Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Awards 2013

December 10, 2013 by Paul Phelan  

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Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival winner Niall Murray was amongst the winners today being selected as Dunlop Motorsport Young Racing Driver of the Year

A very successful year for Irish racing and rally drivers, both home and abroad, culminated with the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Awards 2013 in Dublin this week. The highlight of the ceremony is marked by the presentation of the prestigious Manley Memorial Trophy to the International Driver of the year and the awarding of the Billy Coleman and Sexton... [Read more...]

Galway International Rally Review- with Art McCarrick

February 5, 2013 by Art McCarrick  

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As Art predicted, once Cronin got used to the WRC Subaru, nobody could match him. Image from www.crspics.com

What a difference a few years make. The last time Keith Cronin took on the Galway International Rally, in 2010, he was reigning British champion. Seeded at number 3 and full of confidence and youthful exuberance, Cronin set off into a frosty and foggy stage 1 in his Group N Lancer and emerged as the leader having been quicker than 5 WRC cars. This... [Read more...]

Galway International Rally Preview with Art McCarrick

February 2, 2013 by Art McCarrick  

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Art McCarrick goes through the runners & riders for tomorrow's Galway International Rally

The traditional season opener in the West always throws up a few surprises and the 2013 Galway International Rally is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing in a long time. It is conceivable that any one of eight drivers could realistically win this rally and it’s a long time since that has been said about any international event. So let’s... [Read more...]

Read John Kenny’s Motorsport Column in the Star on Thursdays

October 20, 2012 by John Kenny  

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Craig Breen has done a superb job in 2012 in both the SWRC and IRC series

Unsurprisingly, given their somewhat conservative nature, the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship (ITRC) have decided not to expand beyond its present six rounds in 2013 despite a request from the West Cork Rally for inclusion into the senior series in Ireland. And Don Wilmont, the championship co-ordinator, has also stepped down after 13 years at the helm... [Read more...]

Citroen UK claim British Rally Manufacturers Championship with Keith Cronin

October 7, 2012 by Andrew Bushe  

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Keith Cronin & Marshall Clarke add their name to the history books as one of the few crews to become 3 time British Rally Champions. Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Third place in the International Rally Yorkshire was enough for Cork’s Keith Cronin and his Enniskillen co-driver, Marshall Clarke, to seal the British Rally Championship title and the Citroën Racing Trophy UK title to boot. What a weekend it was for Citroën as Tom Cave and Osian Pryce’s remarkable battle ended in a dead heat, the closest ever... [Read more...]

Cronin wins third British Rally Championship

September 30, 2012 by Declan Lee  

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Keith Cronin on the Ulster Rally earlier this year. Photo: Citroen Racing Trophy

Irish driver Keith Cronin became only the fourth driver in history to win the British Rally Championship three times this weekend after a third place finish at the International Rally Yorkshire. The former Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year won the Championship for the third time in four years after victories in 2009 and 2010 with financial... [Read more...]

Cronin on track as the Cirtroen Racing Trophy UK heads for the Trackrod!

September 27, 2012 by Andrew Bushe  

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Osian Pryce is just one of the drivers keen to put Cronin under pressure

With three overall rally victories this year, two time British Rally Champion Keith Cronin heads into the final International Rally Yorkshire with the Citroën Racing Trophy UK lead. Cronin is on 78 points ahead of Welsh driver’s Tom Cave on 69 points and Osian Pryce on 66. Northern Ireland driver’s Desi Henry and Johnny Greer are joint fourth with... [Read more...]

2012 MSA British Rally Championship Round 4 Preview – Jim Clark Rally

May 31, 2012 by Peter Boyd  

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Keith Cronin on the Pirelli Rally earlier this year. Photo: Peter Boyd

This weekend sees Round 4 of the British Rally Championship, the Jim Clark Rally (JCR), taking place in the Scottish Borders area, based in Kelso the event will be run close to the late F1 driver’s home town of Duns. After three rounds on gravel the JCR is the first of two tarmac events on the 2012 Championship calendar. Two spectator stages will... [Read more...]