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Tipperary Forestry Stages Rally - 27 Mar 05
Posted: April 6, 2005 9:00 PM - 15866 Hits
Round 2 - 2005 National Forestry Championship
Posted: April 6, 2005 9:00 PM
Tipp Top Easter for McHale/ Nagle
Gareth MacHale Report
Leading the forestry championship after his maiden win on the opening round would see a confident Gareth MacHale take a start to finish victory on the second round, the Sean Conlon Memorial Rally in Mitchelstown.
Facing competition from John McCarthy, Glenn Allen and Adrian McElvaney Gareth would start the day very well with fastest time. He would drop time on the following two stages as his tyres went off but would still enter service in the lead.
A change of tyre compound would see him flying on the fourth stage where he was fastest by nineteen seconds. He would gain another second on the following stage but would loose seventeen seconds on the final stage after a start-line stall.
Two wins from two starts now leaves Gareth in a very strong championship position but he acknowledges that there is a long way to go in the series still.
Team sponsors, Tom Hogan Motors, Garryaron Homes, Allsports Logistics, Kumho, Maxol Lubricants, Irish Rally Calendar.com, Gerry McGarrity Motorsport.
Matt Shinnors makes class winning return to the Irish Forests
After a year long absence from the McCauley Trailers National Forest Championship the team returned for the Mitchelstown rally on Easter Sunday. Monaghan’s Janice Mackeral joined the team for this demanding event that was set in the Galtee Mountains.
The rally consisted of 6 stages in the form of 3 done twice offering a testing 50 stage miles forestry event. The event attrached a capacity entry with 97 cars starting including all the top class 3 cars, Paul Mulcahy (Starlet), Moss Fitzgerald & Ivan Bryan (Corrolla’s) to name a few.
After service Kilworth stage was repeated, Matt competing stage 6 seconds slower than previous run but time was good enough for 5th fastest two wheel drive car. On the start of stage 5 the 8 mile Goatain Bridge test, Matt picked up a slow rear puncher rear and completed the stage 25 seconds slower than on first run through stage. With one stage remaining Matt kept pushing for a result and came back to Mitchelstown to win the class due to Paul Mulcahy incurring a time plenty. Ivan Bryan finished second with Mulcahy slotting to third.
It was great comeback to forestry series and now team look forward to switching to Tarmac for the Junior Rally of Lakes on May Bank Holiday weekend
Golden Graeme Takes Irish 205 Challenge
The first ever Irish 205 Challenge came to an exciting climax at the final round, the Tipperary Forestry Rally this weekend. Battles loomed in all categories of the championship with the overall title being fought out between Graeme Colfer and Seamus O'Grady.
On the dry gravel stages it was young Adrian McBride/Brian Smullen who set the early pace, as both championship hopefuls hit mechanical trouble and after three stages it was McBride who led the field with Adrian McElhinney/Martin McMenamin just 11 seconds behind and the all lady crew of Emma Britton/Paula Nooney in 3rd.
Graeme Colfer/Jack Newman retired on the next stage and they were left waiting to see where Seamus O'Grady/Oonagh Roche would finish the event. At the front of the field McElhinney took the lead on SS4 and extended this lead ever McBride on the next two stages to take victory by over two minutes. This win always saw McElhinney take the Senior Championship in the Irish 205 Challenge.
In the championship fight, O'Grady battled through his mechanical difficulties and finished the event 3rd following the retirement of Emma Britton. However 3rd place was not enough for crowning glory and Graeme Colfer became the first ever Irish 205 Challenge champion. His consistency and speed throughout the year also saw him take the Junior Championship.
The co-drivers title went to Oonagh Roche, co-driver to championship runner up Seamus O'Grady.
However it was Colfer's day, a day that made him double champion, the first every Irish 205 Challenge title holder and saw him take away a cheque for €2000 from championship sponsor Rory Galligan Rally.
The 2005 Irish 205 Challenge is now in its final stages of preparation and will begin on 10th April with the Midland Multi Stage Rally.
