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

Adams Again at Kirkistown! Round 3- 2017 McGrady Insurance Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland

For Immediate Release: 12th February 2017

Adams Again at Kirkistown! Round 3- 2017 McGrady Insurance Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland

The third round of the 2017 McGrady Insurance ANICC Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland, in association with took place at Kirkistown for the North Armagh Motor Club’s Pacenotes Stages event. Just three Junior 1000 crews lined up for the six stage event, as Rory Byrne was unable to make it to this round, but the enthusiasm was still there as the 14-17 year old rally stars of the future took to the mixed surface stages for their second visit to the County Down race-circuit.

15 year old Sam Adams from Armoy led the point’s race into round three and started at number one, feeling confident after his victory on the New Year Stages event last month. Indeed the event started well for the Skoda Citigo driver, with two fastest times opening up a   second advantage before first service. It was a pattern that continued through stages three and four, despite getting some tyres stuck under the car on the fourth test after cutting a corner too tight. On this event Sam was starting to really push and carry more speed as he continues his Junior rallying learning curve, before attempting some UK Junior rallies this season.

Peter Beaton and co-driver Kenny Foggo once again made their long trip from Nairn near Inverness in Scotland. 15 year old Peter in his Peugeot 107 once again was going to be the big challenger, and had clean runs on the opening tests, despite a lack of traction out of the tight turns. The Scottish crew however were a little frustrated to be losing chunks of time to Sam, but they looked set for a secure second and championship points. However cruelly on the final stage they broke a drive-shaft and retired.

14 year old Marcus McElwee is the youngest driver with the low budget Nissan Micra. The Magherafelt teenager with John Henderson alongside had a spin on stage one, losing over thirty seconds, and was improving his pace all day, but wasn’t set to challenge the leaders. His eventual second place however has also moved him up to third in the point’s standings. The day belonged to Sam Adams taking his second Junior 1000 victory. “Another great event, very much enjoyed the lay-out and the fast corners. Everything went well and thanks to the organisers for staging the event. It would be great if we could get more Junior’s onto the starting line” said Sam before he sprayed a bottle of Shloer at the finish! Round four heads for Bishopscourt for the Ballynahinch Motor Club’s event on 11th March.
2017 McGrady Insurance Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland- Rnd 3 Positions 

1st Sam Adams            Andrew Bushe       Skoda Citigo Sport   37m 48.9s

2nd Marcus McElwee John Henderson     Nissan Micra            +3m 59s

RET Peter Beaton          Kenny Foggo        Peugeot 107             RET

Junior 1000 Driver Championship Points after Round 3                               

1 Sam Adams  36

2 Peter Beaton 20

3 Marcus McElwee 17

4 Rory Byrne 16

Registered co-driver points after Round 3

1 Andrew Bushe 36

2 Kenny Foggo 20

3 James Byrne   8

Issued by Andrew Bushe Promotions- F-Andrew Bushe Promotions t-@andrew_bushe Pictures thanks to Philip Stewart- Regulations & points available on

Greer In Gear on Round One of the 2017 MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship!


For Immediate Release: 12th February 2017

Greer In Gear on Round One of the 2017 MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship!

Jonny Greer and Brian Crawford in their Citroen DS3 R5 took a superb victory on the Pacenotes Stages Rally, held at Kirkistown race-circuit round one of the MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship on Saturday. The Carryduff driver in his DGM Sport machine was fastest on the opening two tests, but the Citroen trundled into service worryingly on two cylinders after stage two. The fault was traced to a simple wire, and with the DS3 back to full health, fastest times on the final three tests sealed a thirteen second victory. “We had a great day, really enjoyed the rally and delighted to get the win” said Jonny at the event prize-giving. “Thanks to everyone who made it possible. Brian Crawford for keeping me right all day, the team for a great car again also to the North Armagh Motor Club and all the marshals and volunteers for a brilliant event!”

