Tendring & Clacton Stages 2019 – Pre-Event Sample Video & Stage Data

Tendring & Clacton Stages 2019.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples for the Tendring & Clacton Stages 2019. We have completed our pre event recce and the notes and video are ready for posting week commencing 15th April.


Clacton Sequence Sample 2160


 

 

Tendring & Clacton Stages 2019 – Stage Data.











 

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Irish Notes 10th April 2019

Irish Notes 10th April 2019

 

Desi Henry/Laim Moynihan – Skoda R5 led from the start to win last Saturday’s Maiden City Stages Rally. Photo by Kevin Glendenning

Portglenone’s Desi Henry was the man to beat on last weekend’s Eakin Bros Brian James Trailers Stages Rally. Co-driven by Cork’s Liam Moynihan, Henry took victory in his Skoda Fabia R5 by 14s from Callum Devine/Brian Hoy in their Fiesta R5. Henry didn’t have it easy at times, the handling of his Skoda not to his liking and he re-arranged the bodywork of the Fabia on one stage with a trip into the roadside banking. Callum Devine also struggled a bit with the handling of his car and then following some adjustments he got well on the pace towards the latter end of the six stages. Kevin Eves/Chris Melly produced a stunning performance in their rear wheel drive Corolla to finish 3rd o/a.

Current NI Champion Derek McGarrity, with Paddy Robinson co-driving, got off on the wrong foot with an overshoot on the opening stage, and then fitting too hard a compound tyres to his Fiesta WRC just when he was making a charge up the leaderboard towards the end. McGarrity finished 4th. Ryan Loughran/Frances Doherty were 5th in their Mk2 Escort and Derek McGeehan was 6th in his Mini WRC. Derek had his son Mark co-driving and the Draperstown crew were hampered slightly by problems with their Mini WRC paddle gear change.

Photo by McGrady Insurance NI Rally Championship.

The big bonus for Derek was maintaining his lead in the McGrady Insurance NI Rally Championship, of which this Maiden City MC event was round three. The remaining top ten places on the rally were taken by Sean Devine (7th), Alan Carmichael (8th), Group N Winner Niall Devine (9th) and Camillus Bradley (10th). Major retirements included Manus Kelly (accident) and Phillip Allen (fuel pressure)

 

Daragh O’Riordan/Mikey Walsh (Ford Fiesta WRC) won the Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally in Tralee. Photo: Martin Walsh.

Also last weekend was the Rose Hotel Tralee backed Circuit of Kerry Stages. Ed Synan/Tom Collins in their Subaru S12B took an early lead on this classic 9 stage event from Daragh O’Riordan/Mikey Walsh in their Fiesta WRC. However, Synan retired because of a mechanical problem with his Impreza, leaving O’Riordan to take victory. Pat O’Connell/Adam Coffey made a conservative start to the day as Pat hasn’t rallied much lately, but he certainly got his Lancer up to speed as the day progressed and finished a solid 2nd o/a.

Pat O’Connell had a superb drive to 2nd O/A and the GpN win. Photo by Martin Walsh.

Pat said afterwards, “The conditions were good, dry all day although there was a bit of gravel pulled out in places. We weren’t expecting much from the day, but when we got going it was grand and I could hardly believe it when we got 2nd.” Welshman Tomas Davies, who switched for this event from his R5 to his Mk2 Escort, also had a great run finish 3rd o/a and best two wheel drive. Keith Lyons/Niall Burns were 4th in their Fiesta R5, Stuart Darcy/JJ Cremin (Escort) were 5th and Ian Roche/Anthony Nestor (Impreza S10) 6th.Maurice & Stephen Meskell won the Historics from Todd Falvey/Iarla McCarthy, both in Escorts. Donagh Crowley/Denis Nagle (Starlet) won the Junior category.

This coming weekend the rally spotlight switches to the Abbey Hotel based Moonraker Forestry Rally at Ballyvourney, the third round of this season’s Valvoline series. Michael Carbin and Keith Power are currently joint points leaders and they are in the 80 plus strong line up.

Shane McGirr – A benchmark 2wd driver.

Just some of the top driver names include Barry McKenna (Fiesta R5) and Marty McKenna (Fiesta WRC). Cathan McCourt should be right in the mix, as should Niall Henry and Niall McCullough. The irrepressible Garry Jennings is a late entry in a Subaru. Some of the top two wheel protagonists include Adrian Hetherington, Mickey Conlon, David Crossen, Gary Kiernan and Shane McGirr. The R2 category should also be pretty interesting, with William Creighton (Peugeot 208) and Derek Mackerel (Corsa) sure to be in the thick of that battle. Clerk of the Course Sean Daly has laid on a cracker series of stages for this event, and if the dry weather continues into the weekend the competing crews should have a very good event.