Results 1 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) 53m 09s 2 John McCarthy/Mick Morrissey (Toyota Corolla WRC) 53m 18s 3 Pat Norris/Declan Tumilty (Subaru Impreza 555) 54m 05s 4 Glenn Allen/Damien Connolly (Ford Escort WRC) 54m 23s 5 Dermot Kelly/Greg Shinnors (Ford Escort WRC) 54m 57s 6 Stephen Moore/Tony McHugh (Subaru Impreza N10) Gp N 55m 48s 7 Pete Willoughby/Greg McCarthy (Mit. Lancer Evo 8) Gp N 55m 57s 8 Patrick Elliott/Mark Bowens (Mit. Lancer Evo 7) Gp N 56m 34s 9 Johnny McKenna/Paul Howe (Mit. Lancer Evo 7) Gp N 56m 52s 10 Brian Lawlor/Peter Kavanagh (Escort 2.0) 57m 13s Class winners: Alan Dineen/Tony Dineen (Nova) Mick Nevin/John Kinahan (Escort) Matt Shinnors/Janice Mackarel (Escort) Jason Roche/Patrick Roche (Escort) Brian Lawlor/Peter Kavanagh Andrew Kearney/Owen O’Neill (Peugeot 206) Stephen Moore/Tony McHugh. Juniors: Conor Kelly/John Quill (Nova). Leaders after: SS1-6 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) Fastest Times SS1 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) SS2 Glenn Allen/Damien Connolly (Ford Escort WRC) SS3 John McCarthy/Mick Morrissey (Toyota Corolla WRC) SS4 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) SS5 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) SS6 John McCarthy/Mick Morrissey (Toyota Corolla WRC)Full Results and Times on:
PRE EVENT NEWS
Round 2 of the “McCauley Trailers” National Forest Rally Championship based in Mitchelstown Easter Sunday 27th March, has attracted over one hundred entries. COC Jim O’Brien has put together a compact event with 6 stages in the form of 3 done twice offering a testing 50 stage miles with service in the Galtee car park (Mitchelstown). Among the capacity line up are the “Irish 205 Challenge” contenders on their final round. The event will run a reverse format of previous years starting with a 10-mile stage in the Kilworth complex
Dermot Kelly heads the field with his Escort WRC, Kelly will be anxious to score points having missed the opening round due to a last minute gearbox glitch. Number 2 seed, Glenn Allen (Escort WRC) is competing in the Easter stages on Saturday and should be well on the pace Sunday morning.
At 3, (Corolla WRC) has forsaken his Circuit of Ireland entry and plans to contest all the forest rounds after his Carrick victory.
Kevin O’Kane is at 4 with his Harper run Impreza WRC. Number 5 seed, Pat Norris is always on the pace (Impreza 555). John McCarthy is at 6 and a very hot favourite to take the spoils with his Corolla WRC – McCarthy won here in ’03 and led in ’04 but dropped to third on the final stage after a spin, stall and puncture. At 7, Adrian McElvaney (Impreza 555) was best of the rest in Carrick until he broke a gearlinkage. The young Monaghan man has set serious times having only done a handfull of forest events and should be well in contention. Number 8, James Murphy (Escort Cosworth) went well here last year – Murphy a man to watch on these fast stages.
Cavan’s Patrick Elliott leads the GpN line up at number 9 in a Robbie McGurk Evo 8. Pete Willoughby (Evo 8) rounds off the top ten. At 11, Johnny McKenna (Evo 6) and 12, Stephen Moore (N10 Impreza). Number 13, Brian Lawlor (Escort 16v) is top 2WD seed followed by local John Drislane who returns from the USA and has hired a McKinstry Impreza WRC.
The first competing car will leave the start ramp from the Square in Mitchelstown at 10:30. Drivers will have to be quick out of the box as “Kilworth” offers a bit of everything with lots of junctions, fast/ smooth sections into narrow, tight and twisty bits - a tough start to this short snappy ’04 and proved to be very fast with its hard smooth surface – dust was the only drawback.
The event heads to Co. Limerick for ss3 “Cambaun Wood” a classic fast/ flowing stage sure to see the locals set the pace. After Cambaun the crews return to Mitchelstown for the lunchtime service in the Galtee Car Park before a repeat run over the loop of 3 stages with the first cars due back at the square in Mitchelstown at 5 pm.
Final Round Decider for Irish 205 Challenge
After five rounds and four different winners the Irish 205 Challenge is preparing for its final round. The race for the title is a two-way battle, which will be fought out at the Tipperary Forestry Stages Rally on 27th March. Nine points separate double winner Graeme Colfer and winner of the previous round Seamus O’Grady but with twenty points up for grabs, this event looks set to be a cracker.
The event is based in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork and will consist of a compact route with 50 stage miles. It is difficult to split the championship hopefuls; Graeme’s consistency and speed throughout the year will be difficult to beat, while Seamus took victory on the only other gravel round of the series.
As well as the overall title, the junior, senior and co-driver categories of the championship are also up for grabs in the woods. There is a three-way fight between, Colfer, O’Grady and Adrian McBride for the junior title; the senior title to open any of five different drivers and either Jack Newman or Oonagh Roche could lift the co-drivers title.
With all these battles going on, the final round of inaugural Rory Galligan Rally Irish 205 Challenge will certainly provide a lot of excitement.
