Pacenotes Stages Rally 11-2-17
Image copyright Tom Maxwell, Raceline Photography
Dessie McCartney had a great run on the Pacenotes Stages Rally, run at the Kirkistown race circuit, last weekend. For this rally Dessie had Geraldine McBride sitting next to him calling out the corners. They had a bit of a shaky start over the first two stages and lost time with a spin which dropped them down as far as 30th place. After that they really got going and posted some very quick times to finish the day in 10th place overall and second two wheel drive. If it hadn't been for the time lost early on then the result would have been a lot more impressive. The picture above show just how hard Dessie was pushing.
The Darrian is a different animal than the Porsche 911 that Dessie is famous for rallying with great success but we think he's got the hang on the GTR. Below is a picture Dessie sent us of him competing on the Cork 20 Rally 'many years ago'. Perhaps we can re-create this fantastic photo with the Darrian!
Tour of Epynt 2017 13-3-17
Photo captured by JMS Photographic www.jmsphotographic.co.uk
Well done to Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett who had a great run on this years Melvyn Evans Tour Of Epynt rally.
They started off the day being a little cautious over the first two of the morning stages but once they had got these out of the way it was a full on charge all day and they ended the day in an excellent third overall. Huw and Anthony were in fact fastest of all on stage five in the afternoon. Despite taking huge chunks of time out of the second place crew their pace wasn't quite enough to grab second with the gap being just six seconds at the end.
Richard Merriman was also back on the ranges with Kath Curzon in the co Drivers seat. They came home with third, in a very competitive class, and ninth overall. Chris Simmons and Andy Moss finished 17th overall.
Well done to all three crews, a great day rallying in Wales!
West Cork Rally 2017 13-3-17
Kevin Gallagher travelled down from Donegal to compete in this years Quality Hotels Clonakilty West Cork Rally in his new T90 GTR+. Kevin, along with co driver Brendan McElhinney, had a great run over both days of the rally which saw varying stage conditions from dry to very slippery. By the end of the event on Sunday afternoon they had climbed their way up to finishing second overall in the National rally, in a very competitive field, with a time that would have seen them finish 11th in the international rally. The car and crew show some great promise and speed and we look forward to seeing more top results from Kevin in the future.
Image Copyright John Crone
B&G MOT Centre SMC Stages 2017 Darrian 1 2 3
Darrians Win in the North, South and West 13-4-17
With three wins on three different rallies it was an incredibly successful weekend for Darrian Cars.
It was a close fought battle for the win at this years SMC stages held at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. This time, however, a Darrian was going to win the event but which one?
It would be Brandon Smith and Dylan Thomas who claimed the top spot ahead of fellow Darrian competitors Chris Simmons and Andy Moss. Simmons and Moss were charging in the later stages, closing in on the top spot but they couldn't quite overhaul the leaders and the eventual gap was just one second! Just to make it all the more impressive the top three was rounded out by Gareth Richards and Ian Jones in yet another Darrian.
What a great result, well done to all three crews and congratulations to Brandon and Dylan for a great win.
Bob Shaw Memorial Stages
Well done to Nigel Gibbard and David Jones for winning the Bob Shaw Memorial Stages at Talbenny in South Wales. After a slow first stage they went on to post fastest times on all but one of the rest of the days stages eventually finishing the day with over a minutes gap to the second place crew.
Northern Ireland Sprint Championship - Nutts Corner Sprint
It was another top three lockout for Darrians in the rally car class at the Nutts Corner Sprint in Northern Ireland. It was seasoned hillclimber and sprinter Seamus Morris who came out on top in his new rally spec T90 GTR+.
Second and third place went to the McCartneys, both in the same car. It was Richard McCartney who came out on top of that particular father son battle and Dessie had to settle for third. How often has a car achieved two podium places on the same event?
Well done to all three drivers, it's quite something to lock out the top three in such a competitive sprint.
Dixies Rally Challenge 2-5-17
Photo captured by JMS Photographic www.jmsphotographic.co.uk
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon made a return to good form with a podium finish of this weekends BG LandRovers Dixies Challenge rally. Richard and Kath put in some very quick times all day over the epynt ranges and they eventually finished the day in third overall, first two wheel drive, against some very competitive crews. Well done to both and we want to see some more great performances like this for the rest of the year now.
Toyota Harlech Rally 2-5-17
Brandon Smith and Dylan Thomas continue their good form with a third place overall on the Toyota Harlech stages this weekend. Well done to both for another great result. Gareth Richards and Ian Jones finished in seventh overall.
EMC Sprint 1-7-17
Image Copyright Rosemary Mccartney
Three drivers showed exactly how comptitive the Darrian is at the Eniskillen Motor Club Sprint in Northern Ireland.
Barry Morris had an excellent drive and came out on top in the rally car class, not only beating his father Seamus in the same car but beating Dessie Mccartney too. Barry ended the day in fifth overall, 1st in class and was the quickest non race car and he also broke the class record which was previously held by Dessie.
Dessie did not have an answer to Barrys pace but he still came home with 2nd in class.
Seamus Morris came in 4th in class with a little bit of work to do to catch up with Barry.
Thanks to Rosemary Mccartney for the great picture!
Enville Stages 2-7-17
Geoff Roberts and Terry Martin had a good run on this years Enville stages held at the Anglesey Race Circuit. They finished fourth overall and second in class in amongst tough competition.
Brandon Smith and Dylan Thomas had a few problems on the day but still managed to finish the event in 7th overall and third in class.
Brawdy Stages 9-7-17
Dai 'Dot' Davies and Gerwyn James had a great run yesterday on this years Brawdy Stages. In his first event in the new car Dai took very little time getting to grips with the car and was soon posting very competitive times and one overall fastest time as well. They finished the day in 3rd overall and second in class. Not bad for the first go in a new car.
John Lewis and Dilwyn John had another fantastic result finishing 4th overall and first in their class by a forty second margin to their nearest class competitors. Two great drives, well done.
There were some great results at this years Midsummer Caerwent Rally with Chris Simmons and Andy Moss finishing the day in 5th overall and second in their class.
Jonathan Davies and Tom Wood also had a good day finishing in 20th overall and second in their class.
Richard Merriman and Kath Curzon unfortunately missed out on any class results in a very strong field, they finished 4th in class and 8th overall. Ian Sutton and Karen Phelps finished 10th overall.
Mini Epynt Stages 04-06-17
Image Copyright Joáo Moura
The Epynt weather was up to it's usual tricks this year for the Mini Epynt Stages. After being dry through the early hours the heavens opened just after the cars had left to start the first loop of stages. This meant a lot of people were caught out on slick tires in very wet conditions.
Despite the early tricky conditions there were some great drives. Huw Reed and Anthony Hackett came home with first in class after finishing 7th overall.
Nigel Gibbard and David Jones would take third in class and tenth overal.
Well done to all the crews who made it round in some tricky conditions!
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