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    Craig Breen and Paul Nagle (Ford Fiesta R5) will be looking to take a step closer to winning the 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship when they tackle this weekend’s Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney. This popular event is the fourth of a seven round series that has seen Breen win all the rounds to date and hold a fifteen-point advantage in the championship. For co-driver Paul Nagle who is a KDMC member it would be a dream come through to win his home international rally for the first time with this year also being the 40th running of the event.

    As usual there will be a strong line up of drivers looking to topple Breen, something that hasn’t happened to date, but hasn’t been for the want of trying from his rivals. Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble is second in the championship following two second places and a fifth place on the recent UAC Easter Stages Rally. Alastair has provided the biggest threat to Breen this season and if he can get ahead it should make for a fascinating tussle. Josh Moffett in third place has found Killarney somewhat of a challenge in recent years with an accident three years ago and persistent mechanical problems last year putting out of the running on each occasion. He has still to reach the form of last year when he won the Tarmac title, but don’t rule out a spirited defence of his crown for the remainder of the season.

    Sam Moffett is a previous winner of the event and always enjoys the Killarney stages and after a subdued year by his standards to date will be looking to lay down a marker here. Robert Barrable and Desi Henry were perhaps the stars of the 2018 rally, with Barrable leading overnight before he was overhauled on the quick Sunday stages. Henry showed good form on the recent UAC Easter Stages with a fine second place and will be looking to build on that in Kerry. Callum Devine has also impressed on his two outings to date with only mechanical problems dropping him out of second place on the last round. Jonny Greer & Daniel Cronin have some experience of the Killarney stages with Greer lying in join third in the championship, while Cronin will be doing his local international and will be hoping for better luck than in West Cork when an overheating engine put him out.

    Last years winner Manus Kelly is in a Hyundai i20 R5 this year and has found the switch to LHD a challenging one. Nonetheless the Donegal driver is nothing if not determined and last year’s winner will be keen to get more miles in his new car before his home international in June. Young Welsh driver Meirion Evans attempts Killarney in his Hyundai having shown flashes of pace so far this season and with more consistent times can muscle his way into the reckoning. Billy Coleman Award winner James Wilson will also be R5 mounted over the weekend as he makes the step up into a Hyundai and should be a great experience for the Armagh driver. Willie Mavitty and Andy Davies will be resuming their rivalry in Group N with 2017 & 18 champion Mavitty being strongly tested by Davies this year as the Welsh driver has proved impressive on Irish Tarmac. William Creighton who leads the ITRC 3 category is the top seeded driver ahead of Ronan Denning, Johnnie Mulholland and Eamonn Kelly.

    The Modified Championship leader Damian Toner is giving this round a miss and with a comfortable lead of 24 points over second placed Gerard McQuaid will still be leading going into the next round. McQuaid and third placed Damian Tourish are not entered either so David Condell, Conor McCrossan and Kevin O’Donoghue (on his home event) are lying fourth, fifth and seventh respectively and will be looking to move into second place after the weekends action. In contrast all of the main historic challengers are present apart from Owen Murphy. Championship leader Ray Cunningham skipped the last round but still holds a lead of 3.5 points from Craig MacWilliam who took maximum points on the last round. Duncan Williams and George Cullen are no strangers to Killarney either and will also be in contention to close in if Cunningham hits problems. Declan Jackson makes the trip from the Isle of Man as does Adrian Kermode with both drivers scoring well in this year’s series. The Junior championship is very tight as Shane Norris and Aaron Browne share the lead and will be going head to head in Killarney. Cian Walsh in third place will be looking to make up for the disappointment of retiring in West Cork while John Joe Williams and Cathal Nolan will be looking to build on steady championship start

    There are sixteen stages over two days in Killarney this coming weekend. The first day will see the crews tackle Molls Gap before doing two laps of the fabulous Beara stages. The Sunday stages are to the south and east of Killarney and will be every bit as testing for crews and cars alike.