Slightly further afield this weekend is the Rallynuts (Severn Valley) stages, 3rd round of the BTRDA series. Euan Thorburn in his Focus WRC has been the man to beat so far this year and is seeded at 1, with Northern Ireland’s Connor McCloskey (Fiesta R5) at 2. Other drivers from here making the trip include Phillip Morrow in his GpN Lancer, while Frazer Mulholland moves to a modified Lancer after a couple of years in a R2 Fiesta. The rally utilises mostly mileage in the Hafren/Sweet Lamb complex plus some unused stages near Rhayader, and as well as being very good, will be quite a challenge as well.

Looking further ahead, attention is beginning to focus on the UAC’s Easter Stages, round three of the Irish Tarmac Championship. The organisers have done a brilliant job in picking the stages – some of the most enjoyable roads imaginable. The icing on the cake is the quality of the entry for this Wastewater Solutions backed two day event (Friday 19th/Saturday 20th April). Craig Breen/Paul Nagle in their Fiesta R5 currently lead ‘The Tarmac’ and are seeded at number 1. Behind them they have just about every top name in Irish rallying, and it has the makings of a fabulous event. We will have more news next week.

Brian & Liz Patterson

Easter Stages 2019 – Pre-Event Stage Plots & Sample Video

Easter Stages 2019.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples for the Easter Stages 2019. We have completed our pre event recce and the notes and video are ready for posting. An excellent variation of stages with a 3×2 format on the first day and a 3×3 format on the second day.




Easter Stages 2019 – Stage Data.








 

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Eakin Bros Stage Rally – Chicane Update.

The Organisers of the Eakin Bros Stage Rally have updated the chicane setup on SS 1-3-5 Curryfree as follows: Loc 2 is now Right Entry 6 Bales. Loc 9 is now Right Entry 7 Bales. Please ensure you check both the Official Notice board and attend the Drivers Briefing where printed details will be distributed to competitors.

Below is the road book change:

Have a safe and enjoyable rally.

Irish Notes 3rd April 2019

Disappointment was the name of the game for Welshman Elfyn Evans on last weekend’s Tour de Corse in Corsica, his Fiesta WRC suffering a flat tyre almost within sight of the chequered flag when it appeared that he had victory in the bag. As it was Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai i20 WRC took the win and moved into the lead of the World Rally Championship. Current Champion Sebastien Ogier finished 2nd having battled all through the rally to persuade his Citroen C3 WRC to handle to his liking. The deflated Elfyn Evans finished 3rd. Actually Elfyn wasn’t totally deflated – he has the knowledge not only that he has gone well on the previous two rallies this season, he was the match for any of the top drivers in Corsica, a brilliant performance.

Deflated but not defeated – Elfyn in action on Tour de Corse

A puncture was also partially the reason for Kris Meeke’s poor result, although in another incident he damaged his Toyota’s rear suspension. There were only two stages on the Sunday leg and, knowing that he couldn’t get a decent overall result, the Dungannon man crawled through the first one to preserve his tyres and then was fastest on the second, the power stage, to pick up some bonus WRC points. Kris is still in the WRC points contention, but has dropped out of the top three in the points table which now reads Neuville 82, Ogier 80 and Ott Tanak 77. Estonian Ott did lead the rally early on but then dropped back when his Yaris suffered a puncture. He eventually finished 6th. Dani Sordo (Hyundai) finished 4th in the event after setting some cracking stage times. Suninen in the second M-Sport Ford was 5th.

For many onlookers one of the disappointments of the rally was Sebastien Loeb drifting his Hyundai sideways on the opening stage and slightly damaging the suspension. Although he eventually recovered and did set some decent times from the mid-point onwards, this was hardly the magic Loeb who won so many world rally titles. Apart from Elfyn Evans’ showing, Welsh fans were also heartened by the performance of Rhys Yates/James Morgan in ‘RC2’. This was Yates’ first Corsican outing and he did very well to bring his Fabia R5 home in 15th place o/a, just 4 minutes back from RC2 winner Fabio Andolfi, also in a Skoda.

