The South East Stages Rally Championship

South East Stages Provisional Results Rd. 2

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Provisional results after Round 2 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally. 
 

Suirway Group South East Stages 2017

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The Regs and Registration Form for 2017 are now available from the links below. Best of luck to all of our members who will be competing this year. 
 
 

South East Stages Championship 2014 Round 3

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Paschal O'Shea and Robbie Hennessy take 2012 title

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2012 Trition Showers South East Stages Rally championship - Final Results Published
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The prestigious regional championship rounds off another tritonsuccessful year with Paschal O'Shea and Robbie Hennessy taking the 2012 honours. 
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The Class and Overall Results after the final Round are now available:
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The championship organisers would at this time like to thank all the competitors who took part this season and are delighted to now announe details of the 2012 prizegiving.
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Can current Champions Power and Rafter retain Title

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2012 TRITON SHOWERS 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

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Wexford Dick Bailey Stages Rally - Event Preview

(by Joe O'Brien)

As ever, when the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship arrives at the final round, it’s fascinating to attempt to predict who will be at the top of the podium. To date my recollection is that there was never a clear cut winner and thankfully 2012 is no different.triton

SES 2012 Class Results After Round 6

The championship is class based and encompasses both tarmac forestry rallies, with three on the loose and four on tarmac it may be perceived that the championship is biased towards the tarmac competitor but this is rarely the case. There are (thankfully) competitors who still compete on both forestry and tarmac. The seven events of the championship provide a reasonably paced competitive year for those crews who enjoy their motorsport without being overwhelmed.

There are three crews who are in the shake-up for the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally PaschalcopyChampionship, Paschal O’Shea / Robbie Hennessey; Ray Benskin (jnr) / Nicky Hegarty; and the 2011 Champions, Shay Power / John Rafter. Their aspirations are conditional on sufficient crews competing in each of their classes to allow them to maximise their points and let’s not forget the Dick Bailey Wexford Stages Rally is not the usual sprint but two days of tough uncompromising competition.

Currently first overall are Paschal O’Shea / Robbie Hennessey, Class 2, Ford Escort MK2 on 85 points from 6 events. They have maximum points from four class wins (60) and their next highest score is 9 points. They will be out as ever steadily competitive to get another class win and maximum points to seal off a near perfect year. Just one non-finish (mechanical) in the Munster Moonraker was their only disappointment.

Sharing second overall are Ray Benskin (jnr) / Nicky Hegarty; raybjnrcopyand the 2011 Champions, Shay Power / John Rafter, both on 72 points. Ray and Nicky hold the whip hand at the moment in the class 4 Ford Escort MK2. Their 72 points are from just four events. Despite winning the class on the recent Stonethrowers it delivered just 12 points and not the maximum 15, due to too few starters, one of the “hard luck” stories. This crew normally compete on forestry only but showed their class and pace on tarmac.

Shay Power / John Rafter, Class 5, Ford Escort MK2 are having a challenging year. First three events, two forestry, one tarmac class wins and the crew were on course for another crack at the title. Lightening struck again in the Ravens Rock with a second consecutive non-finish. It’s the home tarmac event but a little bit jinxed! It was back to the shayjohncopywinning ways again in the Tipperary Forest but they were the only crew in class so the “reward” was just 10 points. The Stonethrowers was another non-finish, a bit of loose gravel in the breaking area on tarmac tyres. If they were forestry, well who knows.

Third overall are John Murphy / Niall Fitzpatrick, 66 points , Class 4, Escort MK2. At the time of writing John is exploring the “outback” in the ‘land down under’! No mention of being home sick yet, so unless a lotto luck comes his way that’s his score total for the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship.

Before I mention the class positions, it must be remembered that crews must compete on three events to be eligible for awards. I’ve taken the liberty to omit those who will not fulfil this criteria,

Class 1. Ken Treacy / Martin Comerford, Peugeot 206, are the only crew in the running in this class. To date two events competed on have 21 points.

Class 2. Pierce Doheny / Damien Lawlor, Opel Corsa, are on 54 points. Acting on the advice of fellow class competitor, Mick Nevin, they have settled to being competitive without being over eager. The said Mick Nevin / David Ford, 51 points, Ford Escort MK2 are having a bit of a mixed year. It may be a case of the winter in the workshop preparing for next year’s championship. (Would he ever get a loan of THAT red MK2 to finish the championship?) Third are Kieran O’Sullivan / P. O’Gorman, Peugeot, 45 points. Competing on the tarmac and are making steady competitive progress as their confidence builds.