No Driver/Co-Driver (Car Make) CC 1 Dermot Kelly/Greg Shinnors (Ford Escort WRC) 1998 2 Glenn Allen/Damien Connolly (Ford Escort WRC) 1994 3 Gareth McHale/Paul Nagle (Toyota Corolla WRC) 2000 4 Kevin O’Kane/Martin Hanna (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1997 5 Pat Norris/Declan Tumilty (Subaru Impreza 555) 2000 6 John McCarthy/Mikey Morrissey (Toyota Corrolla WRC) 2000 7 Adrian McElvaney/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza 555) 1998 8 James Murphy/TBA (Escort RS Cosworth) 2000 9 Patrick Elliot/Mark Owens (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8) 1996 10 Pat Willoughly/Greg McCarthy (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8) 11 Johnny McKenna/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6) 1998 12 Stephen Moore/Tony McHugh (Subaru Impreza N10) 2000 13 Brian Lawlor/Peter Kavanagh (Ford Escort MK 2) 14 John Drislane/Barry Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 15 Trevor J Harding/Charlie Boland (Subaru Impreza) 16 Paul Mulcahy/Karl Baumann (Toyota Starlet 1600 16V) 1600 17 Andrew Mackarel/Richard Cassidy (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4) 18 James Coleman/Eoin O’Neill (Ford Escort) 2300 19 Noel Driver/Joe Shinnors (Snr) (Ford Escort MK II) 2000 20 Patrick Keenan/Finian Hannigan (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7) 2000 21 Don Keating/TBA (Subaru Impreza) 22 Peter McCullagh/Alan Dolan (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6) 1997 23 Liam McGrath/Denis Jackson (Ford Escort) 24 Aidan Jackson/TBA (TBA) 25 Ray Benskin/Peadar Walsh (Ford Escort MK 2) 2000 26 Ml O’Connor Snr/Denis Collins (Mitsubishi Lancer) 2000 27 Graham McElintock/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO) 2000 28 Jason Roche/Patrick Roche (Ford Escort MK 2) 2050 29 Brendan Murphy/TBA (TBA) 30 Bob Scanlon/Graham Lewis (Mitsubishi EVO 6) 2000 31 Brian McGillin/David Dochertey (Subaru Impreza 6) 1994 32 Pat O’Connell/Aidan Bourke (Peugeot 206) 1600 33 Sean W Benskin/TBA (Ford Escort) 2000 34 Pat Price/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8) 1960 35 Michael Murray/Tommy Doyle (Subaru WRX) 1998 36 Connie Smith/Breen McNamie (Ford Sierra RS Cosworth) 37 Frank Kelly/TBA (Ford Escort MK II) 1968 38 Thomas Sheehan/Deirdre Sheehan (Nissan) 1298 39 Michael Nevin/John Kinahan (Escort MK 2) 1600 40 Matt Shinnors/Janice Mackarel (Ford Escort) 1587 41 A Kearney/Owen O’Neill (Peugeot 206) 42 John Reid/TBA (Ford Escort) 43 Kevin Dalton/Alan McCormick (Vauxhall Nova) 1300 44 PJ O’Connor/Liam O’Connor (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6) 2000 45 Michael Tynan/Colin Brady (Vauxhall Astra) 1998 46 Alan Cummins/Declan Norris (Ford Escort MK 2) 1600 47 Jimmy Devane/Diarmuid Lynch (Nissan Sunny) 2000 48 Michael McGillin/Alan Kenna (Ford Escort G3) 1998 49 James Fagan/Ray Greene (Ford Escort) 1598 50 Seamus Anderson/Alan Kinsella (Ford Escort MK 2) 2000 51 Michael Cuddihy/Alan Mulcahy (Sunbeam) 1600 52 Joe McDonald/Barry Hamilton (Ford Escort) 1640 53 John Meade/Kevin Kearney (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1598 54 Patrick Shanahan Jnr/J. Irwin (Toyota Starlet) 1400 55 Joe Conway/Ciaran McCullagh (Ford Escort MK 11) 1600 56 David Warren/TBA (Ford Escort G3) 1600 57 Mike O’Connor/Mandy Dowling (Opel Manta) 2000 58 John Bagge/Damien Walsh (Toyota Starlet) 1600 59 Ollie Williams/TBA (Ford Escort) 2300 60 Denis Heaney/Martin Brady (Toyota Corolla WRC) 2000 61 Kevin Corcoran/Michael Haley (Opel Corsa) 1398 62 Mark Andre/Alex Richards (Ford Escort MK 2) 1600 63 Mark Kinirons/Paul Gallagher (Skoda Felicia) 1600 64 James O’Flynn (Honda Civic) 