The Carbery Navigation Trial is headquartered at the Kilmacabea GAA Clubhouse in Leap. Check-in starts at 8pm and the first car away is at 11pm. The route is based on Ordnance Survey Sheet 89 (Fourth Edition).
The organisers of the Cork Startrek Navigation Trial relayed incorrect results due to an oversight. In last Monday’s Irish Examiner it was stated that the Shinnors cousins took victory on a tie-break, however, that wasn’t the case as it was second spot that was the centre of the tie-break between the Lissarda/Drinagh pair of Donal Healy/Denis O’Donovan (Toyota Starlet) and the Leap/Lisavaird combination of Dermot Whelton/Mark McCarthy (Subaru), who both finished with four penalties — with the former securing second, based on the regulations on tie-breaks.
Also tomorrow, the MEC Sporting Trail at Russellstown near Blessington starts at 11.30am. The Leinster Motor Club’s annual 6 Hour Endurance Race on the national circuit in Mondello Park on Sunday has a noon start and features the top three teams from 2014.
Reigning champions Murray Motorsport (Eoin Murray, Niall Murray, Barry English and Michael Cullen) will face rivals Blackchurch Ford (Barry Rabbitt, Richard Kearney and Formula Ford ace Kevin O’Hara).
Murray Motorsport’s second car will be driven by John Denning, Liam Denning, Michael Devaney and Richie Faulkner. There are a number of well-known drivers participating with other teams including US Sportscar Racer Damien Faulkner, Le Mans and Historic Grand Prix racer Michael Lyons and Formula Ford Festival winner Wayne Boyd. All of the drivers will have to take part in Sunday morning’s qualifying session.
Elsewhere, one of the most established events in Irish rallying, the Galway International Rally, has secured a new title sponsor through Corrib Oil, who will underpin the event next February as it heralds the arrival of the new-look Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
Running since 1971, the rally has since become a two-day event that will be preceded on the Friday night by a ceremonial start in the city centre.
The 2016 event (February 6/7) will feature 15 stages, the Galway Motor Club organisers have opted to extend Saturday’s route to cover nine stages in the south and east of the county with the remaining six stages that are closer to the city taking place on Sunday. The event will again be based at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit.
Eugene Dalton, MD of Corrib Oil said: “I am delighted our company has been given the opportunity to sponsor the first major sporting event in Galway next February. The event continues to attract significant media coverage, including extensive TV coverage of the city and county.”
Although competitors driving the current batch of World Rally Cars will be allowed to compete in the individual events within the 2016 Tarmac series, they will not be eligible to win the championship. The Tarmac Rally Organisers Association has decided to opt for R5 & S2000 type cars but it remains to be seen if the decision will provide the injection the association anticipate.
Meanwhile, one of the most popular drivers of the Irish Tarmac Championship, Eugene Donnelly, who has five titles to his credit having won 18 championship rounds, is the subject of the latest Tarmac Titan DVD series.
Produced by RPM, the four-hour DVD charts ‘The Genie’s’ career from his time in Mark 2 Escorts, his development of the Gartrac G3 Escort to his World Rally Car forays. Co-drivers Paul Nagle, Paul Kiely and Paddy Toner, engineers Derek McGeehan, Stan Harper and competitors Andrew Nesbitt, Tim McNulty and Eugene’s close friend Glenn Allen, who died tragically last weekend, all help to relate Donnelly’s amazing story. The DVD is available from Tyndall Productions.
The Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship awards ceremony takes place in Tullamore, Co Offaly tomorrow night. Monaghan’s Josh Moffett, who is one of the finalists for the Billy Coleman Award, will receive the main award while London-based Cork driver Michael O’Brien and Ballyvourney’s Gerard Lucey were second and third.
The Irish Film Institute has a rare screening of Steve McQueen’s 1971 film, Le Mans, at the IFI in Temple Bar on November 30 at 6.30pm.