Clare motor club members Tommy Flanagan and his daughter navigator Leanne from Lough Cutra, Gort were the winners in class 10 and they finished 15th overall in the National Section of last weekends “Safety Direct Galway International Rally”. This was Tommy’s tenth Galway International Rally having first competed in 1985 and has won class awards in eight of the ten rallies he has competed in. Driving his Ford Escort 1600cc on last weekends two day rally tommy built up a two minute lead in the class ahead of Declan Forde and James Power also driving Escorts at the end of Saturday’s nine stages.
On the two sunday morning stages “The Black Road” and “Duniry” which were repeated three times tommy added another 23 seconds to his tally but on the last couple of stages he developed gear box problems and had to drive to the finish without fourth gear. He eventually won the class by one minute and twenty four seconds.
Tommy’s son Keith, with navigator Martin Murray finished second in Class 9 driving his Toyota Starlet.
The overall winners of the Rally were Gareth McHale and co-driver Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC). They finished 43 seconds ahead of the Ford Fiesta S2000 of Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts. Co-driver Brian Murphy previously won the Galway Rally twice with Gareth’s father, Austin who won the rally six times. Gareth’s brother Aaron with co-driver Eugene O’Donnell secured third place.
Dermot Kelleher, Pro clare motor club
The 2009 Awards Ceremony for The” Top Part West Coast Rally Championship” which was hosted by the Clare Motor Club took place in the Auburn Lodge Hotel last
saturday night. This very popular seven round championship consists of rallies in Birr, Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Clare.
The awards ceremony was well attended with drivers, navigators, event organisers, team sponsors, familys and friends who turned out from all over the country to honour the 2009 prize winners. MC’s for the night were the voice of irish motorsport Duggie Hughes an honoury member of the Clare Motor Club and Bill Fitzgerald, chairman of the West Coast Rally Championship Committee. John Dillane MD of Top Part Ennis also attended and presented the competitors with their awards.
The overall winners of the 09 championship Niall Maguire / Enda Sherry from Monaghan thanked the championship organising committee and all the various motor clubs for organising a fantastic championship in such hard economical times and they also thanked the Clare Club for hosting the Awards Ceremony.
There was a lot of Clare Motor Club Competitors among the prizewinners with local navigator Grainne McEnery from Ennis finishing second overall in the championship with kerry driver Mike Quinn in their Ford Escort Mk2. Grainne and Mike who started rallying together at the beginning of 2009 have had a fantastic year. Along with finishing second overall in the west coast championship they also won the rally.ie award for the fastest two wheel drive car in the 09 National Rally Championship and the also won the modified section in the Historic Rally of the Lakes which took place in Killarney. Third overall in the top part championship was kerry pair Thomas Fitzmaurice / Fionn Foley in their Mitsubishi Evo 9. Trevor and Kenny Bustard were the overall Group N winners while Ed Synan / Denis O’Connell won the overall two wheel drive award. The overall Junior winners were Patrick and Gerard Divilly.
Clare Motor Club members who won awards included, Anthony O’Halloran / Charlie McEnery who won class 4 in their Mitsubishi Evo 9, Leanne Flanagan finished second in class 10. Joe Baker finished joint fourth in class eleven while navigator Jim Casey finished second in class 13. In the Junior section Martin Casey / Derek Flynn finished first in class 16 followed by Patrick Kelly who finished second also in class 16, both driving Honda Civics.
The Clare Motor Club who celebrates 30 years this year also honoured some of its members with awards. The club presented Grainne McEnery with a merit award for her achievements in 2009. Clerk of the course for the Clare Hillclimb Weekend John McNamara was also presented with a merit award for winning the prestigeous Dick Bailey Award for the best run hillclimb weekend in 2009. Tommy Flanagan was presented with The Jamie Leonard Cup as he was the winner of the club championship. Recently elected club secretary Martin Leahy from Ruan was presented with the club person of the year award for all the work he has put into the club and neighbouring clubs during the year.
The 2010 Top Part West Coast Rally Championship will start again with the first round taking place in Birr on February 28th. followed bt Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Clare and Kerry Mini Stages.
Photos taken by Dermot Kelleher/Rallyportfolio.com. Please see "gallery" section for more.
PRO Clare Motor Club
A Rally Timekeepers Procedures and Training Course will be held in the Auburn Lodge Hotel Ennis Co Clare on Sunday January the 24th at 1pm.
This course is being run in Conjuction with the Dunlop National Rally Championship and was requested by competitors and clubs involved in the Dunlop National Series.
However This Course is open to all clubs running Rallys
(National, International or Forestry) in 2010.
The purpose of the coures is to cover the procedures on all aspects of timing on Stage Rallys.
