Rally of the Lakes 2014 event preview

April 28, 2014 by Sean Moriarty  

The 35th running of the Rally of The Lakes has attracted an unprecedented entry of 170 cars across it fours sections – International, modified, historic and junior.

Action gets underway with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre on Friday night where organiser, Killarney and District Motor Club have laid on a family entertainment evening where fans can meet the leading drivers, while watching action from previous events on a gig screens set to a back drop of live music provided my local bands and djs.

Main field contenders:
Heading the international Entry list is last year’s winner, is current Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship leader Declan Boyle. The Donegal man arrives in Kerry on the back of four outright victories this year including the recent Fel’s Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry and the two opening rounds of the ITRC, The Galway International and the Easter Weekend Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Last year’s winner, Gary Jennings, looks certain to field a Subaru Impreza S14 from the McGarrity stable. The Fermanagh man crashed out while leading the Circuit of Ireland on the final stage and his own Impreza suffered substantial damage and makes it unlikely to be readied in time for Killarney.
This leaves the Derek McGarrity entry up in the air but it looks certain he will use the Mini World Rally Car he is drove in Belfast two weeks ago instead of the Impreza he  will now hand over to Jennings. If this materialises it could mark the first of two Mini WRCs on the entry list as former Lakes winner and multiple Tarmac champion Eugene Donnelly has been in touch with the organisers and expressed an interest in placing a late entry.
West Cork Rally winner Donagh Kelly will be seeking his first Killarney win in his Ford Focus WRC, while the 2012 Billy Coleman award winner, Sam Moffett, in his Fiesta WRC, will be anxious to make his mark on the International Rally scene and add to his Donegal International Rally victory last June.

Add in former two-time Lakes winner Darragh O’Riordan who led last year’s rally until early in the second day in his Fiesta and Roy White , who appears to have sorted the reliability problems in his Rover MG, loves the Killarney stages and has shown that he has the speed to mix it with the best that the opposition can throw at him and the destination of the winner’s trophy for 2014 is anyone’s guess.

Local Driver Alan Ring has reverted to his Group N Subaru for this season but has endured a season from hell. From four starts so far this year he has yet to make the finish and the Castleisland man will trying to reverse this run of bad luck. He faces  opposition from drivers such as Josh Moffett (Evo) and former National Group N Champion Colm Murphy.

Making a welcome return to the rally scene is Aaron McHale,who will be seeking to continue in the winning ways which made his father, Austin, a multiple Tarmac Rally Champion.
Modified rally
In the National Rally all the big Escort brigade come out to play but perhaps the person who will cause them most bother is the flying milkman from Donegal, Declan Gallagher, who put in such an incredible drive over many of these same stages to take the overall win in the Modified section of the 2013 Rentokill Killarney Historic Rally last December, on his first ever event in Killarney.

Declan went on to repeat the category win in the West Cork Rally and will be anxious to consolidate his claim to the top spot in the Modified Challenge of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Tarmac Championship.

Others well in contention in the National section include local crews Barry Meade who has returned to rallying after a year of competitive cycling, Fergus O’Meara who won the National Section last and Billy Coleman award finalist and local driver Rob Duggan in his incredibly quick Honda Civic.

Last year’s FIA Historic Rally of the Lakes winner Wesley Patterson has abandoned his Appendix K Car to revert to his more familiar Modified machine and will also be a strong contender, as will the legendary Phil Collins who makes the trip from Herefordshire to the stages he loves so well and where he has enjoyed considerable success over the past 32 years.
Local crews

The battle for the John Mullane Cup for the highest placed driver from Co Kerry will be as closely contested as it has been since the award was first introduced in the very early days of the Rally of the Lakes.
Killarney’s Ed Murphy comes to the event on the back of two great drives in the Dunlop National series, which have netted him a 5th overall in Birr and 9th overall in the recent Circuit of Kerry will one of the favourites for both the top Kerry driver and overall honours in the modified rally.

Miltown’s Fergus O’Meara is the defending modified rally champion although an injured calf muscle kept him off his own exacting pace in Tralee last month, if the injury is behind him, he will give Patterson, Collins and indeed Murphy a run for him money over the class south and mid Kerry roads.

