Galway International rally at Galway

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Well this weekend saw the opening round of the Global Group International Irish Tarmac Championship and what an event it was to be long before it even kicked off. Marcus Gronholm of Ford world rally team was entered for the event for a start which was to be a testing ground and introduction to Irish roads for the Finnish driver in prep for WRC Ireland, this coupled with new cars for around 6 of the top Irish Drivers which included the latest customer spec cars from Ford and Subaru for Gareth Machale and Eugene Donnelly respectively it was certainly looking to be some fight and sight at the same time. A sight it certainly was when the frosted white fields and narrow lanes were alive on Saturday morning to the joy of spectators from all over the isle and farther afield.

1st Marcus Gronholm/Timo Rautiainen (Focus WRC) 1.57.14.6
2nd Gareth MacHale/Paul Nagle (Focus WRC) 2.00.06.2
3rd Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Impreza WRC) 2.00.56.5
4th Eamonn Boland/Francis Regan (Focus WRC) 2.01.09.6
5th Kevin Lynch/Gordon Noble (Focus WRC) 2.02.10.8
6th Stephen Murphy/MJ Morrissey (Impreza WRC) 2.02.47.8
7th Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Impreza WRC) 2.03.25.3
8th Michael Barrable/Dermot O’Gorman (Focus WRC) 2.03.43.5
9th Austin MacHale/Brian Murphy (Focus WRC) 2.03.58.9
10th Ray Breen/Damien Morrissey (Focus WRC) 2.05.08.1

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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