65 Andrew Fanning (Ford Ka) 66 Tom Dunne/Declan Grogan (Peugeot 106) 1600 67 Clement Lonergan/Martin Luddy (Honda Civic) 1600 68 David Dunne/Kieran O’Connor (Ford Escort) 69 Mervin Galbraith/Chris O’Connor (Vauxhall Nova) 1400 70 Damien Quinn/Peter Conlon (Subaru Legacy) 2000 71 Conor Kelly/John Quill (Opel Corsa) 1300 72 Ger Gowen/James Mullins (Peugeot 205) 1598 73 Seamus O’Grady/Oonagh Roche (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1598 74 Nicholas Doherty/Philip Doherty (Peugeot 205) 1580 75 Adrian McBride/Brian Smullen (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1600 76 Emma Britton/Paula Mooney (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1580 77 Michael Murphy/Pat Cashman (Peugeot 205) 1580 78 Stephen McGee/Joseph Timoney (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1598 79 Brian Hennessy/Laura Brennan (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1600 80 Kieran Hayes/Derek Flynn (Peugeot 205 GTI) 1600 81 Graeme Colfer/Jack Newman (Peugeot 205) 1580 82 Adrian S McElhinney/Charlie McGinty (Peugeot 205) 1600 83 Sean Sheehy/Eamonn Sheehy (Toyota Starlet) 1600 84 Moss Fitzgerald/Vincent McCarthy (Toyota Corolla) 1600 85 Liam Graham/TBA (Honda Civic) 1600 86 Tim Foley/TBA (Honda Civic) 1600 87 Gordan Coleman (Nissan Almera) 88 Ivan Bryan/Alistair Wyllie (Toyota Corolla) 1600 89 Pat Curran/Kevin Barry (Ford Escort) 1650 90 Ashley McAdoo/Adam Murray (Opel Corsa) 1400 91 Donal Keane Jnr/Ger McCarthy (Toyota starlet) 1483 92 Martin Kirwan/Olive Costello (Opel Corsa) 1300 93 Denis Nagle/Irene O’Donovan (Hillman Avenber) 1600 94 Colman Kirby/Jermima Ottman (Nissan Sunny) 1410 95 Michael Piggott/Declan Piggott (Honda Civic) 1342 96 Sidney Bourke/Robert Hughes (Peugeot 106 ) 1600 97 Brian Connolly/TBA (Peugeot 106) 1294 98 Hans Matthia/Sinead O’Keeffe (Swift ) 1300 99 Richie Nugent/Bobby Nugent (Honda CRX) 1400 100 JJ Wall/William Fitzpatrick (Peugeot 106) 1400 101 Gavin Walsh/Henry Jenning (Talbot Sunbeam) 1600 102 James Cunnigham/Joe Fitzgibbon (Toyota Corolla) 1600 103 Alan Dineen/Tony Dineen (Vauxhall Nova) 1300 104 JJ Coughlan/Jim Ahern (Peugeot 205) 1600 105 Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody (Ford Escort MK 11) 1300 106 David Power/Kevin Power (Peugeot 205) 1400 107 Owen Murphy/Anthony Jordan (Rover ) 1397 108 Darren Donnelly/Barry McGillin (Toyota Corolla GT Coupe) 1598 109 Raymond Benskin Jnr/Ollie Kierce (Ford Escort MK 4) 1600 110 John Houlihan/Ann Houlihan (Ford Fiesta) 1600 111 John Foley/Michael Barry (Nissan) 1998
Gareth MacHale/Paul Nagle have withdrawn their entry from the Circuit of Ireland, to compete on the 2nd round of the Forestry Championship. The Dublin/Kerry paring will start the event amoung the favourites after victory on the opening round.
Regulations and Entry Form available below
Marshal training night in preparation for the Forestry rally is being held in the Firgrove hotel in Mitchelstown on next Monday 21st Mar. at 9pm, all are welcome
Entries open - On publication of Regulations
Entries Close – 17th March 2005
Scrutiny Saturday 26th March 5-9pm
Scrutiny - Sunday 27th March 7.30-8.00 am
Drivers Briefing - Sunday 27th March 9 am
First Car Away - Sunday 27th March 10am
First Car Finish – Sunday 27th March 5.00 pm
Full Prv. Results - Sunday 27th March 7.30pm
Prizegiving Sunday 27th March 8.30pm.
Scrutiny at O’DONNELL’S ESSO STATION, Fermoy Road, Mitchelstown.
Rally Headquarters – Clongibbon House , Mitchelstown
The Ordnance Survey / Discovery Series Map No 74 will be Used for the event, however the club will have available Marked maps for the event in A3 Colour
Topics: Tipperary Forestry Rally