Meeke & Nagle. Win together-lose together.

Kris Meeke explains the reason for the dramatic Tour de Corse accident. A very honest account published on his Facebook account – and not available to non Facebook users.

Kris Meeke

Hi everyone,

You’ll know by now, probably, that our fight for a podium place on the Tour de Corse ended in disappointment this afternoon – in the same stage, wouldn’t you know, that accounted for our hopes last year as well, albeit in a very different fashion.

We started well this morning with a good time on the first test of the day, and then on the two stages that made up the rest of the Saturday loop, we were a bit off the pace. I was struggling to work out why, to be honest, because we were certainly trying hard enough and the rhythm had felt good too.

Then at lunchtime service we made some changes to the set-up – taking the car closer to how it was 12 months ago, in a way. But in the repeat run through the longer of the three stages, I touched a kerb and I thought I had a puncture, so we weren’t as quick as we could have been. Then on the penultimate stage of the day, our time was a bit better again and we were able to draw level with Thierry Neuville in second place.

Things went wrong for us in the final stage of the day, though. We had to wait for a long time beside the car because there are so many cars in the rally that it was ages before recovery could get to us. I was confused about what happened and we didn’t want to give out any incorrect information.

But we’ve had a chance now to look at onboard footage and it seems that Paul got a bit mixed up in the notes. He called a ‘fast five left’ when it should have been a ‘three’, so I was all guns blazing into a tighter corner than we’d expected. You can’t change the laws of physics so we ended up a fair way off the road, down a bit of a hillside. It was an interesting moment, for sure.

This is the first time that Paul has ever made a mistake like this. He’s gutted, of course.

I want to be absolutely clear on this, though: Paul and I win together and we lose together. We have enjoyed many successes over the years, and his ability to fire out pacenotes in great detail has played a key part in that. He has sat with me many, many times when I’ve been the one to make a mistake, and the consequences have been a lot worse than they were today. So we will both take it on the chin, move on and go again – it is as simple as that. We are a team.

We may get a chance to get right back into it tomorrow morning, as it turns out. The car’s not too badly damaged and as long as they manage to get it back up the mountainside in one piece, I’d be reasonably hopeful that we can get back out for the Sunday stages. Keep your fingers crossed.

Thank you, as always, for your support,

Kris

Circuit of Kerry 2018 – Sample Video & Stage Speed Traces.

Circuit of Kerry 2018.

Organising Club: Kerry Motor Club
Location: Tralee Co Kerry.
HQ & Sponsor & service Area: The Rose Hotel Tralee, Co Kerry.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples.



 



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Moonraker Forestry 2018 – Sample Video & Stage Speed Traces.

Moonraker Forestry Rally 2018.

Organising Club: Munster Car Club
Location: Ballyvourney, Co Cork.
HQ & Sponsor Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney, Co Cork – Service -Ballyvourney, Co Cork

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples.



 



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Easter Stages 2018 – Sample Video & Stage Speed Traces.

The Easter Stages Rally 2017.

Organising Club: Ulster Automobile Club
Location: County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
HQ Dunadry Hotel, Service – Ballyclare Co Antrim.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples.





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Border Counties Rally falls to Storm Emma and postpones BRC opener.

NCS Border Counties – Event Statement 2

Organisers of this year’s NCS Border Counties Rally regret to announce that due to the extreme conditions currently prevailing in the South of Scotland and Tweed Valley forests, they are unable to guarantee the safety of competitors, marshals, volunteers and officials, leaving no option but to postpone the event which was scheduled for the 10th March in Jedburgh.

The executive committee of the Hawick and Border Car Club and Whickham and District Motor Club organised event held an emergency meeting today (Friday 2nd March) to discuss the situation in the stages which have been subject to the unprecedented snowfall and ice which has covered the region in the past few days.

The current conditions have led to all local forestry operations being suspended and any snow plough access to the forests used would not be possible until the early part of next week.

With the set-up process usually commencing the weekend before the event, consisting of thousands of stakes, notices and tape being erected well in advance, organisers would also be unable to ensure the event meets the required safety standards.

Coupled with a significant number of local roads still closed, continuing drifting snow with a strong East wind and further snow forecast for Sunday (4th March), organisers could simply not guarantee the safety and welfare of set-up crews, let alone event participants and marshals, leaving no other option but to postpone the event.

Clerk of the Course Clayton Lackenby has not taken the decision lightly.

“The entire team have been working flat out to come up with a plan and numerous solutions to overcome the conditions in the area and quite simply this course of action to postpone is down to the safety of everyone involved in the event as this can never be compromised” he says.

“We are of course disappointed to have to make this decision but we felt it only fair to give everyone as much notice as possible due to the significant distances competitors and volunteers have to travel.

We would like to thank our sponsors NCS, local and regional councils and of course the championships for their ongoing support at this time”.

The Hawick and Border Car Club and Whickham and District Motor Club organised event was due to be the opening round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship and second round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship and a round of the Motoscope Northern Historic Championship and the Border Rally Challenge.

