Monaghan crew 3rd in Galway Summer Rally

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 Tim mc Nulty and Paul Kiely have this years Dunlop National Rally Championship within their grasp after another impressive win on Sunday last in Galway. After opting out of the last two events Tim showed why he has a clean sweep of wins this year with a 3-minute victory over Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullaley with Monaghan’s Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly 3rd. A number of club members made the trip West to Loughrea with mixed fortunes. Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry were Mc Nulty’s only real opposition on the day but were forced into retirement on stage 5 with transmission failure. Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly continued their recent good form, taking 3rd place on the podium despite a spin on ss5 nearly ending their day. They had a great battle with Shane Maguire all day and just edged by over the final loop of stages. Shane, with Conor Foley on the notes had a puncture on ss4 and were as high as 3rd over-all after the first loop of 3 stages but gearbox gremlins set in towards the end of the day and they slipped back to 5th over-all. Shane and Conor did do enough to take the group N class. Michael Conlon and Aidan Boyle’s luck ran out on ss3 when they slid off the road but were really on the pace over the first two stages and were a brilliant 5th over-all. John McQuaid and Seamus O’Connor had a fine drive in Galway and finished 7th over-all, and 3rd in the highly competitive class 14. Josh Moffatt and Domhall Lennon are surely coming to grips with their new EVO 9 and finished an excellent 8th over-all and 2nd in group N. Aghabog’s Arthur and Macartan Kierans also had a good spin round the stone walled roads of Galway, finishing 21st over all and 1st in class 12. Richard Moffatt and Martin Connolly battled with mechanical woes throughout the day and were as high as 14th over-all but slipped back over the final loop to 19th over-all. Gerard Mc Quaid and Gareth Quinlan were having a steady run but retired after stage 6. Laurence Sherry and Jonathan Treanor also retired with clutch trouble. Barry Treanor and Colm Connolly retired their 205 after the first stage with engine trouble. Sean Agnew and Seamus Connolly had a steady run in their Citroen to finish 2nd in class 6 and 42nd over-all. In the junior category Richard Moffatt and Patrick Brides were up to 3rd but a small off ended their day. Johno and Padraig Duggan had better luck in the juniors and finished 2nd over-all. Galway Summer Stages Rally Top 10 Results:- 1 Tim McNulty/Paul Kiely Subaru S12B 1:18:24 2 Kevin Barrett/Sean Mullally Subaru Impreza 1:21:16 3 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly Mitsubishi Lancer 1:21:29 4 James Stafford/Amy Ryan Darrian T90 GTR 1 1:21:51 5 Shane Maguire/Conor Foley Subaru Impreza 1 1:22:18 6 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity Ford Escort 1:22:42 7 John McQuaid/Seamus O’Connor Ford Escort 1:22:57 8 Josh Moffett/Domhnall Lennon Mitsubishi Lancer 2 1:23:31 9 Tom Flaherty/Patrick Curley Ford Escort 1:23:37 10 Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery Ford Escort 1:23:58

Night Navigation Classes Classes continue tonight (Thursday) in Sean McDermott’s GAA center, Threemilehouse. These classes cover the full range of topics including map reading, timing and car regulations. To register, please contact Damien on 086 8095113

FIA Institute Academy

 Motorsport Ireland (MI) is requesting applications from young Irish race and rally drivers seeking a place on the second intake of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.The primary goals of the Academy are to increase skills in the area of driver and road safety, to actively promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility both on and off the track and to prepare young drivers to compete at the pinnacle of the sport.Participants will benefit from the expert tutelage of Alex Wurz, former Formula One driver and two-time Le Mans winner, alongside Robert Reid, former World Rally Champion. Led by these two hugely experienced motor sport stars, the Academy’s training programme will take place as a series of workshops and events across Europe and beyond. As a national governing body (ASN), Motorsport Ireland is required to nominate two competitors from the applications it receives to the FIA Institute, which will select 30 finalists to attend a selection event in Austria in November, after which 18 will be chosen to join the programme. Candidates should meet the following criteria: 1. Be aged 17 to 23 on 1 October 2011 2. Have consistently achieved outstanding results in their career so far 3. Be in either: a. At least their first year of circuit racing in 2011, without having completed more than four years of competition (including the 2011 season) b. At least their second year of rallying in 2011, without having completed more than five years of competition (including the 2011 season) 4. Be planning to compete in a national or international championship in 2012 5. Hold a valid MI Competition Licence 6. Be able to demonstrate higher than average levels of personal fitness The full selection criteria and the application form are available from the FIA Institute website at http://www.fiainstitute.com. A web page containing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), is also available to assist with completing applications. Completed application forms should be sent to Motorsport Ireland, 34 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 or info@motorsportireland.com to arrive by close of business on Friday 9 September 2011.

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