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Corrib Oil Galway International Rally 2016

Corrib Oil Galway International Rally 2016

February 9, 2016 - Sport - , , ,

Day 1 of The Corrib Oil Galway International Rally 2016 Greeted The Competitors With Rain, Wind, Muck And Potholes. The 3 Challenging Stages Based In The Portumna – Eyrecourt Region Proved Extremely Treacherous And Difficult For Both Man And Machine.
The Opening Round of The Clonakilty Blackpudding Tarmac Rally Championship Saw The Maiden Voyage For the R5 Category Which Lead To Some Interesting Dog Fights Throughout The Day To Say The Least. Garry Jennings In His Impreza Set The Pace Early With Declan Boyle In His Fiesta. Stage 1 Claimed The Mini of Tim McNulty Who Encountered A Telegraph Pole. Also Tommy Doyle Fought The Galway Potholes But The Potholes Proved To Be Very Unforgiving And They Bit Back Resulting In His Retirement.
The Battle For R5 Proved To Be A Very Heated Affair Seeing The Marques of Skoda, Ford And Citroen Doing Battle for Overall Honours. Notable Names In The R5 Battle Included Desi Henry, Alastair Fisher, Keith Cronin, Stephen Wright And The Moffett Brothers Josh And Sam.
The Day Saw The Galway Stages Claim A Lot of Well Known Names. SS5 Claimed Declan Gallagher In The Wrc Subaru While SS6 Saw Declan Boyles Fiesta Retire.
These Retirements Left Garry With A Very Comfortable By The End of The First Day Over The R5 DS3 of Keith Cronin With Alastair Fisher Hot On The Cork Mans Heels.
In The Modified Section It Was BMW Versus Ford For The Lead After Day 1. Eugene Meegan Held A Slender Lead Over Pattersons Mk2 With Galway Man Tom Flaherty In Third.
The Historic Category Saw Ray Cunningham In His Little Mini Hold A Fairly Commanding Lead Over David Goose From The UK In His Mk2 Escort. The Porsche 911 of Dave Hogan Was In Third.

After The Final 6 Stages On Day 2 It Was Like A Fairytale Ending For Garry Jennings And Rory Kennedy. They Lead The Rally From Start To Finish With No Hiccups Whatsoever. They finished Over Three Minutes Ahead of The Citroen R5 of Keith Cronin And Mikie Galvin. Alastair Fisher And Gordon Noble Finished In Third In The Fiesta R5. Desi Henry Reired After A Small Excursion In His R5 Skoda.
The Weather Didnt Dampen The Spirits of Jennings And Kennedy As They Celebrated Back At The Finish Ramp.
This Proved To Be One The Trickiest Rallies In Many Years For Galway Motor Club But They Rose To The Challenge. Congratlutions To Kieran Donohue And His Team On An Excellent Job All Weekend.
The Ranking In The Modified Section Changed Slightly After The Bmw of Eugene Meegan And Sarah Whelan Succumbed To The Agression of The Black Road Which Resulted In Victory For The Escort of Wesley Patterson And Johnny Baird. Over A Minute Behind Was The Similar Escort of Galway Man Tom Flatherty And Patrick Curley. Jason McSweeney And Stephen Quinn’s Mitsubishi Came Home Third.
The Mighty Mini of Ray Cunningham And Adrian Cusack Dominated The Historic Category.
While In The Junior Category Kieran O’ Donoghue And Peter Falvey Took Victory In A Honda Civic.

So After Round 1 of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship Keith Cronin Is Leading The Way Ahead of Alastair Fisher With Sam Moffett In Third Place. Brother Josh Is Fourth And The Skoda of Joe McGonigle Is Fifth.

The Next Round of The Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship See The Crews Head To Clonakilty For The West Cork Rally Which Takes Place March The 12th And 13th.

Overall Results

1. Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC) 1h 42m 58s
2. Keith Cronin/Mikey Galvin (Citroen DS3 R5) 1h 46m 23s
3. Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h 46m 40s
4. Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h 47m 28s
5. Roy White/James O’Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h 47m 40s
6. Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h 48m 18s
7. Joe McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Skoda Fabia S2000) 1h 48m 37s
8. Jonny Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Citroen DS3 R5) 1h 48m 39s
9. Stephen Wright/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h 48m 53s
10. David Guest/Paddy Robinson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 1h 52m 18s

Class winners:
Callum Devine/Keith Moriarty
Richard Whelan/James Whelan
David Guest/Paddy Robinson
Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson
Roy White/James O’Brien

National Event:
1. Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird (Ford Escort) 1h 50m 52s
2. Tom Flaherty/Patrick Curley (Ford Escort) 1h 52m 01s
3. Jason McSweeney/Stephen Quin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1h 52m 31s
4. Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’Donnell (Ford Escort) 1h 52m 49s
5. Andrew Fanning/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta) 1m 54m 41s
6. Ross Marshall/Dave Robson (Ford Escort) 1h 54m 46s

Historic Rally:
1. Ray Cunningham/Adrian Cusack (Mini Cooper S) 2h 00m 30s
2. David Goose/Richard Wardle (Ford Escort) 2h 03m 25s
3. Luke MacCarthy/David Hogan (Porsche 911) 2h 03m 41s

Junior Rally:
1. Kieran O’Donoghue/Peter Falvey (Honda Civic) 55m 36s
2. Mark Murphy/Michael Hamilton (Honda Civic) 55m 40s
3. Mark O’Leary/Ciaran Graal (Toyota Starlet) 56m 08s

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