2010 Safety Direct Galway International Rally

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Rally Launch Night a Major Success

The launch of the 2010 Safety Direct Galway International Rally was held in the Clayton Hotel Ballybrit. A number of special guest drivers were in attendance including newly crowned British Rally Champion, Keith Cronin, Tim McNulty, Gareth MacHale and Gary Jennings. MC for the night was Michael Lyster.

With the event launch now passed, and the ceremonial start less than two weeks away, excitement is building rapidly. The Galway Motor Club are delighted to have over 130 entries for the February event which is the first round of the newly announced Citroen Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. Top seeds are last year’s championship runners up Gareth MacHale and Brian Murphy in their 2006 Ford Focus WRC. The Dublin pair can expect stiff competition from number two seed, Tim McNulty, who has multiple champion co-driver Paul Kiely on board, and also current British Rally Champion Keith Cronin, who starts at number three. The event will also see the Irish debut of the new Ford Fiesta S2000, which will be driven by Billy Coleman Award winner Craig Breen. The top 20 entries for the event are as follows:

1

Gareth MacHale

Brian Murphy

Ford Focus

2

Tim McNulty

Paul Kiely

Subaru S12B

3

Keith Cronin

Greg Shinnors

Mitsubishi Evo 9

4

Aaron MacHale

TBA

Ford Focus

5

Patrick Elliott

Paul Goodman

Subaru Impreza WRC S12

6

Kevin Barrett

Sean Mullally

Subaru Impreza WRC S11

7

Alastair Fisher

Barry McNulty

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

8

Garry Jennings

David Moynihan

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

9

Craig Breen

Gareth Roberts

Ford Fiesta S2000

10

Mike Bird

Kevin Keane

Subaru Impreza WRC S7

11

JJ Fleming

Robbie Ward

Subaru S12B

12

Richard Cathcart

Martin Brady

Subaru Impreza N12B

14

Alan Ring

Adrian Deasy

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

15

Jer O’Donovan

Sean Hayde

Subaru Impreza N12B

16

Anthony O’Halloran

Charlie McEnery

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

17

Andrew Bushe

Richard Hyland

Citroen C2

18

Jonathan Greer

Kirsty Riddick

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9

19

Daniel McKenna

Andrew Grennan

Ford Escort Mk2

20

Barry Meade

Johnny Hickey

Ford Escort RS

The event kicks off on Friday Evening, 5th of February with the ceremonial start in Oranmore village at approximately 7.30 pm. Further information can be found on the event website www.galwayinternationalrally.com.