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    Craig Breen & Paul Nagle in a Ford Fiesta R5 took a hard fought victory in the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney to edge closer to the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. The Waterford / Kerry pairing took their fourth consecutive win to move eighteen points clear of Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble. Like in two of the previous rounds Fisher proved to be Breen’s closest rival and at the end of the events sixteen stages the Fermanagh driver was only 14.9 second behind Breen. Callum Devine and Brian Hoy made it a Ford Fiesta 1-2-3 after another excellent performance where they set several fastest times over the weekend. Breen led from the start but was pushed all the way by Fisher who in turn fended off a second day challenge from Devine with all three drivers a long way clear of Desi Henry & Liam Moynihan in fourth place. Among the retirements were Josh Moffett & Manus Kelly (both off road), Sam Moffett (sheared wheel) and Jonny Greer & Daniel Cronin (mechanical).

    Provisional Championship Top 3 Overall
    1 – Craig Breen 68
    2 – Alastair Fisher 50
    3 – Desi Henry 32
    4 – Callum Devine 30
    5= Josh Moffett & Jonny Greer 24


    The Modified championship sees a few positional changes with David Condell finishing in fourth place to move into second overall in the series. Damian Toner who didn’t compete in Killarney still holds a lead of 15.5 points while Conor McCrossan moves into third place ahead of Kevin O’Donoghue and Gerard McQuaid who tie for fourth. The Historic Championship is still being led by Ray Cunningham but Duncan Williams took top points to consolidate third place behind Craig MacWilliam. The Junior Championship is being led provisionally by Cian Walsh on 31 points with John Joe Williams second overall on 26 points.

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    After a seven week break the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship kicks back into gear this coming weekend with round five, the iconic Donegal International Rally taking place from 21st – 23rd June. As always the three day 20 stage event has attracted a very strong entry, and some registered competitors have moved to World Rally Cars for the event and therefore are ineligible to score points this time around. Craig Breen, Desi Henry, Sam Moffett & Cathan McCourt are among those to make the switch while leaves the door open for some drivers to make some serious championship gains. Craig Breen currently leads the series after four successive wins to hold an eighteen point lead, but closest rival Alastair Fisher will be looking to close that gap substantially in order to keep his slim hopes alive. Fisher is the highest seeded of the R5 championship contenders at number seven, but he will be pushed hard by Josh Moffett who is directly behind him on the road.

    The younger Moffett brother is the reigning tarmac champion, but has had a very difficult year to date with mechanical problems on a couple of events and an accident on the last round in Killarney leaving him well adrift. Callum Devine has been a revelation this year and has got quicker on each round since starting his campaign in West Cork. Third place the last time out in Killarney means he will be well in the mix to take top points in Donegal. It has also been a mixed year for Welsh driver Meirion Evans with some mechanical issues dropping him out of the running on a few events, but he has also shown flashes of speed in the Hyundai on his first full Tarmac Championship season. Manus Kelly has won Donegal for the past three years, but although he is top seed this year, he will be in a Hyundai i20 R5 as he continues to get to grips with his new car. A number of accidents and a difficult learning curve adjusting to LHD have hampered progress, but the Donegal driver is nothing if not determined, and will look for a strong performance on his home rally.

    William Mavitty and Andy Davies have been locked in battle all year for Group N honours and with two wins each so far, the pair are tied at the top of the IRTC2 standings. Michael Boyle has shown he has the pace to beat both drivers but has failed to finish on both rounds he competed on this year so far. William Creighton currently leads IRTC3 but is not competing in Donegal leaving the door open for Johnnie Mulholland to move into the lead with a good finish. Eamon Kelly is on home territory though and will be more than capable of a good result in the hills.

