The International West Cork Rally: Where do ya come from?

The International West Cork – Where do ya come from?  

The West Cork rally deserves its title as an International event and probably more so than any other rally in Ireland.

That is a big statement but let’s have a quick look why it truly is an international rally. 

Australia, England, Italy, Singapore, The United States and Wales all feature on the entry list this year? 

England and Wales

The event always attracted a large Welsh contingent and this year in no exception. 

The number four seeds are Meiron Evans and Jonathan Jackson from Llwandra in their Volkswagen Polo R5. 

His country man Gwyndaf Evans has been coming to West Cork for what seems like an eternity and he is back this year with fellow Welsh co-driver Jordan Evans on the notes. 

Tony Rees and Ian Taylor from Rhondda and Carmarthen are out in their Darrian GTR. 

Huw and Avarina Jeffreys from Llanelli are also welcome returnees in their Subaru Impreza. 

Llyr Jones from Llandysul has Exeter-based Sophie Buckland in the passenger seat for the two day event. Andrew James and Alec Morris hail from Rhondda and Aberdare.

Historic Rally

A large portion of the historic rally entry list is made up of overseas drivers too. 

Neill Williams, from Pembroke, is the current leader of the Irish Tarmac Championship. His namesake Duncan Williams and co-driver Guy Weaver are travelling from Bridgenorth.

Ray Breen’s navigator is Tamara Molinaro from Italy.  

Wyn Hughes and David Davies addresses are in Penygroes and Llanelli… Welshmen of course.

Navigator Mark Crisp is also from Penygroes and he is co-driving for Ian Davies from Cardigan. 

Alan Watkins is coming from Telford for the event and event regular Berian Richard is another arriving from Bridgend in South Wales. 

London Irish Motor Club

The LIMC is well presented by ex-pats returning to Ireland to contest the event. Shane Buckley is co-driving for Daniel Buckley in another R5 Polo while John Redington will drive his Ford Fiesta R5. 

Paul McDevitt competes in the historic section in a newly-built Ford Escort. 

Furthest travelled 

Jack Kelleher arrived home to Kerry last week from his base in Sydney. He will be co-driven by Colin O’Donoghue but they win the furthest travelled award after  Jack’s 17,500km trip 

Brother and sister Michael and Sinead Canny were close to that trophy. Michael is flying in from Boston (4,800 km away). Sinead arrives in from Singapore (11,422km). 

There may be more- we hope we did not miss anyone but if we drop us a line on news@kerrymotorsportnews.com


 

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