Renault teams with Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

Renault Ireland and The Restaurant Association of Ireland have announced Renault Ireland as the official car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, writes Trish Whelan . The Irish Restaurant Awards (RAI) will travel around the country driving new Renault models for a series of regional events this March to announce county and regional award winners across 15 different categories. County winners will be announced at four regional events with over 600 guests expected to attend each. This year’s host counties for the events are Kilkenny, Fermanagh, Limerick and Sligo. This year over 80,000 individual nominations were cast online from 11-25 January. Pictured above are Ciara Doyle (Business Development & Sponsorship Manager, Restaurant Association of Ireland), and Liz O’Gorman (Marketing Manager Renault Ireland) with two chefs from The Radisson Blue St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Speaking on the quantity of nominations received, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Craig Breen flies flag for Ireland

Ireland's Craig Breen (pictured above) finished fifth on the opening round of the World Rally Championship, the Monte Carlo Rally, just twelve seconds behind fourth placed Dani Sordo of Spain despite Breen driving one of last year's cars for the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi works team, writes Richard Burke.

The Waterford driver and his British co-driver Scott Martin lay sixth after Friday's opening stages, but Citroen team leaders Kris Meeke of Dungannon and Killarney's Paul Nagle were already out of the running after they crashed out of second place on the fourth stage of the day.

On Saturday, a great drive by Breen hoisted him into fourth place, ahead of rival Sordo's Hyundai, while Meeke was again in trouble when he rejoined after overnight repairs, but ignition problems cost him a lot of time and he was completely out of contention.

Right at the end of the day, while returning from the final stage to the overnight halt in Monaco, his Citroen C3 was hit by a non-competing car and his troubled rally came to an end.

During the final four stages, Breen slipped behind Sordo to fifth place at the finish, but he was justifiably delighted to be only beaten by four drivers in the latest updated 2017 versions of World Rally Cars, which are much quicker than his 2016 machine.

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, World Rally Champion for the last four years, recovered from time lost on Friday when he slid off the icy road, to take victory on his debut drive in a Ford Fiesta, more than two minutes ahead of the Toyota Yaris of Jari-Matti Latvala, with the Fiesta of Ott Tanak third.

On the home front, Brian Conlon won the first event of the New Year when he finished five marks clear of the opposition in the GSMC Kehoe Cup Sporting Trial at Bohernabreena. Roy Stewart took runner up position, with Richard Meeke beating his father David on a tiebreak for third place as he recovered from a disastrous nine marks lost on one of the first lap sections.


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