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Galway International Rally | FINAL RESULTS in pictures and video


The 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally will go down in the history books as possibly the best ever! It was a new dawn for Irish rallying as the R5 category of cars took over as the main vehicles in the Irish Tarmac Championship, of which the Galway International Rally is the first round. Monsoon like conditions greeted the drivers over the weekend, which was in stark contrast to last year’s crisp dry weather. Fermanagh man Garry Jennings with navigator Rory Kennedy in a Subaru Impreza WRC took their first ever Galway International Rally win after faultless drive. Garry commented at the finish ramp outside The Clayton Hotel, that he was “Delighted to take the victory after a very challenging event”. He went on to thank the organisers and marshals for standing out in the horrendous conditions. Keith Cronin put in a great drive to finish 2nd in his Citroen DS3 R5. He bet Alastair Fisher by 16.5 seconds after 190 kilometers of rallying.

7E1W9876The rally got underway Saturday morning with the 17.1km Corbally Beg stage just outside Portumna. Fastest out of the blocks was Jennings. Garry set a time 6.8 seconds quicker than his main World Rally Car rival Declan Boyle. Declan in his Ford Fiesta WRC reported a steady run over the stage. Behind Boyle, Tim McNulty made a return to rallying after 5 years. Unfortunately for Tim it was to be short lived as he crashed mid way through stage 1. Tim’s crash meant that the next 6 cars received a nominal time. Desi Henry was the first driver to get a clean run over the stage following the McNulty accident, he set 3rd fastest time at the wheel of his brand new Skoda Fabia R5. Jennings continued his scintillating pace over stages 2 and 3 to hold a 21.4 second lead over Boyle at first service, Henry was a further 47.9 seconds further back.

7E1W9891After a 30-minute service in Portumna Mart, the cars returned to the same three stages where Declan Boyle began his fight back. Declan was a mere .4 of a second quicker on stage 4 but Jennings replied on the next test by taking nearly 9 seconds out of Boyle. On stage 6 this was all about to change as Boyle’s event ended in a Galway ditch leaving Jennings with a clear lead. Behind, Alastair Fisher climbed into 2rd overall ahead of Keith Cronin. The pair were set to have a ding dong battle for the rest of the event.
Over the next 3 stages of the first day of the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally, Garry Jennings consolidated his lead and held a 2 minute 27 second advantage at the end of the day. Keith Cronin leap frogged Alastair Fisher into 2nd overall, with only 2.4 seconds between them it was still all to play for over the 6 stages of Sunday.

7E1W9943In the national section of the event Eugene Meegan with Galway co-driver Sarah Whelan lead overnight with a 1.8 second advantage over Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird. Local crew Tom Flaherty and Patrick Curley held 3rd in their Ford Escort.

Sunday morning and Garry Jennings stamped his authority on the event when he took the fastest time over the infamous Kilnadeema stage. By the morning service in Gort, Garry had extended his lead to 2minutes 34 seconds but the main interest was now the race for second place. Keith Cronin, Alastair Fisher, Sam Moffett & Desi Henry were all separated by 26 seconds with 4 stages to go.

Sunday morning and Garry Jennings stamped his authority on the event when he took the fastest time over the infamous Kilnadeema stage. By the morning service in Gort, Garry had extended his lead to 2minutes 34 seconds but the main interest was now the race for second place. Keith Cronin, Alastair Fisher, Sam Moffett & Desi Henry were all separated by 26 seconds with 4 stages to go.
Desi was the first to flounder crashing out of the event on the repeat of the Kilnadeema stage. Cronin went on to set a blistering time on the 19.6km stage, a full 13 seconds quicker than Fisher and Moffett. Next up was the shorter Lough Cutra test where once again Cronin was fastest taking 10 seconds out of his rivals. Going into the final service Fisher was now 29.6 seconds back from Cronin with Moffett another 19.2 adrift.