Closer to home, on the North Wales Rally, Stanley Orr/Graham Henderson in their MK1 Escort had a very good run to take 4th o/a, 3rd in the British Historic Championship and tops in their category. Stanley, who is from Co. Down, commented afterwards: “I was well pleased to be on the pace after a couple of years away. We started well, but then on the 2nd loop, after the lunch break I was like a tired old man, didn’t switch on, but I knew that we were safe enough for the class win. I was wary as well about destroying the rear tyres as the stage was then quite abrasive and we only carry one spare.” Marty McCormack, who had Phil Clarke co-driving in his Mk2, finished behind Stanley, in 5th place. Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill in his RS1800 finished a couple of places further back. Marty reportedly had the mother and father of all overshoots on the opening stage, forgetting he hadn’t the brakes of his R5 on his Mk2 on gravel!

BDA Poetry in motion from McCormack

The next round for the British Historics is the Pirelli Rally, based in the historic little town of Brampton, with the stages through the classic Kielder Complex. Brampton, made famous when attacked by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, will suffer a different kind of invasion when the Pirelli Rally hits town on April 27th. The main street and cobble stoned square will be closed for the occasion. The town ‘elders’ promise they will give the rally a great welcome, as will the local traders who will have street stands. Some of the locals participating in the welcome include the local butchers Cranstons, the historic Howard Arms Hotel, the Co-Op and the local garage, Barnetts, who will have a display of old Land Rovers!

The welcome won’t just be for Historic rally competitors of course, the Pirelli is also a round of the British Rally Championship. Referring back to the North Wales Rally, in the ‘National B’ section Matthew Hirst/Declan Dear in their Mitsubishi took a fine win, with Marty McKenna/Martin Brady making their trip over worthwhile by clinching 4th o/a in their Fiesta WRC.

On the Cookstown MC Navigation Rally, Michael Reid/John Lindsay in their MG Midget had another win, finishing 42 points ahead of John and Jonathan Henderson in their Nissan Micra. Quinton and Tim Crean (Mazda MX5) were 3rd.

Looking forward to this weekend coming, there are two rallies on the home agenda – the Maiden City MC Donemana based Eakin Brothers Brian James Trailers based stage event this Saturday and the Tralee based Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry on Sunday.

The Donemana event is a counter in the McGrady Insurance NI Championship. Derek McGarrity/Paddy Robinson heads the list, Derek opting to drive a Fiesta WRC. Derek McGeehan/Mark McGeehan in a Mini WRC are at 2 and Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Hyundai i20 R5) at 3. The top half dozen is then made up by Callum Devine (Fiesta R5), Manus Kelly (Hyundai R5) and Martin Cairns (Fiesta WRC). Such is the quality of the entry that any of the top ten could claim victory on this rally. In addition late entries include Desi Henry, who could certainly have an influence on the results. Top two wheel drive exponents include Kevin Eves (Corolla), Camillus Bradley (Escort) and Vivian Hamill (Escort). There are a host of other two wheel drive exponents who could take a share of the limelight. The drivers will tackle two fast but technical closed road stages in the Sperrins, each stage repeated three times.

In Kerry, East Cork’s Daragh O’Riordan, co-driven by Mikey Walsh in his Fiesta WRC heads the list, with Daniel Cronin at 2, Ed Synan at 3, while Mike Quinn, Padraig Egan and Ian Roche make up the top six. CoC Eoin Duffin has laid out a cracking series of classic stages for the event, which is based in Tralee’s Rose Hotel. Kerry is Round 2 of the West Coast series and the opening round of the new Mike Moriarty backed Kingdom of Kerry Rally Championship.

Further news this week is the former multiple Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly is to test the new Proton R5 with a view to contesting the 19th/20th Easter Stages, 3rd round of the Irish Tarmac Championship. The event’s administrative HQ is the Chimney Corner Hotel at Glengormley, but the physical centre will mostly be at the Dundrod Circuit pits. Reportedly all arrangements for the Wastewater Solutions backed rally are well advanced and there will be three stages repeated on each of the two days.

Brian & Liz Patterson

Circuit of Kerry 2019 – Sample Video & Jemba Stage Speed Traces.


Circuit of Kerry 2019.

Organising Club: Kerry Motor Club
Location: Rose Hotel, Tralee.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples for the Circuit of Kerry.


Circuit of Kerry 2019 Sample


Circuit of Kerry 2019 – Stage Data


Stage data generated for the 2019 Circuit of Kerry.


