Moffett’s High Five on Ravens Rock Rally.

MOFFETT’S HIGH FIVE ON RAVEN’S ROCK RALLY – Report courtesy of Triton Showers – proud sponsors of the Irish National Rally Championship.

With victory in the Dooley’s Hotel Raven’s Rock Rally, round five of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, Monaghan’s Sam Moffett (Fiesta WRC), who was co-driven by Cork’s Karl Atkinson, is just one event away from outright victory in the Triton Showers National Rally Championship following his fifth straight win of the campaign.
They finished 18.1 seconds ahead of the similar Fiesta WRC of defending champions Clonmel’s Roy White and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien.
Citroen’s World Rally star, Waterford’s Craig Breen and co-driver Patrick Croke in a Mk. 2 Ford Escort were two minutes and 37.3 seconds further behind in third.
On the opening stage near Portlaw, Moffett opened up a four second lead over the defending Triton champion, Roy White with former triple national champion Niall Maguire seven seconds further adrift in third.

Sam Moffett & Karl Atkinson power through a corner on the Ravens Rock Rally to take his fifth Triton Showers win of the season. Photo by CRSPICS.COM

Citroen WRT driver Craig Breen was fourth overall – three seconds behind Maguire – as he set the pace in the two-wheel drive category. Brendan Cumiskey (Skoda Fabia R5) and late entry Frank Kelly (Escort) completed the top six.
In Group N, David Guest, eighth in general classification led the similar Mitsubishi of Shane Maguire by three seconds followed by Neil Tohill (Mitsubishi) and Paul Barrett (Subaru).
Moffett was also quickest through the second stage but broke the rear driveshaft following a heavy landing over a jump on the third stage and lost time and the lead.
Reigning Triton champion Roy White arrived at the Waterford service park with an 11.8 second advantage. The Clonmel driver was untroubled and remarked that his driving was of a much better standard than on the previous Triton rounds. Moffett in second had intercom issues on the entire loop as co-driver Karl Atkinson had to shout so as his notes could be heard.
Meanwhile, Breen, who was enjoying a blast through the county Waterford countryside slotted his 2.5 Millington engined Escort into third – 39.8 seconds behind Moffett and five ahead of Niall Maguire.
Maguire had an overshot on the second stage and found stage three slippery and greasy. Brendan Cumiskey (Skoda Fabia R5), who overshot on S.S. 3, was next followed by the Escorts of Enda O’Brien and Frank Kelly, both untroubled.
Shane Maguire (Mitsubishi) led Group N and was eighth overall, his rival David Guest, also in a Mitsubishi, was 3.9 seconds behind, Guest had a moment on S.S. 2 where he also had an overshoot that dented his confidence for the third stage. John McQuaid (Escort) completed the top ten. Elsewhere, Cormac Phelan (Honda Civic) slid off the road on the second stage.
Out on the second loop Niall Maguire retired his Subaru WRC from fourth place with a broken driveshaft. Meanwhile and with three fastest stage times Moffett was back in front at the final service where he led White by 7.8 seconds. “I’m doing what I have to do,” commented the rally leader. The front of White’s Fiesta WRC bore the impact of a high-speed 360-degree spin on S.S. 6, luckily, the damage was just cosmetic – a broken front grill and spoiler. Breen continued to entertain as he retained third – a minute and 31.4 seconds behind. Cumiskey changed the brake pads in his Skoda Fabia and was more satisfied as he occupied fourth from O’Brien and Kelly.
Maguire in seventh held sway in Group N – 20.8 seconds ahead of Guest, who damaged the front left wing on a square right S.S. 5, he reckoned that he had chosen a tyre compound that was too soft.
Mick McQuaid (Escort) was trouble free in eighth followed by Guest and Class 11R leader Richard Harney (Escort). Class 11F pacesetter Jason Ryan (Honda Civic) was eleventh.
Out on the final loop, Moffett with another trio of fastest times and victory in the Power Stage sealed his fifth win and only needs a maximum of twelve points from his next round to clinch the title. White took second and Breen was third.
The top six was unchanged. Shane Maguire (Mitsubishi) won Group N and also netted the Triton Showers Drive of the Day award, he finished 11.6 seconds ahead of showroom rival David Guest. Declan Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) was a non-starter.

Meanwhile, the Junior category was won by Carrick on Suir brothers Killian O’Sullivan/Conal O’Sullivan (Honda Civic) they finished 14.2 seconds in front of the similar car of Cork’s Aaron Browne/Daniel Hanratty. Meath’s Brian Brady/Leonard Tuille (Honda Civic) took maximum points to move into the lead of the Triton Junior Championship.

1. S. Moffett/K. Atkinson (Ford Fiesta WRC) 56m. 13.3s.
2. R. White/J. O’Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) 56m. 31.4s.
3. C. Breen/P. Croke (Ford Escort) 59m. 08.7s.
4. B. Cumiskey/R. O’Kane (Skoda Fabia R5) 59m. 23.8s
5. E. O’Brien/J. Butler (Ford Escort) 59m. 29.3s.
6. F. Kelly/L. Kelly (Ford Escort) 59m. 52.3s.
7. J. McQuaid/T. Treanor (Ford Escort) 1h. 00m. 58.7s.
8. S. Maguire/P. McLaughlin (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 01m. 17.1s.
9. D. Guest/P. Robinson (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 01m. 28.7s.
10. A. Evans/M. Henry (Ford Escort) 1h. 03m. 08.7s.

Provisional Championship Positions after Round 5: 1. S. Moffett 104 points; 2. R. White 77pts; 3. S. Maguire 55pts; =4. D. Kelly & N. Maguire 53pts; 6. D. Guest 44pts; & 7. L. Hastings 39pts.

