Carbin & Hughes Crowned National Champions

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 Monaghan’s Michael Carbin and Evin Hughes were crowned National Navigation Champions on Saturday night last at the annual prize giving ceremony in Portlaoise. The Smithborough/Ballybay crew claimed their first ever-National title after an intense battle throughout the winter. Last year’s Beginners class champions Darren Quinn/Nigel McCloughry from Longford were the surprise of the season as they mixed it with the experts throughout the series and duly finished as deserving runners-up.

 The Semi-Expert crew of Chris Kelly/Sam Johnston, also from Longford, finished 3rd overall for the 2nd successive year.

The championship consisted of 8 rounds featuring three events in Co. Cork, one each in Co Tipperary and Co Leitrim as well as three in Counties Cavan and Monaghan. A trio of Midland Motor Club crews and two Cork crews pushed the Monaghan pair all the way in what proved to be one of the more dramatic seasons in the championship. Victories on the Monaghan Drumlin and Skibbereen 100 Isles as well as three other top four finishes were the telling factor come season end.

Indeed, the prospects for the eventual champions were not good with 3 rounds remaining. Mechanical problems resulted in two consecutive non-finishes when well placed in both rounds 4 and 5. The win in Skibbereen turned the tables around and strong finishes on the final three rounds clinched it. Their achievement is well deserved having been runners-up on two previous occasions. Evin’s win follows that of his father Paul who also won the navigators title in 1996, the first time a father and son have won the same title.

Other Monaghan award winners were Richard Cassidy who was 2nd placed driver in the expert class, while in the semi-expert class, Sean McKenna/Gary Farrelly were 2nd ahead of Kevin Keenan/Barry Garvey in 3rd.

 

Motorsport Ireland National Navigation Trial Championship 2011/2012

Overall

1st        Michael Carbin/Evin Hughes

2nd        Darren Quinn/Nigel McCloughrey

3rd        Chris Kelly/Sam Johnson

 

Expert

1st        Alan Shinnors/George Shinnors

2nd        Richard Cassidy/Daire Hayes

3rd        Joe Shinnors/Paul Phelan

 

Semi Expert

1st        Pakie Duffy/Colin Duffy

2nd        Sean McKenna/Gary Farrelly

3rd        Kevin Keenan/Barry Garvey

 

Novice

1st        Ciaran McElroy/Muireann Hayes

2nd        Alwyn White/Damien McCabe

3rd        David Beamish/Adrian Tobin

 

Beginner

1st        Shane Dalton/Sean Henehan

2nd        Matt Shinnors/Michael Reilly

3rd        David Forde/Catherine Levis

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