Jordan Top of the Class on the Circuit of Ireland!

April 23, 2014 by Andrew Bushe  

18 Year old Jordan Hone leaping his way to class victory on the Circuit of Ireland pic-www.roydempster.com

For 18 year old A Level student Jordan Hone, he was truly top of the class on the weekend’s Circuit of Ireland Rally, as he took his Premier Car Parts Nissan Micra to a class nine victory of over eleven minutes! It was Jordan’s first time contesting the Circuit of Ireland, and with eighteen tough stages over two days, it was one of his hardest challenges... [Read more...]

A Happy Easter for Donagh on the Circuit of Ireland!

April 22, 2014 by Andrew Bushe  

Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan fly high of the Circuit of Ireland- pic www.kgrallypics.com
Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan fly high of the Circuit of Ireland- pic www.kgrallypics.com

A second place on the Circuit of Ireland Rally was just reward for Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan in their Northgate Vehicle Hire Ford Focus WRC, after a hard fought drive. The West Cork winners started the event in fine form, taking fastest time on the first stage near Newtownards and maintaining second place until stage four, despite the engine also... [Read more...]

Career-best ERC finish for Barrable after podium finish on the Circuit of Ireland Rally

April 22, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Rob and Stuart celebrate their podium finish in Belfast!

Robert Barrable has scored his first FIA European Rally Championship podium result after finishing a career-best 3rd overall on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally (April 17-19) in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. Co-driven by Stuart Loudon, who was fighting off a sinus infection, the 26-year old Dublin driver pushed... [Read more...]

Circuit of Ireland Victory hopes dashed as Breen retires. Peugeot Academy Update.

April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Breen was running a strong second and closing on the leader before he retired.

The 208T16’s memorable win in Greece can hardly compensate for the disappointments endured by Kevin Abbring and Craig Breen this weekend in Northern Ireland. This notoriously difficult round of the FIA European Rally Championship proved tough for both Peugeot Rallye Academy drivers. Breen and Kevin Abbring were both intent on shining on the challenging,... [Read more...]

Daniel To Debut DS3 On The Circuit Of Ireland

April 16, 2014 by Art McCarrick  

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The Citroen DS3 which Daniel will use for his Circuit of Ireland debut!

2014 Pirelli Star Driver Daniel McKenna and co-driver Arthur Kierans will make their long awaited competitive debut in the David Greer Motorsport Citroen DS3 R3T this weekend on the Circuit of Ireland Rally. In a departure from the usual black colour scheme, the Pirelli prize drive car will also sport a new, eye catching yellow colour scheme for the... [Read more...]

Barrable first to sign up as entries officially open for Circuit of Ireland Rally

March 7, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

Barrable at speed during the Rallye Monte Carlo in the Tunnocks Fiesta R5

Circuit of Ireland Rally organisers have confirmed that this year’s startline will include high profile FIA WRC 2 competitor, Dublin’s Robert Barrable who is set to contest the Circuit’s international rally, the fourth round of the 2014 European Rally Championship.   Paris based Federation Internationale de l’Automobile have officially signed... [Read more...]

Magnanimous decision may help event future- with Art McCarrick

March 27, 2013 by Art McCarrick  

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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...]

The Circuit of Ireland- a critique- with Art McCarrick

March 15, 2013 by Art McCarrick  

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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...]

BREAKING NEWS: Circuit of Ireland International Rally will not run in 2013

December 14, 2012 by Alyson English  

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Craig Breen in the Peugeot 207 S2000 on this years highly successful running of the Circuit of Ireland

The world renowned Circuit of Ireland International Rally, run annually over the Easter weekend, will not take place in 2013. The news follows the incredible success of last year’s event and its inclusion in the International Rally Challenge (IRC) series which delivered a global audience of nearly 9 million via Eurosport. The event had also been provisionally... [Read more...]