Lurgan Park Rally

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Two Monaghan crew’s made the trip North on Saturday last to compete in the spectator friendly Lurgan Park Rally. Michael Conlon with young 17-year-old Cork girl Aileen Kelly on the note’s made the short trip to Lurgan as did father and son team of Arthur and Macartan Kierans. Armagh’s Darren Gass won the event in an S11 Subaru from Kenny McKinstry in 2nd and Dennis Biggerstaff 3rd, both in S8 Impreza’s.
With 8 short tests around the demanding Lurgan Park estate there was no room for error with numerous unforgiving trees ready to catch out even the most experienced crews around this famous circuit. The event consisted of a Mark II challenge section with all competing cars in the one class. Michael Conlon and Aileen Kelly had brake trouble over the first few runs but did manage to take the MC Blinds escort home in 18th over-all and 3rd in class, only 15seconds off the class winners. Arthur and Mac were disadvantaged from the start in their 2 litre pinto against the more powerful 2.4’s. Nevertheless they set about enjoying their runs, sliding the Kierans Engineering Services (KES) backed escort around the gravel and tarmac surfaced stage. Despite the more powerful machinery in their class they finished a respectable 28th over-all.

Monaghan Loose Surface (Gravel) Autocross

Sunday 14th August see’s Monaghan Motor Club run their annual gravel surface Autocross. Once again this event will be based at the McElvaney Pitwood quarry between Baileboro and Virginia. This event is a counting Round of the trader’s club championship and should see many good class battles. Coc for the event Enda Sherry urges all club members to show there support for this event and would ask competitors to send in there entry as early as possible. Standard forestry tyres are permitted for this event but no mud rough cut tyres are allowed.

Birr Multi Venue Autotest

Well done to Andy and Stephen Mackarel who competed on the Birr MC multi venue auto test last weekend. This type of autotest differs from the standard autotest by the fact that a navigator is needed to guide drivers around the course. In this event there were 11 tests to negotiate, two in farmyards, farm lanes, gravel yards, a sand pit and two on concrete at the HQ, garaghy’s garage. Andy and Stephen reported a very enjoyable day out in there corsa. This form of motor sport would be highly suited to anyone who wanted a day’s crack while at the same time experiencing competitive motor sport.

Night Navigation Classes

Its that time of year again and with the night navigation season less than two months away Monaghan Motor Club will once again be holding night navigation classes in the coming weeks. Maybe you are out of the sport for a few years and are making a big comeback or if you are only starting off and want to learn the discipline of night navigations well then these classes are for you. Watch this space for further details but it is anticipated that these classes will start around Thursday 18th or 25th August.

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