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Down Rally - (Sat) 20 Jul 19

Posted: July 16, 2019 10:29 AM - 4871 Hits

Round 4 - 2019 Northern Ireland Rally Championship
Round 5 - 2019 Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship

Cole aims to extend Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship lead as rivals gear up for spectacular Down Rally showdown

Posted: July 16, 2019 10:29 AM

Damian Cole is looking to extend his lead in the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship when he takes his Get Connected/Energizer-backed Ford Fiesta WRC to the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally (20 July) – but he’ll have plenty of tough opposition aiming to deny him the maximum haul of points he’s searching for, most notably from John Stone (Fiesta WRC) and from an array of top R5-spec cars driven by the likes of Melvyn Evans (ŠKODA Fabia R5), Meirion Evans (Hyundai i20 R5), Alan Kirkaldy (Fiesta R5) and Oli Hopkins (Mitsubishi Mirage).

Six time champion Cole has been super consistent so far this season, with a second placed points finish on the opening Rallynuts National Tour of Epynt Rally and a pair of fifth-placed points scored on the Masterpixel Media Manx National Rally. With maximum points scored on the most recent Rally van Wervik, the Abergavenny ace knows he now has to better his Isle of Man results, as the two scores to drop rule will soon come into play. Having been co-driven by Shelley Rogerson, Max Freeman and Dale Bowen so far this season, Cole will have Paul Spooner on the notes in Northern Ireland.

With Cole’s main title rival Jason Pritchard unable to contest the Down Rally, John Stone/Jack Morton have a great opportunity to rocket up the points table in their Legend Fires-backed Fiesta WRC. Having taken second placed points last time out on Belgium, the Blackburn driver is on great form and another good result in his ex-Mikko Hirvonen Ford will highlight his status as a serious title challenger.

Melvyn Evans picked up the Asphalt series silverware last year on the Down Rally in what was his first event in a Fiesta WRC. Co-driven by Aled Davies, the Welshman returns again this year, but this time in a newly acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5. His son Meirion Evans is contesting the Irish Tarmac Championship and together with Jonathan Jackson is more than match-ready in his Hyundai i20 R5. It might be their first appearance in the Asphalt series this season, but both the Melvyn Evans Motorsport crews will be challenging for top points.

Alan Kirkaldy arrives in Lisburn leading the R5 category in his Cairnsmill Caravan Park Fiesta R5. The St Andrews pilot is also a magnificent third in the overall drivers’ points standings and is keen to defend that position. He’ll be co-driven as usual by Cameron Fair. Chris Ford is second in the R5 table after a good season so far in his Century Autosport Fiesta R5. Partnered by Neil Colman, another strong result like he had last time out in Belgium (where he scored points for finishing sixth) will do his title challenge no harm at all.

For giant-killing potential, look no further than Wayne Sisson. On paper, his immaculate AMS Arnside Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X should be no match for the WRC and R5 cars, but that has never stopped the Carnforth driver exceeding expectations. He even finished third in the Asphalt points on the Down Rally last year, despite a high-speed off through a fence. This time Sisson will be co-driven by Michael Hendry.

On the subject of flying Mitsubishis, Oli Hopkins/Ian Taylor are back in their Hopkins Motorsport-owned Mirage after showing considerable speed on Epynt and on the Isle of Man. Always fast on closed road events, another good result will greatly improved the Bristol driver’s current ninth place in the overall standings, whilst he is also second, just behind Sisson, in the battle for class B14 honours.

Last year Richard Clews was co-driven on the Down Rally by British Rally champion driver Matt Edwards, but their great run was curtailed by overheating problems. This year the Coventry driver will be back co-driven by Hamish Campbell, and hoping for more luck in his smart ITG Air Filters Subaru Impreza.

The close class battle continues in B10, where Rhidian Daniels/Tomos Whittle (Citroën C1 Max) lead Adrian Drury/Cat Lund (Drury Deliveries Peugeot 106 GTi) by just nine points.

After four rounds, just one point separates Geoff Glover and John Devlin in class B11. Co-driven as usual by Keith Barker, Glover will be at the wheel of his rear-wheel drive Astra, which didn’t like the bumpy roads on its first rally in Northern Ireland last year, but which scored a very good result nonetheless. Devlin meanwhile took maximum class points both times on the double-header Manx National Rally, despite contesting the event for the first time as a driver. This time the Banbridge man will be co-driven by John McCarthy in his rapid Escort Mk2. Also in a Chesterfield Transporters-backed Escort Mk2 are Ross Brusby/Dave Robson.

