Jun 16, 2017
The Joule Donegal International Rally, and as usual the event has attracted an extremely strong entry both in terms of quality and quantity. The rally is the fourth round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and most of the main contenders will be present in what should be a classic battle. Sam Moffett the championship leader is on the crest of a wave now having won the third round of the series in Killarney six weeks ago, and is also leading the national championship having won all rounds to date. He is the man very much on form and has also won the Donegal International in the past. Second placed championship driver Alastair Fisher will be looking to regain momentum after a disappointing result in Killarney. The Fermanagh driver led the championship after the opening two rounds but crashed out of contention in Killarney and will be hoping for better fortune in Donegal.
Third in the championship is Joe McGonigle who will be competing on his home International Rally and he has increased his pace with each passing round as he gets more used to his Skoda Fabia R5. Robert Barrable lies fourth overall in the series which belies how competitive he has been since he returned to rallying at the start of the year after a two-year break. His late retirement in West Cork was followed up by a fine second place in Killarney as he continues to show the potential of the Hyundai i20 R5 car on Irish tarmac. Rounding off the top five overall in the championship to date is Josh Moffett who missed Killarney after badly damaging his car in Monaghan and has only one rally under his belt since. It may take a few stages before Josh is completely on the pace of his rivals, but with three days of tough rallying ahead anything can happen.
With Stephen Wright, Brendan Cumiskey & Tomas Davies missing the event the opportunity is there for other drivers to move further up the leader board. Aaron MacHale in his Citroen has shown flashes of pace but hasn’t found consistency with the car just yet with an accident and puncture spoiling his Galway and West Cork events respectively. Paraic Duffy, Joe Connolly and John Mulholland are other drivers who stand to gain by getting a strong result. Mulholland has moved from a Skoda S2000 to a Skoda R5 for Donegal and the car with its gold livery should be one of the nicest cars on display.
William Mavitty leads the Group N category and will be hoping to take a step closer to taking the title, but Gavin Kelly who scored maximum points in Killarney could be a big threat. Andrew Burke leads ITRC3 at present but will not be in Donegal which opens the door for James Wilson and William Creighton to improve their positions while Marty Gallagher has only appeared on one round to date and has a lot of ground to make up.
The action begins with the Trentagh stage on Friday lunchtime with six stages on the opening day. The second day is the longest day with eight stages and the final day has six more stages including the classic Fanad, Atlantic Drive and Glen test and the first car is due back at the finish ramp at 6pm on Sunday evening.
Oct 17, 2021 Comments Off on Saturday FIA ETRC Truck Racing Action from Misano, Italy
Oct 17, 2021 Comments Off on Michael Barrable clinches 2021 Siltex Safety Fiesta Zetec Championship
Oct 17, 2021 Comments Off on Enel X named title sponsor of Island X Prix
Oct 17, 2021 Comments Off on Pablo Quintanilla wins the Morocco Rally 2021 for Monster Energy Honda Team
Comments Off on Creighton claims Trackrod Rally Yorkshire victory
Comments Off on Results in for 2021 Qatar International Baja
Comments Off on Rallye du Maroc – Back up and running for 2021
Comments Off on The legendary Audi quattro and the 5-cylinder engine
Sep 24, 2021Tweet Electrifying addition to the brand with the four...
Apr 16, 2021TweetThis instalment in Evro’s decade-by-decade series...
Mar 08, 2021TweetTo celebrate International Women’s Day, Alfa Romeo...
Feb 26, 2021TweetHRC are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of...
Feb 07, 2021Tweet*Mid-Atlantic archipelago spectacular hosts new season...
Oct 17, 2021TweetExtreme E has announced its upcoming event will be known as the Enel X Island X Prix, following title support from its Official Smart Charging Partner. Italian-based Enel X joined forces with...
Oct 17, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 13, 2021