Press Release 4

The Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally 2017 is just days away and the

excitement is building with a competitive weekends action in store. Although

top seeds Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley will be strong favourites to win again this

year, they can’t afford any slip ups with the calibre of the drivers lining up

behind them. Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble lead the Clonakilty Blackpudding

Irish Tarmac Championship in their Fiesta R5 and are seeded at number 2,

followed by the Moffett siblings Sam and Josh at three and four in similar cars.

Robert Barrable and Damien Connolly at five will be ones to watch as they debut

the new Hyundai i20 R5 and it will be interesting to see how this car performs

as it makes its Irish debut.


Stephen Wright and Arthur Kierans are at six in a Fiesta R5 while local driver

Kevin Kelleher has Welshman Gwynfor Jones on the notes at seven in a Subaru

Impreza WRC. The top ten is rounded off by the Skoda Fabia R5s of Joe

McGonigle fresh from his win in Mayo, and Brendan Cumiskey while Aaron

MacHale will be competing in his Citroen DS3 R5.


The National Rally entry is also extremely impressive with drivers such as

Adrian Hetherington, Brian Brogan, Wesley Patterson, Damien Tourish and Gary

Kiernan just a few of the names that are competing in Clonakilty next weekend.

The Historic Rally has a strong entry of seventeen cars and they will start on the

fifth stage of the event at Ardfield. The Junior Rally is currently oversubscribed

with 22 entrants and they will get all of Sundays six stages.


The first car leaves the start ramp on Saturday 18 th March at 11am with the

opening stage taking place at 11:45am. There will be nine stages on the first day

with the final stage of the day Sams Cross to be tackled in darkness. Sunday will

have six more stages before the first car arrives back at the finish ramp just after



You can keep up to date with more information by checking into and also the Facebook Page West Cork Rally and the Twitter page @westcorkrally.


We are delighted to have C103 Radio Station as our Official Media Partners for the rally and for regular updates tune into C103 over the weekend.



Kevin O’Driscoll,

Press Officer,


Phone: +353 86 2866256

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