Seven times NI Rally Champion- Derek McGarrity in an R5 Ford Fiesta took second place, but was lucky to even make the start! “A seal went yesterday (Friday) at lunch-time in the turbo and the car was pluming out expensive smoke! The team worked frantically until 1am this morning to get us here. In that respect too I’m more than happy with second. The R5 car is a nice car, and I like it but I do have a WRC version coming in soon.” In third for the second year in a row was Peader Hurson in his new Ford Fiesta WRC. The former Irish National Champion’s only drama was a spin on the second stage which dropped him to lower reaches of the top ten, before clawing back to third. A fine fourth in his S10 Impreza was Robin Phillips with his daughter Laura in the co-driver’s seat. The Saintfield driver was a NI Champion back in 2000. Another former champion- Conor McCloskey was holding third place after four stages in his Fiesta WRC only for engine failure to halt the Kilrea driver on stage five.

Fifth was rally car trader Kieron Graffin in another DS3 R5, with Alan Carmichael in the Mini WRC sixth after a steady start. Alan is planning a full attack on the championship, and at Kirkistown finished ahead of three times NI Champion Kenny McKinstry in his S8 Impreza WRC. In eighth and winning Group N were names Allen and Connolly. Back in 2007 the late Glenn Allen won the series with Damien Connolly alongside in his WRC Corolla. Now his son Philip made a sensational rally debut with Damien’s brother-Martin along-side, and the new Allen team complete with the support of Philip’s grandmother Vera had much to celebrate!
Two wheel drive winner in a fine ninth overall was Keith White with Paul Mulholland in the 2.5 Millington MK1 Escort, another great performance by the Crumlin driver. Tenth and just four seconds behind was an amazing achievement for Dessie McCartney. Taming his 2.5 Millington engined Darrian, the 1975 Galway and 1980 Ulster Rally winner, now into his 70’s has carried on the McCartney rallying dynasty, so famous in the 70’s and 80’s when Dessie and his late brother Ronnie competed at the top level in the UK and Ireland.

Third two wheel drive car home was the 1600cc Peugeot 208 R2 driven by Kyle White in thirteenth overall, whilst the top three in Group N was completed by Evo’s of Clive Kilpatrick and Geoff McMahon.

Other class winners were: Karl Fallis- class 1 (Honda Civic), Colin Price- class 3 (Vauxhall Corsa), Kyle White- class 4- (Peugeot 208), Jamie Grant- class 5 (MK2 Escort), James Kennedy- class 6 (MK2 Escort), Kyle Orr- class 8 (Mitsubishi Evo) Richard Hall- class 11-Historic (Porsche 911), Drew Wylie- class 12- FIA Historic (MK2 Escort). Round two of the McGrady Insurance series is at Bishopscourt for the Ballynahinch Motor Club’s event on 11th March.

2017 McGrady Insurance MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Rally Championship-Round One results

1st Jonny Greer/ Brian Crawford                  Citroën DS3 R5                        30:13.0

2nd Derek McGarrity/Robert Travers            Ford Fiesta R5                        +0:13.0

3rd Peadar Hurson/Gary McElhinney            Ford Fiesta WRC                    +0:55.4

4th Robin Phillips/ Laura Phillips                    Subaru Impreza S10                +1:07.9

5th Kieron Graffin/Paddy Robinson                Citroën DS3 R5                       +1:12.7

6th Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont                  Mini WRC                               +1:19.3

7th Kenny McKinstry/John Wallace                Subaru Impreza S8                 +1:36.6

8th Philip Allen/Martin Connelly                    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X          +1:42.1

9th Keith White/Paul Mulholland                   Ford Escort MkI                       +1:48.6

10th Dessie McCartney/ Geraldine McBride Darrian T90 GTR                    +1:52.9


2016 McGrady Insurance MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Rally Championship 2017—Rounds

1              Pacenotes Stages-Kirkistown    Tarmac                 North Armagh Motor Club  

2              Bishopscourt Stages                      Tarmac                 Ballynahinch Motor Club     11th March

3             Ballypatrick Stages                           Tarmac                 Mid Antrim MC                       6th May

4             Mourne Rally                                      Tarmac                 Newry Motor Club                 10th June

5             Lakeland Stages Rally                   Gravel                      Enniskillen Motor Club         2nd September

6              Bushwhacker Rally                         Gravel                   Omagh Motor Club                23rd September

7            Down Rally                                          Gravel                   Rathfriland Motor Club         14th October

*Reserve events- Cookstown MC- 29th July, Magherafelt & District MC- 4th November


To keep up to date please check out the NIRC Facebook page- and check out for the series regulations and latest points. Rally results available on
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The Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages Rally 2017 Final Instructions No 1 and Scrutiny Schedule!