The penultimate stage saw the demise of Sam Moffett’s challenge as he over shot a junction and stalled the Ford Fiesta R5. He lost over 30 seconds to his rivals but still held 4th place overall. Fisher put in an almighty charge over the stage and was nearly 11 seconds quicker than Cronin leaving the gap at 18.7 going into the final stage.
It was just a case of managing the lead for Garry Jennings as he crossed the finish line of the final stage with a 3 minute 25 second advantage. It was a victory that Jennings desperately wanted to get, having exited the rally for the last 2 years while vying for the lead. “We have been trying to win the Galway rally for while, we have come close on a number of occasions but to finally win and in Galway is just excellent!” Behind Jennings, Alastair Fisher tried his best to reign in Cronin but he could only close the gap to 16.8 seconds by the finish line.

7E1W9917Sam Moffett held onto 4th overall just ahead of Tipperary man Roy White at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta WRC. Sam’s brother Josh in another Fiesta R5 finished in 6th with Joseph McGonigles Skoda Fabia S2000 in 7th. Only 2 seconds behind was Jonathan Greer in his Citroen DS3 R5 with Stephen Wright claiming 9th and David Guest winning Group N in his Mitsubishi and rounding out the top 10.
Local interest was upheld by Richard and James Whelan, who brought their Citroen DS3 R3 home in 16th overall in the International Rally. It was a great result for the Galway pair as they are still gaining experience in their new car. Their sister Sarah, was overnight leader of the National Rally navigating for Eugene Meegan, unfortunately they were caught out on a muddy section of the Kilnadeema stage and were forced to retire. This meant Wesley Patterson won the National Rally in his Ford Escort followed by Tom Flaherty and Patrick Curly. Tom and Patrick also won the Brian G Thornton Memorial Trophy for the highest place Galway Motor Club crew at the finish. Another local crew to have an outstanding drive were Ray Cunningham and Adrian Cusack. Ray drove the door handles off his Mini Cooper to win the Historic rally by nearly 3 minutes!7E1W0062

Galway International Rally | FINAL RESULTS in pictures and video by Darius Ivan

Clerk of the Course Kieran Donohue from Headford was delighted with the turn out of both of drivers and spectators “From an organisers prospective it was wonderful to have so many competitors travel from all over the globe to compete. It was also incredible to see the amount of spectators out on the stages in such bad conditions, numbers were well up on last year and that is mainly thanks to our incredible sponsors Corrib Oil. The hole Corrib Oil team put in a huge effort to promote the event, without their support an event of this caliber would not be possible.” The rally has been hugely beneficial to Galway and the surrounding area drawing thousands of people during a quite time of year.

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Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy on Subaru Impreza 555 with time 1:42:57.7 winners of the International category at Corrib Oil Galway International Rallly 2016. Saturday 6th February Stage at Corcally Beg. Photo by Darius Ivan, sponsored by Mileage Tyres Galway, http://www.mileagetyresgalway.ie

