Rallysport style Wexford Rally report – all Kerry competitors

Rallysport style Wexford Rally report – all Kerry competitors

144 Craig Breen/Mike Galvin Subaru Legacy 1st Historic class

Aghadoe man Mikie Galvin got the call up on Friday morning after Craig Breen placed a late entry for the rally in his father Ray’s Legacy.

“This was two dreams come true – a chance to sit with Craig and the chance to sit in such a legendary car,” said Mikie.

“I thought I was Rory Kennedy on the old RPM videos.” – a reference to the great Donegal co-driver’s time with the late Bertie Fisher in the late 1990s.

Breen agreed.

“This is the spirit of the 1990s,” he told Kerry Motorsport News. “Mikie is doing a trojan job on the notes.” A reference to the fact that Galvin had short notice to learn a complete new pacenote system.

Their times in their Historic-spec Legacy were good enough for sixth overall.

4 Daniel Cronin/ Shane Buckley Ford Fiesta RC2 3RD overall

Another massive result for the Killarney and District Motor Club crew, taking a podium in a car that is outdated compared to the other RC2 cars around them.

An engine misfire during the latter half of the rally thwarted progress and a bad tyre choice in the middle loop did not help their cause. “We were an older soft slick and they just did not work at all,” explained Shane.

6 Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty Ford Fiesta RC2 9th overall

First time that Welshman Steve Wood and his Abbeyfeale co-driver worked together since the start of the 2019 season.

“We enjoyed it, it was a fun day,” said Keith after a trouble-free run.

Moriarty is a former Kerry Winter Rally winner and will return to Banna next month alongside another potential winner – Sam Moffatt.

9 Paul Barrett/Kevin Reilly Ford Fiesta RC2 13th

The Maynooth-based driver, Paul Barrett can trace his grandparental roots to Ballyduff in the north of the county.

It was his first finish of the year – a turbo problem ruled him out of the Donegal Harvest earlier this month and he was happy just to make the finish: It was good to get seat time and mileage,” after the break.

147 Peter Wilson/ John McCarthy Ford Fiesta RC2 17th

It was a Cavan/Kerry crews maiden voyage in an RC2 car but they gave a good account of themselves and finished 17th.

They lost over a minute on stage one with a fuel pressure issue.

It was a busy weekend for McCarthy. He contested the previous day’s Tour of the Sperrins alongside John Devlin where he secured second in his class in the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.

30 Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy Subaru Legacy 2ND in Historic rally

Alan Ring’s new car attracted plenty of media hype ahead of the event and rightly so, his beautifully prepared Legacy was after a full nut and bolt rebuild at the Legend department of Prodrive.

A few niggly problems, particularly with the fuse that controls the electronics in the rear diffs, hindered progress but the event was a learning curve for the Kerry/Cork crew.

“The car would just snap into oversteer,” said Alan. “The car is nervous, we have a lot of testing to do, but we had a good event and the car has great potential.”

31 Mike Quinn/Tony Healy Ford Escort 29th

The pair survived a frightening pirouette on the final stage. The car broke away at over 100 miles per hour and spun several times down the road without collecting anything.

“It was the biggest non-accident of my career,” said Mike. “There were stone walls everywhere, I don’t know how we did not hit anything.”

Tony, when asked his view of the 100pmh spin he said: “You can add a few more MPH to that.”

53 Thomas Randles/JJ Cremin Ford Escort 48th

88 LK 1000’s comeback tour continues – they got progressively quicker as the day went on.

“We are happy enough,” said Tommy.

The next event, and no pressure lads, is the Kerry Winter Rally. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Declan Wilmot’s and Anthony Nestor’s victory at the event in 88-LK-1000.

57 Con Lucey/Lee Guerin Ford Escort Mk2 DNF

A short rally for the Killarney crew, they retired on SS1 with gearbox failure. It was Lee’s first rally, he works alongside Con at Killarney Tyre Centre.

Lee grandfather John Guerin is a former chairman of Killarney and District Motor Club.

73 Mark Nangle/Pat Cashman Subaru Impreza 94th

The story of the rally goes to the Dublin/Rathmore pair. Their Subaru lost power on the opening stage and they free-wheeled into a farmer’s yard. While there they discovered that the power steering and alternator belt had snapped and they had no way of charging the rally car.

They spotted the farmer’s Volkswagen Caddy van in the yard and asked permission to borrow it to get to the end of the stage.

Job done – they returned to service, after skipping stage two and went on to complete the rally under SuperRally rules. Top effort!

110 Ray O’Neill/ Padraig O’Donovan Ford Escort 57TH

The Ford Escort crew continue to learn in what was their third rally and “first real greasy” event about the muddy conditions.

Their times improved progressively as the day went on.

We are very pleased with the day,” said Ray, “We are learning away every day.”

A small scare with a wayward Labrador on the final stage was their only real drama.

“I had to nearly stop until he ran into a yard,” added Ray.

123 PJ O’Dowd / Denny Greaney Talbot Sunbeam 83rd

First day out for PJ in his new Sunbeamand first time with Denny alongside.

They lost a potential class win with a puncture in SS4. “It was the first time I ever got a puncture in any rally,” said PJ who was so excited before the rally he said: “I am as nervous and as confident as the time I had my first shift!”

129 Mark Murphy/ Michael Hamilton Toyota Starlet  38th

First day out in their newly built Starlet.

No dramas” said Mark, “Just sliding around!”

150 John Michael Kennelly/ Eoin Corcoran Honda Civic 3rd Junior

Another crew on their maiden voyage, their learning curve included a spin on SS1 and an overshoot on SS2.

Kerry Motor Club member Kennelly from Abbeyfeale brought it all home to take third in the Junior rally.

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