O’Brien Top Seed in Packed Baltinglass Rally Field


Time and Distance Schedule


The Garda Síochána Motor Club has attracted a strong entry of 130 crews for the 2017 Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally, the final round of the Colton Motors Midlands East Rally Championship, which takes place this Sunday (22nd October).  The organisers are pleased with the level of interest shown, with competitors numbers up over 25% on last year.  Many familiar faces return for another chance to tackle the GSMC event, but there are many first-time entrants also.  The top seed is Kilkenny’s Enda O’Brien, winner of this year’s Laois Heartlands Mini Stages, who will be guided by his usual co-driver, John Butler, in their Ford Escort RS.  O’Brien’s last appearance on the GSMC Rally was in 2006, when he drove a 1600 Escort.

They will be followed through the Start Control by David Condell and Michael Coady, also in an Escort, winners of Condell’s home Carlow Rally earlier in the season.  Condell has been a longtime supporter of the GSMC event over the years, but has yet to register a victory in Baltinglass.

The third seed, Barry Meade, makes the trip from his Cork base with his Escort RS.  He is a past winner of Mini Stages Rallies in his home county and Kerry, and finished third on the National section of the Cork ‘20’ at the start of the month.  His co-driver will be Eamonn Hayes.

Limerick’s Ed O’Callaghan is the sole class 13 runner in the top ten, in the midst of the larger-engined Class 14 cars, the seeding accurately reflecting his undoubted pace.  He will be guided by Donegal’s Raymond Scott.   No. 5 seed, John Lynch, previously campaigned Escorts, but the Laois man has recently made the switch to a Darrian T90, and will be the first non-Ford pilot into stage one.

The Kerry crew of Mike Quinn and Tony Healy have previously taken a top three finish on the GSMC Mini Stages, and are back in their familiar Escort RS, seeded at 6.  Quinn’s daughter, Katie, is also on the entry list, driving a Honda Civic.

Donegal’s Martin Doherty finished in the top four of the Baltinglass Rally last year, and is back for another go in his Escort, co-driven by Monaghan’s Paul Sheridan.

Donegal’s Stuart Darcy, former winner of the Billy Coleman Young Rally of the Year Award, is seeded at eight.  He will drive his recently acquired Darrian GTR, which finished second on the 2016 GSMC Rally, in the hands of Ian Barrett.

The top ten also includes Welshman, Wayne Evans (Ford Escort RS), the highest seeded of four visiting UK drivers.  He will be navigated by Kilkenny’s John Smithwick.

The class based Colton Motors Midlands East Rally Championship will be decided between Joe Moffitt (Class 1 Honda Civic), who leads going into this final round, on 55 points, and Shaun Forde (Class 9 Vauxhall Nova), who is currently second on 52 points, but holds the advantage when dropped scores come into play.

While the rally is headquartered in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, the competitive action takes place over the border in Co. Kildare, consisting of three loops of the Timolin and Prumpelstown stages near Castledermot, with Service in Crookstown after the first and second loops.  The first stage gets underway at 11am on Sunday morning.

No.      Driver/Co-Driver (Car)
1 Enda O’Brien /John Butler (Ford Escort) [14]
2 David Condell/Michael Coady (Ford Escort) [14]
3 Barry Meade/Eamon Hayes (Ford Escort) [14]
4 Ed O'Callaghan/Raymond Scott (Ford Escort) [13]
5 John Lynch/TBA (Darrian) [14]
6 Mike Quinn/Tony Healy (Ford Escort) [14]
7 Martin Doherty/Paul Sheridan (Ford Escort) [14]
8 Stuart Darcy/Paddy McCrudden (Darrian T90) [14]
9 Wayne Evans/John Smithwick (Ford Escort) [14]
10 Keith White/Damien McCabe (Ford Escort Mk1) [14]

