Bye Bye Corsa, Hello Civic!- with Tonya Fortune.

May 27, 2014 by Tonya Fortune  

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Tonya on her way to an impressive third in class in Carlow in her newly acquired Civic! Image from John Leslie Photography.

Well, the second round of my Dunlop Championship campaign took place at the Carlow Stages Rally on May 11th. However there was quite an unexpected change in the lead up to the event, with the purchase of my new car! I decided to take the plunge in April, and have now made the move to Class 3, in a Honda Civic Type R. Luckily, I had the opportunity to... [Read more...]

2014 Update & Mayo Stages- with Tonya Fortune,

April 1, 2014 by Tonya Fortune  

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Tony and new navigator Damien Lawlor at speed in the Corsa. Image from Kevin Glendinning

Between one thing and another it’s been quite a while since I’ve had time to update this! To sum up 2013, it finished out on a high taking another class win in my local rally, the Wexford Stages, and 2nd overall in the Junior section of the South East Stages Championship. 2014 sees me set my sights on the Dunlop National Rally Championship. The... [Read more...]

Irish Festival Of Speed Blog- with Tonya Fortune

August 9, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

Tonya had a great day at The IFS 2013!

On Saturday evening I made the long trip to Limerick to take part in the second day of the Irish Festival of Speed Sprint, on Sunday 4th August. It’s most unusual to find yourself with a smile on your face on the Tuesday following a bank holiday weekend, but that’s the way I have found myself today, as I would easily say it was one of the most enjoyable... [Read more...]

Disappointing return to the stages- with Tonya Fortune

May 19, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

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Tonya sporting the logo on the Carlow Stages Rally. Photo: John Carey

Sunday 12th May saw my return to the stages, on the Carlow Stages Rally, on the back roads around Tullow. Myself and Dan arrived at the rally hoping for a good result, following all the work that had been put into improving the car over the course of the last few months. The morning saw us greeted by rain as we prepared to head out onto the first loop... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: The first event of the year!

April 16, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

Tonya with her newly prepared Opel Corsa on the Wexford Hillclimb

So as you all know, I’ve spent that last few weeks having a bit of work done on the car before heading back out last weekend for the Wexford Hillclimb. Little did I know how last minute it would be, and with only getting the car back late Friday evening, I was left in the position of being unable to have any real test drive before the event. Saturday... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: Exciting times ahead!

February 22, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

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We're hoping to return to the South East Stages in Carlow or on the Rock! Photo: John Carey –

So as I’m writing, I’m in the process of having a new engine fitted to the car, and my first entry of the season has been posted! I’m due out on the 23rd March for the Wexford Motor Club Hillclimb, and it looks like being quite an interesting weekend, as it will be my first event with the new engine fitted. My last outing was in late December,... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: My experiences in the rallying world

January 25, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

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Myself and Dan flying on the Stonethrowers in 2012. Photo: John Carey -

Hi everyone, my name is Tonya Fortune, and I’m delighted to be able to bring you my stories from my experiences in the rallying world. I am a rally driver, living and working in Wexford, and have been a motorsport and car fanatic all my life! Some of my earlier memories of rallying in Wexford were from sitting on the ditches watching Eamonn Boland... [Read more...]