Apart from the Kerry crews already mentioned one can never rule out the father and son combination of Charlie and Johnny Hickey whose experience of these stages is vast, as indeed is that of John Hickey, Kevin O’Donoghue and Vincent O’Shea.
FIA European Historic Rally Championship
The FIA Historic Rally will run ahead of the International rally and will be headed by Millstreet’s Mark Falvey, the Start to Finish winner of the Rentokill Historic Rally last December and also of the Historic section of the 2013 Cork 20 International

Mark’s opposition will be provided by crews from the UK, Isle of Man, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Spain in Appendix K cars which include Ford, Lancia, Triumph, Porsche, Vauxhall and BMW.
Finnish driver, Pentti Veikkanen, a regular on the European scene for the last four years will bring his historic-rally spec Porsche 911 SC to the Kerry next month. He will be joined by his countrymen Klaus Wilkman in Triumph TR8 and Sverre Norrgård in a BMW 2002.

Swedish visitor, Mats Myrsell, an event front-runner in his home country will field another Porsche 911 in the historic section of the rally.

Spanish driver Gonzalo Ambit, has only every contested one rally outside Spain and that was in Italy but that has not deterred him from bringing his BMW 323i to Kerry.

Two Italian drivers, Lucky Lucky and Enrico Brazzoli will contest the two-day rally in two of the sport’s most revered rally cars. The pair have entered a brace of Lancia Rally 037s – the last time such a car competed in Ireland was in 1983 in the hands of the late Pentti Airikkala.  Lucky Lucky is co-driven by Fabriza Pons who found fame in 1980s alongside French driver Michelle Mouton, so far the only all female crew to win a round of the World Rally Championship.

Luigi Zampaglione is the third Italian on the list driving another Porsche 911.

Other international entries

In the main field three Irish emigrants will return to their homeland from the USA. All three, Paul Rowley (Honda Civic), Martin Donnelly (Hyundai Accent) and Liam Egan (Toyota Corolla) are regular trans-Atlantic visitors to Irish events.

The rally has also attracted a large entry, across all categories, from England, Wales and The Isle of Man.

Jersey, in the Channel Islands, is also represented on the entry list with West Cork native Ray O’Donoghue making the journey to compete on his home patch on the Sunday in his Ford Escort Mark II.

A strong Junior Entry has already been received and these will join the rally for all of the second leg of the rally on Sunday morning. Killarney Historic Junior Rally winner John  Flaherty from Ardfert has placed a late entry for the rally and will be the benchmark for the other 25 drivers in the under-25 category.
The Route
The event gets under way with a ceremonial in Killarney town centre on Friday evening with competitive motoring kicking off on Saturday morning to tackle a loop of three stages at Molls Gap, Beallaghbeama and Caragh Lake before returning to Service at the Liebherr Container Cranes factory in Fossa.

A second loop of these three classic stages follows, with a further visit to Service before tackling the final stage at Kilcummin, which is a shortened version of the stage which featured as the finale of the Killarney Historic Rally for the past two years.

The first day’s stages will be familiar to most Rally of the Lakes regulars but there are some variations such as a hairpin right at the end of Molls Gap and Beallaghbeama reverting to the longer version which was a feature of the earlier years of the Rally of the Lakes.

Sunday sees the cars tackle Molls Gap for the third time and then it’s on to a loop of three stages which have not been used for ten years in the Rally of the Lakes, The first of these, Borlin, is actually a combination of two old classics, Sheen River and Borlin, and takes the rally over the county bounds into County Cork.

The second is the fabulous lakeside stage at Lough Allua, which was a regular feature of the Circuit of Ireland up to the eighties and of the Rally of the Lakes from 84 until 2004.

In recent years the stage has been associated with the Cork 20 International but the Cork 20 version generally runs in the opposite direction to the Lakes format, starting in Ballingeary and finishing in Kilmichael.

Fuhiry, which starts outside Ballingeary, brings the rally back over the County Bounds , past Creedons at the Top of Coom, the highest pub in Ireland, which openly re-opened last week after a devastating fire two years ago, and finishes on a fast downhill section towards Kilgarvan.

Service in Kenmare Mart is followed by a further trip over the same loop of three and, after a final service in Kenmare, the rally concludes a run over Moll’s Gap back to Killarney. The first car is due at the finish ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel just after 5pm on Sunday evening.