    The modified championship brings together most of the main protagonists, with championship leader Damian Toner holding a 15.5 point lead over David Condell. Damien Tourish and Brian Brogan will be expecting to do battle for top points with both drivers having a lot to do to catch up with the leaders. Conor McCrossan and Gerard McQuaid have been very consistent in the rounds they have competed on and currently lie third and fourth respectively and still in with a strong shout for overall honours. JR McDaid who finished runner up last year in the championship is another who will be looking to improve his overall position after a mixed first half of the season. The Historic Championship is being led by Ray Cunningham in his magnificent Mini, but he is not competing in Donegal which leaves the door open for Craig MacWilliam or Duncan Williams who currently lie second and third respectively. MacWilliam is only 5.5 points off the lead while Williams who is 12 behind Cunningham was very impressive in Killarney and will be looking for another maximum score here. Luke McCarthy has made the switch this year to an Escort and has been very impressive, taking top points in West Cork. Other championship regulars to attempt Donegal include Brendan McAree, Andy Johnson, Adrian Kermode, Martin Freestone & Philip McKibbin.

    The Junior Championship has been much tighter this year, and three Cork drivers lead the way. Cian Walsh holds a five point lead over John Joe Williams with both drivers entered in Donegal along with Aaron Brown who holds joint third place. Cathal Nolan from Clare is another of the registered crews to enter, but Conor Murphy and Michael Cunniffe are currently on the reserve list such is the demand for entries. Over thirty have been received for the junior category but only 25 can start the rally on Sunday.
    The action gets underway near Buncrana at 12.17 on Friday 21st with the Mouldy Hill stage. There are six stages in all the first day, eight on Saturday and six more to conclude the rally on Sunday evening with the first car due back at the finish ramp at approximately 5.30pm.

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    The Today’s Ulster Rally which takes place on Saturday August 17th is the penultimate round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship which is still very much up grabs. Championship leader Craig Breen wasn’t eligible for points on the last round due to driving a World Rally Car, the tragically curtailed Donegal International Rally, but is still odds on to take the title. Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle will appear in Newry in a Melvyn Evans prepared Hyundai i20 R5 as they bid to wrap up the series with another strong result. Lying six points behind is Fermanagh driver Alastair Fisher in a Ford Fiesta R5who will be hoping for a Breen slip up to keep the championship challenge going until the last round in Cork. Fisher has been Breen’s closest rival all year but is still waiting for his first outright rally win in the Tarmac Championship, while if Breen wins in Ulster he will take the title.

    Callum Devine has been one of the revelations of the year, taking top points in Donegal and getting progressively quicker with each passing round. Could he finally take an overall Tarmac championship round win on the Ulster Rally? It certainly won’t be for the want of trying and he has the talent to do it. Mathematically Callum still has a chance of the title but will need a slip up from his rivals in order to head to the final round with a fighting chance. There are others too that are capable of good result, with Josh Moffett the 2018 champion likely to be challenging after a very mixed year by his standards. Jonny Greer will be very much on home territory and can be relied on to put in a strong performance while Desi Henry is back out in a Fiesta R5 and Meirion Evans and Daniel Cronin are two others that can mix it with the best. With the BRC also in town, Tom Cave can take points for both series having finished third overall in West Cork.

    Willie Mavitty & Andy Davies are locked in battle for Group N honours with Mavitty holding a three point lead. Mavitty has taken top points twice in the category this season and Davies once, but both drivers have a string of runner up points as well, and this will go down to the wire in Cork. William Creighton and Johnnie Mulholland tie for the lead in ITRC 3 with Eamonn Kelly getting quicker on each round and currently in third place.

    Tarmac Championship Overall Points After Round 6
    1 – Craig Breen 68
    2 – Alastair Fisher 62
    3 – Callum Devine 47
    4 – Josh Moffett 38
    5 – Desi Henry 32


    Damian Toner leads the Modified Championship from David Condell and will be looking to use the proximity to home to his advantage on this round. Condell has been impressive this season on rounds that he hadn’t done before such as Donegal and West Cork. Damien Tourish, Conor McCrossan and Gerard McQuaid complete the top five places with only 1.5 points separating those three drivers.

