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LURGAN PARK RALLY CANCELLED

PRESS RELEASE 10th March 2017

It is with regret that the Organisers of the Lurgan Park Rally have decided not to run the rally in 2017. The Directors of the North Armagh Motor Club have made this decision because of a number of obstacles which have proved too difficult to overcome.

The very first Lurgan Park Rally in 1980 was won by the late Bertie Fisher and the event, which has hosted such top International drivers as Ari Vatanen, Pentti Airikkala, Tony Pond and Mikael Sundstrom, has become a rallying byword for excellence over the intervening years. In addition, the event was one of motorsports social highlights of the season.

North Armagh Motor Club Director William Fullerton commented. ‘Lurgan Park is not available to us this year on our planned date so we had to opt for the 20th May. We face an ever increasing cost of meeting Health and Safety standards. This, combined with the potential bill for repairing the grounds of this lovely park should it happen to be a wet event, we feel is too big a risk for the Club.’

The earlier planned date also has a number of event clashes as a result of which we have been unable to attract a suitable sponsor. The Motor club will attempt to run an alternative ‘Clubman event’ at a different venue on the 20th May and will re-double their efforts to bring back the popular Lurgan Park Rally in 2018.

Issued by Brian & Liz Patterson on behalf of the North Armagh Motor Club

 

JENNINGS’ JOY AT 4TH LURGAN RALLY VICTORY

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Gary Craig Motorsport Photography

Fermanagh man Garry Jennings scored a start to finish win on last Saturday’s Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally. Co-driven by Michael Moran in his Subaru Impreza WRC, this was Jennings’

fourth consecutive victory on the event. Banbridge man Kenny McKinstry, also in Subaru, kept the pressure on Jennings throughout theeight short sharp special stages. Eleven times a winner over

the years and dubbed ‘King of the Park’, McKinstry had no answer to Jennings’ stunning speed. Even a collision with a 6th stage straw bale did not make too much of a dent in Jennings’ lead. A

smoky, low oil pressure engine didn’t slow his progress either. Former Irish Tarmac and National Rally Champion Declan Boyle, co-driven by his cousin Brian Boyle, made the trip to Lurgan from

Lettermacaward in North-West Donegal and, although a comparative stranger to the specialised nature of the Lurgan Park lanes, gave the rally a real good go and finished an impressive 3rd in his

Fiesta WRC. There was particular interest in the 2wd category, and Armagh man Damian Toner in his Escort, who won the Loughgall Rally earlier this year, took the honours against very strong

opposition. Keith White and Frank Kelly, also in Escorts, were 2nd and 3rd in the 2 wheel drive race, but despite much wheel spinning in the at times slippy conditions, could make no impression on

the flying Toner. There was a chance that Shane McGirr in his rear wheel drive Starlet could upset the Escort apple cart, but Fivemiletown man McGirr was forced to call it a day two stages before the

end when his Starlet blew a head gasket. Once again the rally, now in its 37th year in Lurgan Park, attracted a large crowd of spectators, undeterred by changeable weather conditions. The event ran

on schedule and without incident and the Park remained in pristine condition. The event is supported by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and organised by the

North Armagh Motor Club Ltd.

Top Ten Finishers:-

1st (1) Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Impreza WRC) 15mins 55.6secs

2nd (2) Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr (Impreza WRC) 16mins 09.5secs

3rd (3) Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Fiesta WRC) 16mis 17.8secs

4th (5) Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC) 16mins 27.4secs

5th (4) Derek McGarrity/Diarmuid Falvey (Fiesta WRC) 16mins 32.6sec

6th (8) Stuart Biggerstaff/Fraser Mulholland (Impreza WRC) 16mins 33.1secs

7th (12) Robert Woodside/Rachel Robinson (Fiesta R5) 16mins 50.2secs

8th (7) Pat O’Connell/Adam Coffey (Lancer) 16mins 50.3secs

9th (18) Damian Toner/Thomas Treanor (Escort) 16mins 53.6secs

10th (9) Ray Brammer/Mo Downey (Impreza WRC) 17mins 07.4secs

Class Winners:-

CL2 Alan Smyth/Richard Kinloch (Suzuki Swift S1600)

