Munster CC Moonraker Forestry Rally - (Sat) 13 Apr 19

Posted: April 14, 2019 1:20 PM - 8328 Hits

Round 3 - 2019 Irish Forest Rally Championship
Round 3 - 2019 South East Stages Championship
Round 3 - 2019 Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series

Live Results: results.shannonsportsit.ie (Angus Sealy)
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Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship Round 3 Preview

Posted: April 12, 2019 5:05 AM

The forestry action moves to Cork this coming weekend with the Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forest Rally promoted and organised by Munster Car Club. This is the third round of the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship. The sudden onset of snow which brought the previous round, the Limerick Forest Rally to a premature end has thrown up some surprising championship positions as the results were declared final after only two stages. Keith Power & Michael Carbin share the championship lead on 28 points after two rounds, both drivers in Mitsubishi Lancers. Power was declared the victor on Limerick when the results were made final. Peter McCullagh makes it a trio of Mitsubishis in the top three places and he is just two points behind the leading pair.

Erstwhile championship leader Marty McCormack who won the opening round in Carrick on Suir but slipped off the road in Limerick still manages to hold fourth place and is six points off the championship lead. Niall Henry lies in fifth place in the DS3 R5 Citroen while Mickey Conlon completes the top six championship placings and is the top placed 2WD contender.

The Junior Class which is split into Class 16 and 16A for 2019 sees Marty Gallagher lead the 16A class in his Peugeot 208 R2, just two points ahead of Derek Mackarel's rapid Vauxhall Nova. Jason Dickson in third place is just a solitary point behind Mackarel. In Class 16 Shane Kenneally has taken impressive maximum points from two rounds so far to hold a six point lead. Jason Murphy the J1000 champion of 2017 & 2018 is adjusting well to life in the more powerful class and hold second ahead of Gareth Deazley.

The M.O’Brien sponsored J1000 championship for 16-19 year olds is shaping up to be a great battle with Kyle McBride leading on 21 points after two rounds. Reece Pollock and Peter Beaton are tied for second place on 18 points. Casey Jay Coleman on fourteen points lies fourth ahead of Marcus McElwee and Ella Conway who are tied on eleven points. Aaron Whelan and Joseph Kelly are on nine and eight points respectively having been caught out by the conditions in Limerick and forced to retire from the event.

Program Outlets

Posted: April 12, 2019 5:02 AM

O'Learys Lissarda
O'Luasa Ballymakeera
Centra Ballymakeers
Christy Lucey Service Station and Cafe, Ballymakeera
Abbey Hotel Rally HQ
MJ Kelleher Clondrohid, Macroom
DOE Centre Clondrohid Macroom
Coleman Maxol Centra Millstreet

Final Instructions No 1

Posted: April 10, 2019 11:06 AM

Time and Distance Schedule

Posted: April 10, 2019 11:05 AM

Seeded Entry List

Posted: April 9, 2019 3:07 PM

Seeded Driver /Navigator (Car) [Class]
1 Barry McKenna/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
2 Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
3 Niall Henry/Damien Duffin (Citroen DS3 R5) [5]
4 Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
5 Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC) [7]
6 Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
7 Gerard Lucey/Padraig O'Donovan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
8 Patrick O'Brien/Stephen O'Brien (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
9 Conor McCourt/Caolan McKenna (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
10 Peter McCullagh/Callum Maguire (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [4]
11 Joe Hegarty/David Turkington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
12 Keith Power/Seamus O'Grady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
14 Donall Sweeney/Dean O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
15 Marty McKenna/Martin Brady (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
16 John Coyne/Stephen Joyce (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [7]
17 Mark Murphy/Anthony O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
18 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
19 Ashley Dickson/Patrick Brides (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
20 Ian Dickson/Darragh Mullen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
21 John Reid/Enda Shiels (Toyota Corolla WRC) [15]
22 PJ O'Connor/Con Mulcahy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
23 Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Fiesta) [20]
24 Austin Snow/John Henderson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
25 Niall Turley/Andrew Wedlock (Subaru Impreza) [15]
26 Richie Dalton/Joe O'Brien (Subaru Impreza) [15]
27 Paul McCann/Patrick Plunkett (Ford Fiesta S2000) [5]
28 Seamus Goodfellow/Sean Nolan (Subaru Impreza) [20]
29 Patricia Denning/Joe Downey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
30 Vio Dobasu/TBA (Subaru Impreza) [20]
31 Gemma Kerley/Jalna Breslin (Subaru Impreza) [20]
32 Joe Stanley/Paul Dowling (VW Polo RWD) [20]