Final Instructions No 1 and Scrutiny Schedule…



Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages: Entry List Revealed!

For immediate release
Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages: Entry List Revealed!
 The entry list for this Saturday’s Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages, which will be held at Kirkistown Race Circuit, has been revealed and organisers received a last minute entry from former Irish Tarmac Champions, Declan and Brian Boyle!
North Armagh Motor Club was delighted to receive an entry from the Donegal native. The Boyle cousins retired from last weekend’s Galway International Rally with engine troubles so they decided to enter the Kirkistown event to get more ‘seat time’.
The Boyles’ entry bolsters what is an already strong field for Saturday’s opening McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship counter. Last year’s winner, Kenny McKinstry, will lead the field away in his Impreza WRC with reigning champion, Derek McGarrity, hot on his heels at number two with his Fiesta R5. Former champion, Connor McCloskey, is at number three while Jonny Greer (Citroen DS3 R5) starts at four ahead of Declan Boyle who has been slotted in at number five.
The opening stage gets underway at 9.30am with competitors tackling six stages throughout the day, all within the confines of Kirkistown Race Circuit.
Entry List (Top 20)
1 Kenny McKinstry/TBA (Impreza WRC S8)
2 Derek McGarrity/TBA (FIesta R5)
3 Connor McCloskey/John Rowan (Fiesta WRC)
4 Jonny Greer/Brian Crawford (DS3 R5)
5 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Fiesta WRC)
6 Peadar Hurson/Damian Connolly (Fiesta WRC)
7 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Mini WRC)
8 Robin Phillips/Laura Phillips (Impreza WRC S10)
9 Kieron Graffin/Paddy Robinson (DS3 R5)
10 Greg McCormack/Caron McCormack (Fabia)
11 Niall Henry/Aaron Johnston (Lancer Evo X)
12 Camillus Bradley/Crawford Henderson (Escort Mk2)
14 Keith White/Paul Mulholland Escort Mk1)
15 Clive Kilpatrick/Jay Colville (Lancer Evo 9)
16 Matthew McGaffin/Andrew McGaffin (Lancer Evo 9)
17 James Kennedy/Heather Kennedy (Escort Mk2)
18 Dessie McCartney/Garth McCartney (Darrian T90 GTR)
19 Kyle White/Sean Topping (Peugeot 208 R2)
20 Geoff McMahon/Rob Graham (Lancer Evo 9)
Jonathan MacDonald
MediaJAM Communications

Kenny McKinstry Heads Entry for Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages!

Kenny McKinstry won the 2016 Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages. Image: William Neill/NEILLPICS.COM

Kenny McKinstry Heads Entry for Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages!

The best of Northern Ireland’s rally talent is gearing up for this weekend’s Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages Rally, round one of the 2017 McGrady Insurance MSA Northern Ireland Rally Championship!

The UK and Ireland’s only dedicated rally magazine is backing the event for the second successive year. Regarded as the clubman’s rally bible, each edition of the monthly publication is packed full of rally news, reports, photographs and features from the world of rallying, from club level to the World Rally Championship.

Pacenotes’ roving reporters and photographers will also be at Kirkistown on Saturday, and more than 80 entries have been received for the North Armagh Motor Club Ltd rally spectacular, including four past and current champions – Derek McGarrity, Kenny McKinstry, Connor McCloskey and Robin Phillips.

Last year’s event winner Kenny McKinstry heads the entry list, this time in an S8 specification Impreza WRC. He heads reigning champion Derek McGarrity, who won the New Year Stages Rally at the same venue less than two weeks ago. The Glengormley man plans to wheel out his Ford Fiesta R5 once again, in a bid to secure another win ahead of the World Rally Car crews.

Connor McCloskey, who once held the accolade of being the youngest ever N.I. champion, starts the event at number three in his Fiesta WRC. He debuted the car at Kirkistown less than two weeks ago and now that he has a better feel for his new mount, he could be a real challenger this weekend.

Jonny Greer and Brian Crawford will also be in the fray with their Citroen DS3 R5, while Peadar Hurson and Damien Connolly are wheeling out their new Fiesta WRC for the first time.

Also in World Rally Cars are Alan Carmichael (Mini Countryman WRC) and former champion Robin Phillips (Impreza WRC S10), who has enjoyed just a handful of outings since winning the N.I. title back in 2000 with a Toyota Celica.

