Jennings King of the Castle

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Castle Automobile club held their annual Castle Hellfire Stages Rally on Sunday last based in the Co. Meath town of Oldcastle. With 82 starters and the weather conditions nothing short of monsoon for most of the day it was sure to be a finishers event. Fermanagh’s Gary Jennings with Barry McNulty on the notes were first car on the road and justified their seeding, winning the event by 39 seconds in their EVO 9. Despite a last stage puncture they had done enough over the first 5 stages to remain ahead of Cavan’s Rodney Wilton with regular Roslea navigator Conor McMahon. Rodney and Conor having an excellent run in their class 14 escort and finished 20 seconds ahead of a hard charging Russell Woods who finished 3rd overall.

            Road conditions were very slippy with a combination of shiny wet tar and oil spills leaving braking points a lottery resulting in many spins, over-shoots and visits to the scenery. Clones man Raymond Conlon with navigator Darren McCague made a big mends for some recent disappointing results taking an excellent 4th over-all and class 13 win. Raymond held this position throughout the day and traded stage times with the top three. It was a case of bad day at the office for the Moffatt stable as Maurice and Jason McKenna were forced to retire on ss3 with puncture woes. Richard Moffatt with Martin Connolly alongside in their class 13 starlet succumbed to the conditions and were caught out on a shiny tar section to a chicane, where they slid off the road. Unfortunately for these guys they were after setting 5th fastest time on ss1 and were on a great pace. Arthur and Macartan Kierans once again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with and took 10th over-all and a class 12 win to boot. Arthur reveling in the slippy conditions ahead of the navigation season!

Martin and Ciaran Tynan were 3rd Monaghan crew home in 14th over-all and 4th in-group N in their EVO 8. Martin still coming to terms with the workings of his new car and they had their difficulties also with two spin’s and a loose manifold reducing power. Justin Smyth and Gregory McQuillan had a superb day through the Meath stages to finish 15th over-all and take a class 9 victory. Justin punching in some great results this past few events although they had their troubles throughout the day with intercom and wiper issues, also loosing gears on the road section from the final stage. Cootehills Barney Greenan with Ciaran McPhillips on the notes also had a fine drive to 2nd in class 9 and 22nd over-all. South Monaghan men Ciaran and Aidan Marron were also a late entrant and had a good run to 26th over-all in their EVO 8. Disaster struck for Rockcorry’s Cathal Sheridan and Darren O’Brien on the final stage while holding 3rd in class 10 when they had to complete the most of the stage with just 1st and 5th gear. They were relegated to 4th in class by a mere 2 seconds. Francie McKenna and Sean Craig brought their 205 home to 40th over-all and 5th in class ten, 13 seconds off 3rd. Laurence Sherry and Jonathan Treanor also fought with the elements throughout the day and their car bared a few battle scares, being in the scenery on more than one occasion. They eventually finished 52nd over-all and post event Laurence is now considering a new career in landscaping and decorative fencing!

Some other Monaghan men who made the trip but left their luck at home were JP McAree who was navigating for Ashbourne’s Jack Newman. They dislodged a wheel within 2 mile of the finish line while lying in 6th over-all in a Honda civic. Rockcorry’s Kevin Cleere and Michael Donnellan also got caught out in the treacherous conditions and re-arranged the exterior of their escort.

There were 3 starters in the junior category and indeed the seedings were reversed with the J3 corolla of Ferlin Taylor and Sean Harte winning from Daniel Ryan and Colin Fitzgerald in 2nd with Bobby Cooper and Michelle Silke 3rd. 33seconds separated these three cars. Massive thanks to all the Monaghan marshals who turned up on the day. Your support was greatly appreciated and indeed needed! 


Castle Hellfire Stages Rally Top 10 Results:-

1 Gary Jennings/Barry McNulty Evo 9 53:03

2 Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon Escort 53:42

3 Russell Woods/Gary Gallagher Escort 54:02

4 Raymond Conlon/Darren McCague Corolla 54:40

5 Peter Wilson/Karen Kelly Civic 54:54

6 William McVitty/John Rowan Evo 4 55:03

7 Paul McEnroe/Gary McNamee Impreza 55:28

8 Jack Maguire/Martin Byrne Escort 55:33

9 Chris Snow Jnr/ Colin DuffyCivic 55:44

10 Arthur Kierans/Mac Kierans Escort 56:03


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


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