201 Shane McGirr/Liam McIntyre (Toyota Starlet) [13]
202 David Crossen/Aileen Kelly (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
203 Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Ford Escort Mk II) [14]
204 Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O'Neill (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
205 John Gordon/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
206 Gary Kiernan/Darren O'Brien (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
207 Ian Barrett/Paul McGee (Ford Escort MkII) [14]
208 William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208) [2]
209 Josh Mc Erlan/Liam Moynihan (Peugeot 208 R2) [16A]
210 Derek Mackrel/Muireann Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [16A]
211 Marty Gallagher/Niall Burns (Peugeot 208 R2) [16A]
212 Brian Brady/Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) [16]
213 Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Honda Civic) [16]
214 Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208) [16A]
215 Stewart McClean/Gerard Neeson (Vauxhall Nova) [11F]
216 Alan Commins/Eugene Cronin (Ford Escort Mk II) [12]
217 Raymond Doyle/TBA (Toyota Corolla) [11R]
218 Paul McMahon/Paul Sexton (Honda Civic) [11F]
219 Kieran Lynch/Adam Power (Honda Civic) [16]
220 Raymond Benskin Jnr/Stephen Walsh (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
221 Adrian Beattie/Declan Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
222 James Lucey/Muiris Scannell (Mazda RX8) [13]
223 Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort MkII) [10]
224 Ciaran McCullagh/Bernard McSweeney (Honda Civic) [11F]
225 Kevin O'Connor/Michael Breen (Talbot Sunbeam) [11R]
226 Padraig McCarthy/Eoghan McCarthy (Honda Civic) [1]
227 Sean W Benskin/Joe Fitzgibbon (Ford Escort Mk II) [12]
228 Hal Lewis/Dylan Donoghue (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
229 Ray Besnkin/Peadar Walsh (Ford Escort MkII) [12]
230 Michael Cahill/Paul Curran (Honda Civic) [16]
231 Gareth Deazley/Tony McGovern (Honda Civic) [16]
232 Sean McConnell/Dwayne Quigley (Honda Civic) [11F]
233 Brian Little/Adam Semple (Ford Escort G3) [12]
234 Barry Mahon/Ultan McGowan (Honda Civic) [11F]
235 Ian McCarthy/Patrick O'Sullivan (Honda Civic) [11F]
236 Dan McEvoy/Evan McEcoy (Ford Escort) [12]
237 Coleman Hurley/Sean Egan (Opel Astra) [12]
238 Trevor Roche/Graham Roche (Peugeot 206) [16]
239 Jamie O'Flaherty/Daniel Hanratty (Ford Fiesta R2) [2]
240 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [11F]
241 Ruairi MacArtain/David Crilly (Honda Civic) [16]
242 Lee Bracken/Francis Kelly (Honda Civic) [9]
243 Paul Quinlan/TBA (Ford Fiesta) [12]
244 Sean Fleming/Niall McLarnon (Ford Fiesta RWD) [11R]
245 Gary Kelleher/David Beamish (Opel Corsa) [10]
246 Killian O'Brien/Aaron McEvoy (Honda Civic) [16]
247 Graham Kelly/Barry Talt (Citroen C2 R2) [2]
248 Pierce J Doheny/Eilish Dunne (Opel Corsa) [10]
249 David McAulley/Andrew Moore (Honda Civic) [1]
250 Henry Jennings/Allyn Jennings (Opel Corsa) [1]
251 Paul O'Connor/Heather Switzer (Honda Civic) [11F]
252 Damien O'Donovan/Daniel O'Brien (Ford Ka) [9]

301 Reece Pollock/John Burke (Nissan Micra) [J1000]
302 Kyle McBride/Kieran McBride (Toyota Aygo) [J1000]
303 Peter Beaton/Conor Boylan (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
304 Aaron Whelan/Des Sherlock (Nisan Micra) [J1000]
305 Marcus McElwee/John Henderson (Skoda Citigo) [J1000]
306 Joseph Kelly/Arthur Kierans (Toyota Aygo) [J1000]
307 Casey Jay Coleman/James Fogarty (Nissan Micra) [J1000]
308 Ella Conway/Jarad Gill (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
309 Mossie Costelloe/TBA (Nissan Micra) [J1000]