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

Top TROA Points for Fisher in Donegal – Kevin O’Driscoll

Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble responded to their disappointing Rally of the Lakes result in the perfect way by taking maximum points on the Joule Donegal International Rally. A superb drive saw them net second place behind Manus Kelly after an event long battle with great rivals Sam Moffett & Karl Atkinson where there was little more than a handful of seconds between them for most of the rally.  Only nine seconds separated the pair overnight but with conditions very wet on the first Fanad stage on Sunday morning, Sam wisely decided to prioritise a good points finish instead of risking everything over the remaining stages.

Josh Moffett moved into third place in the championship as he continued to build confidence after his Monaghan accident and would have been a lot closer to the leading pair only for a puncture on one of the Saturday stages. Robert Barrables championship hopes suffered a damaging blow as he crashed out of the event on the fifth stage at Letterleague on Friday. Aaron MacHale was another to finish in the scenery on Friday as the tremendous pace took its toll. Joe McGonigle went off the road on the opening stage and lost three minutes and spent the rest of the weekend climbing back up the field to 7th only to retire on the final loop with a broken driveshaft.  Pauric Duffy had one of his best international results to date finishing in sixth overall and earning ten championship points in the process.

Marty Gallagher & Dean O’Sullivan finished an excellent ninth overall and were the top R2 registered finishers while John Mulholland finished 11th overall in his fabulous gold Skoda Fabia R5. John Coyne led class six in the Tuthill Porsche but wiper failure forced them out on the Sunday as conditions got very tricky. Gavin Kelly finished third in Group N but took maximum points for the category in the championship while William Creighton also gained valuable points in the R2 class. Joe Connolly was another registered competitor who failed to finish what was a very tough and demanding Donegal Rally.

Provisional Championship Top 5 Overall

1 – Sam Moffett                  57
2 – Alastair Fisher              49.5
3 – Josh Moffett                  37
4 – Joe McGonigle            27
5 – Robert Barrable          26


Kevin O’Driscoll


Kevin O’Driscoll

T.R.O.A Press Officer,

Tyrone Stages – Rally Launch and Sample Stage Video

It was a balmy Friday evening in June when the 2017 Tyrone Stages Rally organised by Cookstown Motor Club was launched at McNulty Motors near Coalisland. McNulty Motors will be main sponsor for the Tyrone Stages Rally at end of July 2017 (Sat 29th) and the event will encompass three new stages to be run on closed public roads in the Stewartstown, Ardboe, Newmills areas.
The event is a qualifying round of the 2017 ANICC MSA McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship and a round of the Road to Wales competition.

The Closed public road stages are all new. They have never been closed for rally use before and are all 100% tarmacadam surfaces. There will be an approx total of 45miles (72 Kms) with 3 stages run 3 times.

They are generally smooth and challenging with good technical sections as can be seen in the sample video below.

The professional TV crews and interviewer filmed the top drivers from the locality including Enda McNulty himself, Adrian Hetherington and Richard Somerville, both stage sponsors, Frank Kelly and Declan Hall, all of whom intend to compete on the event.

Other support for the event comers from Mid Ulster Council, the Body Stop Craigavon and the A29 Garage Services.

Regulations and Entry forms can be found at the Motorclub website

Donegal Rally 2017 – Pacenotes Insight.

With the Donegal Rally fast approaching, we thought we would give a quick insight into the Patterson Pacenotes for one of the classic Donegal rally stages. The Atlantic Drive test has been running for many year’s and offers the crews a a hugely demanding challenge over the narrow twisting roads in the north of Donegal, this is offset with stunning views and of course the wild Atlantic lapping close to road in places. We have included a full set of notes for the stage and a full video. The video is recorded when are checking/making the notes so if you listen carefully, you will hear the notes being called initially, and if required, the driver makes some adjustments and that is reflected in the final notes. The roads for the Atlantic drive this year have seen some improvements, and in places, there are some big upgrades to the notes. The video is made using the descriptive notes and it is interesting to see the video working with notes. We have also included both the Numbered notes system and the 6 Fastest system to give an idea. Wether you are a competitor or fan – enjoy one the Donegal Rallies finest stages.

Descripitve Notes

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Descriptive Notes for download.

Numbered Notes for download.

6 Fastest Number 1st Notes for download.






Sligo Stages Rally 2017 – Regulations Published

Faac Simply Automatic /Sligo Park Hotel – Sligo Stages Rally 2017

As preparation are well underway for the 2017 Sligo Stages , the next step is publication of regulations which are currently on line for download. Robert Lyttle, COC is confident that his selection of three by three stage loop will have something for everyone. His concerted effort to achieve a good stages to road section ratio has been achieved, leading to a tight loop. Particular consideration has also been focused on safe and non blocking stages conscious of every competitor throughout the complete field getting a full run over every stage.

The rally committee are appealing to the loyalty of competitors to submit entries as early as possible should they be considering competing on Sligo Stages to help with event planning.

It is not the intention of the club to cold call databases of drivers as we feel this to unproductive and puts undue pressure on individuals. No cheque received will be lodged before June 30th .

Being a round of three championships , the Triton National, the Sligo Pallets Border and the Top Part West Coast , should have a wide appeal to the competitor network across the island as a whole.

Reflecting on the tenth anniversary of Irelands first World Championship round ,Robert has decided to include some classic sections of that year when rallying reached its peak in this country. It is hoped that in a year experiencing a degree of strain on entries that the mid summer stages will bring back treasured memories of 2007

Regulations are available for download at and open for receipt of entries.