmy Doyle/Andrew Griffin

Co. Carlow/Co. Carlow

Toyota Starlet RWD

10

81

Paul O'Connell/Bernard Geoghegan

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

11

82

Seamus Flynn/Ian Munnelly

Co. Wicklow/Co. Wexford

Subaru Impreza STI

8

83

Brian Nugent/Pat Knox

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Honda Civic

11

85

David Jennings/Geraldine Jennings

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Ford Escort

10

86

Michael Nevin/David Forde

Co. Offaly/

Ford Escort Mk2

10

87

Ed Twomey/Sean O'Regan

Co. Cork/

Honda Civic EK4

2

88

Shane Stanley/Liam Fouhy

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

9

89

Richie Dalton/Gary Yeates

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Honda Civic EK4

2

90

Philip Jennings/Jonathon Jennings

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Ford KA

5

91

Kieran O'Sullivan/Paddy O'Gorman

Co. Tipperary/Co. Tipperary

Peugeot 205 GTi

10

92

Billy Ryan/Tommy Cuddihy

Co. Waterford/Co. Kilkenny

Honda Civic Vtec

11

94

James Duggan/Brendan Quinn

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Wexford

Honda Civic

11

95

Edward McNamara/Padraic Raggett

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Honda Integra

7

96

Steven Scallan/Paul Furlong

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Honda Civic

11

97

Andrew Sheehan/Adam Coffey

Co. Tipperary/Co. Tipperary

Vauxhall Nova

9

98

Martin Hendrick/Lisa O'Dowd

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Vauxhall Nova

9

100

Brian O'Mahony/Sean Sutton

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic EK4

2

101

Martin Horgan/Paul McGlinchey

Co. Kerry/Co. Kerry

Honda Civic

11

103

Shay Delaney/Alan Maloney

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Vauxhall Nova

10

104

Gemma Kerley/Lynn Martin

Co. Waterford/

Subaru Impreza

15

106

Colin Roche/Majella Wickham

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Ford Escort

10

107

Fiona Cullen- Driver/Derek Driver

Co. Carlow/Co. Wicklow

Ford Fiesta Mark 1

10

108

Barry Ryan/John Young

Co. Tipperary/

Ford Escort Mk2

11

109

David Cronin/Mark Walsh

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Opel Corsa

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 Junior Category

Car

Driver/Codriver

Address

Make

Class

201

Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

16B

202

James Bradley/Maria Kehoe

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Honda Civic

16B

203

Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan

Co. Cork/

Honda Civic Vtec

16B

204

Padraig McCarthy/Paul Towmey

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic 1.6VTI

16B

205

Rob Duggan/Mikie Galvin

Co. Kerry/Co. Kerry

Honda Civic

16B

206

Fergus Hurley/Eric Deane

Cork/Co. Cork

Ford Escort Mk2

16B

208

Jonathan Delaney/Jonathan Carroll

Co. Cork/

Honda EG6

16B

212

Eamonn Bates/Jason Stafford

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Suzuki Swift GTI

16A

213

Dario Tempesta/Ben Denny

Co. Tipperary/Co. Tipperary

Vauxhall Nova

16B

215

Gerard O'Brien/Gary Fitzpatrick

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Renault Clio

16B

216

Tonya Fortune/Dan King

Co. Wexford/Co. Wexford

Vauxhall Corsa B

16A

217

Alison Levis/Katy Ford

Cork/Co. Cork

Suzuki Swift

16A

219

Darren Loftus/Stephanie Loftus

Co. Cork/Co. Cork

Honda Civic

16B

 Entries for the Historic category

Car

Driver/Codriver

Address

Make

Class

301

Seamus Anderson/Lisa Knox

Co. Kilkenny/Co. Kilkenny

Ford Anglia

17

 

 
 

Ceremonial Start Taking Place In Kilkenny High Street

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The ceremonial start for the 2012 Ravens Rock Rally will take place this evening in Kilkenny High Street at 7pm. A number of the tope entries will be attending, allowing the public an opportunity to get up close with the cars and drivers before the action commences tomorrow. All crews attending are asked to be ready to leave Daltons Chancellors Mills at 6.30 in full race attire.
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Saturday Morning: Latest News

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Late Unseeded Entries

Non starters tomorrow include no.5 Eoin Doyle,no.9 James Coleman, no.10 Liam Howlett,

no. 42 Kevin Dolphin


Late Unseeded Entry

Car 109 David Cronin & Mark Walsh..



 
 

Ultimate Rally News At The Ravens Rock Rally This Weekend

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Killian Duffy's exciting Ultimate Rally News team will be ultimateproviding the latest news, updates and footage from the stages at this weekend's Ravens Rock Rally in Kilkenny. Follow Ultimate Rally News on Twitter and Youtube for the latest up the minute news. Click on image to go staright to the Ultimate Rally News Youtube Page.
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