The Garda Siochana Motor Club’s Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally, which takes place this Sunday, October 19th 2014, has attracted a quality field of over one hundred crews, which will be lead away by the No. 1 seeds and winners of last year’s event, Richard Moffett and Martin Connolly. They will use the same two-litre Toyota Starlet which carried them to a hard-fought victory twelve months ago. The second seed will be another former Baltinglass winner, James Stafford, who will be guided by Frank Dwyer in their potent Darrian T90 GTR.
Next over the Start Line will be the Kerry crew of Mike Quinn and Tony Healy in a 2.5 Ford Escort, runners-up on the 2013 event. Having lost out on victory by just three seconds on that occasion, their return to Baltinglass is bound to have added significance for them.
Also among the top ten seeds are Limerick driver, Ed O’Callaghan (Ford Escort), Carlow brothers George and David Condell (Toyota Starlet and Ford Escort 2.5 respectively), Monaghan’s Jim McKenna (Escort) and rapid Virginia youngster, Chris Armstrong (Escort).
If the weather turns wet on Sunday, the four wheel drive Mitsubishis of Stephen McCann, the 2014 Irish Tarmac Championship Group N runner up, and former National Rally Champion, Aaron McHale (of the famous Rathcoole rallying dynasty), may well come to the fore.
The Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally 2014 will be the sixth and final round of the LoughranSigns.com Midlands East Rally Championship, which will be fought out between Rodney White (Talbot Sunbeam), James Cassidy (Ford Escort) and Pat Shorthall (Ford Escort).
The first stage of the rally will get under way just after 11am on Sunday morning. The route will consist of three loops of the Brewel Hill and Killelan tests in east Kildare. Service, after stages 1, 3 and 5, will be based in Crookstown village. The winning crew is due at the Finish in Baltinglass at 5.30pm.
Germaines of Baltinglass GSMC Mini Stages Rally 2014
Top Ten Seeds
No. Driver/Navigator (Address) Car
1 Richard Moffett/Martin Connolly (Monaghan) Toyota Starlet
2 James Stafford/Frank Dwyer (Wellingtonbridge) Darian T90 GTR
3 Mike Quinn/Tony Healy (Listowel) Ford Escort RS
4 Ed O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy (Limerick) Ford Escort RS
5 George Condell/Paul Twomey (Carlow) Toyota Starlet
6 Stephen McCann/Breanard McNamee (Ballyjamesduff) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
7 David Condell/Eugene McGrath (Carlow) Ford Escort RS
8 Jim McKenna/Thomas Tutty (Monaghan) Ford Escort RS
9 Chris Armstrong/James Fulton (Virginia) Ford Escort RS
10 Aaron McHale/Paul McGee (Rathcoole) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
MOFFETT TO DEFEND GARDA RALLY CROWN
Twelve months on from his debut victory in the Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally, Monaghan driver, Richard Moffett, will be among the contenders for honours in the 2014 edition of the popular Garda Siochana Motor Club event, which takes place on Sunday, October 19th. He will be joined among the entrants by another former victor, James Stafford, whose Baltinglass success came ten years ago, while local man, Dan Barry, twice a winner in the past, has also expressed an intention to take part. Also joining the fray will be Terence ‘Ted’ O’Shaughnessy, twice a runner up on the GSMC Mini Stages, who returns to competition following a sabbatical.
For Moffett, the Baltinglass Rally comes at a time he has plenty of ‘match practice’, having taken two-wheel drive honours, and sixth overall, on the National Championship counting Clare Rally last month. His co-driver for the GSMC event will be Martin Connolly, who guided him to success in 2013, and they will once again campaign the two litre Toyota Starlet which took them to victory last year.
The pace of Stafford, in his Darrian T90 GTR, is without question, as demonstrated by the Wellington Bridge driver’s win on the two-day Wexford Rally last year, and his second place results on the Birr and Tipperary Stonethrowers rallies this year. Baltinglass has brought him mixed results however - his win in 2004 was followed by a final stage accident, while holding the lead, in 2005. His co-driver this time out will be Frank Dwyer.
Enniskerry’s Dan Barry, winner in Baltinglass in 2009 and 2011, has informed the organisers of his desire to return to the event, but has yet to formally lodge an entry. The Mitsubishi Lancer driver can be relied upon to be in the hunt for overall honours, if he makes the start.
The GSMC event sees the return to action of Terence ‘Ted’ O’Shaughnessy from Carlow, who has twice finished second in Baltinglass. His more recent results came at the wheel of a 2.5 litre Toyota Corolla Twin Cam, but on this occasion, he will pilot a 1.6 version, which will likely confine his attentions to class honours. Nevertheless, his efforts will be spectacular, and much appreciated by the spectators.
The Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally 2014 will be the sixth and final round of the LoughranSigns.com Midlands East Rally Championship, which is currently being led by Rodney White (Class 13 Talbot Sunbeam) on 71 points, followed by James Cassidy (Class 12 Ford Escort) on 69 points, and Pat Shorthall (Class 10 Ford Escort) on 60 points.
While Germaine’s Hotel in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow will as always provide the venue for the rally headquarters, the competitive action will for the first time take place over the border in Co. Kildare, where two stages have been set out by the event’s new Clerk of the Course, Derek Brannigan, himself a vastly experienced co-driver. These tests will run three times, the rally route adopting the now familiar 2 X 3 Mini Stages format. There will be 96 stage kilometres and approximately 80 road kilometres.
Entries remain available for the Garda Siochana Motor Club Rally, and Regulations and Entry Forms may be downloaded from the GSMC website,gardamotorclub.com.
Baltinglass Mini Stages rally 2014
The stages have been chosen for the event, now it's time to start sending in your entries! Entry forms and regulations for the event are now available HERE
The event will take place on Sunday the 19th of October 2014, with prize-giving that evening.
The Entry Fee for the event is €365 (€399 after 19th of September 2014)
GARDA SIOCHANA MOTOR CLUB
WEEKEND SPORTING TRIAL 12TH& 13TH APRIL 2014
Regulations now available below.
Please note: Entries must be submitted by Tuesday 8th April 2014 to the following address:
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MOFFETT GRABS VICTORY IN BALTINGLASS RALLY, 13 Oct 2013
It is said that a good start is half the battle, and for Monaghan driver, Richard Moffett, and navigator, Martin Connolly, it was certainly true when they were fastest by ten seconds on the opening stage of the Garda Siochana Motor Club’s 2013 Germaines of Baltinglass Mini Stages Rally, an event they went on to win in their rear wheel drive Toyota Starlet. When the times were totted at the end of the last stage, the clocks said that Moffett and Connolly had taken a three second victory. Remarkably, having held the initial advantage, they then lost the lead after the second stage, and only regained it on that final stage. In what was even more remarkable, the event had seen four changes of leader over its six stages, and four drivers in all had their turns at the top of the timesheets.
Germaines of Baltinglass GSMC Mini Stages Rally 2013
1: Richard Moffett/Martin Connolly (Clontibret, Co. Monaghan) Toyota Starlet, 56 mins, 41 secs
2: Mike Quinn/Tony Healy (Listowel, Co. Kerry), Ford Escort RS, 56:44