CL3 Martin Teggart/Arnold Lutton (Ford Escort Mk2)

CL4 Damian Toner/Thomas Treanor (Ford Escort Mk2)

CL5 Robert Woodside/Rachel Robinson (Ford Fiesta R5)

CL6 Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Subaru Impreza S12b)

CL7 Stephen Mawhinney/Nigel Magee (Sunbeam Lotus)

CL8 Drew Wylie/Barbara English (Ford Escort RS1800)

Issued by Patterson Agency Ltd – 00 44 28 90 844111.

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Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally Entry List revealed!

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ORCHARD MOTORSPORT LURGAN PARK RALLY 2016 ENTRY LIST

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ORCHARD MOTORSPORT LURGAN PARK RALLY STAR SHOW

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PRESS RELEASE: For immediate

release 27.06.16

This Saturday’s Lurgan Park Rally, which starts at 10am, is shaping up to be another impressive event, with a top class entry as well as an array of family entertainments on offer. Fermanagh’s

Garry Jennings in his Subaru World Rally Car has won the rally for the last three years and he promises he will be trying hard to make it a fourth top of the podium finish. Garry will be trying hard as

well to get his rallying back on track following the disappointment of retiring after just one stage of the Donegal International when his Impreza engine blew up. Engineers in the UK have been

working hard since to make sure Garry takes his place amongst the fifty invited crews contesting the 8 special stages of this showcase Orchard Motorsport sponsored event. Ranged against Jennings at the

top end of the entry list are some very talented drivers. Declan Boyle in his Fiesta WRC for example, although on his first visit to Lurgan Park in a 4wd car, is stunningly fast everywhere, and has

International Tarmac and National Rally titles under his belt as testimony. Behind Boyle is 11 times Lurgan Park winner Kenny McKinstry in his Subaru. Banbridge man Kenny so wants to make it a

dozen wins. Derek McGeehan in his attractive Mini WRC is seeded in the top six. The Draperstown man led Lurgan Park initially last year and eventually finished 3rd. Former multiple Tarmac

Champion Derek McGarrity, this time in his Fiesta WRC, could be another in the winning frame come Saturday, while Robert Woodside in his Fiesta R5 could spring a surprise. As well as the top

drivers in the World Rally Cars, much interest is sure to be generated by the leading Escort protagonists, with drivers such as Frank Kelly, Damian Toner, Keith White and Adrian Hetherington

promising to provide much sideways frenzied action through the course of the day. There are many interesting cars in the line up – Ray Brammer is making the trip from Kings Lynn, the popular Pat

O’Connell from Cashel has again entered, young ‘tigers’ include Callum Devine (Vauxhall Adam), Kyle White (Citroen C2) and Alan Smyth (Suzuki Swift). A driver likely to give the Escort men a run

for their money is Fivemiletown’s Shane McGirr in his fantastically fast Starlet RWD. There are so many good drivers it is not possible to list them all here. Lurgan Park is not just about the action on

the special stages of course. It really is a Motorsport day out for families, friends and sponsors. The centralised paddock area of the beautiful park lends itself to socialising, barbecues and posing!

The comprehensive family entertainments, mostly all free, are really brilliant for the children, who always seem to leave the park with a smile on their faces – painted on or not! There will be static

classic car displays and a fascinating as well as exciting show by the Trialstar Motorbike Display Team. The rally is supported, not just commercially by Orchard Motorsport, Roadside Motors

(Lurgan) Ltd and Pacenotes Rally Magazine, but by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. The North Armagh Motor Club, under the direction of William Fullerton and Clerk

of the Course Barry Taggart, have a large and expert team to make sure the day goes smoothly, and above all safely. The same basic team has been organising the ultra successful Lurgan Park Rally

since its inception in 1980 when the late Bertie Fisher won in an Mk2 Escort. This year’s event promises to be as good as all those that went before.