Meanwhile defending B12 champions Mike Pugsley/Marc Clatworthy will be aiming to move one step closer to retaining their title in their 1974 Escort Mk1 RS2000, while a good result in their Ray Thomas & Sons/WCS Environmental-backed Vauxhall Nova will give Will Mains/Claire Williams one hand on the 1400S trophy.

On his first Championship appearance since 2014, Darren Atkinson won the B13 class on both the Friday and Saturday legs on the Isle of Man in his Atkinsons Sandblasting/Dennison Trailers/S&W Fabrication-backed Escort Mk2. He then won the class again in Belgium. Co-driven by Phil Sandham, the Lancaster driver will be aiming to extend his class lead, hold onto his fourth place in the overall driver standings and challenge for that prestigious top two-wheel drive finishing position.

Special Stage will be in Northern Ireland with a two camera crew team and hi-tech equipment to broadcast the action LIVE on its Facebook page. Howard Davies and Gemma Watson will be commentating from the many magnificent vantage points the event has to offer.

Organised by Rathfriland MC and Ballynahinch & DMC, the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally contains a total of 11 special stages covering 55 stage miles on closed roads in County Down. Starting at 08.30, the event includes four separate closed road stages before the finish ceremony at 17.00. Rally headquarters and the service area are based at the EIKON Centre in Lisburn.

Following the start of the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally, registrations will close for the 2019 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship.

Down Rally Press Relase - Sneak peek at entries

Posted: July 8, 2019 5:55 AM

Entries have closed, seeding is complete and our Deputy COC Brian Crawford has found a little time in his packed schedule to review what can only be described as a spectacular entry list. We asked him to give us a teaser of some of the names that stood out for him.

"Yet again, our entry list is overflowing. A huge thank you to all of the competitors who have entered the 2019 Carryduff Forklift Down Rally. We thought we did something pretty special last year, but we think that 2019 may just top this and the returning talent shows just how much they enjoyed last year. The introduction of a third championship has added even more variety with historic Minis travelling from near and far to take on the challenging County Down stages. Martin Melling and Barry Stenhouse will be hoping to pick up some points for the FUCHS Lubricants Classic Mini Challenge."

"We welcome back Jonny Greer and Kirsty Riddick, our 2018 winners, to battle to defend their title in a different car than last year, the Fiesta R5. One team that will be battling Jonny and Kirsty for the win will be reigning British Champion Matt Edward's and Paul Norris. It's great to attract that calibre of driver to the event. Matt navigated on last years events and couldn't wait to get back to take on the challenge of the Down roads in the driver's seat."

"From Wales we look forward to welcoming Melvyn and Merrion Evans back to the event. This year will Merrion and Jonathan Jackson surpass his Father and Aled Davies again? It will be interesting to see who fairs better in the family battle of youth vs experience. The Evans aren't the only teams making it a family battle. Bushmills brothers Brian McFall with Matthew McKenna and Colm McFall with Ronnie Craig, will both be out in the Mitsubishi Evos. It will be interesting to see how Brian in the Evo 10 will fair against big brother Colm in the Evo 9. "

"In the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Championship entries we have Derek McGeehan and his son Mark who will be looking to further secure their lead in the championship. Looking for points will also be Derek McGarrity with Paddy Robinson and Stephen Wright. Championship sponsor Fintan McGrady and Ray Fitzpatrick will also be out in the Escort "

"Other local crews include Rathfriland Motorclub members Frank McMullan and Paul Killen. From Ballynahinch there will be a lot of motorclub rivalry but brothers Johnny Morrow and Philip Morrow who are only 3 minutes from the Eikon stage, will certainly be entertaining"

"We are also delighted to welcome Jon Armstrong in the Mini Countryman. A man with great talent in virtual rallying he will certainly be one to watch on the tarmac."

"The Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Championship contenders are back this year. Chris Wheeler and Shaun Layland are back in the Citroen while Wayne Sisson and Michael Hendry are back in the Evo 10."