Other ‘R5’ mounted crews include Kieron Graffin (Citroen DS3) and Isle of Man resident, Nathan Cafearo (Citroen DS3 R5), while Greg McCormack also join the class 10 field in his Skoda Fabia.

The leading two-wheel-drive entrants include Camillus Bradley, who finished second overall in last year’s title race with his Escort Mk2. Keith White will provide some stiff opposition in his Escort Mk1, while James Kennedy (Escort Mk2), Dessie McCartney (Darrian T90) and Kyle White (Peugeot 208 R2) are all in the mix.

The event gets underway at 9.30am on Saturday with competitors facing a total of six stages. The winners will spray the champagne shortly after 4pm. Marshals are still required to help run the event so if anyone would like to help out, MSA registered marshals should contact Chief Marshal, Eddie Martin, on 07727 960594.

The Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages Rally 2017 – Regulations and Online Entry Submission!


Regulations and Online Entry Submission are now available for round one of the 2017 McGrady Insurance MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship, the North Armagh Motor Club Ltd Pacenotes Rally Magazine Stages Rally, incorporating the second round of the Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 11th February, is sponsored by Pacenotes Rally Magazine, and will feature six stages based within the confines of Co.Down’s Kirkistown Race Circuit.


Entries for the event should be completed online at

Following the online entry submission, an entry fee in the form of a cheque (or other agreed form of payment) should be returned to:

Entries Secretary DAVID BINGHAM
10 Irwin Gardens, Lurgan, Co Armagh, BT66 7DP.
Tel: 07543 890871
(between 7.00pm and 10.00pm weekdays & 1.00pm and 6.00pm weekends ONLY).
As David works shifts he may not always be able to pick up calls during these times so please leave a message and he will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally Results

Results for last Saturday’s Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally;


Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally Final Instructions No 1

Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally Final Instructions No 1 now available.


Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally Entry List


Loughgall Lanes Rally 2016
Entry List
Car No. Driver Navigator Car Class
1 Allan Harryman Suz Graham Toyota MR2 2
2 Christopher Evans Kevin Fagan Mazda MX5 2
3 Eric Patterson Raymond Donaldson Mazda MX5 2
4 Robert Woodside Bruce Drummond Mazda MX5 2
5 Eamonn Byrne Joanna Lenehan Toyota Starlet 1
6 Frank Lenehan Tim Faulkner Toyota Starlet 1
7 John O’Reilly Nick Sparks Mazda MX5 2
8 Mark Woodside Rob Graham Mazda MX5 2
9 Raymond Mason Matthew Mason Nissan Micra 1
10 Simon Woodside Steven Dowds Mazda MX5 2
11 Robert Woodside Snr TBA Ford Escort 2
12 Norman Ferguson Keith Hall Peugeot 106 1
13 Tim Woodside Ben Woodside Mazda MX5 2
14 Trevor Ferguson David McElroy Mazda MX5 2
15 Daniel Byrne Johnaton Bradshaw Peugeot 106 1
16 Michael Duke Claudette Hollywood Mazda MX5 2
17 David Crothers Barbara Kane Mazda MX5 2
18 Mark Faulkner Aly Coyle Mazda MX5 2
19 Conn Williamson Ronnie Griffin BMW 318 4
20 Peter Faulkner Ann Smyth Mazda MX5 4
21 Davy Young Richard Nelson Morris Cooper 3
22 Darren Fleck Gary Wilson BMW 318 4
23 Malcolm McQueen TBA Mazda MX5 4
24 Arthur McMullan Adam McMullan Ford Anglia 4
25 Gilmore Magee Ernest Magee Mazda MX5 4
26 Jonathan Henderson John Henderson Nissan Micra 3
27 Neil Fletcher Rodney McCready Mazda MX5 4
28 Mark Stewart Chris Hobson Mazda MX5 4
29 Douglas Reid Bill Reid Mazda MX5 4
30 Chris Arthur Alastair Robinson Mazda MX5 4
31 Simon Brien Juanita Brien Mazda MX5 4
32 Paul Fox Barry Fox Mazda MX5 4
33 Karl Neely James McKeefry Mazda MX5 4
34 Anthony McGuckin Terence Dillon Mazda MX5 4
35 Drew Wylie Pamala Wylie Mazda MX5 4
36 Steven Cromie Chris Henry Mazda MX5 4
37 Mark Brien Anna Brien MG Midget 4
38 John Henderson Billy Regan Toyota Starlet 3
39 Peter Caldwell David Lilburn Citroen Saxo 5
40 Kyle Gibson Colin Telford Nissan Micra 3
41 Robert Allingham Thomas Maxwell VW Golf 5
42 Noel Vallely Neil Vallely Toyota Corolla 6
43 Harry Barr Lawrence Knox Mazda MX5 6
44 Alan Jardine Raymond Knox Ford Escort 6
45 Kenny Martin Philip Coote Mazda MX5 6
46 Jordan Burns Darrell Burns Ford Fiesta 5
47 Eoin Longworth Patrick O’Leary Toyota Starlet 5
48 David Burns Conor Murphy Ford Fiesta 5
49 Chris Nelson Stephen McCombe Mazda MX5 6
50 Kevin McNamee Redmond McNamee Mazda MX5 4
51 Harry Crossen Alan Crossen Nissan Micra 5
52 Taylor Gribbon Alex Gribbon Nissan Micra 5
53 John Adams Sam Adams Ford Escort 6
54 Leslie Hawe Gareth Hawe Mazda MX5 6
55 Kenny Anderson Peter Anderson Renault Clio 5
56 Trevor Falloon TBA Proton WRC 5
57 Leslie McLean Robert McLean Mazda MX5 6
58 Gareth Miller Ryan McIvor Mazda MX5 6
59 Gerry Joyce Enda Hughes Toyota Starlet 5
60 Philip Hogg Andre Blakely Mazda MX5 6
61 Eric McIvor Suzanne McIvor Mazda MX5 6
62 Jordan Hone Paul Hone Nissan Micra 5
63 Andrew Gilmore Collin Cleland Mazda MX5 6
64 William Howell Eddie Carson Mazda MX5 6
65 Berry McGaffin Norma Glover Mazda MX5 6
Reserve List
Karl O Donoghue Graham O Donoghue Toyota Starlet 3
Daniel Hamill TBA Peugeot 106 5
Wayne McKay Dale McKay Ford Puma 5
Dermot Carnegie Mark Fitzsimon Ford RS2000 2

Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally – Regs and Entry Form!

1377252_884851174858767_1147053274550607988_nWelcome to the Ballylisk Car Sales Loughgall Lanes Rally, which will run as a Targa Rally in accordance with Motor Sports Association (MSA) Regulations and with the protocol prepared by the Association of Northern Ireland (ANICC) Targa Rally Monitoring Panel.

The event will comprise of a number of timed Special Tests which will run in private grounds on a mixture of tarmac, concrete, gravel, mud and grass surfaces. The route between Special Tests will be identified in a Roadbook which will be supplied by the organising club.

Special Test information will be supplied in the form of diagrams and other information. Bogey times for Special Tests will be set on the basis of an average speed of 30mph and a range of measures will be used to ensure that bogey times are not beaten. Such measures will include chicanes, slaloms and stop boxes. Both the nominated driver and co-driver (subject to having the necessary grade of driving licence) are permitted to drive on Special Tests. Timing on connecting sections will be set to a very easy schedule and crews will be permitted to wait at Main Time Controls for their due time

The event will be based at Loughgall Country Park, County Armagh, and all Special Tests will be located within a 8 mile radius of the Park.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Entries open on publication of these Supplementary Regulations;

Entries close on Tuesday 18th October 2016;

Final Instructions No 1 will be posted on the club website,, on Wednesday 19
th October 2016;

Saturday 22nd October 2016

1. 08.00 – 09.30 Car scrutiny and documentation

2. 09.45 Drivers Briefing

3. 10.01 First car starts

4. 15.30 First cars finishes

5. 17.00 Prize giving

The entry fee for the event id £70.00, and this includes a breakfast bap and a cup of tea for both crew members following signing-on.


The Secretary of the meeting to whom all entries should be sent:

26 Avonmere
BT64 1AN
Tel: 07745 891227



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Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally – Stage Maps

Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally Stage Maps now available.




Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally Scrutiny Times!

Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally Scrutiny Times now available.


Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally – Final Instructions No 1

Rainbow Communications Loughgall Country Park Rally Final Instructions No 1 now available.