National crews set for mighty mountainside Birr Stages
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3d ago
Josh and Sam Moffett are set to continue their National Rally Championship rivalry on Sunday’s Birr Stages Rally. The Monaghan brothers are seeded first and second for the nine-stage event in Citroen C3 and Hyundai i20 Rally2 cars. Josh edged his elder brother on their home event less than two weeks ago after a thrilling day-long duel. Daniel Cronin, Declan Boyle, and Rally2 dark horse Ryan Loughran complete the top five. Enda O’Brien, who finished fourth on last year’s Killarney Rally of the Lakes, makes his first appearance of the year. The Kilkenny driver is seeded 11th in his Volkswagen P ..read more
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Creighton’s speedy spring homecoming tour
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3d ago
Three rallies, three podiums – William Creighton has made a real statement during his homecoming tour of British and Irish rallies this Spring. The 2023 Junior World Rally Champion ventured into the merciless world of Rally2 competition this season. A category arguably more competitive than WRC’s Rally1 benchmark, jumping into WRC2 isn’t for the faint-hearted. With a tonne of talented, and by no means inexperienced, rally drivers it is easy to get lost among WRC2’s ocean of entrants. Creighton started his season on Rally Sweden, an event he seized his Junior WRC advantage on 12 months ..read more
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How Evans is finding Toyota transition
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1w ago
Meirion Evans made his transition to Toyota’s Yaris Rally2 look easy on the British Rally Championship’s North West Stages opener. Now he faces a new challenge as the rejuvenated series heads to Severn Valley’s iconic Welsh gravel stages. Last year’s Irish Tarmac frontrunner spoke to Rally Insight after his promising third-place finish on BRC’s opening round. Evans gave us an idea of the key differences between the Yaris and his previous Volkswagen Polo R5. “I was really happy to get a podium on a rally that had two British Champions and a European Champion starting in front of me,” s ..read more
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Brennan ready for 2024 Junior ERC challenge
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2w ago
Jack Brennan has revealed he will take on the 2024 Junior European Rally Championship in his Peugeot 208 Rally4. The 2023 Billy Coleman Award winner will form part of a two-car Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy team in the six-round series. Galway’s Aoife Raftery will drive MI Rally Academy’s other Rally4 car in Junior ERC. Brennan has been competing in a Rally4 208 since October. The 19-year-old wasted no time in achieving top results, finishing fifth overall on the British Rally Championship’s Cambrian Rally. Now, Brennan is focusing on Junior ERC – his first overseas rally campaign. “Taking ..read more
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Edwards grabs epic Circuit of Ireland Rally win
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3w ago
Matt Edwards and David Moynihan sealed their first Irish Tarmac Rally Championship victory on mixed weather Circuit of Ireland Rally. Edwards overcame Irish Tarmac’s 2024 pacesetter Keith Cronin to take a skillful 14.4-second win.  The Ford Fiesta Rally2 duo kicked off the day with a fastest time on Drummond. The sun was out across the County Tyrone stages although a host of wet sections littered the early stages after a week of heavy rain. Four-tenths of a second was Edwards’ minuscule advantage over Cronin after stage one. Defending Circuit of Ireland winner Callum Devine was seven sec ..read more
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Edwards: West Cork result a big confidence boost
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3w ago
Matt Edwards is heading to Saturday’s Circuit of Ireland Rally with renewed confidence after an inspired performance on the West Cork Rally. The Irish Tarmac newcomer overcame extreme elements over West Cork’s three-day event to secure a second-place finish on the second round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. With less than two weeks between West Cork and the Circuit of Ireland, Edwards is excited to get stuck into his latest Irish Tarmac outing. “The result in West Cork definitely buoyed the confidence,” said the 39-year-old. “It was a much-needed result after Galway. The team ..read more
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Can Cronin be stopped on Circuit of Ireland?
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3w ago
The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship heads north this weekend to the Tyrone-based Circuit of Ireland Rally. A new eight-stage route will challenge and test crews on Saturday – we give you the latest on the four tricky tests at the end of this preview. Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin have been the class act so far in Irish Tarmac’s opening two rounds. The Ballylickey driver mastered difficult weather conditions in Galway and West Cork to take dominant victories on both rounds. The Circuit of Ireland will be an altogether different task, however, as the single-day event will be a nip-and-tuck race ..read more
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Armstrong unveils ERC attack with M-Sport
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3w ago
Jon Armstrong is set to challenge for the 2024 European Rally Championship driving an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta Rally2. The programme continues Armstrong’s strong relationship with the Cumbrian rally team as he steps up from recent Rally3 successes. The reigning ERC3 champion has teamed up with co-driver Eoin Treacy for the eight-round campaign. Their maiden championship in a Rally2 car will start on April’s Rally Hungary. “It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to complete a full year behind the wheel of a Rally2 car,” commented Armstrong. “We’ve been working on this for numerous ..read more
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Why Devine can kickstart Tarmac challenge on Circuit
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by Rallyinsight
3w ago
Reigning Irish Tarmac Rally Champion Callum Devine is keen to reinvigorate his latest championship challenge on Saturday’s Circuit of Ireland. The Volkswagen Polo R5 driver had planned to start the season on the front foot after tricky starts in his preceding two Irish Tarmac campaigns. Fourth in the Irish Tarmac standings and 26 points off the championship lead after 2024’s first two rounds was not what he had in mind. Devine made a strong on this year’s championship-opening Galway International Rally. He recorded his best result to date on the tough Connacht classic, finishing secon ..read more
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Astute Cronin on top after wet West Cork Saturday
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1M ago
Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin produced another wet weather masterclass to build a one-minute, 18.8-second advantage after the West Cork Rally’s second day of action. The Ford Fiesta Rally2 duo started the day 6.3 seconds behind reigning Irish Tarmac Rally Champions Callum Devine and Noel O’Sullivan. A foggy Clogagh opener tested the crews early on Saturday morning and Cronin seized the rally lead with a storming effort 8.9 seconds faster than any of his rivals. Struggling to see through the fog, Devine was lifting off the throttle in fast sections of the stage and dropped a further 12.3 secon ..read more
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