October 4, 2013 by Art McCarrick
Can anyone stop Garry Jennings taking his first Tarmac Championship this weekend? (pic Art McCarrick)
The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship rolls into Millstreet this weekend for the Cork 20 International Rally. Since 1993, Cork has provided the final round of the championship and over those 20 years the event has thrown up a few real surprise results. James Cullen taking an outright win in a Group N Escort Cosworth in ‘93, Stephen Finlay throwing away... [Read more...]
August 29, 2013 by Art McCarrick
Garry Jennings took his second Irish Tarmac Championship win of the season on last weekend’s Ulster Rally
In normal circumstances, a win of 1 minute 18.7 seconds on a round of the Irish Tarmac Championship would be considered comfortable but Garry Jennings had to dig deep to claim his first Ulster Rally win and his second championship victory this season. Many struggled on the tough stages in Fermanagh and Tyrone but it was the most innocuous of stages... [Read more...]
August 23, 2013 by Art McCarrick
The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship gets back into gear this weekend as the Todds Leap Ulster Rally rolls into Enniskillen. Nine weeks have passed since the previous round of the championship in Donegal which provided plenty drama and the Ulster promises to be no different. St. Angelo Airport at Enniskillen hosts the service park for the weekend and... [Read more...]
August 22, 2013 by Art McCarrick
Moffett- ready for the Ulster Challenge!
After a nine-week hiatus the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship revs back into life as the crews head to Enniskillen for the Todds Leap Ulster Rally and Sam Moffett, who won the last round of the championship in Donegal, is relishing the challenge that lies ahead. The Monaghan flyer, who currently lies joint second in the championship standings, couldn’t... [Read more...]
June 28, 2013 by Art McCarrick
Sam Moffett and James O'Reilly en route to a popular victory in Donegal. Image from Patrick Regan.
For over 30 years the Moffett name has been appearing on entry lists of rallies up and down the island of Ireland and for over 30 years an international win had always eluded them. Eluded them that is, until last weekend, when Sam Moffett took a dramatic win on 2013 Donegal International Rally. At the finish ramp Sam said, “There’s a lot of Moffetts... [Read more...]
June 20, 2013 by Art McCarrick
It’s the rally everyone wants to win but who will take the spoils in Donegal come Sunday?
June. Donegal. Rallying. 3 words that have been inexorably linked together for the best part of half a century and it has to be said, there’s something a little bit special about the Donegal International Rally. The only 3 day event left in Ireland, crews face changeable weather over classic stages set against superb scenery. It’s a challenge that... [Read more...]
May 8, 2013 by Art McCarrick
As Art predicted, Jennings was victorious! Image from Aidan O'Connor
Garry Jennings is usually an upbeat, chirpy and energetic character but even he seemed almost subdued when he crossed the finish line of the Cartell Killarney Rally of the Lakes. The enormity of the win seemed too much for him to grasp and there were tears in Jennings’ eyes when he spoke at the end of the final stage. “It’s hard to take in, it’s... [Read more...]
May 1, 2013 by Art McCarrick
There is lots of speculation about this weekends rally!
When the first cars pull up to the start line of Molls Gap on Saturday morning, it will have been 3 months since the first round of the Irish Tarmac Championship got underway in Galway. The unusually long wait was due to the unfortunate and neccessary cancellation of the Easter Stages due to heavy snowfall but it makes Killarney all the more important... [Read more...]
March 27, 2013 by Art McCarrick
Had the Circuit of Ireland rally held onto its name for this year, there would have been a cruel irony if a rally with such a title would be cancelled because of weather conditions in a relatively small geographical area on the island. It would have been another nail in the Circuit coffin. But the name change to the Easter Stages (which I discussed... [Read more...]
March 15, 2013 by Art McCarrick
The name still conjures up memories for so many people...
It was one of the most well known sports events on this island. If it didn’t pass your door it passed the door of someone you knew as it wound all over Ireland for 5 days every Easter. It was one of the select few events which transcended sport, running on both sides of the border even throughout the darkest days of “the troubles”. But little... [Read more...]