Results for the International category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 1 Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy Subaru Impreza 555 7 O/A 1:42:57.7
2 8 Keith Cronin/Mikey Galvin Citroen DS3 R5 5 O/A 1:46:23.1 3:25.4 3:25.4
3 10 Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble Ford Fiesta R5 5 O/A 1:46:39.6 3:41.9 0:16.5
4 11 Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson Ford Fiesta 5 1 1:47:27.7 4:30.0 0:48.1
5 4 Roy White/James O’Brien Ford Fiesta WRC 7 1 1:47:40.1 4:42.4 0:12.4
6 9 Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna Ford Fiesta 5 2 1:48:17.8 5:20.1 0:37.7
7 14 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney Skoda S2000 5 3 1:48:36.9 5:39.2 0:19.1
8 15 Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick Citroen DS3 R5 5 4 1:48:38.9 5:41.2 0:02.0
9 12 Stephen Wright/James Fulton Ford Fiesta 5 5 1:48:52.8 5:55.1 0:13.9
10 30 David Guest/Paddy Robinson Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 1 1:52:17.6 9:19.9 3:24.8
11 18 Brendan Cumiskey/Ronan O’Kane Ford Fiesta R5 5 6 1:52:54.1 9:56.4 0:36.5
12 17 Aaron Machale/Enda Sherry Skoda Fabia 5 7 1:53:32.3 10:34.6 0:38.2
13 56 William Mavitty/Andrew Browne Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 2 1:53:36.4 10:38.7 0:04.1
14 27 Callum Devine/Keith Moriarrty Opel 16 valve 2 1 1:54:41.0 11:43.3 1:04.6
15 51 Gus Kearney/Tommy Hayes Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 3 1:55:40.2 12:42.5 0:59.2
16 45 Richard Whelan/James Whelan Citroen DS3 R3 3 1 1:57:37.6 14:39.9 1:57.4
17 28 Marty Gallagher/Dean O’Sullivan Ford Fiesta XR2 2 2 1:59:16.3 16:18.6 1:38.7
18 36 Joe Connolly/Richard Connolly Ford R5 5 8 1:59:35.5 16:37.8 0:19.2
19 68 William Creighton/Lian Regan Peugeot 208 R2 2 3 2:00:32.2 17:34.5 0:56.7
20 65 Andrew Slattery/Shaun Forde Peugeot 208 R2 2 4 2:02:08.7 19:11.0 1:36.5
21 52 John Mulholland/John Henderson Skoda S2000 5 9 2:02:39.3 19:41.6 0:30.6
22 67 Ed Twomey/Sean Hassett Ford Fiesta 2 5 2:04:05.1 21:07.4 1:25.8
23 41R Paul Rowley/Patrick Brides Skoda S2000 5 10 2:06:39.9 23:42.2 2:34.8
24 44R Jonathan Folan/Ross Forde Citroen DS3 R3 3 2 2:29:52.2 46:54.5 23:12.3
25 46R Peter O’Kane/Tommy Cuddihy Mitsubishi Evo 10 4 4 2:46:20.6 1:03:22.9 16:28.4
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Wesley Patterson/Johnny BairdFord Escort RS Mk2 with time 1:50:51.8 the winners of the National Category of Corrib Oil Galway International Rallly 2016. Saturday 6th February Stage at Corcally Beg. Photo by Darius Ivan, sponsored by Mileage Tyres Galway, http://www.mileagetyresgalway.ie