11 Rodney White/Sam McMullan (Talbot Sunbeam) [13]
12 Jason Roche/Marty McBarty (Ford Escort) [13]
14 Richard Moore/Brian Halligan (Ford Escort) [14]
15 Peter Wilson/Karen Kelly (Ford Escort ) [13]
16 Brendan McDaid/Damien McGettigan (Ford Escort) [14]
17 Shane Cullen/TBA (Ford Escort) [13]
18 Barry McKenna/Mac Kierans (Ford Escort) [13]
19 Fintan McGrady/Cormac McGrady (Ford Escort ) [14]
20 Johno Doogan/Ciaran Marrow (Ford Escort ) [13]
21 John Hade/Sharon Nolan (Ford Escort ) [14]
22 Padraig Egan/Brian Hassett (Subaru Impreza) [20]
23 Alan Atcheson/Thomas Weblock (Ford Fiesta) [20]
24 Alister Fingleton /Debbie Smith (Subaru Impreza ) [20]
25 Pauric Sheridan/Sean Brunton (Ford Fiesta) [20]
26 Des Moore/Arthur Kearns (Ford Escort) [14]
27 Dan Gorman/TBA (Ford Escort) [13]
28 Paul Barrett/Declan Tumilty (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [4]
29 Ross Forde/Sean Hassett (Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4) [19]
30 Brian O’Keeffe/Sean Hayde (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
31 Brian Brady/Leonard Tuite (Honda Civic) [16]
32 Aaron McLaughlin/Aaron Lysaght (Ford Fiesta Proto) [20]
33 JF Shovelin /Emmett Brosnan (Subaru Impreza WRC) [15]
34 Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs (Proton Satria S2000) [14]
35 James Bradley/Maria Keohoe (Honda Civic) [11F ]
36 Eoin Neville/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [4]
37 Ed Colton/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [20]
38 Leo Doyle/Gordon Manley (Ford Escort Mk1) [13]
39 Russel Daage/TBA (Ford Escort) [14]
40 Tom Holton /TBA (Honda Civic) [11F]
41 Seamie Doyle /TBA (Ford Escort ) [12]
42 Tomas O'Rourke /John McGrath (Honda Civic) [2]
43 Bruce Lee /TBA (Ford Escort ) [11R]
44 Terence O’Shaughnessy/Willie Fitzpatrick (Toyota Corolla ) [11R]
45 Fergal Kelly/Tim Maher (Ford Escort G4) [13]
46 Tony Maybury/Steve McNulty (Ford Escort) [12]
47 James McCarvill/TBA (Ford Escort) [11R]
48 Jack Maguire/Stephen McElroy (Ford Escort) [13]
49 Richard Harney/Brian Harney (Ford Escort) [11R]
50 Llyr Jones/Sion Jones (Ford Escort) [13]
51 Stephen Bawn /Chris O’Donnell (Ford Escort ) [13]
52 Niall Fitzpatrick/Gary Fitzpatrick (Ford Escort MK1) [12]
53 Graham Kelly /Dean Kelly (Ford Fiesta) [14]
54 Liam McMullan /Michael McClaferty (Honda Civic) [11F]
55 Mikey Walsh /Niall Keane (Ford Escort G3 ) [12]
56 Philip McDonald/Shane Corcoran (Honda Civic) [11F]
57 David Forde /TBA (Subaru Impreza ) [15]
58 Ian Davies/Eurig Davies (BMW M3) [19]
59 Brian Cooney/Michael Whelan (Ford Escort ) [12]
60 Neil Perry/Stuart Perry (Ford Sierra RS Cosworth) [20]
61 Pat Delaney/Stephen Delaney (Ford Escort ) [12]
62 Brendan McAree/TBA (Porsche 911) [19]
63 Martin Swinburne/Gretchen Fegan (Toyota Corolla) [11R]
64 Pat O’Connor/TBA (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo ) [4]
65 Paul Cloke/Aidan Kent (Proton) [11F]
66 Ed Holton/TBA (Toyota Celica) [20]
67 Jack Deegan/TBA (Peugeot 205) [13]
68 Ciaran Cloke/Fran Kinsella (Peugeot 306) [13]
69 Kevin Flanagan/Vanessa Hamilton (Mini Cooper) [9]