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Irish Notes 27th March 2019

Irish Notes 27th March 2019

Fine weather greeted the 130 crews who s

Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta WRC) on their way to victory in the Admore Air Conditioning Corp Midland Moto Rally, the second round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. Photo: Martin Walsh.

et out from Longford on last Sunday’s Midland Moto Stages Rally, with Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes in their Fiesta WRC the cream of the pack throughout the day. Josh’s winning margin from Roy White/James O’Brien, also in a Fiesta WRC, was over a minute. Moffett has won the Tarmac Rally Championship, and also the Valvoline Forestry series, and he wants now to emulate his brother Sam by also taking the Triton Showers National Championship. Josh narrowly missed out on his goal last season, having to give best to Declan Boyle in the final title race. Indeed it is Boyle of all the other top drivers who is giving Josh a hard time this season. However Josh had the upper hand on the first round this season, and he just had the edge on this one as well before Boyle’s Fiesta WRC came to a sudden stop because of a broken wheel. The icing on the cake for Moffett was a fastest time on the 9th and final stage of the day which netted him a bonus Championship point.

At the finish of the Longford based Admore Air Conditioning Corp Midland Moto Rally, the second round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship were (left to right): Declan Tumilty (TSNRC Chairperson), Orlagh Reynolds, Longford Arms Hotel, Andy Hayes (winning co-driver), Josh Moffett (winning driver), Jeremy O’Connor, Clerk of the Course and Laura McMenamin (TSNRC Registrar). Photo: Martin Walsh.

Previous National Champion Roy White reported no real problems on his way to his second place. Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly in their Fiesta WRC finished 3rd, having been well down the leaderboard early in the day, mostly because of a dubious tyre choice. James Stafford/Jeff Case had a great run in their Darrian, holding 3rd o/a for much of the day, but eventually had to give best to Hurson.

The Darrian driver still finished 4th o/a and best two wheel drive. Joe McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney were 5th in their Mini WRC, possibly slightly slowed by head gasket worries, while Darren Gass, co-driven by Enda Sherry, did well to acclimatise to his recently acquired Skoda R5 to take 6th. Niall Devine/Liam McIntyre in their Mitsubishi won GpN, while David Kelly/Kenny Bustard in their Starlet took the Junior category.

Further afield Craig Breen/Paul Nagle, driving a Skoda R5, managed 4th o/a on the rather specialised Italian asphalt Rally Il Ciocco Valle del Serchio. Giandomenico Basso/L Grania, also in a Fabia R5, won the event. On the European Championship Azores Rally, another very specialised event, Chris Ingram/Ross Whittock did very well to haul themselves up to 3rd o/a, driving a Skoda R5. The rally was won by Tukasz Habaj in yet another Skoda, while No.1 seed and current European Champion Alexey Lukyanuk crashed his Santeloc Citroen C3 R5 out following a puncture which led, unknown to the driver, to a damaged brake pipe. Lukyanuk was completely caught out when the brake pedal went to the floor and he comprehensively rolled the Citroen. Chris Ingram’s big rally ambition at the moment is to win the European Rally Championship, a feat last achieved by a British driver, Vic Elford, just over 50 years ago.

 

Rally Epernay Vins de Champagne Daniel Barry, co-driven by Gary McElhinney

Over in France, on the Rally Epernay Vins de Champagne Daniel Barry, co-driven by Gary McElhinney in his Citroen DS3 R5, was lying a brilliant 5th until his Citroen was halted after half a dozen stages.

Niel Simpson-Michael Gibson – Legend Fires North West Stages 2019 – Photo by @KuceraPhotography

Reportedly Danny and Gary had a ball while it lasted! Closer to home, well, just across the Irish Sea, Neil Simpson and his co-driver Michael Gibson finished joint 2nd with Alex Laffey/Stuart Loudon on the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally. The winner was Peter Taylor/Andrew Roughead in a Fiesta R5. The rally, based near Blackpool, employed several closed road stages, a first for the Blackburn Club. Simpson was driving a Skoda R5 and Laffey a Fiesta R5. This was a return to rallying for the popular Mike Gibson, having been sidelined for quite a few years, and he reported that the rally went well, as did they!

