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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 »

Dean Raftery  Ford FiestaDean Raftery will take the biggest leap of his short career as he enters this month’s Vodafone Rallye de Portugal and the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.  The 21st – 24th May event is the second round of the JWRC championship and the 23 year old Galway man will drive a Citroen DS3 R3MAX built by C-Sport. Broderick Motorsport will join the Galway outfit to run the 1600cc turbocharged Citroen.   Raftery will be up against some of the best young drivers in the world in a bid to win the prestigious JWRC prize drive offered by Citroen Racing. 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 »

Dean_Raftery_WRGB223 year old Galway rally star Dean Raftery secured a fantastic second in class RC4 on his maiden outing in a World Rally Championship event last weekend as he contested the final round of the series, Wales Rally GB. After tackling over 300 stage kilometres throughout three long days of competition, Raftery and co-driver Karl Atkinson crossed the finish podium in the North Wales town of Llandudno a very happy duo, finishing well inside the top 45 crews and harbouring a gap of around two minutes to his nearest rival. Read More »

???????????????????????????????????????Galway rally ace Dean Raftery will head to mainland Britain this week as he contests the biggest challenge of his career so far and the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.  As one of the toughest events on the 13 round calendar, the 23 year old Ford Fiesta R2 pilot will need to call on all his experience of this year’s British Rally Championship if he is to reach the end of the 23 stage event which totals over 300km of competitive stages.  As a winner of the “Road to Wales” campaign for securing the RallyTwo title in the series, Raftery will face the world’s best drivers in the forests around North Wales. Read More »

Dean Raftery  Ford FiestaNewly crowned BRC Rally Two champion Dean Raftery says he hopes to compete on selected rounds of the Junior European Rally Championship next year. The Galway driver spoke about his future plans while reflecting on a very successful season in the British Rally Championship.

Rafferty has been on fire this year and capped it off with multiple championship wins with his Fiesta R2 including the BRC2 class, the FiestaSport Trophy and the RAVENOL Oils Newcomer championship alongside navigator Aileen Kelly. Read More »