70 Pat Murphy/TBA (Peugeot 205) [13]
71 Sean McEvoy/Conor Duff (Ford Escort) [11R]
72 John McCabe /Paul Lennon (Ford Escort) [11R]
73 John Petit/Richard Cleary (Ford Escort ) [11R]
74 Raymond Spence/Robert Harold (Ford Escort ) [13]
75 Richie Dalton/Ger Bret (Subaru Impreza) [15]
76 Colm Doherty/Andrew Farmer (Toyota Corolla ) [11R]
77 Breen McNamee/Alecia Knox (Honda Civic) [11F]
78 Noel O’Brien/Donal Sinclair (Ford Escort ) [12]
79 Mark Hayden/Peter Ryan (Ford Escort ) [13]
80 Alan Quinn/Brian O'Donnell (Opel Manta) [13]
81 William Smith/Darryl Smith (Toyota Starlet) [13]
82 John Hayes/Andy Hayes (Honda Civic) [3]
83 Tommy Foley/TBA (Honda Civic) [11F]
84 John McCabe /Stephen Doogan (Honda Civic) [11F ]
85 Eddie Peterson/Daire Maguire (Honda Civic) [11F]
86 Colum Browne/Paddy King (Honda Civic) [11F]
87 James Fennelly/Stephen Grant (Honda Civic) [11F]
88 Gary Hade/Luke Hade (Peugeot 206) [11R]
89 Dave Hughes/Brian Rowan (Honda Civic) [13]
90 Kieran Hayes/Andrew Purser (Peugeot 205) [12]
91 Mark O'Connor/Simon Quinn (Ford Escort) [11R]
92 Francis Kelly/Charlotte Egan (Vauxhall Nova GSI) [9]
93 Barry Hennessy/Stephen Scalan (Honda Civic) [1]
94 David Fitzsimons/TBA (TBA) []
95 JJ Furlong/Mark Furlong (Talbot Sunbeam) [11R]
96 Liam Higgins/TBA (BMW E30) [11R]
97 Paul McCann/Paddy Plunkett (Skoda Fabia S2500) [20]
98 Des Forrestal/Davy Creane (Ford Escort ) [12]
99 Brian Walker/Paul Walker (Ford Puma) [11R]
100 Mark Ashton/Eoin Kenny (Honda Civic) [1]
101 Thomas Abbey/TBA (Peugeot 106) [2]
102 Declan Byrne/Amy Deegan (Honda Civic) [2]
103 Joe Moffitt/Eddie Moffitt (Honda Civic) [1]
104 Wayne Keogh/Wayne Loughlin (Skoda Fabia) [3]
105 Ned Kelly/TBA (Peugeot 106) [11]
106 Denis Maher/Christian Dormary (Honda Civic) [1]
107 Billy Watchorn/Brendan Curran (Peugeot 206) [2]
108 Michael Tumulty/Jay Walker (Peugeot 106) [1]
109 Michael Cunniffe/Cian Irwin (Peugeot 106) [16]
110 Katie Quinn/Erik Honan (Honda Civic) [16]
111 Will Ashton/Bobby Comerford (Toyota Corolla ) [16]
112 Leonard Tuite/Niall Farrelly (Ford Escort) [10]
113 Aaron Walters/Paddy Carroll (Opel Corsa) [10]
114 Ger Power/Johnny McCrory (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
115 Padraig Gorman/Shane Gorman (Toyota Starlet) [10]
116 John Barry/Liam Fitzgerald (Mini Cooper) [9]
117 Adam Darcy/David Doyle (Honda Civic) [9]
118 Greg Tennyson/Sean Dunphy (Honda Civic) [1]
119 Hazel O'Callaghan/TBA (Ford Escort) [13]
120 Stephen Brennan/Pat Knox (Honda Civic) [2]
121 Joe McQuinlan /Ashley Boulton (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) [20]
122 Michael Hamilton /TBA (TBA) [11F]
123 Darragh Walsh/Donie Moonie (Suzuki Swift) [9]
124 Eoghan McMahon /Declan O’Regan (Subaru Impreza) [15]
125 James Buckley/Paddy Abbey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10) [20]
126 Shaun Forde/Kevin Cunneen (Vauxhall Nova) [9]
127 Wayne Felly /Peter Farrell (Ford Fiesta) [11R]
128 David Quinn/Enda McGonigle (BMW E30) [14]
129 Martin O'Dowd /Shane O'Dowd (Talbot Sunbeam) [10]
130 Niamh Driver /TBA (Suzuki Swift ) [9]