"Its a stellar entry and we look forward to seeing all of the Crews take on the event"

Seeded Entry List

Posted: July 5, 2019 3:58 PM

1 Jonathan Greer /Kirsty Riddick  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
2 Matthew Edwards /Paul Morris  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
3 Melvyn Evans /Aled Davies  (Skoda Fabia R5) [8]
4 Thomas Preston /Carl Williamson  (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
5 Derek McGeehan /Mark McGeehan  (Mini WRC) [9]
6 Damian Cole /Paul Spooner  (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
7 Derek McGarrity /Paddy Robinson  (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
8 Daniel Harper /Chris Campbell  (Mini WRC) [9]
9 Jon Armstrong /Noel O'Sullivan  (Mini WRC) [9]
10 Stephen Wright /TBA  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
11 Meirion Evans /Jonathan Jackson  (Skoda Fabia R5) [8]
12 Wayne Sisson /Michael Hendry  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [9]
14 Steve Wood /Keith Moriarty  (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
15 Sean Devine /Sean Ferris  (Ford Fiesta R5+) [9]
16 John Stone /Jack Morton  (Ford Fiesta WRC) [9]
17 Stephen Simpson /Patrick Walsh  (Ford Fiesta R5) [9]
18 Camillus Bradley /Crawford Henderson  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
19 Oliver Hopkins /Ian Taylor  (Mitsubishi Mirage) [9]
20 Meirion Evans /Declan Dear  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
21 Richard Clews /Hamish Campbell  (Subaru Impreza) [9]
22 Stuart Biggerstaff /Anthony Nestor  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
23 Kenny McKinstry /Kenny Hull  (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [9]
24 James Ford /TBA  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
25 Chris Ford /Neil Colman  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
26 Cal McCarthy /Eamonn Dullea  (Citroen DS3 R5) [8]
27 Alan Kirkaldy /Richard Crozier  (Ford Fiesta R5) [8]
28 Brian McFall /Matthew McKenna  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [9]
29 Jonathan Morrow /Simon Morrow  (Mitsubishi Mirage RS) [9]
30 Colm McFall /Ronnie Craig  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
31 Gary Rodgers /Tba Tba  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [9]
32 Darren Atkinson /Phil Sandham  (Ford Escort) [7]
33 Damian Toner /Barry McParland  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
34 Wesley Patterson /Johnny Baird  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
35 Fintan McGrady /Ray Fitzpatrick  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
36 Ross Brusby /Dave Robson  (Ford Escort Mk2) [7]
37 James Kennedy /Heather Kennedy  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
38 John Devlin /John McCarthy  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
39 Rodney White /Sam McMullan  (Talbot Sunbeam) [6]
40 David Armstrong /TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
42 Alastair Cochrane /TBA  (Ford Escort) [6]
43 Seamus Branniff /Darren Curran  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [2]
44 William Herron /Calum Maguire  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [2]
45 Stanley Orr /Graham Henderson  (Ford Escort RS1600) [10]
46 Dai Roberts /Pete Phennah  (Peugeot 205) [3]
47 Kyle White /Sean Topping  (Peugeot 208 R2) [4]
48 Andrew Bustard /TBA  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
49 Conor Gillespie /Martin Harte  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
50 Adrian Grant /Olivia Coulter  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
51 Phillip Morrow /TBA  (Peugeot 206) [4]
52 Geoffrey Nevin /Paul Nevin  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
53 Steven Armstrong /TBA  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
54 Niall Carey /Ciaran Carey  (BMW Compact) [7]
55 Gerry McPolin /Rory McPolin  (Ford Escort) [5]
56 Oran Donnelly /Paul Hughes  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
57 David Walsh /Tba Tba  (Ford Escort) [7]
58 Drew Wylie /Allan Harryman  (Ford Escort) [10]
59 Marc Johnston /Colin Irvine  (Ford Escort) [5]
60 Chris Wheeler /Shaun Layland  (Citroen DS3 R3T) [6]
61 William McClurkin /TBA  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
62 Stephen McGurk /Mark O'Connor  (Ford Escort) [7]
