Wm. Loughman Forestry Rally

Unseeded Entry List 24-2-2012

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Unseeded Entry List as of today Friday 24th Feb
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Early Entry Incentive Package Winners

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2012 Wm. Loughman Memorial Forest Rally

Early Entry Incentive Package Winners


• Full Entry Refund: Gerard Lucey/James Lucey

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

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

 
 

Unseeded Entry List/Marshal's Meeting Points

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Jennings dominates in the Hills of Donegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Championship Website

Championship Points

Photos Courtesy of Dermott Sweeney (www.dermottsweeney.com)

 
 

'Early Entry Incentive Package'

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

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

• Full Entry Refund

• €225 Refund of Entry Fee

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

2012 WM. Loughman Memorial Forest Rally - Event Documents

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Full Time Schedule

Special Stage Time Schedule


 
 

2012 Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship

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Press Release 1.

The 2012 Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship roars into life on this Saturdays Abbey Hotel Donegal Forest rally. Hosted by the Donegal Motor Club and based in Donegal town, the Clerk of the Course is Michael Kelly and he has planned a route of 65 competitive kilometers spread over 10 stages. The first car leaves Parc Ferme at 830am to head to the Pettigo area where two stages will be done twice. In the afternoon there are three stages repeated in the Barnesmore Gap area.

Link to full Release....

 
 

Donegal Forestry Rally - (Sat) 28 Jan 12: Event Info

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Donegal Forestry Rally: Website/Previewdonegal
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Donegal Forestry Rally: Seeded Entry List
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National Forestry Championship: Website
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National Forestry Championship: On Twitter
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National Forestry Championship: Facebook Page


 
 

Pastures New for 2012 Wm. Loughman Memorial Forest Rally

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

The rally is again centralised in Carrick on Suir as the Carrick Motor Club continues its successful partnership with co-sponsors the Carraig Hotel and Suirway Forklifts. As the one-day format from last is continued the Carraig will act as rally HQ for paper scrutiny/documentation and prizegiving but the main hub of the event will be in the Mill River Business Park which contains mechanical scrutiny and the service area. The one day all inclusive rally format will see competitors arrive in the morning to get their respective cars checked, then the main event is set to begin with the first stage scheduled for 15.00hrs.

That initial special stage is very ‘special’ indeed as the rally gets underway in the Gurteen Forest Complex near Kilsheelan and it’s a monster this year as the full Gurteen Complex will be run as a complete test on the opening loop in daylight and will then be tackled again as the second loop starts at 19.00 hrs. Clerk of the course, Barry Duggan expands on his plans and stage selection for 2012, “This year’s event will be effectively broken into two locations, with stage one and four being based in Gurteen and special stages two and three on the first loop and then stages five and six on the second loop in Portlaw. First Gurteen, The huge complex has formed the backbone of our event for main years and being so large we always decided to split the forest into two separate stages. This year I wanted to try something different and after toying with the idea, I’m now delighted to announce that this year ‘Gurteen’ will be run as a complete 25 km stage, making it the longest in the National Forestry Championship. It will give the crews a baptism of fire as the rally opener and then the rerun in darkness will pose an even sterner test.”

Barry also explains his decision to move to new pastures for this year’s rally, “From both the organisers and competitor’s perspective going back repeatedly to the same areas can get very mundane. In the interest of giving the rally a fresh look we decided to move to new ground, together with the land owner, the local Forester and Coillte, the Motor Club has come to an agreement on using the region and I'm delighted to be back in Portlaw for the famous Towerhill and Bealough stages. It's always good to source new terrain and I'm sure the change will be welcomed by the crews and fans alike.”   

Taking place on the first Saturday in March the Willie Loughman again forms an integral part of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship and fits in this year as the second round. The rally also forms round two of the competitive Triton Showers South East Stages Rally Championship regional series. Carrick Motor Club members took a clean sweep in 2011 with Shay Power and John Rafter crowned champions, Shay’s Brother-in-law, Alan Commins with his son James calling the notes took second place. James Coleman, partnered by Michael Haley picking up third place on the podium with the championship going all the way to the wire on the final round in Wexford. Both championships play a vital role in attracting crews to the event.

 
 

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