The MG Car Club (Ulster Centre) hosted a round of the NI Autotest Championship on Saturday at the Transport Training Services facility near Crumlin. In fine dry conditions Ashley Lamont was fastest overall, but of course there are different car divisions and Steven Ferguson, Sam Bowden and David Thompson all won their categories, while Jack Gillis won the Autotest Clubman Challenge and Michael Workman the ‘Advanced Challenge’

This coming weekend the World Rally Championship will be back in action with Corsica Rally, while several of our home drivers will face action through the Welsh forests on the Rally North Wales. On the ‘Tour de Corse’ Sebastien Ogier is the No.1 seed in his factory Citroen, backed by his team mate Esapekka Lappi. Sebastien Loeb is back in action for the Hyundai team, along with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo. M-Sport Ford is represented by Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen. Finally, in the 10 World Rally Car line up we have Meeke, Tanak and Latvala for Toyota. After that top 10 there is a horde of R5 cars with interesting and talented drivers including Rhys Yates in his Fabia.

On the Rally North Wales the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club has organised eight forest stages mostly in the Dyfi and Gartheinog forest complexes, much of it Wales Rally GB territory. The rally is divided into several sections and caters largely for historic cars. Making the trip from here are Marty McCormack, Stanley Orr and Adrian Hetherington, all to drive various types of Escorts.

Further news this week includes: Clive Kilpatrick/Jay Colville have acquired an ex Jan Kopecki Skoda 2000 and plan to tackle the forthcoming Maiden City Stages as a shakedown. The Maiden City recce is this coming weekend, and the rally covers some Sperrins territory, leaning towards Rousky and is the next round of the McGrady NI Rally Championship. Also on the same weekend (6th/7th April) is the Circuit of Kerry, which also encompasses some classic rally roads. We will have more information on both next week.

Brian & Liz Patterson

Irish Notes 20th March 2019

Despite the weather’s ups and downs, last weekend’s West Cork Rally was an ultra-successful, massive event, under the guiding hand of Greg McCarthy along with his Cork Motor Club team plus volunteers from many other clubs. Waterford’s Craig Breen and his co-driver Paul Nagle displayed all their World Rally Championship experience by clinching victory in their Ford Fiesta R5. Indeed Fords seemed to be the chariot of choice for many of the top drivers. Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble guided their example to a sound second. It has to be remembered that Alastair spends his working week designing the steelwork for skyscrapers and the like. He tracked Craig very closely through the fifteen stages, pulling a second or a fraction of a second back on some stages, but Craig always had an answer and the gap remained at over 20 seconds for much of the two days until the finish flag dropped in Clonakilty’s main street. Josh Moffett did lead after the first stage, but he dropped down the leaderboard, his cause not helped by a damaged shaft on his Fiesta, finally finishing 7th. Breen’s West Cork victory, on top of his Galway win, puts him in a very strong position regarding the Irish Tarmac Championship. However his main aim, hope, aspiration, is to regain a seat on the World Rally Championship.

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle in action on the West Cork Rally 2019


It was definitely a tough rally, and such was the flat out pace of the leaders that the slightest slip amongst many of the other top drivers meant that it was more or less impossible to get back into the frame. Many of the well-known ‘names’ suffered early delays or were relegated to ‘Rally 2’. Some simply retired from the event. Those affected included No.1 seed and five times West Cork winner, Donagh Kelly, as well as Desi Henry. Manus Kelly and Meiron Evans went into ‘Rally 2’ following problems. David Bogie and Declan Boyle ran outside the top ten for most of the rally following their early mishaps, and despite setting good times didn’t progress into the top ten. Such was the pace at the front.

There was a terrific battle for 3rd overall between Tom Cave and Matt Edwards. The bonus for these two was a bagful of points for the British Championship, of which West Cork was, for the first time, a counting round. Edwards seemed to have the upper hand, but Cave in his Hyundai i20 R5 used every inch of the road towards the end to just edge in front and take third o/a, British Champion Edwards 4th. Current British Rally Champion Edwards still leads the points following his first round (Cambrian) win, where Cave was unfortunate not to get his Hyundai from the final stage to the finish because of flat tyres. Marty McCormack finished 9th in West Cork and lies 2nd in the British series.

