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2012 Circuit of Ireland Rally entry list released

2012 Circuit of Ireland Rally entry list released

22-year-old Norwegian and current IRC title-holder Andreas Mikkelsen

By Bob Hume, 23rd March 2012

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Entry list for the 2012 Circuit of Ireland has just been announced

The entry list for the 2012 Circuit of Ireland has just been announced and is packed with entries from both international and local crews.

22-year-old Norwegian and current IRC title-holder Andreas Mikkelsen, the youngest champion in the history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will head up the list as No.1 in a starting list of more than 100 cars and also leads the Skoda assault which kicks off at Belfast City Hall on Good Friday (April 6).

Skoda UK's Mikkelsen will be backed up by Finnish driver and 2010 champion, Juho Hanninen and Czech Jan Kopecky, who has been runner-up in the series for the past three years, as Skoda try to retain the Manufacturers‘ Championship. Mikkelsen took the title when he won the final two rounds of 2011 in Scotland and Cyprus, sensationally taking the lead from Kopecky. The young Norwegian has already followed up with victory in the Azores but lost to Kopecky in the Canary Islands.

Andreas Mikkelsen is no stranger to the Circuit of Ireland, having begun his career at the age of 17 on Irish and UK events.

Super 2000 Skoda Fabias will also be driven by rising German star Sepp Wiegand and Ireland‘s 2010 Billy Coleman Award winner and former UK and Irish Citroen Trophy champion, Robert Barrable.

Ireland‘s World Academy champion Craig Breen, also just 22 and from Waterford will move from Ford to Peugeot to join the French Sainteloc team for the first of four IRC appearances in an evolution 207.

Top Ulster driver in the entry list is Alastair Fisher, 23-year-old nephew of three times Circuit of Ireland winner Bertie Fisher. He has set his sights on replacing Breen as WRC Academy champion and will make three IRC appearances in an S2000 Ford Fiesta run by M-Sport.

Irish drivers will be strongly represented in the IRC two-wheel-drive Cup category where Marty McCormack, reigning British F2 champion and Mark Donnelly, current leader of the British series, are among the leading entries. They take on experienced Europeans such as France‘s Robert Consani and Hungary‘s Menyhert Krozser.

Former Irish Tarmac champion, Derek McGarrity will head the National entry in a new WRC MINI.

McGarrity will be followed off the Belfast City Hall ceremonial start ramp by Eugene Donnelly in a Corolla, Darren Gass (Subaru), winner of the opening round of this year‘s Tarmac championship and the Galway International, and three times Northern Ireland champion Kenny McKinstry (Subaru).

Bobby Willis, Event Director of the 2012 Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally, is delighted with the entries: “The entry list is really strong for this year‘s Circuit. The interest and support from the many international drivers wanting to get involved has been fantastic. But as always, it‘s also great to see the entries flood in from our local Rally talent. The purpose built Titanic Super Special Stage on Good Friday will be spectacular for spectators and competitors alike. For the drivers, this is a particularly challenging stage and for the spectators, this is an incredible opportunity to see the action up close."

2012 Circuit of Ireland Rally entry list released

Mark Donnelly in the Renault Clio R3

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International Rally - Top 40 seeded Entry List