63 Geoff Glover /Keith Barker  (Vauxhall Astra) [6]
64 Drew Stewart /David White  (Ford Escort) [6]
65 Andrew McCormick /Chris McSherry  (Vauxhall Chevette) [6]
66 Jt Warnock /Gavan Doherty  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
67 Paul Killen /Enda Kennedy  (Ford Escort G3) [6]
68 Andy Johnson /Tba Tba  (Vauxhall Chevette HSR) [10]
69 Rhidian Daniels /Tomos Whittle  (Citroen C1 Max) [4]
70 Christian Cochrane /Martin Lynch  (Ford Escort) [6]
71 John Adams /Noel Watt  (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
72 Greg McCormack /Caron McCormack  (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
74 Dermot O'Hagan /Pierce Jnr. Doheny  (Honda Civic) [4]
75 Michael McGarrity /Damien Garvey  (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
76 Jamie Grant /Joe Agnew  (Toyota Starlet) [6]
78 Gerard Neeson /Michael Murray  (Peugeot 106) [4]
79 Keith Riddick /Mairi Riddick  (MG ZR) [4]
80 Jody McManus /Martin Connolly  (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
81 Mike Pugsley /Marc Clatworthy  (Ford Escort Mk1) [5]
82 Drew Struthers /Fiona Moir  (Citroen C2) [4]
83 Mervyn Tate /Sarah Tate  (Talbot Sunbeam) [3]
84 Brian Black /Tba Tba  (Toyota Starlet) [3]
85 William Mains /Clair Williams  (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
86 Philip White /Eathan McColgan  (Nissan Micra) [3]
88 Philip Greenlee /Domhnall Lennon  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
90 Niall Branniff /Dean O’Sullivan  (Ford Escort) [6]
91 Andrew Straney /Rudy Tate  (Vauxhall Astra GSI) [6]
92 Bob Riddles /Ian Kidd  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
93 Stephen Caldwell /Steven McCrossan  (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
94 Adrian Drury /Cat Lund  (Peugeot 106 GTI) [3]
95 Gavin Devlin /Jonny Hart  (Talbot Sunbeam) [3]
96 John McCullough /Rachael McCullough  (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
97 Brian /Alness) (Hillman Avenger Tiger) [3]
98 Dean McDowell /Tba Tba  (Vauxhall Nova) [4]
99 Joe McAteer /John Magilton  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
100 Quentin Park /TBA  (Ford Escort Mk2) [5]
101 Frank McMullan /Patrick McMullan  (Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth) [10]
102 Joel Eakin /Noel Anderson  (Peugeot 106) [1]
103 Adam Vance /David Vance  (Honda Civic Type R) [1]
104 Kyle Elder /Mark Elder  (Honda Civic) [1]
106 Darren McGrath /Tony McGovern  (Honda Civic) [1]
107 Ian Duff /Ian Hull  (Proton Compact) [4]
108 Niall Creighton /Gregory Roberts  (Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1) [10]
109 Daniel Hamill /TBA  (Peugeot 106) [4]
110 Mark Faulkner /Mark Faulkner  (Nissan Micra) [3]
111 Malcolm Pedlow /Billy Regan  (BMW 2002tii) [10]
112 Louise Thomas /Heidi Woodcock  (Rover Mini) [3]
113 Harry Brown /J Martin McGrath  (Hillman Avenger) [10]
114 Philip Grattan /Richard Grattan  (Peugeot 205 GTI) [5]
115 Martin Melling /Lewis Griffiths  (Austin Mini) [3]
116 Colin McDowell /Geraldene McBride  (Morris Mini) [10]
117 Jeff Robinson /TBA  (Austin Mini 1275GT) [10]
118 Barry Stenhouse /Suzanna Whalley  (Morris Mini) [10]
119 Jim Brindle /Martin Young  (Mini Clubman 1275 GT) [10]
120 Garry Armstrong /Chris Simms  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
121 John MacNiven /Graeme Kermode  (Subaru Impreza) [9]
122 Mark Ewing /Mark Runciman  (Subaru Impreza) [9]
123 Alexander Cochrane /Chrissy Johnston  (Ford Escort) [6]
124 David Craine /Stuart Sayers  (Ford Escort RS Cosworth) [9]
125 Baz Jordan /Arwel Jenkins  (Chrysler Avenger) [6]
126 Paddy Milligan /Patrick Milligan  (Opel Manta) [6]
127 Marshall Kennedy /Wendy Blackledge  (Peugeot 306 GTI) [6]
128 Simon Gordon /John Henderson  (Vauxhall Astra) [6]
129 Conor Lavery /Mo Downey  (Ford Escort) [6]
130 Lee Morelli /Robert Harold  (Ford Escort) [6]
131 Aidan Donnelly /Arthur Loughran  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
132 Shane Murray /TBA  (Ford Escort) [6]
133 Eamon Doherty /Damian McAuley  (Ford Escort) [5]
134 Mark Robinson /James Holland  (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
135 Paul McKenna /TBA  (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [9]
136 John Bradley /Cathal Mulgrew  (Ford Escort Mk2) [6]
137 James Convery /Joey Walls  (Subaru Impreza) [9]