Tom Cave & James Morgan

Sam Moffett took 5th o/a in West Cork following a steady run and Callum Devine, on his first R5 outing since last year, was a meritorious 6th. Willie Mavitty (Lancer) won GpN. Josh McErlean in his Peugeot 208 won the R2 category. Jordan Hone was in the R2 hunt but retired his Adam just before the finish. James Williams (Adam) was 2nd in the category and William Creighton (Peugeot) 3rd. Mikko Hirvonen in his Mk2 Escort won the National part of the rally and said he enjoyed the rally immensely. On the Sunday night at the Clonakilty Park Hotel Finnish driver Mikko opined that he will be back in West Cork next year! Hard luck story of the rally has to belong to Gary Kiernan who retired his Escort just two stages from the end because of a mechanical fault, having led Hirvonen all the way up to that point. Damien Toner fought back from an early overshoot in his Escort to finish 2nd in the National, which earned him the category lead in the Tarmac Championship. Frank Kelly put his Escort off on the difficult opening Sunday stage, appearing to get caught out over bumps and mud. Neil Williams/Anthony O’Sullivan in their Escort won the Historic category of the rally, from Luke McCarthy/David Hogan. Luke has changed from his Porsche to a Mk2 Escort. Ray Cunningham/Jared Gill had another brilliant run in their Mini to take 3rd in the Historics and now lead the category in the Tarmac. Peter Falvey/Andrew Cronin (Starlet) won the Junior category.

Also last weekend, in the Middle East, on the Qatar Rally, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, driving the new VW Polo GTI R5 took a substantial win, his 14th time of winning his home event! Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari had Fermanagh’s Marshall Clarke co-driving in a Skoda R5 and took 2nd. Euan Thorburn in his Fiesta R5 won the Scottish Championship counter, the Border Counties. On the American Championship 100 Acre Wood Rally Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan in their Fiesta took victory, with teenage Norwegian Oscar Solberg and co-driver, Tyrone’s Aaron Johnston, 2nd (Subaru). David Higgins/Craig Drew were 3rd in the other works Subaru.

This weekend coming the Triton Showers Championship cascades back into action with the 2nd round Midland Moto Stages. (Sunday 24th March). Clerk of the Course Jeremy O’Connor has put together three fast enjoyable stages, each run three times. The event is based in the Longford Arms Hotel and besides being a counter in the Triton Showers series, is also part of the Border Championship, the Midlands East series and the MI Junior Rally series. Just some of the top seeds include Josh Moffett, Declan Boyle, Peadar Hurson and Roy White, all in Fiesta WRCs. Joe McGonigle will again be in a Mini WRC, while Niall Maguire and Garry Jennings will be in their usual Impreza WRCs Top two wheel drive exponents include Chris Armstrong, Gary Kiernan, Gary McPhillips and Stuart Darcy, all in Escorts. James Stafford in his Darrian could give the Escort men something to thinks about on these fast stages.

The MG Car Club is hosting a round of the NI Autotest Championship this Saturday (23rd March) at the Dundrod Transport Training facility. On a different subject, one of the biggest events for MG clubs from all over Europe and even further afield is the traditional “MG Live” at Silverstone in early June. Thousands of MG owners, mostly with their cars, normally attend, but suddenly this year’s event has been cancelled because the Silverstone Circuit will be closed for a resurfacing job. Still on the subject of MGs, we thought it was rather neat that a line-up of MGAs from the Australian MG clubs ferried the F1 drivers on the parade lap!!

News this week includes the Valvoline Forestry Championship issuing their points following the snow inflicted Limerick Rally, so Michael Carbin and Keith Power are joint leaders on 28 points, Peter McCullagh is 3rd on 26, then it is first round winner Marty McCormack on 22, followed by Niall Henry 21 and Mk2 Escort man Mickey Conlon 20. The next round is the 13th April Moonraker. The class based Suirway Group South East Stages Championship points have also been issued and show Mickey Conlon leading on 39 points, Mike Garahy was 2nd on 37; Casey Jay Coleman has 33, as has James Dunphy.

It is all stations go for the Maiden City Motor Club with its new stages rally on the 6th April. The event is the next round of the McGrady Insurance NI Championship. The format is two closed road stages (repeated) outside Donemana. Entries close this Friday 22nd March. The event is sponsored by Eakin Brothers Brian James Trailers. Also that weekend (7th April) is the Tralee based Circuit of Kerry Rally. HQ for the event is the Rose Hotel and there will be 3 stages repeated 3 times.

Brian & Liz Patterson

Rally North Wales 2019 – Pre-Event Stage Plots & Sample Video

Rally North Wales 2019.

Below is a short sample video along with our usual stage data samples for the Rally North Wales 2019. We have completed our pre event recce. Terrible weather!!! but there is not much can be done about that. What can we say about the rally – Great route – Great Stages – A different approach to these Welsh Classic roads.


RNW 2019 DV Sample 1080


 

 

Rally North Wales 2019 – Stage Data.


 






 

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