International Rally - Top seeded entry list

> 1 Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Floene Ruthin, Norway Skoda Fabia S2000
> 2 Jan Kopecky/Pavel Dresler Kostelec Nad Orlici Skoda Fabia S2000
> 3 Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula Finland Skoda Fabia S2000
> 4 Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts Waterford Peugeot 207 S2000 Rally
> 5 Alastair Fisher/Rory Kennedy Trillick Fiesta S2000
> 6 Sepp Wiegand/Timo Gottschalk Zwonitz, Germany Skoda Fabia S2000
> 7 Robert Barrable/Dermot O'Gorman Dublin Skoda Fabia
> 8 Garry Jennings/Barry McNulty Kesh Mitusbishi Evo 9
> 9 Mathieu Arzeno/Renoul Jamoul Mipamas, France Peugeot 207 S2000 Rally 2
> 10 Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan Donegal Mitusbishi Evo 9
> 11 Martin McCormick/David Moynihan Draperstown Citroen DS3 R3T
> 12 Alan Ring/James O'Brien Kerry Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 14 Mark Donnelly/Dai Roberts Omagh Renault Clio R3
> 15 Jonny Greer/TBA Carryduff Citroen DS3 R3
> 16 Daniel Barry/Paddy Robinson Wicklow Mitsubishi Evo X
> 17 Sam Moffett/James O'Reilly Monaghan Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 18 Josh Moffett/Domhnall Lennon Clontibret Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 19 Tommy Doyle/Liam Moynihan Longford Renault Clio R3
> 20 Menyhert Krozser/Gyorgy Papp Hungary Civic Type R
> 21 Robert Consani/TBA Bouc Bel Air, France Renault Megane RS
> 22 Mark Donnelly/Andrew Purcell Omagh Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 23 Desi Henry/Niall Burns Portglenone Citroen DS3 R3
> 24 Alan Carmichael/Neil Doherty Ballymoney Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 25 Willie Mavitty/John Rowan Enniskillen Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 26 Martin Donnelly/Colin Fitzgerald New York Mitusbishi Evo 9
> 27 Tony Jardine/Maurice Hamilton Ascot, Berks Mitusbishi Evo 9
> 28 Geoff McMahon/Rob Graham Markethill Mitusbishi Evo 9
> 29 Rory Byrne/Jeremy Patterson Mayobridge Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 30 Jer O'Donovan/Sean Hayde Brantry Subaru
> 31 Stanley Ballantine/TBA Strabane Mitsubishi Evo 9
> 32 Barry Greer/TBA Carryduff Citroen DS3 R3
> 33 Kevin O'Connor/Shane Buckley Limerick Citroen C2 R2 Max
> 34 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney Muff Citroen C2 R2 Max
> 35 Kieran Daly/Keith Moriarty Charleville, Cork Citroen C2 R2 Max
> 36 David Carney/Ray Fitzpatrick Westport Citroen R2 D2 Max
> 37 Sean Agnew/Peter Deery Armagh Citroen C2 R2
> 38 Steve Wood/Johnny Baird Aberysstwyth Citroen C2 R2 Max
> 39 Calvin Beattie/Damien Garvey Forkhill Ford Fiesta
> 40 Chris Ingram/Joe Cruttenden Manchester Renault Twingo R2 Evo

2012 Circuit of Ireland Rally entry list released

Derek McGarrity with co-driver James McKee at last year's event

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National Rally - Seeded Entry List