Carryduff Forklift Down Rally Programmes Available to Preorder

Posted: July 3, 2019 5:43 AM

"We have been super busy working away in the background to make sure this event lives up to it's name of being #SeriousCraic and a #ModernClassic. One of the things we have been working on is our 2019 Carryduff Forklift Down Rally programme. Preorder yours online and have it delivered right to your door! We will be listing the outlets where the programme will be available to buy this weekend."

Update

Posted: May 30, 2019 10:11 AM

As you can imagine, the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally Team have had a busy week since our entries opened at 8pm last Tuesday. Our first confirmation email was sent out at just 8.02pm.
Entry Secretary, David Meeke confirmed,
"after the initial rush, entries have continued to arrive at a slow but fairly steady pace. The first one hundred will be guaranteed a start on the 20th July and we thank all crews already entered for the enthusiasm that they have for our event.

"amongst the entries received so far, we are delighted to have teams from all three championships guaranteed a start on the rally. These crews aren't just fast on the stages, they obviously also have a talent for typing at speed."

As we continue to attract a vibrant collection of crews set to star on the roads of County Down, we hope you are looking forward to the 20th July as much as we are. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages in the coming weeks and we'll do our best to keep you updated!

On Line Entry Open

Posted: May 15, 2019 6:05 AM

Update

Posted: May 2, 2019 2:33 PM

With entries opening in less than two weeks, the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally are looking forward to welcoming competitors from a third championship to Northern Ireland.

In addition to the returning McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship and the Protyre Asphalt Rally Championship, the July event will also host a round of the FUCHS Lubricants Classic Mini Challenge.

Set up to fill a gap left by other events, the FUCHS Lubricants Classic Mini Challenge will take on the County Down Stages as round six of an eight round calendar.

Deputy Clerk of the Course, Brian Crawford commented, "our Service Park will again be based at the Eikon Centre near Lisburn and it'll be great to welcome all our competitors back to this great facility. We are looking forward to seeing some of these beautiful classic minis's arriving, there's something quite nostalgic about the sight and sounds of a mini out on the stages."

"We are delighted to be hosting this new Championship and we hope competitors will make the effort to come across and enjoy a weekends craic with us."

Championship co-ordinator and Clitheroe and District Motor Club member, Chris Woodcock added;
"We are pleased to take this new championship to the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally in Northern Ireland. I have devised a format with simple class structure for contenders to demonstrate their skills and abilities on the highest quality asphalt rallies around the United Kingdom. The ethos of this challenge is about friendly rivalry and putting fun back into the sport."

We have no doubt seeing these beautiful little cars take on our classic stages will appeal to all age groups.

Anyone interested in volunteering on the event should get in touch via;
downrally.com
facebook.com/DownRally
twitter.com/DownRally

Carryduff Forklift Down Rally

Posted: April 30, 2019 3:49 PM

With preparations well under way for the 2019 event we are delighted to call it the Carryduff Forklift Down Rally for a second consecutive year.
The Carryduff based, family run business proved to be a great asset to the 2018 rally and their advice, support, and at times patience, really made the event the success it turned out to be.

Carryduff Forklift Sales Executive, Barry Greer said,
"we were delighted to be involved with last year's Down Rally and the success that it was, made our decision to stay on as title sponsor for a second year, so much easier. The support from competitors, and speed that the entrylist was filled, is a credit to the team of people from both clubs who were involved in the planning. We were out on the day spectating with some of our valued customers and we saw first hand the amount of people who turned up to run the event on the ground. We are grateful to all these people for making the event carrying our name, a memorable one."
"it was a delight to introduce our customers, some of whom had never been to a motorsport event before, to a world our family have been involved with for many years. We will be out and about again this year and hope to see some of you in service or on the stages."

Andy Gilmore, back as Clerk of the Course added,
"we are delighted to have Carryduff Forklift working with us again this year and are thankful for another year's support from the Greer family. Rathfriland Motor Club and Ballynahinch and District Motor Club will also continue to work together. We have a great team who now have a year's experience of working together under our belts and we hope to build on last year's success."
"in particular I look forward to welcoming our competitors back to County Down. Our team will endeavour to put on an event worthy of their support."

With both competitors and spectators travelling from near and far to enjoy last year's family friendly event, we hope to deliver more of the same in 2019.

The format of this years event will remain similar, with just a few tweaks to both the stages and schedule.
Anyone interested in volunteering on the event should get in touch via facebook.com/DownRally twitter.com/DownRally






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