Fia Historic
Car Driver/Navigator (Car) [Class]
H1 Mark Falvey/Diarmuid Lynch (Ford Escort Mk1) [K]
H2 Denis Moynihan/Ger Conway (Ford Escort Mk2) [K]
H3 Lucky Lucky/Fabrizia Pons (Lancia Rally 037) [E6]
H4 Maurizio Pagella/Roberto Brea (Porsche 911 SC RS) [E6]
H5 Ernie Graham/Will Graham (Ford Escort RS) [D3]
H6 Antonio Parisi/Giuseppe D Angelo. (Porsche 911) [B4]
H7 Valter Chr. Jensen/Erik Pedersen (Porsche Carrera RS) [C5]
H8 Karl Wagner/Gerda Zauner (Porsche 911) [D4]
H9 Lucio Dazanche/Giulio Oberti (Porsche Carrera RS) [C5]
H10 Luigi Zampaglione/Roberto Consiglio (Porsche 911) [B4]
H11 Mats Myrsell/Esko Junttila (Porsche 911) [C5]
H12 Anders Johnsen/Ingrid Johnsen (Porsche 911) [C5]
H14 Pentti Veikkanen/Solja Mentu (Porsche 911) [D4]
H15 Klaus Wilkman/Reino Kousa (Triumph TR 8) [D4]
H16 Sverre Norrgård/Reeta Hämäläinen (BMW 2002 ti) [B4]

