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Eugene Donnelly, three times winner of the Donegal International Rally, is the latest of the former winners who will be in Donegal at the end of August for Déjà vu Donegal, the rally reunion that is surpassing all expectations. Eugene will be accompanied by Paul Kiely who co-drove when he won in a Toyota Corolla WRC in 2004 and 2005.

Paddy Toner was alongside ‘The Genie’ in 2008 in a Skoda Fabia WEC when the County Derry driver had his third Donegal win. “We knew the response in Donegal would be massive but we had no conception of how big. With three months still to go, we already received 135 entries, giving us no option but to start a reserve list. It is not just the numbers, the quality is outstanding. Seven former winners have now signed up and five more have indicated their intention to join us.”

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EDSL Sport drivers Ruairi Bell and Jordan Reynolds highlighted the potential of the new M-Sport Fiesta R2 at last weekend’s West Cork Rally, with a string of top stage times in the Junior British Rally Championship category (16/17 March).

Both squad members impressed on what was both the car and crew’s debut in southern Ireland, with Bell giving the new Fiesta its first JBRC stage win on his way to fifth place in the category. A similarly strong showing by Reynolds was curtailed when an electrical issue caused an early bath for the youngster. Read More »

Marty McCormack continued his strong start to his 2019 British Rally Championship campaign last weekend, securing fourth BRC crew home at a tricky Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally (16/17 March). Read More »

Finlay Retson enjoyed an impressive asphalt debut in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2, taking sixth place in the Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) at the West Cork Rally (16/17 March) in Ireland last weekend.

The 18-year-old from Blairgowrie would use his brand new Fiesta on a sealed surface for the very first time, contesting the Clonakilty based event which offered over 200 kilometres and fifteen stages of flat out driving over two-days on the closed public roads near to the town. Read More »

Welshman Tom Cave scored his first BRC win in a four-wheel-drive car with victory on the West Cork Rally. Read More »

Official M-Sport Fiesta R2 re-sellers for the UK EDSL Sport, believe the 2019 version of the much-acclaimed machine will be “well matched” to the undulating roads of the West Cork Rally next weekend (16/17 March).

The Hampshire based preparation firm will field two of the brand-new M-Sport built examples at round two of the British Rally Championship, which makes the trek to Southern Ireland and the town of Cork for a two-day blast over the closed public roads in the area. Read More »

Eighteen-year-old rally driver Finlay Retson will make his southern Ireland debut this weekend as he contests round two of the Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC), the West Cork Rally (16/17 March).

The Blairgowrie ace will pilot his brand-new M-Sport Fiesta R2 at the iconic event and will aim to continue his winning ways after finishing first Ford home at the opening round of the series, the Cambrian Rally in Wales last month. Read More »

PEUGEOT UK, with the support of PEUGEOT SPORT and TOTAL, have offered a prize fund totalling £24,000 for competitors who drive a PEUGEOT 208 R2 in the Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) in 2019.

The prize fund will be available to any registered crew in the JBRC driving one of the brand’s iconic 208 examples and will be awarded based on their performance in the series. Read More »

– Six round series opens with the Cambrian Rally
– Two further new events in Republic of Ireland and Scotland
– Britain’s premier rallying series continues to offer challenging mix of gravel and tarmac events

As the fast-paced 2018 series gears up for an exciting climax, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) has today (12 September) confirmed its 2019 calendar.

In 2019, Britain’s top-tier rallying series will feature six rounds in six territories, with events across the UK in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The series, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will once again visit Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally and new for 2019 will see the BRC visit the Republic of Ireland with the West Cork Rally playing host to a BRC round for the very first time. Read More »

Daniel Harper scored one of his best results of his rallying career when he finished fourth overall and took maximum Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship points on the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally in his Minisport-run John Cooper Works Mini WRC. And in a thrilling 11 special stage battle over the big jumps and twists of Northern Ireland’s closed roads, Wayne Sission survived a high-speed off through a fence to maintain his lead in the series in his AMS Arnside Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

It was Harper’s first appearance in Northern Ireland since 1995 (when he rolled out of the Ulster Rally), but he was quickly into his stride and setting some consistently fast times as others around him spun into the scenery and left bodywork parts scattered across County Down. Read More »