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The Proton Iriz R5 took its first Irish podium result at the weekend as Ollie Mellors secured a confidence-boosting third overall at the Birr Stages Rally (23 February) against top Irish Tarmac Rally Championship regulars.

Mellors, who was competing on asphalt for the first time in four years, overcame several hold-ups to set a string of top three times in the Thornbridge Brewery, Reliable Vehicle Logistics and Michelin backed Iriz R5 to take the final podium place across the treacherously wet Irish lanes. Read More »

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.”

Eugene Donnelly stormed to an overall fastest time on his way to a season-best result at last weekend’s Donegal International Rally, taking his Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5 to 6th overall and 4th Irish Tarmac Championship contender home in difficult conditions throughout the three-day event (15-17 June).

Donnelly, who has returned to the championship after a break of several years, has enjoyed a one hundred per cent finishing record so far this season as he continues to develop the Hyundai and MRF Tyres for the unique Irish soil. But his Donegal outing has seen a shift in the performance of the four-wheel-drive machine and the Maghera driver was delighted with the result. Read More »

Leading motorsport preparation firm Philip Case Rally Sport (PCRS) have joined forces with former Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly, adding an exciting new addition to their 2018 plans after acquiring a second Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5.

The popular County Donegal business has been instrumental in the return of Eugene Donnelly in 2018 after several years away from the Irish series and have been working closely with the Maghera driver who aims to develop the Hyundai for the unique nature of the Irish asphalt. Read More »

Five-time Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly secured another solid performance in the series last weekend as he took his Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5 to seventh overall at the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney (5th/6th May).

Along with co-driver Mark Kane, Donnelly continued to develop the MRF Tyres-shod Hyundai for the Irish lanes, further adding to their ninth overall on the West Cork and Easter Stages earlier in the season. Their result was the highest finish for the i20 this season and was bolstered by a top three stage time over the 13th stage of the event. Read More »

Eugene Donnelly will head to this weekend’s Rally of the Lakes (5th/6th May) in the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5 with renewed confidence as he tackles the second round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in Killarney.

Having successfully put the brand new Hyundai into the top ten of the West Cork and Easter Stages, Donnelly and co-driver Mark Kane are looking to the two-day classic event in a bid to further develop the car and MRF Tyres for Irish soil. Read More »

Five-time Irish Tarmac Championship title holder Eugene Donnelly will head for the UAC Easter Stages this weekend (6th/7th April) with hopes of another successful outing, after finishing ninth overall at the season opener in his brand new Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing i20 R5. Read More »

Three time rally winner Eugene Donnelly has secured a last minute deal to contest next weekend’s Toddsleap Ulster Rally in a Kenny McKinstry Subaru Impreza S14 WRC. The five times Irish champion has taken an enforced sabbatical from the sport since his MayDay Rally Sprint Stages victory earlier this year, but returns to the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship qualifier with regular co-driver Paul Kiely alongside.  Supported by Lakeland Tyres, Donnelly will aim to better his hat trick of wins on the event in which centres around the rally base of Enniskillen and offers crews over 120 miles of competitive action over two action packed days.EugeneDonnellyImprezaWRC Read More »

Following a memorable year on rally stage and race track in 2011, Kumho has started the new motorsport season with a pair of strong placings on the Safety Direct Galway International Rally (February 5). Kumho stalwart and five-times Irish Tarmac Champion Eugene Donnelly brought his new Mini WRC home in a fighting second place, while another regular Kumho runner, Garry Jennings, won the Group N category and finished an excellent fourth overall in his Mitsubishi Evo 9. Read More »