Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lismore Mother And Daughter Make Irish Rallying History

After years of dreaming of being a rally driver, florist Veronica Troy of Bonnie's Bouquets, Lismore, Co. Waterford, finally fulfilled her need for speed when she visited Rallyconnection Rally School in Millstreet, Cappagh, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in April 2008.

She and her daughter Donna were put through their paces in fully prepared R.W.D. Mk2 Escort rally cars. After a passenger spin with their instructor they took the wheel of a powerful fully-blown rally car and built up their pace and confidence and before long they were hand braking and power-sliding round acute hairpins and carrying lots of speed on flowing corners and flat-out straights.

The bug had bitten and 6 months later they returned with a larger family group of budding hopefuls where the competition was fierce but the craic and banter flowed amid the high revs and burning rubber. Totally addicted now, they returned a total of 3 more times until Veronica finally admitted that she and Donna wanted to go a step further and sit their rally licence test.

The faithful day finally arrived on Friday 22nd January 2010 and after a full days training at Rallyconnection, and 2 exams - (both theory and practical), Lismore and Ireland had 2 more fully qualified rally drivers. This is the first time in Irish rallying history that both mother and daughter have successfully sat and passed a rally licence test together!

 A delighted Veronica said 'I have gone without holidays to fund the best buzz that money can buy, I can totally recommend this to anyone and can't wait for the next time'.' At the track you can get the speed out of your system in a safe and controlled environment and have the craic with the very patient and professional instructors, - roll on the end of March!'

'Rallying is not just for the lads and I would urge any woman to GO FOR IT,' said Donna, 'It really gives you more confidence driving on the road and I can't wait for the next day, I can't explain how good it is, you will just have to try it for yourself!

Timed Lap Leader Board

Shane Hamilton 55.12
Christopher Lawton - 57.20
James Cassin - 57.23
Gerard O'Leary - 57.28
Colin McGrath - 57.30
Trevor Fitzgerald - 57.59
Michael McCaffery 57.61
Chris Benskin - 57.68
Thomas Tutty - 57.69
Chris Barry - 57.86
Neil Phelan - 57.98
John Minehan - 58.29
Con Healy - 58.43
Declan Fitzgerald - 58.49
Alan Sexton - 58.53
Ron Woods - 58.69
John Fahey - 59.21
Donnocha Minehan 59.24
Rob Coffey - 59.32
John O'Gorman - 59.43
Kevin Crean - 59.49
Martin Dunbar - 59.49
Pat Kinlan - 59.53
Pat Kelly - 59.61
Jamie Bray - 59.68
Tom O'Gorman - 59.73
Daniel Nolan - 59.79
Emmett Kelly - 59.80
Dan Cronin - 59.80
Francis Breen - 59.87

Prize Winners Of The Head To Head Final At RallyConnection

September 2009: Rally Driving School, Waterford, Ireland Fastest Lap: 1st Alan Sexton 58.60 sec,
2nd Ricky McDonnell 58.88 sec, 3rd Dan Cronin 59.66 sec

Recent Improvements At RallyConnection

July 2009

At RallyConnection we are committed to providing you with the best rally driving experience possible. We are constantly looking for ways to improve what we offer our drivers. In 2009 made the following improvements.
  • New tarmac surface laid down for a smoother, quicker drive.
  • New indoor elevated viewing area.
  • New outdoor viewing area.
  • New corporate meeting room with wireless broadband.
  • New RWD Subaru Impreza's.
  • New pit/service area for rally sprints and competitions.
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