National Rally - Top seeded entry list

> 101 Derek McGarrity/James McKee Belfast Mini WRC - 9B
> 102 Eugene Donnelly/Paddy Toner Magherafelt Toyota Corolla WRC - 9A
> 103 Darren Gass/Enda Sherry Markethill Subaru Impreza S10 - 9A
> 104 Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr Banbridge Subaru Impreza - 9A
> 105 Darragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid Middleton, Cork Subaru S12C - 9A
> 107 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner Chesterfield Focus WRC - 9A
> 108 Stuart Biggerstaff/Anthony Nestor Dromore Subaru Impreza - 9A
> 109 Frank Kelly/Stephen Quinn Dungannon Escort Mk2 - 8
> 110 Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan Dungannon Escort Mk2 - 8
> 111 Geoffrey Dolan/Conor Murphy Lifford Escort - 8
> 112 Drew Steward/David White Antrim Escort - 7
> 113 John Waring/John McCarthy Dromore Escort - 8
> 114 Trevor Ferguson/David McElroy Cookstown Subaru N12 - 2
> 115 Paddy McVeigh/Stephen O'Hanlon Dungannon Subaru N12B - 2
> 116 Damian Toner/Paddy McCague Tassagh Escort - 8
> 118 Fintan McGrady/Mark Hanna Belfast Escort - 7
> 119 Alastair Cochrane/Gary McElhinney Bushmills Escort Mk2 - 7
> 120 Robert Alderman/Paula Alderman Newbury, Berks Escort Mk2 - 7
> 121 David Armstrong/Paul Mulholland Banbridge Escort Mk2 - 8
> 122 Vivian Hamill/Graham Henderson Ballygawley Escort RS - 8
> 123 Steven Armstrong/TBA Newtownhamilton Escort Mk2 - 6
> 125 Raymond Brammer / TBA King's Lynn Subaru Impreza - 9A
> 126 Kyle Orr/TBA Dromore Subaru S9 WRC - 9A
> 127 Ernie Graham/Will Graham Walton on Thames, Surrey Escort RS - K
> 128 David Stokes/Guy Weaver Dursley, Gloucs Escort RS1600 - C5
> 129 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity Lisburn Escort RS1800 - K
> 130 Dessie Nutt/Geraldine McBride Castlerock Porsche 911 - K
> 131 Keith McIvor/David Burns Cookstown Porsche 911 - C4
> 132 Frank Cunningham/Ross Forde Boston Escort RS1800 - D3
> 133 Raymond Johnston/David Johnston Ballinamallard Escort Mk2 - K
> 135 Gerard McFall/Connor O'Loan Bushmills Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 2
> 136 Ivan Marsden/Scott Marsden Islandmagee Mitsubishi Evo 5 - 9B
> 137 Clive Kilpatrick/Ian Johnston Markethill Mitsubishi Evo 5 - 9B
> 138 Niall Branniff/Graeme Stewart Ballynahinch Escort Mk2 - 6
> 139 Chris Simms/Chris Hazley Markethill Escort - 6
> 140 Enda McNulty/Paul Sheridan Dungannon Escort Mk2 - 7
> 141 Kevin Bradley/Siobhan Bradley Kilrea Escort Mk2 - 5
> 142 Raymond Doyle/Marc Nugent Cookstown Escort G3 - 5
> 143 Brian Black/Ian Crozier Armagh Toyota Starlet - 3
> 145 John Mulholland / Eamon Gorman Randalstown Skoda Octavia WRC - 9A
> 146 Jason Curran/Ian Regan Newtownards Mitsubishi Evo 8 - 2
> 147 Andy Johnson / Jim McSherry Lisburn Vauxhall Chevette - D5
> 148 Adrian Kermode/Maurice Beckett Liverpool Porsche 911SC - C4
> 149 Drew Wylie/Dean Beckett Saintfield Escort - K
> 150 Brendan McAree/JP McAree Monaghan Porsche 911 RS - K
> 151 John Keatley/James McKeefry Magherafelt Porsche 911 - B5
> 152 Ray Cunningham/Aaron Forde Athenry, Galway Mini Cooper S - B2
> 153 James O'Mahony/Paddy McDonnell Limerick Volvo 144S - B4
> 154 Alan Courtney/Paul Soutar Carrickfergus Porsche 928 - D4
> 155 Davy Greer / Brian Crawford Carryduff Opel Ascona - C3
> 156 Bryan Jardine/Lloyd Cochrane Dungannon Escort Mk2 - C6
> 158 Joe Gallagher/Mo Downey Strabane Mitsubishi Evo 7 - 2
> 159 Brian Durnien / TBA Lisnaskea Ford Escort Mk 2 - 7
> 160 Philip Greenlee/Jonathan Dinsmore Tandragee Escort Mk2 - 7
> 161 Shane Cullen/Russell Harold Dungannon Escort Mk2 - 7
> 162 John Marshall/Paul Hughes Dunblane Escort - D5
> 163 Alan Jardin/TBA Dungannon Escort Mk2 - C3
> 164 Declan Jackson/J Barry McCarney Douglas, IOM Escort Mk2 - D3
> 165 Andrew Bustard/David Young Castlederg Escort - 6
> 167 Peter O'Kane/Mark O'Connor Portglenone Honda Civic Type R - 1
> 168 Gerry McIntyre/Aaron McIntyre Cootehill Toyota Starlet - 5
> 169 Tim Daltry/Emma Morrison Higham Ferrers, Northants Peugeot 205 GTI - 6
> 170 Philip Hamilton/Derek Stride Armagh Citroen C2 - 5
> 171 Nigel Simpson/Michael Gilmore Omagh Peugeot 106 - 5
> 172 Michael Nutt/Sean Topping Coleraine Honda Civic - 1
> 174 David Laird/Rebecca Laird Islandmagee Fiat Punto - 5
> 175 Ian Graham/TBA Belfast Fiesta - 1
> 176 Harry Brown/Martin McGrath Moira Hillman Avenger - C2
> 177 Niall Creighton/Gregory Roberts Belfast Mk1 Lotus Cortina - B3
> 178 Stuart Hyland / Richard Hyland Omagh Opel Ascona - C3
> 179 Arnold Lutton/John Henderson Portadown Nissan Micra - 3
> 180 Ivan Warwick/Evelyn Warwick Kells, Ballymena Audi S2 Coupe - 9B

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