This course is also open and recomended to Competitors that wish to attend.
It is intended to run a number of these courses through out the country starting on Sunday the 24th to cover upcomming events such as
Galway International Rally, Birr Stages Rally
and all clubs in this region are welcome:
(Clare, Limerick, Galway, Kerry, Killarney Tipperary and any other clubs that wish to send timekeepers).
So Dont Forget The Auburn Lodge Ennis on the 24th of January at 1pm.
For More Details contact
087 2680732 / +353 87 2680732 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Top Part West Coast Awards Night 23rd January 2010.
@ The Auburn Lodge Hotel Gort Rd Ennis Co Clare
Tickets Now Available For 2009 Top Part West Coast Awards Night
Tickets For Awards Night Are Now Available To Purchase By Contacting;
Thomas McGarry @ 0868055884
Martin Leahy @ 0862162464.
Tickets Are Priced At €50 Each. The Auburn Lodge Hotel Are Offering A Special Rate For People Attending The Awards Night Of €85 For A Double Room Including Breakfast Or €44 Per Person Sharing Including Breakfast. Contact Numbers For The Hotel Can Be Found Below.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Hillclimb C.O.C for 2010 as Richard Casey. This isnt Richards first attempt at running the Hills either! Richard was C.O.C on the hills for two consecutive events in the last ten years. Everyone at Clare Motorclub wishes him the very best. Im sure Richard will have a strong team working with him in the organising of the event and that as many CMC members row in and help out as much as possible.
This year the Clare Hillclimb weekend reached new heights by being awarded best event throughout the year in the Hillclimb championship. This was achieved through plenty of hard work by outgoing C.O.C John McNamara and his team.
Pictured here is Richard trying his hand at priesthood...
Donegal Motor Club is dismayed to learn of the resignation of the Rallies Committee of Motorsport Ireland arising from an incident at an International Rally in 2009.
We call on all parties to act quickly and sensibly to resolve these difficulties.
However, as the Motor Club concerned, we support the stand taken by the Rallies Committee, and our nominee to it, and we applaud its determination to secure fair play for the competitors, officials and motor club caught up in the incident.
Our complaint to the Motorsport Commission and the Rallies Committee, which we delivered last July, remains unanswered and this is not satisfactory.
We note that the Dunlop Rally Championship sub-committee has resigned in support of the Rallies Committee. We thank both committees, and the National Forest Stages committee, which has also resigned, for their principled stand in the investigation of our complaint and we invite other motor clubs to do likewise.
We call on M.I. to properly address these issues and to reinstate the Rallies Committee, and to do so quickly.
"We refer to a statement issued by Motorsport Ireland on 11th December 2009.
It is with regret that we note that Motorsport Ireland has accepted the resignation of the Chairman, Secretary and individual members of its Rallies Committee.
The TROA would like to put on record it’s appreciation to Mr. James Coleman ( Rallies Committee Chairman) , and to his Committee members, for their efforts in endeavouring to bring a fair and just conclusion to matters arising in relation to an incident at one of the Irish Tarmac Championship counting rounds in 2009.
The TROA is concerned that despite the work done by the Rallies Committee over many months, the matter has not been resolved within Motorsport Ireland to the satisfaction of the Rallies Committee.
The TROA Chairman, Bobby Clinton, attends Rallies Committee meetings in his capacity as TROA representative. He has observed at first hand the work being done by its chairman and committee, can vouch for their integrity, and supports the officers and committee members in their efforts to properly administer rallying in Ireland.
In the light of confusion that has arisen regarding TROA's representation on the rallies committee, the matter will be considered by the members of TROA at it's AGM in January."
Programmes now on sale at €10.00
O Sullivan & Hansburys,
Maxol Limerick Rd Ennis,
Conways Shop Ennistymon,
Western Garages Shop,
Texaco opposite St Flannans College,
Fallons Spar Corofin,
Sheedys Shop Darragh Kilrush Rd,
Auburn Lodge Hotel,
Loughville Motors/Oliver Walsh Lahince Road.
This years event sees a massive contingent from the Clare Motorclub. There are no fewer than 36 CMC drivers and 35 Navigators taking part. So far this week the weather looks very promising and we all hope it will hold for the weekend.
An inclusion in the awards this year is the “Dermot Molloy” award. Any Class car that falls under 1650 cc is eligible and must have at least a CMC driver.This award is in memory of Dermot who was a CMC competitor and was sadly taken from us. His car is being rallied this weekend by Pakie Kelly and co-driven by David Livingstone who were very close friends of Dermot. Keep an eye out for a blue civic, car no. J2. There are 21 CMC crews eligible for this award.