May 19, 2024

Whereas Jimmy was successful matches in Derry, Donegal driver Jason Wilkinson was successful rallies in Offaly.

By Donegal Motor Membership PRO, Bernard Gallagher

An epic battle in school 16 within the Offaly countryside on Sunday noticed 4 all-Donegal crews preventing for the category honours throughout the 9 phases Birr Levels Rally laid out by Birr & District Motor Membership. Letterkenny’s Ronan Dorrian with the well-known Mickey Joe Browne, Cresslough’s Jason Wilkinson with Ciaran McGinley (principal pic), Mountcharles Jordan Jervis/James McBrearty and Inishowens Kyle McDaid and Shane Maguire spent the day nipping at one another’s heels. On the finish of stage 1, a mere 9.5 seconds separated the highest 4 in school 16.

Nevertheless, an enormous push over stage 3, noticed Jervis/Mcbrearty quickest by 1.9 seconds to carry the lead heading into the primary service With the highest 4 battle right down to solely 3.9 seconds.

Sadly, minor mechanical points would put go to Jervis/McBrearty’s lead. Though nonetheless placing in affordable occasions, it wasn’t sufficient to match the tempo on the entrance. Returning to the second service of the day, it was Letterkenny’s Ronan Dorrian with new navigator Mickey Joe Browne, who held the benefit by 1.3 seconds over Wilkinson/McGinley with Mc Daid/Maguire in 3 rd.

Heading for the ultimate loop, a wonderful cost by Wilkinson/McGinley would see them take the lead over Dorrian/Browne. A tiny 4.5 second hole separated the highest 3 juniors going into the ultimate stage. Some final minute drama for the Wilkinson/McGinley, with a bust radiator hose earlier than beginning SS9. However as all the time in rallying, assist isn’t distant with a spare radiator hose generously supplied to proceed the battle and maintain on to 1 st place. In what’s turning into the norm for Kyle McDaid, a big final minute push over the ultimate stage, he stopped the clock at 6:57.2. this netted McDaid/Maguire the quickest class 16 time however extra importantly promoted them to 2 nd place forward of Ronan Dorrian/Mickey Joe Browne by 1.3seconds. Trentagh’s Jason Tease additionally bought a end in his first ever rally driving.

A number of the Donegal Juniors.

In whole, over 40 Donegal Motor Membership members competed within the 2024 birr phases rally, the three rd spherical of the Triton sponsored Nationwide rally championship. Just like class 16, many membership members loved the tight competitors all through the day. The dry circumstances making a change from the standard moist and mucky terrain.

Total standings, Donegal city constructing contractor David Kelly with the skilled Arthur Kierans completed 3 rd general within the Volkswagen polo R5. Kelly actually beginning to settle within the Polo – will we see a podium in Donegal?

In school 2, Gareth Deazley/Oisin Joyce led the best way from Matthew Boyle/Gary Byrne to assert victory by simply 2.4 seconds. Class 5 noticed the Boyles taking 2 nd and three rd spot with son Michael Boyle/Dermott McCafferty simply piping father Declan Boyle/Patrick Walsh to the submit for two nd place.

Class 11F noticed some fierce competitors throughout all phases, Brian Moore with Brockagh man Damian Doherty within the scorching seat led the category till an unlucky roll on SS8 put an finish to their day.

The ultimate outcomes noticed Trentagh/Kilmacrennan cousins Gavin Russell/Daniel Callaghan taking 3 rd within the extremely aggressive class. Rathmullan engine extraordinaire Kevin Gallagher and Ryan Moore took an excellent victory in school 14 within the T90 Darrian after a commanding drive all day to struggle off the assault from Chris O’Callaghan / Kaine Treanor. Gallagher/Moore additionally collected the Sligo Pallets drive of the day award for being the quickest class 14 crew on ss5 of the occasion. Micky Carbin with Convoys Dean O’Sullivan, took a really properly deserved 3 rd place after one other good drive by the Monaghan man in solely his 4 th occasion after changing to the rear wheel drive escort from his typical 4 wheel drive Mitsubishi Lancer.

3 rd in school 20 went to Donegal city brothers Trevor and Kenny Bustard. Total, a big properly carried out to COC Eoin Longworth and his staff, and to all at Birr & District Motorclub on the operating of a protected and pleasant occasion. Congratulations to everybody who collected trophies and completed the occasion. Due to all membership marshals who travelled to help within the operating of the occasion. These occasions can’t run with out the assist of volunteers, so due to every volunteer for his or her help. The subsequent spherical of the Triton Nationwide Championship is the Carlow phases rally in Might.

Rory Kennedy (L) and Donagh Kelly.

Vltava Historic Rallye Success for Donegal Stalwarts. 

Final weekend Frosses driver Donagh Kelly and Letterkenny’s Rory Kennedy took half in Spherical 2 of the 2022 FIA EHRC held within the Czech Republic with the thirtieth Historic Vltava Rally being the host occasion. This occasion had all types of circumstances in retailer with snow, rain, muck and sunshine all in retailer for the Donegal Crew. The skilled crew saved to the plan and completed third Total beat solely by 4 wheel drive equipment which was anticipated within the slippy circumstances.


Jimmy’s successful matches however Jason’s successful rallies once more! was final modified: April twenty fourth, 2024 by Employees Author