Details of the 2016 Clanree Hotel Donegal Motor Club Closed Mini Stages Rally were announced on Tuesday night.
The Rally will run on Saturday 30th January and has an entry which will not disappoint.
With crews using the event to do an early test session for the new 2016 season, names such as McPhillips, Fisher, Henry, and local drivers Doherty, McGonigle, Brogan, Kelly, Gallagher, Tourish are all within the top 10 of the entry list.
In at number 1 is Alistair Fisher, with the experienced Gordon Noble, driving a new Fiesta R5+. This entry along with a similar class entry Skoda by Desi Henry, will prove interesting in terms of a shake-down for bigger things to come, in the Irish Tarmac Championship.
The event will have a format consisting of 6 special stages, 2 stages – Dooish and Glenmaquinn run 3 times, over a distance of approximately 90 kms, with centralised servicing in Letterkenny.
Speaking with Oisin Kelly, Clerk of the Course Karl Reid is pleased with the quality of the entry for the event….
TOP 20 ENTRY LIST
No Driver Navigator Address Car Class
1 Alastair Fisher Gordon Noble Co. Tyrone Fiesta R5+ 20
2 Martin Doherty Damien McCauley Ballybofey Evo 9 4
3 Frank Wray TBA Strabane Subaru Impreza 15
4 Gary McPhillips Paul Sheridan Monaghan Escort 14
5 Desi Henry Liam Moynihan Portglenone Skoda R5+ 20
6 Joseph McGonigle Ciaran Geaney Muff Skoda Fabia 5
7 Brendan Cumiskey Ronan O’Kane Monaghan Fiesta 20
8 Wesley Patterson Johnny Baird Lisburn Escort 14
9 Brian Brogan Damian McGettigan Letterkenny Escort 14
10 Johnathon Pringle TBA Cavan Escort 14
11 Chris Armstrong Chris Melly Cavan Escort 13
12 Manus Kelly Vincent Collins Glenswilly Escort 12
14 Damian Toner Denver Rafferty Armagh Escort 14
15 Damian Gallagher Brendan McElhinney Letterkenny Escort 14
16 Damien Tourish Domhnall Mc Eleaney Ballybofey Escort 13
17 David Condell Eugene McGrath Carlow Escort 14
18 Camillus Bradley Crawford Henderson Draperstown Escort 14
19 Aidan Wray TBA Strabane Evo10 4
20 Pat Kirk John Mc Elhinney Strabane Evo 9 14
Photos: Brian McDaid / Cristeph Studio
Sunday 24th January 09.45 – 16.00 Recce
Friday 29th January 15.00 – 20.00 Mechanical Scrutineering at Donegal Commercial Vehicles, Drumkeen
Friday 29th January 15.30 – 2030 Documentation Scrutiny at Rally HQ
Saturday 30th January 08.30 Competitors Safety Briefing at Rally HQ
Saturday 30th January 10.00 Rally Start from Rally HQ
Saturday 30th January 16.30 Rally Finish at Rally HQ -Parc Ferme
Further information about the event, is available on the Donegal Motor Club website address. www.donegalmotorclub.com