Entries Received - 4 Apr

Posted: April 4, 2019 5:43 PM

Aaron Whelan/Des Sherlock (Nissan Micra) [J1000]
Adrian Beattie/Declan Ryan (Honda Civic) [11F]
Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O'Neill (Ford Escort Mk II) [14]
Alan Commins/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Ashley Dickson/Patrick Brides (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Austin Snow/John Henderson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [4]
Barry McKenna/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
Brian Brady/Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) [16]
Brian Little/Adam Semple (Ford Escort G3) [12]
Casey Jay Coleman/James Fogarty (Nissan Micra) [J1000]
Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
Ciaran McCullagh/Bernard McSweeney (Honda Civic) [11F]
Coleman Hurley/Sean Egan (Opel Astra) [12]
Conor McCourt/Caolan McKenna (Ford Fiesta R5) [5]
Damien O'Donovan/Daniel O'Brien (Ford Ka) [9]
Dan McEvoy/Evan McEcoy (Ford Escort) [12]
David Crossen/Aileen Kelly (Ford Escort MkII) [13]
David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [11F]
David McAulley/Andrew Moore (Honda Civic) [1]
Derek Mackrel/Muireann Hayes (Vauxhall Nova) [16A]
Donall Sweeney/Dean O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [20]
Ella Conway/Jarad Gill (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
Gareth Deazley/Tony McGovern (Honda Civic) [16]
Gary Kelleher/David Beamish (Opel Corsa) [10]
Gary Kieranan/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Gemma Kerley/Jalna Breslin (Subaru Impreza) [20]
Gerard Lucey/Padraig O'Donovan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Hal Lewis/Dylan Donoghue (Ford Escort Mk II) [13]
Henry Jennings/Allyn Jennings (Opel Corsa) [1]
Ian Dickson/Darragh Mullen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Ian McCarthy/Patrick O'Sullivan (Honda Civic) [11F]
James Lucey/Muiris Scannell (Mazda RX8) [13]
Jamie O'Flaherty/Daniel Hanratty (Ford Fiesta R2) [2]
Joe Stanley/Paul Downey (VW Polo RWD) [20]
Joe Hegarty/David Turkington (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
John Coyne/Stephen Joyce (Subaru Impreza S12 WRC) [7]
John Gordon/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort Mk II) [13]
John Reid/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Joseph Kelly/Arthur Kierans (Toyota Aygo) [J1000]
Keith Power/Seamus O'Grady (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Kieran Lynch/Adam Power (Honda Civic) [16]
Killian O'Brien/Aaron McEvoy (Honda Civic) [16]
Kyle McBride/Kieran McBride (Toyota Aygo) [J1000]
Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208) [16A]
Lee Bracken/Francis Kelly (Honda Civic) [9]
Mark Murphy/Anthony O'Sullivan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Marty McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Skoda Fabia R5) [5]
Marty McKenna/Martin Brady (Ford Fiesta WRC) [7]
Michael Cahill/Paul Curran (Honda Civic) [16]
Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Ford Escort Mk II) [14]
Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy (Ford Escort MkII) [10]
Niall Henry/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [4]
Niall Turley/Andrew Wedlock (Subaru Impreza) [15]
Padraig McCarthy/Eoghan McCarthy (Honda Civic) [1]
Patricia Denenhy/Joe Downey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Patrick O'Brien/Stephen O'Brien (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
Paul McCann/Patrick Plunkett (Ford Fiesta S2000) [5]
Paul McMahon/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Paul O'Connor/TBC (Honda Civic) [TBC]
Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Fiesta) [20]
Peter McCullagh/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Peter Beaton/Conor Boylan (Peugeot 107) [J1000]
Pierce J Doheny/Eilish Dunne (Opel Corsa) [10]
PJ O'Connor/Con Mulcahy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Ray Besnkin/Peadar Walsh (Ford Escort) [12]
Raymond Benskin Jnr/Stephen Walsh (Ford Escort) [12]
Reece Pollock/John Burke (Nissan Micra) [J1000]
Richie Dalton/Joe O'Brien (Subaru Impreza) [15]
Ruairi McArtain/David Crilly (Honda Civic) [16]
Seamus Goodfellow/Sean Nolan (Subaru Impreza) [20]
Sean Fleming/Niall McLarnon (Ford Fiesta RWD) [11R]
Sean McConnell/Dwayne Quigley (Honda Civic) [11F]
Sean W Benskin/Joe Fitzgibbon (Ford Escort Mk II) [12]
Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Honda Civic) [16]
Shane McGirr/Liam McIntyre (Toyota Starlet) [13]
Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
Stewart McClean/Gerard Neeson (Vauxhall Nova) [11F]
Trevor Roche/TBC (TBC) [TBC]
Vio Dobasu/TBC (Subaru Impreza) [20]
William Creighton/Liam Regan (Peugeot 208) [2]

THE ABBEY HOTEL MOONRAKER FORESTRY RALLY 2019 PRESS RELEASE NO.3

Posted: March 28, 2019 4:24 AM

Ballyvourney was the place to be last Friday evening for the Official Press Launch of the Munster Car Club’s Forestry event, The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally.

The County Mayor Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy launched the event. In his opening proceedings the Mayor mentioned in his speech the importance of Coillte, who upkeep and provide the fantastic course for which the rally runs.

Local TD Aindrias Moynihan mentioned the Munster Car clubs efforts in organising the event and welcomed the financial contribution the Rally has brought to the area over the last 6 years.