    The Historic Championship sees Duncan Williams lead on 58 points but Craig MacWilliam is only 2.5 points behind. Ray Cunningham in third place is only five points off the lead but has missed two of the last three rounds. Adrian Kermode lies in fourth place on 38 points, nine ahead of Luke McCarthy who in turn is three ahead of Andy Johnson who completes to top six.
    The Junior Championship is being led by Cian Walsh on 31 points with John Joe Williams in second place just five points behind. Aaron Browne and Shane Norris are tied for third place with Mick Lonergan in fifth place and still in with a chance of the title.

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    Craig Breen & Paul Nagle are the 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally after taking a start to finish victory in the Today’s Ulster Rally. Breen who drove a Hyundai i20 R5 on this occasion win took his fifth win of the season which leaves him in an unassailable position with one round still to go. The winning margin after the nine stage event was 20.5 seconds over Welsh driver Matt Edwards who was in a Ford Fiesta R5. Callum Devine & Brian Hoy were just over 20 second further back to take the final podium place in another Ford Fiesta R5. It was a frustrating event for Alastair Fisher who suffered with a misfire which ultimately dropped him to fifth behind Meirion Evans who switched to a Skoda Fabia R5 for the event. It was the young Welsh driver’s best performance of the season following his switch from a Hyundai for this round.

    Daniel Cronin & JJ Cremin took sixth place after making the long journey up from Cork in yet another Ford Fiesta R5. There was a notable level of attrition with Josh Moffett (accident), Desi Henry (driveshaft), Jonny Greer (mechanical) and Tom Cave (accident) all side-lined. The Group N battle is going to the final round in Cork as Andy Davies had just under thirty seconds to spare over William Mavitty as the pair where locked in battle for the entire event. It’s been the story of the season with the pendulum swinging one way and then the other.

    In the Modified Championship Damian Toner took yet another win on the way to fantastic eighth overall but he was pushed very hard by David Condell. The Carlow driver put it up to Toner and was rewarded with ninth overall just 11 seconds behind his rival and keeps the championship alive going into Cork. Top Historic points went the way of Duncan Williams who finished ahead of Ray Cunningham. This extends his championship lead over the Galway driver to eight points with Adrian Kermode completing the podium positions. The final championship round is the Cork 20 Rally which takes place on 28th & 29th September.

    Provisional Tarmac Championship Overall Points after Round 6

    1 – Craig Breen 85
    2 – Alastair Fisher 72
    3 – Callum Devine 61
    4 – Meirion Evans 43
    5 – Josh Moffett 38

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    Been some year for Breen, he has been faultless really, and not just in the ITRC. jumping into new cars and winning in 4 different manufacturer R5's is some feat and a great drive in Finland. Im a big fan of Alastair Fisher, just as I was Bertie. Its a pity he had some bad luck this year as well as come up against the in form Breen. Would really love to see him add his name alongside Bertie's, as Tarmac Champion. Hopefully he is back next year.

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    The final round of the 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship takes place this coming weekend with the CB Toolhire Cork 20 International Rally. Although the overall championship has been decided in favour of Craig Breen, the other three categories are down for decision in Cork. The International Rally will see a new name inscribed on the winners trophy as no former winners feature, yet it could be one of the most open and exciting rounds of the season. Top seeds Callum Devine & Brian Hoy are deserved favourites having shown a terrific turn of pace all season and Devine will be looking to end the season on a high by moving into second place in the championship standings with a strong result. An outright win is the aim though and with the Derry drivers pace increasing with each event he will be hard to stop. Jonny Greer & Kirsty Riddick led the event briefly last year only to go off the road on the second day and Jonny will be looking to put in a strong performance again this year after a year of uncharacteristic inconsistency in terms of finishes.

