August 27, 2014 by Mark McLachlan
Overall winner Torsten Schmidt, pushing hard in the Mk2 Escort. Image from David McLachlan
Sunday saw some of the midlands top rally drivers compete for points in the Loughransigns Midlands East Rally Championship event held at the Athboy Karting track. The event ran by the local Westmeath and District Motorclub had 33 quality rally cars battling to be the quickest. The spectators were treated to a thrilling battle between Torsten Schmidt... [Read more...]
August 26, 2014 by Jamie Kent
Breen at the wheel of the Peugeot 208 T16
It’s hard to believe but its way back in the middle of June since Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen last competed on a rally using the Peugeot 208T16. That was on round six of the European Rally Championship in Belgium at the “Geko Ypres Rally” on asphalt and that’s the surface he’ll make his return to the ERC 2014 on next weekend in... [Read more...]
August 25, 2014 by Greg Shinnors
Owen Murphy & James O Brien- winners of the Cork Forestry 2014. Image from Ger Leahy.
The Jim Walsh Memorial Cork Forest Rally based in the Ballyhoura Forest complex on the Cork/ Limerick border took place on Sunday August 24th. The event was the fourth round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship and is widely regarded as one of the finest gravel rallies in the country. Hosted by Cork Motor Club there was 8 challenging... [Read more...]
August 19, 2014 by Paul Evans
It's back to the Tunnock's R5 Fiesta for the newly engaged Irish Formula Ford Festival winner!
Robert Barrable will end a four-month rally drought when he contests the Barum Czech Rally Zlín (August 29-31) in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. The last rally the 26-year old driver from Swords near Dublin contested was the Circuit of Ireland in April, where he finished a magnificent third overall. Since then Robert has been working... [Read more...]
August 18, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Thankfully, doctors have given Breen the all clear to compete in ADAC Rallye Deutscland
Having suffered a back injury after landing heavily over one of WRC Rally Finland’s famous jumps two weeks ago many doubted that Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen would travel to Germany to compete in his third planned WRC event of 2014. But yet again Craig has shown his career long determination and been given the all clear by his doctors... [Read more...]
August 15, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Daniel is confident of a strong performance ahead of today's opening stages.
Pirelli Star Driver Daniel McKenna and navigator Arthur Kierans make the short trip from their County Monaghan base today to neighbouring Fermanagh for the penultimate round of this year’s British Rally Championship, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally. The Monaghan pairing arrive in Enniskillen on the crest of a wave following back to back wins on the Jim... [Read more...]
August 14, 2014 by Art McCarrick
The Wrights are hopeful of a good showing for local sponsor the Killyhevlin Hotel!
The Wright Rally Team head for home this weekend where current Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year Stephen Wright, and his co-driving sister Susanne will contest the Todds Leap Ulster Rally. The pair haven’t far to travel from their Monaghan base as the Ulster Rally will once again be based out of the County Fermanagh town of Enniskillen.... [Read more...]
August 8, 2014 by Leo Nulty
More recently seen in the WRC MINI, donnelly returns to a Subaru for his last minute deal!
Three time rally winner Eugene Donnelly has secured a last minute deal to contest next weekend’s Toddsleap Ulster Rally in a Kenny McKinstry Subaru Impreza S14 WRC. The five times Irish champion has taken an enforced sabbatical from the sport since his MayDay Rally Sprint Stages victory earlier this year, but returns to the Clonakilty Blackpudding... [Read more...]
Ireland’s Daniel McKenna accelerates along the ‘Road to Wales’ pursuing prestigious Wales Rally GB entry
August 7, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Current BRC leader McKenna is hopeful of winning a Road to Wales entry for the WAles Rally GB.
Building on the success of last year’s Road to Wales initiative International Motor Sport (IMS), the organisers of Wales Rally GB, have added even more opportunities for Britain’s up-and-coming rally stars to compete against the world’s best teams on Wales Rally GB, the concluding round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (13 – 16 November). There... [Read more...]
August 6, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Breen had been on course for a possible top ten finish before his injury.
Always keen for competitive time behind the wheel of a rally car, Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen went to WRC Rally Finland not only for extra seat time but to challenge himself up against the World’s best on another surface this year. The second of three WRC events planned for 2014 was going to be very different from the snow covered roads... [Read more...]