Car Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru Impreza WRC S12B) [6]
2 Gary Jennings/Rory Kennedy (TBA) [6]
4 Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid (Ford Fiesta WRC) [6]
5 Donagh Kelly/Flanagan Kevin (Ford Focus WRC) [6]
6 Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Subaru Impreza WRC S14) [6]
7 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) [6]
8 Roy White/James O’Brien (MG ZR) [20]
9 Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Subaru Impreza N12) [4]
10 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Subaru Impreza N12) [4]
11 Aaron Machale/ TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
12 Eoin Doyle/Peter Brennan (Ford Focus WRC) [6]
14 Fergus O’Meara/Mikie Galvin (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
15 Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet RWD) [13]
16 Barry Meade/Eamon Hayes (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
17 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird (Ford Escort RS Mk2) [14]
18 ED Murphy/John McCarthy (Ford Escort) [13]
19 Phil Collins/Gwynfor Jones (Ford Escort) [14]
20 Rob Duggan/Noel O’Sullivan (Honda Civic) [11]
21 Kevin O’Donoghue/Joe O’Leary (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
22 Charlie Hickey/Johnny Hickey (Ford Escort RS) [14]
24 Vincent O’Shea/Brian Hickey (Ford Escort) [14]
25 John Hickey/John McCarthy (Ford Escort 4×4) [20]
26 Kevin O’Sullivan/Martin O’Riordan (Subaru Impreza STI) [20]
27 Jason McSweeney/Denis O’Mahony (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [20]
28 Stephen McCann/Lisa O’Dowd (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
29 Brian O’Keeffe/Sean Hayde (Subaru Impreza N14) [4]
30 Eugene Meegan/Sarah Whelan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
31 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Renault Clio R3) [3]
32 Paul Purtill/Paul Kelly (Ford Escort) [13]
34 Mickey Conlon/ TBA (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
35 Raymond Conlon/Nicola McKenna (Toyota Corolla) [13]
36 Stephen Carey/Breda O’Driscoll (Honda Civic) [1]
37 Ken O’Neill/Ronald Riordan (Ford Puma S1600) [3]
38 Cal McCarthy/Eamonn Dullea (Honda Civic) [11]
39 Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney (Honda Civic) [11]
40 Mark Dolphin/Finbarr Quirke (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
41 Ken Lyons/Paddy McDonnell (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
42 Tadhg O’Sullivan/Ian Murphy (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
44 Allen Treacy/Bob Fitzgerald (Toyota Corolla) [13]
45 Walter Dick/Mark O’Sullivan (Ford Escort) [13]
46 Adrian McElhinney/Paddy Gorman (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
47 Martin Donnelly/Brian Doherty (Toyota Corolla) [15]
48 Mark Nangle/Nollaig Breen (Subaru Impreza) [20]
49 Joe Connolly/Richard Connolly (Ford Escort RS1800) [14]
50 Enda McCormack/Colin Fitzgerald (Hyundai Accent WRC) [6]
51 David Fleming/Kieran Doherty (Honda Civic) [11]
52 Colin Moynihan/Liam Moynihan (Honda Civic) [11]
54 Conor Moore/Leo Tector (Honda Civic) [11]
56 Mark Horgan/Des Flynn (Honda Civic) [11]
57 Ian Chadwick/Kevin Horgan (Skoda Fabia R2) [1]
58 Darren Young/PJ O’Dowd (Honda Civic) [11]
59 Kieran Marshall/Thomas Hayes (Honda Civic Type R) [1]
60 Johnny O’Connor/Keith Moriarty (Citroen C2 R2 MAX) [2]
61 Cyril Wharton/Helen Duggan (Ford Escort Mk2) [12]
62 Con Lucey/Shane McCarthy (Ford Escort Mk1) [12]
64 Donal McCarthy/Henry Riedy (Ford Escort) [12]
65 Denis Hickey/Eoin O’Leary (Ford Escort) [12]
66 Seanie Hickey/Noel Fleming (Toyota Starlet) [12]
67 Pat Price/Patrick (jnr) Price (Subaru Impreza N12B) [4]
68 Eddie Garry/Kevin Kelleher (Subaru Impreza GpN) [15]
69 Rob Smith/Alun Cook (Ford Escort RS1800) [K]
70 Guy Woodcock/Ross Weir (Ford RS2000) [D3]
71 Peter Egerton/Jamie Edwards (Vauxhall Chevette HSR) [K]
72 Rikki Proffitt/Harrison Phill (TBA TBA) [B5]
74 Anthony Robinson/Keith Fellowes (Porsche 911) [C4]
75 Sean O’Carroll /Elaine NI She (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
76 Johnny Curran/Conor Curran (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
77 Eoin Neville/Andy Hayes (Honda Civic Type R) [1]
78 Paul O’Connell/Jill White (Honda Civic) [11]
79 Jason O’Mahony/Jonathan O’Mahony (Honda Civic) [11]
80 Andrew Lehane/Cliff Desmond (Honda Civic) [11]
81 David Brosnan/Kieran Brosnan (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
82 Shane Buckley/Keefe Kilcoyne (Honda Civic EK4) [13]
84 Eamon O’Connell/Mark Linehan (Honda Civic) [11]
85 Richard Tannahill/TBA (Peugeot 208 R2) [2]
86 ED Twomey/TBA (Ford Fiesta) [2]
87 Paul Rowley/Patrick Brides (Honda Civic) [2]
88 Adrian Levis/Alison Levis (Honda Civic EK4) [2]
89 Mike O’Shaughnessy/Timmy O’Sullivan (Ford Escort) [11]
90 Paul Casey/Vincent Goggin (Ford Escort Mk2) [13]
91 Ray O’Donoghue/Derek Tobin (Ford Escort Mk2) [14]
92 Jason Clifford/ TBA (Peugeot 205 RWD) [13]
94 David Forde/TJ O’Brien (Subaru Impreza STI) [7]
95 Tom White/ TBA (Citroen C2 R2) [6]
96 Victor Beamish/Susan Beamish (Vauxhall Nova) [10]
97 Noel O’Sullivan/Nicholas Burke (Ford Escort Mk2) [9]
98 Paudie Callaghan/Danny Murphy (Toyota Starlet) [9]
99 Pat Sheehan/Pat Cashman (Honda Civic 1400) [9]
100 Mark O’Saughnessy/Brendan O’Mahoney (Peugeot 106 Xsi) [9]
101 Kevin Donnelly/ TBA (Nissan Micra) [9]
102 Shane Stanley/Liam Fouhy (Honda Civic) [9]
104 Michael Nolan/Jimmy Kiely (Honda Civic VTi) [11]
105 Joe Baker/Eric Murray (Honda SIR Vtec) [11]
106 Timmy Ahern/Paul Stack (Honda Civic Vtec) [11]
107 John Spiers/Susanne Niedrum (Porsche 911) [C4]
108 Declan Jackson/J Barry McCarney (Ford Escort Mk2) [D3]
109 Philip McKibbin/Padraig Brick (Ford Escort Mk1) [C3]
110 Patrick Kearney/Alistair Wyllie (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [20]
111 Keith Naughton/Brendan Behan (Subaru Impreza STI) [20]
112 Michael Murphy/Pat Cashman (Toyota Ae86) [11]
114 Colm Forde/Jonathon Trill (Peugeot 206 Cup Car) [11]
115 Colum Browne/Lawrence McGrath (Honda Civic EK4) [16]
116 Trevor Galvin/Vincent Hilliard (Subaru Impreza STI) [20]
117 Alan O’Riordan/James Jordan (Subaru Impreza) [15]
118 Anthony Breen/Fergal Keane (Subaru Impreza N12) [20]
119 Stephen O’Donovan/Donal Flavey (Ford Escort Mk2) [10]
120 Terry Carmody/Don Bosco Rogers (Ford Escort) [11]
121 Donal Flynn/Niall Myers (Toyota Twin Cam RWD) [11]
122 Jonathan Courtney/Jason Russell (Ford Escort) [11]
124 John Browne/Collins Sean (Honda Civic) [11]
125 Tom O’Sullivan/Matt Sweetman (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
126 Denis O’Brien/Sean O’Crowley (Opel Corsa) [10]
127 Paul Scannell/Mossy Griffin (Ford Escort) [11]
128 Anthony Whelton/Catriona Whelton (Ford Escort) [11]
129 Ian Hynes/ TBA (Honda Civic Type R) [1]
130 Donal Dineen/Bryan Giles (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
131 Gordon Dreaper/Derek Bovenizer (Peugeot 205 GTi) [10]
132 Michael Forde/Jim Cunningham (Talbot Sunbeam) [11]
134 Gavin O’Grady/Alan Moroney (Ford Escort Mk2) [11]
135 Edward Kennedy/Maurice O’Connor (Peugeot 106 GTi) [11]
136 Kieran Murphy/ TBA (Honda Civic EK4) [11]
137 Ivan Warwick/Evelyn Warwick (Audi S2 Coupe quattro) [20]