    Third seed Marty McCormack is not championship registered, but his appearance in the new VW Polo R5 will surely be one of the event highlights as it’s the first competitive appearance in Ireland for that car. Meirion Evans, Daniel Cronin and Cathan McCourt are others who are capable of outright victory, while Rob Duggan’s appearance in the Proton Iriz R5 will also be a source of much interest. David Guest will be in relative home territory in in his Skoda S2000 while Jordan Hone makes the transition to an R5 Fiesta for this event. The Modified Championship is between Damian Toner and David Condell after a yearlong battle. Toner very much had the better of exchanges in the opening two rounds in Galway and West Cork, but as the year has progressed, Condell has closed the gap. Condell’s times were extremely competitive on the previous round in Ulster where the stages were very much in Toners backyard. Toner still has a strong advantage, but cannot afford any slip ups on the final round.

    The Historic Championship has been very well supported all year and this is reflected on the final round with most of those in the top ten standings entered in Cork. Duncan Williams leads the way, but Ray Cunningham in his remarkable Mini only lies eight points behind. Williams has taken top points on each of the last three rounds and is a regular visitor to the Cork 20 as he looks to tie up the title. Craig MacWilliam in third place has had a very consistent year in his beautifully prepared Escort Mk1 including taking top points on the UAC Easter Stages event. Adrian Kermode makes the long journey from the Isle of Man in his beautiful Porsche 911while the Luke McCarthy and George Cullen wheel out their fabulous Mark 2 Escorts in Cork. The Junior Championship will also be decided in Cork between Cian Walsh and John Joe Williams who are both from Cork, with Walsh currently holding a five point advantage over his fellow Cork driver.

    The action gets underway just before midday on Saturday with the classic Kilnamartyra test and there are five stages on the opening day. The second days action begins with another classic, Mullaghanish at 9:30am with eight stages in all scheduled for Sunday. The first car is due back at the finish close to 4:30pm after thirteen special stages.


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    Irish Tarmac Rally Championship Round 7 Report

    The overall Irish Tarmac Rally Championship may have been decided in Craig Breen’s favour after the previous round in Ulster, but the final round in Cork wasn’t without its excitement and drama. At the end of the thirteen stage CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally it was Marty McCormack & Barney Mitchell who took their first ever victory on a tarmac championship round and also gave the VW Polo R5 a winning Irish debut. Callum Devine & Daniel Cronin both led at various stages but both slipped off the road as did Cathan McCourt who was lying in the top three. McCormack took the victory but Meirion Evans in second place pushed hard and took maximum tarmac championship points with second place. This provisionally put in him fourth place overall in the championship standings behind Breen, Alastair Fisher & Devine. Jonny Greer recovered well from transmission woes on the first day to take third overall and fifth place in the championship.

    The ITRC 2 championship went right down to the wire with a winner takes all battle between Andy Davies and William Mavitty. Once again there was little to choose between the pair, but Davies eventually edged his rival to take the Group N tittle to Wales and prevent Mavitty from winning the series for three years in a row. William Creighton took the ITRC 3 title in his Peugeot 208 R2 with Johnnie Mulholland finishing second overall in the championship in a Fiesta R2T.

    Damian Toner only needed to finish in the top three overall to take the Modified Championship title but did enough to win the category outright, a task made more straightforward with the late retirement of his closest rival David Condell with gearbox failure. Duncan Williams was a deserving winner of the Historic Championship after a consistently fast season; Ray Cunningham his closest rival put his Mini off the road on the opening day. Cian Walsh was the winner of the junior championship as he took fourth place overall and his closest rival John Joe Williams retired on the opening stage.

    Provisional Tarmac Championship Overall Points after Round 7

    1 – Craig Breen 85
    2 – Alastair Fisher 72
    3 – Callum Devine 61
    4 – Meirion Evans 56.5
    5 – Jonny Greer 45

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