Daragh O’Roirdan has confirmed that he will give his newly acquired Fiesta WRC it’s Irish rally debut on next weekend’s Quality Hotels West Cork Rally. The Corkman who won the event convincingly in 2012 is optimistic that the new car will be equally as good as his previous Impreza. Daragh and co-driver Tony McDaid are in West Cork today for their reconnaissance and Daragh told us this morning “ I’m really looking forward to the rally. The new car suits me better, its a lot more aggressive than the Impreza, the car moves around a lot more and that really suits my style as I was never so comfortable in the active Subaru so it should be good. Not quite as much power as before but it makes up for it with the handling”.
Further details on the event are available at the event website here
West Cork Rally PRO Kevin O’Driscoll has been busy keeping us up to date with the latest news from the Rally and has told us that the provisional seeding is now done so that the programme can be printed for the weekend. Below we have included the top ten and some other notable names. Any late entries will slotted in accordingly.
1 Darragh O’Riordan
2 Brian O’Mahony
3 Kevin Kelleher
4 John Dalton
5 Owen Murphy
6 Frank Kelly
7 Damien McCarthy (Civic)
8 JJ Fleming
9 John Cope
10 Eoin Doyle
Wesley Patterson is 11: Ed O’Callaghan 12: Adrian Hetherington 14: Kevin O’Donoghue 15: Pat O’Connell 16
Frank Kelly still has some concerns that his engine may be not be delivered on time.
Denis Cronin, Kevin Barrett, Garry Jennings, Colm Murphy have all expressed interest, but no entries received as yet.
140 main field (today Thursday): 7 Historic: 9Juniors
Interesting morning spent at Bishopscourt this morning. Patterson Pacenotes made along with DVD. First batch posted this evening. BADMC have put alot of effort into making the event very different than in the past. We enjoyed it and I’m sure anyone doing the rally will. Many thanks to the club members on the set up.
Notes and DVD can still be ordered for delivery or collection Tel: 028 90 844111 or order online at www.rallynews.net
As a lot of our followers and customers know, we use the latest technology when making Patterson Pacenotes. The Jemba Inertia Pacenotes System that was pioneered on the WRC is just one of the great pieces of technology that helps keep Patterson Pacenotes at the forefront in the rally world. One of the great things that the Jemba system can produce is a very accurate Google Earth trace of a stage with a full colour speed indicator. We think its great and below are links to the Malcolm Wilson rally and the Mid Wales Stages. Please enjoy and if you have feedback please get in touch.
Triton Showers has been confirmed as the new official sponsor of the forthcoming Easter Stages. Well known Maynooth businessman and rally driver Kevin Barrett who is Managing Director of Triton Showers Ireland.
“We are delighted to come on board as title sponsors,” said Kevin Barrett,
“Easter is always a fantastic weekend for motorsport and we want to make sure this continues.” “We’re especially delighted that our sponsorship money will be used to keep the entry fee as low as possible. As a competitor myself I know how hard it is in the current financial climate to continue rallying.” Kevin continued: “We are hoping that having one of the lowest entry fees per mile, for a full day’s rallying anywhere in Ireland, will attract plenty of competitors, thereby making theTriton Showers Easter Stages Rally a great success.”
With the entry fee pitched at £340 and with over a hundred stage miles on offer, the rally does offer very good value for money.
Supplemented regulations and entry forms can be downloaded from the rally website at www.easterstages.net
Ballynahinch and District MC are well ahead with their planning of the next week’s McGrady Insurance Bishopscourt Stages Rally. One of the major changes this year is the introduction of Patterson Safety Notes at the Co Down race circuit. We have had a few enquiries about how it will work with regard to getting notes and DVD’s before and at the event.
As the event cannot be set-up until this Sunday due to other activity at the circuit, the notes will not be made until Monday. Normally we try to despatch about ten days before the rally and of course this is not possible this time. We will endeavor to send the notes out by Tuesday if anyone would like them. Equally, notes and DVD’s can be collected from the Patterson Pacenotes office in Mallusk during business hours (details on our main site). We will also be at the rally on the Saturday morning.
West Cork Rally. We completed our recce today and as usual, what a great event that Cork Motor Club are planning. Stunning scenery and stunning stages. This is a quick shot taken at the end of the Ardfield stage. Just in case anyone wants to know, we made new notes for everything! The route is that different.
More news later…….
Enda McNulty and Paul Sheridan scored a fine win today on the Fivemiletown Spring Rally. McNulty moved his Impreza into the rally lead on Stage 3 and then had a great day-long battle with Gareth Gilchrist and Gareth Sayers. The Lancer crew eventually finished a career best 2nd, just 7 seconds down on the rally winner. Shane McGirr was the top 2wd car all day and he and Jackie Elliott claimed the final podium place in 3rd after another skilful drive in the McGirr Fuels Starlet.
Marin Cairns led the rally after SS1 but he beached his Impreza on SS 2 on a deceptive square corner and although undamaged, he and Barry McNulty would go no further. Stage two would also claim Seamus O’Connell when a stub axle sheared off his Ml2 Escort while Daniel McKenna stopped with an electrical fault on his ex Ali Fisher Fiesta.
Frank Kelly admitted to a huge spin on stage two, dropping almost 30 seconds to the rally leaders. Fastest times on the following three stages was of little consolation when he slid off the road into retirement. It was an interesting venture in the 4wd Lancer, but almost certainly a one off, as his escort engine has been promised to be back soon.
Notable drives on the day included a great run again by young Jon Armstrong in 6th. Desi Henri really flew over the afternoon stages to claim 5th on his DS3 while Brendan Comiskey debuted his own brand new DS3 and got progressively quicker as the day went on.
Marty McCormack had a strong drive to 4th as a warm up for his BHRC campaign while Adrian Heatherington was pleased to get a result on an event that hasn’t been so kind to him the past.
Full results @ www.rallyscore.net
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Not normally associated with gravel rallying is Lisburn man Wesley Patterson. He was scheduled to do this Saturday’s Fivemiletown rally in his historic Mk2 Escort which would have been a rare venture into the woods for the Tarmac National Champion. Engine troubles following the recent Galway Rally have put an end to this outing after Wesley told us at RallyNews.net ” Adrian Heatherington had me all geared up to have a go at the gravel, but after the engine trouble in Galway, it might take a little time to sort out the car but I really want the Historic car ready for the Rally of the Lakes so I can have a go at the European Championship end of things”.