Class 3. Class leaders are the Donegal Crew of Adrian McElhinney / Shane Buckley, Peugeot, 52 points. The long trip to the ‘occasional sunny south east’ is partially due to the fact the lads are also competing on the Valvoline National Forestry Championship and also when the tarmac events coincide with the Peugeot Cup Challenge. The budget may stretch to a long weekend in Wexford just to seal the class win. Second are Keith Power / Des Moran, Renault Clio, 45 points. Just two events done so will still need to start in Wexford. Third placed Eoin Nevill / AN. Other, Civic has 39 points; Wexford may be his home event so may well improve.

Class 4. The father and son crew of Alan and James Commins, Escort MK2, 40 points are having a bit of an up and down year. Should win the class in Wexford but pending the outcome of the overall positions may revert to second in class when the dust settles. Second are the Cork pairing of Sean W. Benskin / Joe Fitzgibbons, 20 points, Escort MK2. Forestry only competitors and so are not likely to start. Eamon and Sarah Dowling, Escort MK2 are on 14 points but from just two events, will need to start Wexford to stay in the hunt.

Class 5. The delightful pairing of James Coleman / Kaye Shanahan, Escort MK2, 40 points are class leaders. They normally compete on all the championship rounds but were sidelined due to James having a viral illness. Recovery is complete, proven by the class win in the recent Stonethrowers Rally. Second are Johnny Murphy / Martin Nolan, Escort MK2, 35 points. Wexford is the home event and it’s also their bonus round for points, expect maximum attack.  That ever well presented Ford Focus of Oliver Stanley / Whose Turn This Time, has 32 points. A mere point from the Tipperary Stonethrowers was the only fly in the ointment.

Class 6. Regarded as one of the most promising drivers on the island at the moment is Leader of class 6 Garry Jennings / AN. The other. Subaru Impreza, 51 points. All scores from the forestry rounds. Given the amount of recent events it is probably a bit fanciful to expect him to compete in Wexford. From Monaghan are the McAree brothers Vincent and J.P., 44 points, Mitsubishi Evo 9. Again are forestry only competitors. Wexford’s Graham and Tom Scallan, Subaru N14, 39 points must at this stage be favourites for the class. The win in the Stonethrowers Rally will have honed their edge and they will be keyed up for their home stages.

Juniors. Dario Tempesta / Ger Brett, Nova, 45 points may have the work done, depending on how many start in the class. Ian Downey / Sean Barron, Opel Corsa, 26 points, normally compete on forestry but may be tempted to finish the year with a blast on the tarmac. Dean Raftery / Mark Kirwan, Civic, 25 points, are also forestry competitors again may start depending on the budget.

SAFETY. Everybody has a role to play to keep our sport, competitors, spectators and ourselves as safe as possible. Be conscious of the consequences of your actions.

The Dick Bailey, Wexford Stages Rally, Wexford, Sat.8, Sun 9, Sept. Tarmac rally.

2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship awards night January 14 2013, hosted by the Munster Motor Club in Lismore.

2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally 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.


 
 

Carrick MC Men Lead the WAY! as we head back to the FOREST

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2012 TRITON SHOWERS 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

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Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally - Event Preview

(by Joe O'Brien)

There is only time for a quick breather between the Ravens Rock Rally and the Tipperary Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally. Barely has the dust settled in Co. Kilkenny before we are onto the forestry roads of South Tipperary and North Cork.

Amidst the most recent offerings that global warming presented in the tritoncurrent climate (aha), the fourth round of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship, the Carrick-on-Suir Motor Clubs Ravens Rock Rally, which was centred around the marble City of Kilkenny, hit a sweet spot weather wise. Recce on Saturday was, in the main, dry and sunshine and heat were laid on for the testing nine stages on Sunday.

Will it be so for round five in Mitchelstown, now departed from the wintery weather of the early year to the expected sun kissed days in balmy July? Only time will tell. It would be fantastic to have the dust hanging above the stages instead of the swirling mist of a cold foggy or frosty morning.

In Kilkenny, Shay Power, the defending TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Champion, set about his business, with daughter Katie on the notes once again. A controlled push just to consolidate his point’s advantage was the task in hand, but once again that fickle fate dealt his cruel hand. Another Ravens Rock, another non-finish and the same stoic response of acceptance. Last year it was the throttle cable, this year the clutch. But as Shay say’s ‘that’s rallying, you take the good with the bad’.

shaysesleaderThe better news is that he is still leading the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship on 61 points in the class four MK2 Escort. Forestry is possibly his preferred surface so next stop is Mitchelstown.