Results for the National category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 20 Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird Ford Escort RS Mk2 14 O/A 1:50:51.8
2 25 Tom Flaherty/Patrick Curley Ford Escort RS 14 O/A 1:52:01.3 1:09.5 1:09.5
3 37 Jason McSweeney/Stephen Quin Mitsubishi Evo 9 20 O/A 1:52:31.3 1:39.5 0:30.0
4 26 Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’Donnell Ford Escort Mk2 13 1 1:52:48.5 1:56.7 0:17.2
5 35 Andrew Fanning/Andy Hayes Ford Fiesta 20 1 1:54:41.1 3:49.3 1:52.6
6 39 Ross Marshall/Dave Robson Ford Escort Mk2 13 2 1:54:46.4 3:54.6 0:05.3
7 40 Davy Armstrong/Martin McGarrity Ford Escort 14 1 1:55:31.2 4:39.4 0:44.8
8 88 John O’Sullivan/Eoghan McCarthy Honda Civic 11F 1 1:57:45.4 6:53.6 2:14.2
9 33 Tommy Cahill/Enda O’Leary Mitsubishi Evo 15 1 1:58:46.5 7:54.7 1:01.1
10 34 Justin Comer/Adrian Comer Mitsubishi Evo 5 15 2 1:59:01.1 8:09.3 0:14.6
11 32 Pat Kelly/Jonathan Kelly Subaru Impreza N11 15 3 1:59:21.8 8:30.0 0:20.7
12 42 John Watters/Shane O’Donnell Ford Escort 14 2 2:03:06.0 12:14.2 3:44.2
13 49 Mark Nangle/Nollaig Breen Subaru Impreza 20 2 2:03:28.1 12:36.3 0:22.1
14 57 John Reddington/Paddy McCrudden Ford Escort Mk2 14 3 2:04:41.6 13:49.8 1:13.5
15 73 Declan Forde/Chris King Ford Escort Mk2 10 1 2:09:34.6 18:42.8 4:53.0
16 62 Andrew Burke/Colin Keegan Honda Civic EK4 11F 2 2:10:08.3 19:16.5 0:33.7
17 81 Liam McIntyre/Ruth Phillips Honda Civic 11F 3 2:10:22.9 19:31.1 0:14.6
18 80 Frank Rafferty/Warren Tighe Chrysler Sunbeam 11R 1 2:11:58.1 21:06.3 1:35.2
19 76 Des Lyons/Shay Laheen Honda Civic EK4 17 1 2:12:10.6 21:18.8 0:12.5
20 93 Nick Barnett/Martin Brady Honda Civic Type R 17 2 2:15:38.8 24:47.0 3:28.2
21 82 Aidan Doyle/Kerrill Dempsey Honda Civic 11F 4 2:17:15.6 26:23.8 1:36.8
22 91R Sean Moran/Donal Balfe Ford Escort 13 3 2:17:59.3 27:07.5 0:43.7
23 90 James Buckley/Paddy Abbey Honda Civic 11F 5 2:22:54.8 32:02.0 4:55.5
24 58R Tommy Flanagan/Keith Flanagan Ford Escort Mk2 12 1 2:26:30.2 35:38.4 3:35.4
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Historic category winner with nomber 69 Ray Cunningham/Adrian CusackMorris Cooper S with time 2:00:29.8 at Corrib Oil Galway International Rallly 2016. Saturday 6th February Stage at Corcally Beg. Photo by Darius Ivan, sponsored by Mileage Tyres Galway, http://www.mileagetyresgalway.ie

Results for the Historic category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 69 Ray Cunningham/Adrian Cusack Morris Cooper S B2 O/A 2:00:29.8
2 85 David Goose/Richard Wardle Ford Escort RS1800 D5 O/A 2:03:24.6 2:54.8 2:54.8
3 71 Luke Maccarthy/David Hogan Porsche 911 B5 O/A 2:03:40.7 3:10.9 0:16.1
4 87 Alex Schmieder/Steffan Schmieder Ford Escort RS1800 D5 1 2:18:12.5 17:42.7 14:31.8
5 98R Brendan McAree/JP McAree Porsche 911 SC RS K 1 2:25:02.7 24:32.9 6:50.2

Results for the Junior category

O/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos Total Diff 1st Diff Prev
1 J6 Kieran O’Donoghue/Peter Falvey Honda Civic eg6 J2 O/A 55:36.1
2 J9 Mark Murphy/Michael Hamilton Honda Civic J2 1 55:40.4 0:04.3 0:04.3
3 J2 Mark O’Leary/Ciaran Graal Toyota Starlet J1 1 56:08.1 0:32.0 0:27.7
4 J4 Justin Ryan/Andy Walsh Honda Civic EK4 J2 2 56:32.9 0:56.8 0:24.8
5 J8 John O’Flaherty/Kevin Rohan Honda Civic J2 3 57:04.8 1:28.7 0:31.9
6 J11 Kevin Horgan/Stephen Horgan Honda Civic J2 4 57:50.1 2:14.0 0:45.3
7 J5 Noel Murphy/John Burke Honda Civic Vtec J2 5 59:47.0 4:10.9 1:56.9
8 J7 Mark G Finnegan/Brian McLoughlin Suzuki Swift GTI J1 2 59:56.1 4:20.0 0:09.1
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