Car Driver/Navigator (Make/Model) [Class]
J1 Sean Fleming/Niall McLarnon (Ford Fiesta) [J2]
J2 Sean Brady/Pauric Murtagh (Honda Civic) [J2]
J3 John O’Flaherty/ Tommy Commane (Toyota Starlet) [J2]
J4 Conor McCarthy/Dan O’Donavan (Honda EK 4) [J2]
J5 Shane Lenihan/Colm Lenihan (Honda Civic) [J2]
J6 Andrew Beamish/Sean Walsh (Vauxhall Nova) [J2]
J7 Kenneth Quirke/Seamus Skinner (Honda Civic) [J2]
J8 Brian Brady/Leonard Tuite (Peugeot 106 Rallye) [J2]
J9 Kieran O’Donoghue/Donagh Crowly (Honda Civic) [J2]
J10 Ger Lyons/Steve O’Brien (Honda Civic eg6) [J2]
J11 Patrick Lawlor/Cian Dineen (Honda Civic EK4) [J2]
J12 Charles O’Neill/Paul Harrington (Honda Civic) [J1]
J14 Damien Doolan/Andrew Ryan (Vauxhall Nova) [J1]
J15 Cathal McCarthy/Eamonn Creedon (Honda Civic) [J2]
J16 Fergus Hurley/Eric Deane (Ford Escort Mk2) [J2]
J17 William Nolan/ TBA (Honda Civic) [J2]
J18 Mark O’Looney/Sinead Canny (Honda Civic) [J2]
J19 Cathal Quill/Iarla McCarthy (Honda Civic) [J2]
J20 Christy McCarthy/Cliodhna Murphy (Peugeot 205 GTi) [J2]
J21 Mark O’Leary/O Donoghue Brian (Toyota Starlet) [J1]
J22 Eric Calnan/Cillian Crowley (Peugeot 106 GTi) [J2]
J24 Ger Cullinane/Muireann Hayes (Toyota Starlet) [J2]
J25 Mark Hurley/David Duggan (Honda Civic Vtec) [J2]
J26 Jack Shealy/Billy Shealy (Toyota Corolla GTi) [J2]
J27 Anthony Sheehan/Shane Flynn (Honda Civic) [J2]
J28 Chris Faulconbridge/Nicole Treanor (Opel Kadett) [J2]
J29 Chris Brady/Jenny Warren

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