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    I haven't seen this on here so i thought i'd let you all know how some fellow competitors behaved towards marshals at this years West Cork Rally ;

    Sitting on 15th May 2024
    David Munro (Chair), Nicky Moffitt, John Hopwood
    Case No: J2024-8
    Disciplinary Panel
    Eian Pritchard – Licence Number: 41246
    Jamie Champkin appeared on behalf of Motorsport UK.
    Eian Pritchard did not appear and was not represented.
    1. 1. Motorsport UK has brought disciplinary proceedings
    against Eian Pritchard, a Motorsport UK Licence holder
    who had attended the West Cork Rally as a spectator
    together with his brother Kevin Pritchard and a friend,
    Howard Davies.
    2. An incident occurred during the second running of the
    stage in Ring Village on 16th March 2024.
    3. As a result of what occurred the matter was referred to
    Motorsport UK by Motorsport Ireland.
    4. Eian Pritchard was then summonsed to appear before the
    National Court for breach of NCR C.1.1.4 and C.1.1.9.
    5. The Court is satisfied to the appropriate standard that Eian
    Pritchard participated in an incident which was prejudicial
    to the interests of motorsport generally and that he was
    involved in assaulting two Marshals, Ger Conroy and Sean
    Keown.
    6. The essential facts appear to be that Mr Pritchard had
    been allowed to park his Toyota SUV in the driveway of
    Barry’s Bar in Ring Village. Access to the driveway was from
    a length of highway which was being used as an escape
    road while the stage was live.
    7. He was made aware of this and said that he would not be
    leaving until the stage was closed at the end of the second
    running.
    8. At some point he changed his mind and, together with
    his brother and Mr Davies, returned to the car with the
    obvious intention of reversing it out of the driveway and
    onto the escape road. Indeed, Mr Davies lifted a length of
    red and white tape to allow the vehicle to be reversed.
    9. The photographic evidence before the court plainly shows
    that the vehicle had been reversed a short distance.
    10. Unsurprisingly the two Marshals who were monitoring the
    escape road became involved when they saw what was
    happening.
    11. Before the vehicle was actually moved, one of the
    Marshals, Ger Conroy, had spoken to Mr Pritchard and
    explained that he could not reverse into the escape road
    and that the car should remain parked.
    12. He was ignored, so he stood behind the Vehicle and on
    two occasions banged his hands on the rear window.
    13. Mr Pritchard got out of the driver’s seat and pushed
    Mr Conroy away. Threats and obscenities were shouted
    at Mr Conroy.
    14. The second Marshal, Sean Keown, became involved when
    Mr Pritchard returned to the car and started to get back
    into the driver’s seat. Mr Keown was attempting to prevent
    this from occurring when he was assaulted by Kevin
    Pritchard and Eian Pritchard.
    15. Mr Conroy sought to intervene and was punched and
    grabbed to the face.
    16. This was an unpleasant and wholly avoidable incident.
    It has the appearance of joint enterprise by the Pritchard
    brothers.
    17. The Court is satisfied that Eian Pritchard was involved in
    this fracas and therefore imposes a fine of £1,000.
    18. The Court further orders that his Competition Licence
    is suspended until 31st December 2024 with a further
    suspension period of 12 months from that date, but that
    further suspension is itself suspended subject to his
    continuing good behaviour.
    19. He is to pay the costs of £500.
    David Munro, Chair
    15th May 2024

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    Really poor behaviour but maybe if the marshals had access to a radio the stage could have been stopped rather than them "getting involved". Interesting that with a bit of googling the main culprit was also involved in an alleged incident at his own business not long before. If that is the same HD I'm thinking of then he needs banning from representing rallying as a commentator for a year IMO

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    Donegal to be pivotal to Cronin's 2024 Title challenge.

    https://www.motorsportireland.com/Pu...view-2024.aspx

    Others have more recent experience in Donegal but Cronin has two ITRC wins already on the board this year.

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    Talking of Donegal was just watching footage of the 2019 event and poignant that 3 of the drivers featured are sadly no longer with us namely Craig Breen, Manus Kelly and Ken Block

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    DirtFish to partner with Onthepacenote to bring further coverage of the remaining rounds of this year’s Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

    https://dirtfish.com/rally/dirtfish-...er-in-ireland/
    On todays SPIN the Rally Pod they were just taking about a live podcast from Donegal next week. No mention of anything during the actual rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Meirion Evans is set to give the GR Yaris Rally2 its Irish debut on the Carlow Stages on the 18th May.
    Meirion Evans is also doing Donegal in the Yaris Rally2. Will be interesting to see how he and the car goes against the established cars on the Irish tarmac.

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    Wow, and Callum Devine has switched to a new car for Donegal.. A Skoda Fabia RS Rally2!

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    Interesting time to change car maybe the day of the Polo on Irish tar is over. With Cronin's pace in the latest Festa then maybe he has been having to over drive the VW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal yet again View Post
    Interesting time to change car maybe the day of the Polo on Irish tar is over. With Cronin's pace in the latest Festa then maybe he has been having to over drive the VW.
    Devine said this morning that the Skoda just suddenly became available and they had to take it as they're quite hard to get hold of.

    A short test was ok and the base tarmac set-up seems good and the engine stronger at the top end than the Polo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Meirion Evans is also doing Donegal in the Yaris Rally2. Will be interesting to see how he and the car goes against the established cars on the Irish tarmac.
    Meirion Evans was within 0.5s of stage-winner Matt Edwards on the opening Knockalla stage on Saturday. Encouraging.

    Now fastest o/a on Day 2...

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