Sharing the points for Second Overall are the near neighbours, from the Buckstown  Rallying Stables, both in MK2 Escorts but in different classes, take a bow (aha again), John Murphy / Niall Fitzpatrick in class 4; and Pascal O’Shea / Robbie Hennessey in class 2. Both crews are tied on 56 points. Nothing too fancy under either bonnet, a Pinto and a Pushrod respectively. Both cars self maintained by men who are aware of what’s what about their cars. True clubmen for a clubman based championship.

Speaking of which, third overall are Mick Nevin / David Forde, once again in a Ford Escort MK2, Class 2 on 50 points. What more can be said about the man that epitomises the back bone of rallying at clubman level. Regardless of the nature of the event be it tarmac, forestry, autocross or quarry cross, Mick in the yellow and blue Escort will be there getting his day’s enjoyment. Again proof it’s not all about a big budget to get the results needed to win this championship.

Class 1. No change here since Carlow. Ken Treacy / Martin Comerford in the Peugeot 206 are still well clear on 20 points. The remaining crews all suffered non finishes and are well behind.

Class 2. Jimmy Doyle / Andrew Griffin, Toyota Starlet, are on 36 points, all from the two tarmac rounds. In close contest are Pierce Doheny / Damian Lawlor, Opel Corsa on 33 points. Pushing on in third are James Dunphy / Tommy Slattery, Honda Civic on 31 points

Class 3. Competition is equally close in here with just two points between the leading four crews. On a slender lead are Eoin Nevill / Agus Cara, Honda Civic on 32 points, from two tarmac events. Second are the forestry crew from Donegal, Adrian McElhinney / Shane Buckley, Peugeot, 31 points. More points to come from Mitchelstown. Sharing third place are Keith Power / Des Moran, Renault Clio, Class winners on the Ravens Rock with bonus points on 30 points. The class winner in Carlow John Lynch / Brian Kirwan, Citroen, 30 points.

Class 4. Ray Benskin (jnr) /Ollie Kierce, Escort MK are the leaders on 45 points. Another haul expected in Mitchelstown. Leo Doyle / Gordon Manley, Escort MK2, have 30 points from their class win in Carlow. Alan and James Commins, Escort Mk2 are third on 27 points. Class winners in the Ravens Rock and are now on maximum attack for the class lead.

Class 5. Having a great comeback year are Oliver Stanley and an assortment of “navigators from his past” are all leading this class on 31 points. The RWD Focus makes its presence heard, to say the least and it’s not too often you see a Focus with the ‘Tail out’. James Coleman / Kaye Shanahan, escort MK2 are sharing second on 25 points. We wish James a speedy and successful recovery from his current illness. Expecting to take more points in Mitchelstown are Mickey McGillin / Aaron Johnson, Escort MK2, 25 points. Another crew making the long trip from Omagh. Johnny Murphy / Martin Nolan, Escort MK2, are close behind on 23 points.

Class 6. Garry Jennings / AN Toher, Subaru Impreza, are on 36 points, all from forestry. Second are the all ladies crew of Gemma Kerley / Lynn Martin, Subaru Impreza, on 30 points. Third are Ger Connors  / Owen O’Neill, Subaru Impreza, 28 points.

Juniors. Dario Tempesta / Ger Brett, Nova, 36 points. Another great clubman crew rallying on the proverbial shoestring. Dean Raftery  /  Mark Kirwan, Honda Civic, 25 points. Ian Downey / Sean Barron, Opel Corsa, 16 points.

That’s how things stand as we pass the half way point in the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. It’s back to Mitchelstown for the final forestry round of this year’s championship. As ever, this cannot be stressed enough, we look forward to a safe, exciting and competitive rally this weekend. Everybody and every body has a role to play to keep our sport, our competitors and spectators as safe as possible,

The remaining rounds of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship are:

The Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally. Mitchelstown.  Sun. 08 July.     Forestry rally.

The Stonethrowers Stages Rally, Clonmel, Sunday 12 August.                    Tarmac rally.

The Dick Bailey, Wexford Stages Rally, Wexford, Sat.8, Sun 9, Sept.        Tarmac rally.

2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally 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

 
 

Seamus retains lead after Ravens Rock

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Seamus Power the defending champion did not have powershaya 'Ravens Rock' to remember last weekend in his native Kilkenny. The Windgap man with his daughter Katie were forced to retire after the first loop with clutch problems in their Mk11 but there was one good out come from the event as he retains the lead in the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. Paschal O'Shea also holds on to his second place in the championship.
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From what I saw of Paschal yesterday he is a man of many talents and we can now add singing to his repertoire. He made a lot of Welsh friends yesterday and one or two said he had the voice of an angel. 
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Back to the important news and the championship leaderboard. The BIG mover over the 'Rock' weekend was John Murphy as he and his co driver Niall Fitzpatrick have moved from 5th in the table to share second place with Paschal on 56 points.
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Mick Nevin and David Forde are now in 4th and Co. Cork's Ray Benskin (Jnr) with Ollie Kierce calling the note now hold 5th.
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The next round in this year's championship in on Sunday week at the Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally, Mitchelstown, the 8th of July.