Orchard Motorsport Top Ten:

1 Garry Jennings/Michael Moran (Subaru Impreza WRC)

2 Kenny McKinstry/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC)

3 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC)

4 Derek McGarrity/Diarmuid Falvey (Ford Fiesta WRC)

5 Derek McGeehan/Laurie Smyth (Mini WRC)

6 Jonny Leonard/Geraldine Leonard (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6)

7 Pat O’Connell/Adam Coffey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9)

8 Stuart Biggerstaff/TBA (Subaru Impreza WRC)

9 Ray Brammer/Mo Downey (Subaru Impreza WRC)

10 Emma McKinstry/Kenny Hull (Subaru Impreza WRC)

Issued by: Patterson Agency Ltd. Telephone: 0044 2890 844111:

Pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsors; Keith Somerville, event secretary,frank Kelly, driver, Councillor Glenn Barr, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, William Fullerton, rally director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, James Blane, president of the North Armagh Motor Club, Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, associate sponsors, and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsors; Keith Somerville, event secretary,frank Kelly, driver, Councillor Glenn Barr, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, William Fullerton, rally director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, James Blane, president of the North Armagh Motor Club, Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, associate sponsors, and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Historic and Classic Car Show

We would love to see you join us at our Historic and Classic Car Show including car clubs at this year’s Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally!!!

Contact our Historic and Classic Car Show Coordinator Brian Stinson on 07761 358907 for futher information!!!

Trade Stands and Autojumble

Fancy a trade stand at this year’s Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally? Choose from a wide range of packages that enable your business to present goods and services to huge crowds of enthusiasts. We would also like to welcome anyone interested in an Autojumble?

Contact our Trade Stands Coordinator Brian Stinson on 07761 358907 for futher information!!!

 

Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally Photocall 24-06-16

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, front pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with back row from left, lauren Kelly, Frank Kelly, Driver, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsor; Willaim Fullerton, rally director,and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, front pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with back row from left, lauren Kelly, Frank Kelly, Driver, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsor; Willaim Fullerton, rally director,and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, front centre, pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with back row from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsor; Frank Kelly, Driver,and Willaim Fullerton, rally director. Front from left, Lauren Kelly and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, front centre, pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with back row from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsor; Frank Kelly, Driver,and Willaim Fullerton, rally director. Front from left, Lauren Kelly and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating tries out one of the rally cars at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with Councillor Glenn Barr, left, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, and William Fullerton, rally director.

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating tries out one of the rally cars at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally with Councillor Glenn Barr, left, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, and William Fullerton, rally director.

Pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsors; Keith Somerville, event secretary,frank Kelly, driver, Councillor Glenn Barr, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, William Fullerton, rally director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, James Blane, president of the North Armagh Motor Club, Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, associate sponsors, and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Pictured at the launch of the Lurgan Park Rally are from left, Brian Stinson, Orchard Motorsport, sponsors; Keith Somerville, event secretary,frank Kelly, driver, Councillor Glenn Barr, chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, William Fullerton, rally director, Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Garath Keating, James Blane, president of the North Armagh Motor Club, Simon Fullerton, Roadside Motors, associate sponsors, and Kenny McKinstry, driver.

Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally Final Instructions No 1 including Special Stage Maps

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Lurgan Park Rally supporting Cancer Fund for Children

Cancer Fund For Children LogoWe are delighted again to be supporting Cancer Fund for Children who work across Northern Ireland supporting children and families living with cancer. To find out more about this amazing charity either visit their website or pop along on the day and say hello at their stand!

Website: www.cancerfundforchildren.com
Twitter: @NICancerFund
Facebook: @CancerFundChildren