Neil Phelan of Acesigns Cork L.T.D, who is an associate sponsor, thanked the committee and the club members of the Moonraker Forestry Rally and wished the organising team, led by C.O.C Sean Daly, all the very best for the event.

Next to speak was Michael Creedon, proprietor of the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney, who gave a brief outline of his role within the sponsorship of the rally and he congratulated the team on the hard work put in this year to get the rally up and going.

Our Club Chairman Colman Hegarty welcomed the large crowd on behalf of the club and thanked everyone for attending.

The last to speak was the man at the helm for the first time, C.O.C Sean Daly. He opened by welcoming everyone and thanked all for taking the time to come along on a Friday night. He went on to thank his team and stated that event is now ready to be finalised and good to go. He made special mention of the volunteers that come out to marshal the event as well as stage commanders, officials, timekeepers and everybody else who helps make this fantastic event the real jewel in the crown of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, as well as being a counting Round of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship. He urged the gathering to support the sponsors in any way they could and thanked them for their financial assistance. He concluded that entries were open and were steadily coming in.

The Championship standings are tight at the top after Rd.2 in Limerick. In the drivers category overall Michael Carbin and Keith Power are joint leaders on 28pts. In third is Peter McCullagh on 26pts. In the Navigators category, Conor Mohan leads on 28pts, Calum Maguire is second on 26pts and in third is Anthony O Sullivan on 23pts.

In the class standings, there are a few battles: Class 1 sees William Creighton and Jamie O Flaherty with just 2 points between them. In Class 14 Adrian Hetherington and Mickey Conlon are joint on 21 points so making the 2wd very exciting. In the juniors we have a very strong class with Kyle McBride, Reece Pollock and Peter Beaton all in the top 3.

The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally is Round 3 of the 2019 Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, Round 3 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Rally Championship also a counting round of the Munster Car Club Championship.

So get those entries in for what is set to be a top class event!


Photo: Ted O'Connell

Marshals Meeting Points

Posted: March 27, 2019 11:11 AM

SS 1/3 Derreenaling
Meeting Point in the Mills Inn Car Park Ballyvourney at 06:15

SS 2/4 Knocknabro
Meeting Point in the Coop Ballyvourney at 06:40

SS 5/7 Glendav
Meeting Point in Kellihers Garage Clondrohid at 11:30

SS 6/8 Curragh
Meeting Point in Carriganimmy Village at 11:50

Contact Chief Marshal on 0877523847 / +353 877523847

Rally Launch - (Fri) 22 Mar 19

Posted: March 19, 2019 9:52 AM

Only 4 weeks to the 2019 Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally

Reminder that the launch of the event in on in the Abbey Hotel on Friday 22nd March @ 7pm. There will be a display of cars outside the hotel for some pre event photos, and the speeches, including some local dignitaries, will commence at 8pm.

Make sure to keep your schedule free next Friday night and we look forward to seeing you all there!

THE ABBEY HOTEL MOONRAKER FORESTRY RALLY 2019 PRESS RELEASE NO.2

Posted: January 18, 2019 6:58 AM

Update on route:

Since our last press release, we unfortunately encountered some issues and the proposed format of running 3 x 3 is no longer viable. Nonetheless, the team worked hard over the past week and have devised a revised route of four stages repeated twice, totalling approx. 70km. The route is very compact with only approximately 130km of road distance.

We will have more details in the coming weeks, but you can always contact either Sean Daly or Finbarr Hanratty for any information required.

Both Sean and Finbarr will be in Carrick-On Suir Forestry Rally this coming weekend, and will make their best effort to talk to all competitors. You will be able to catch them in the Service Area.

We wish the Forestry Championship and Carrick-On-Suir Motor Club the very best of luck this weekend, and indeed hope that all competitors will have a safe and enjoyable event.

THE ABBEY HOTEL MOONRAKER FORESTRY RALLY 2019 PRESS RELEASE NO.1

Posted: January 4, 2019 3:48 PM

The Abbey Hotel Moonraker Forestry Rally takes place once again in Ballyvourney, Co.Cork on Saturday the 13th April 2019. It will be ran in a 3 x 3 format with approx 66 stage kms and 96 road kms.
We are delighted to announce once again that our main sponsor is the Abbey Hotel with Miche?al and Marie giving us huge support over the past number of years.
This year’s new Clerk of the Course is Sean Daly and his Deputy Clerk of the Course is Finbarr Hanratty.

Both men are heavily involved in our rallying community and are set to run an excellent event for competitors and crews alike.

Keep in mind The Press Launch for the event is on Friday 22nd March @ 8pm in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co.Cork.

Club Website

Posted: January 4, 2019 3:35 PM






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