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Dean_Raftery_PR7_15Dean Raftery returns to the Junior World Rally Championship at Wales Rally GB.

•    Dean Raftery is the latest award winner of the coveted Billy Coleman Young Driver of the year award, supported by Motorsport Ireland and the Irish Sports Council
•    He will return to the Junior World Rally Championship in his Citroen DS3R3 MAX on the final round of the series. Read More »

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cambrian15 (63)Galway man Dean Raftery retires from Cambrian Rally as he endures a tough pre-Wales Rally GB test

• Dean Raftery is the latest award winner of the coveted Billy Coleman Young Driver of the year award, supported by Motorsport Ireland and the Irish Sports Council
• Using the final round of the BTRDA Rally Series as a Wales Rally GB test, Raftery retires his Citroen DS3R3MAX after a misheard pace note causes trip into a ditch Read More »

Dean Raftery  Ford FiestaIrish rally star Dean Raftery enters this weekend’s Cambrian Rally in his JWRC Citroen DS3R3 MAX

• Dean Raftery is the latest award winner of the coveted Billy Coleman Young Driver of the year award, supported by Motorsport Ireland and the Irish Sports Council
• He will use the BTRDA Rally Series qualifier to gain experience ahead of the Junior World Rally Championship finale’ Wales Rally GB in November Read More »

International class
‘Billy Coleman Young Driver Of The Year 2014’ Dean Raftery had never driven a WRC car before achieving a memorable 6th place overall on last weekend’s (February 6-8) Colm Quinn BMW Galway Rally at the wheel of a Kumho-shod BMW Mini. The result was all the more remarkable for the fact that he and co-driver Mark Kane had dropped as low as 18th on the opening day, following time lost to a loose water pipe. Undeterred, the 23-year-old put in a remarkably mature drive, setting a string of top five stage times to finish just four places behind the sister Mini of his illustrious team-mate, five-times Irish rally champion Eugene Donnelly. Raftery’s Colm Quinn-sponsored car was prepared by McGeehan Motorsport and ran on Kumho CO3 and TW02 rally tyres supplied by local motorsport dealer, Ears Motorsport Ireland.

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Dean_galway_MINIProving that his driving skills are not just limited to a front wheel drive rally car, Billy Coleman Young Driver of the Year Dean Raftery guided his MINI WRC to a fantastic sixth overall at last weekend’s Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally. In his first ever outing in a world rally car, the 23 year old from Co. Galway made a mature drive way beyond his years to round off the top six after a time zapping penalty meant he dropped to 18th at one point during the opening day. Read More »

Dean Raftery  Ford FiestaBilly Coleman Young Driver of the Year Dean Raftery will take on the biggest challenge of his career as he steps up from his usual Ford Fiesta R2, to a BMW MINI World Rally Car on the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally.  Receiving the support of rally sponsor Colm Quinn BMW, Raftery will compete in one of two MINI WRCs on the event, the sister car piloted by five times Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly. Read More »

This weekend will see Jonathan Cunningham (26) of Workington UK, originally from Galway, Ireland, travel back to his home country to compete in the Clare Stages Junior Rally. Read More »