All entrants will be contacted shortly regarding refunds of fees already paid.

Organisers will be in talks with the championships, sponsors and stakeholders to seek an alternative date for the event to run in 2018.

Michelin Announce Tyre Award Prizes For Triton National Rally Championship

TRITON SERIES GETS SUPPORT FROM MICHELIN

Tyre manufacturer Michelin, the official partner of the FIA World Rally Championship, are to support this year’s Triton National Rally Championship that gets underway with the Mayo Rally in some three weeks time.
Competitors that use Michelin tyres will be awarded prizes at each of the seven Triton events that comprise this year’s series.

Commenting on the award scheme, Tim Hoare of Michelin said, “We are pleased to announce in conjunction with our partners SW Adair Tyres our continued support for Irish rallying.  We at Michelin continue to work hard to deliver the best value for money rally tyre on the market.  Fast, reliable, predictable performance right down to the last millimetre.”

Meanwhile, Richard Talbot, Chairman of the Rallies Committee remarked, “The Triton Showers National Rally Championship welcomes Michelin’s support for all Irish rallying and especially the Triton series.” 

The award scheme is as follows:

Prize tyres for overall rally results at each round of the Triton National Rally Championship awarded to competitors using the Michelin rally tyre range.

1st Overall:             Six (6)  Michelin Tyres.
2nd Overall:            Four (4)  Michelin Tyres.
3rd Overall:             Two (2) Michelin Tyres.

Top Junior:              Two (2) Michelin Tyres.

………………………………….
Martin Walsh,
Media Co-Ordinator,
Triton Showers National Rally Championship.

Birr Stages 2018 – Sample Video & Stage Speed Traces.

The Birr Stages Rally 2017. Birr MC have put together a fine combination stages for the 2018 event. A good mixture of surfaces and roads, from fast and flowing to narrow and technical. An additional chicane will be added to SS 2 at 7.1 Km due a small flood that developed over the weekend.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples.



 


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2018 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship Preview – by Kevin O’Driscoll.

2018 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship Preview

The 2018 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship gets underway on St. Patricks weekend, the 17th & 18th March with the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally. With the traditional season opener, the Galway International Rally not running this year it means the lead up to this year’s series is six weeks longer. This doesn’t appear to have dimmed the enthusiasm of the crews looking to participate though, with strong interest from most of the regular contenders.

Last year’s champion Sam Moffett had a remarkable year, winning championships both on tarmac and forestry surfaces. While not planning as hectic a schedule for 2018, he does nonetheless plan to defend his title starting with West Cork in March. With two outright wins on international rallies last year Sam with co-driver Karl Atkinson will be pushing hard to add to that list for this year. Sam’s younger brother Josh is also looking forward to the forthcoming season after a mixed year last year. He will be hoping for a more consistent run in 2018 and had his best result of the championship in Clonakilty last year when he finished second overall and took his only maximum points score of the year. He had a titanic struggle with Sam on the Cork 20 only to go off the road on the final stage when leading and will be hoping for better luck this year.

Sam Moffett & Karl Atkinson 2017 ITC Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Champions

Robert Barrable only competed on four rounds last year and finished on two of them. He brought the first Hyundai i20 R5 to Ireland and showcased its enormous potential with some strong performances and very quick times. Rob estimates he is 80% certain to contest this year’s championship but hasn’t disclosed which car it will be at this time.

Desi Henry is another driver who has yet to announce which car he will have for 2018, but has committed to the championship for the coming year. Jonny Greer also plans to be in West Cork having only done two rounds last year as he concentrated on BRC commitments. Jonny has had some very good results in Clonakilty in the past and a repeat of this in March would get his campaign off to a very good start.

Stephen Wright did very little rallying in the latter half of 2017 and in general it was a frustrating season for the Monaghan driver. He is looking forward to committing to a full championship campaign starting in Clonakilty. Brendan Cumiskey is another who is looking to compete again this year while Keith Lyons from Limerick is moving up to a Fiesta R5 for 2018 and also plans to be in Clonakilty.

A lot of attention was focused on Eugene Donnelly’s deal with MRF to drive a Hyundai i20 R5 for the coming year and Eugene is currently working on testing the new car to get it ready for Irish roads and is pleased with progress to date. 2016 champion Keith Cronin and 2017 runner up Alastair Fisher haven’t made any firm commitments for the coming year yet but neither have ruled out competing on the Tarmac series.

The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship is heading into its 40th season having started back in 1978 (the 2001 championship didn’t happen due to Foot & Mouth Disease). Over the years some of the best drivers in Ireland and the UK have taken the title with Eugene Donnelly & Austin McHale leading the roll of honour with five titles each.

Donnelly is the last driver to retain his title (in 2007) which gives an idea of the task facing Sam Moffett this year. Other drivers who have taken the title more than once over the years include the likes of Bertie Fisher, Jimmy McRae, Mark Lovell, Kenny McKinstry, Andrew Nesbitt and Derek McGarrity.

by Kevin O’Driscoll,
T.R.O.A. Press Officer,