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Escort Men Lead After Round Two

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Shay Power and Ray Benskin (Jnr) share championship lead after the Moonraker (Rd two) 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship
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2012 Opening Round Report - FOUR Way Tie After Willie Loughman

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2012 TRITON SHOWERS

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.clubs

The Willie Loughman Memorial Forestry Rally, promoted by the Carrick-on-Suir Motor club, was the opening round of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship. The rally started with a 25 Km. stage that used most of the roads in Gurteen. It was tough and demanding, mentally, physically and mechanically. Half way through the stage some crews wondered if it would ever end, others just revelled in the test and conditions. Ireland’s current rallying star, Craig Breen and Wales Gareth Roberts were using the event to keep sharp for the forthcoming WRC Rally of Portugal, and set a time that displayed their talent and professionalism. They have registered for the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship but an exciting deal to compete on extra IRC events may prohibit them from contesting some of the remaining rounds.

Two further stages in Portlaw followed, which were new to many crews, and were a bit green and slippery, (the stages not the crews!!) demanded respect in their own right. A repeat of the stages at night led to some crews suffering from exhaustion and frustration. One competitor on the second run in Gurteen was quite pleased with his progress until he saw the lights of the next crews in the mirrors, thought he was being caught, upped his pace from competitive to exciting, not realising that the lights were on a parallel road well behind him....

The 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship was well supported on this first round with 34 crews registering for the championship. All 6 classes have registered competitors, this should bode well for the remaining events and the championship.

As the TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship is class based, class winning competitors may share the championship lead until about the third round. But the bonus points may alter this position in favour of crews who are not class winners but have doubled their points using the bonus system. As it happened, four crews were class winners with this event their declared bonus round.

Sharing the lead on 30 points in the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship are:

Class 2. Paschal O’Shea / Robbie Hennessey, Ford Escort MK2.

Class 3. Adrian McElhinnery / Shane Buckley, Peugeot.

Class 4. Ray Benskin (jnr) / Nicky Hegarty, Ford Escort MK2.

Class 5. Shay Power / John Rafter, Ford Escort MK2. (Reigning Champions )

Class 2

  1. Pierce Doheny/Damian Lawlor        Opel Corsa                      24 points.
  2. Dario Tempesta/Ger Brett                Nova                                20 points.

Class 3

  1. Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs         Ford Puma                      12 points.

Class 4

  1. John Murphy/Niall Fitzpatrick           Ford Escort                     12 points.

Class 5

  1. Mickey McGillen/Aaron Johnson      Ford Escort                     24 points.
  2. Ed Colton/Claire O’Mahony               Peugeot 306                    10 points.

Class 6

  1. Garry Jennings/AN Other                Subaru Impreza               24 points.
  2. Craig Breen/Garath Roberts            Ford Fiesta R2                 15 points.
  3. Gemma Kerley/Lynn Martin              Subaru Impreza               14 points.
  4. Vincent McAree/J. P. McAree          Mitsubishi Evo 9               10 points.
  5. Niall Henry/John Rowan                  Subaru Impreza                  9 points.
  6. Ger Connors/Owen O’Neill              Subaru Impreza                  8 points.

Juniors

  1.  Ian Downey/Sean Barron               Opel Corsa                       15 points.
  2. Dean Rafter/Mark Kirwan                Honda Civic                      12 points.

(Note) Crews scoring less than 2 points ie. Non finishers are omitted from this report)

The Munster Moonraker is the second round and is also a forestry event. It will use the fast sweeping roads situated in Co. Waterford in the hinterland of Lismore, Dungarvan and the Vee.

The remaining rounds of the 2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally Championship are:

The Munster Moonraker.  Lismore. Sunday 15 April.                                    Forest rally.

The Carlow Stages Rally. Tullow, Sunday 13 May.                                       Tarmac rally

The Ravens Rock Stages Rally, Kilkenny, Sunday 24 June.                          Tarmac rally.

The Sean Conlon Memorial Forestry Rally. Mitchelstown.  Sun. 08 July.     Forestry rally.

The Stonethrowers Stages Rally, Clonmel, Sunday 12 August.                    Tarmac rally.

The Dick Bailey, Wexford Stages Rally, Wexford, Sat.8, Sun 9, Sept.        Tarmac rally.

2012 TRITON SHOWERS South East Stages Rally 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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