Monaghan crews mixed results in Cavan

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

On The Boyle in Cavan

Donegal cousins Declan and Brian Boyle proved too hot to handle once again on last Sundays Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally. The Tir Connell men had a start to finish win on the demanding Cavan roads with tight and twisty stages proving popular yet unforgiving. Indeed it was a blistering time on the 4th stage, 22 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals which ultimately sealed the deal for the Boyles to take a 1min 14sec win. Eugene Donnelly and Paddy Toner made a return to Cavan once again, where he started his rallying career twenty nine years ago and proved that he is still as competitive as ever in the trusty Corolla to take 2nd overall. Welsh competitors James Belton and Mark Glennerster went one better than his Monaghan Stages result with 3rd overall in Cavan in his Subaru WRC.

            Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry came home with 4th overall and a class 8 win after a steady run through the tight Cavan stages which covered the North East Cavan areas of Clifferna, Mountain Lodge and Bunnoe. Roy White and James O’Brien rounded off the top 5 with a class 20 win in the super quick MG S2000. 

            Newbliss siblings Stephen and Suzanne Wright made the short trip to Cavan very worthwhile with a superb run once again to take 6th overall but even more important the Group N victory. The Killyhevlin/SpanWright backed EVO 9 was in a great battle throughout the day with Eugene Meegan and Jonathan Treanor, also in an EVO but Meegan/Treanor had to settle for 2nd following a stage 9 cancellation which saw their scratch time drop them back a few seconds. Josh Moffett and John Rowan were 3rd group N and 9th overall on this occasion. Older brother Sam with regular navigator James O’Reilly were forced into retirement on stage 4 with mechanical issues. Shane Maguire and Martin McGarrity were out in an EVO 9 once again but had another troubled run after a good start to eventually finish 4th in class 4 and 15th overall.

            The two wheel drive battle was as entertaining as always in Cavan with local men Rodney Wilton and Conor McMahon finally getting their hands on the title, finishing 7th overall and class 14 winners. Paddy Kiernan and James McCarville had a fine run in the class 13 escort to round off the top 10 and take a class 13 win. This crew also lifted the drive of the day award for fastest class 13 car on stage 4. Jonathan Pringle and Martin Byrne were 2nd in class 13, with veterans Paddy Boyle and Marty Sherlock rounding off a great return to the stages with 3rd class 13. James Cassidy and Declan Smith took a class 12 victory ahead of Arthur and Mac Kierans. The Aghabog men and double Sligo Pallets Border champions hit trouble on stage 2 with a puncture dropping them almost three and a half minutes to their rivals. Incredibly they bounced back and climbed the leader board from 84th overall to 31st at the finish, ensuring that their treble border championship hopes remain very much alive with 2 rounds remaining in Sligo and Donegal.

            The ever competitive class 11 was no different in Cavan with the ultra quick corsa of Dermot O’Hagan and Pierce Doheny taking the front wheel drive honours ahead of Eamon O’Connell and Mark Linehan in a Civic. The rear wheel drive battle in class 11 was fierce throughout the day with joint border championship leaders Seamus Connolly and Gary McCrudden in top form and lying just outside the top 20 but their engine cried enough at the end of stage 7. Only 10 seconds were separating the top three in class 11R following Connolly’s demise with two stages remaining but this battle failed to materialise with the cancellation of stage 9 as Tommy Rodgers and Phillip McEntee took the class win by a mere 3 seconds from Martin McPhillips and Ciaran Tynan in the McPhillips Engineering backed twin cam. Donegal men Paul Carron and Andrew Brown were 3rd, also in a twin cam. David Smith and Mark Deery finished 4th class 11R with valuable points gained in the border championship.

            Gary Kiernan and Niall Tierney had a fantastic run in the class 10 escort to take the win but also finished 29th overall on their local stages rally. John and Niall Kelly followed up on there class win in Monaghan with a 2nd in Cavan to keep their border class hopes alive, although it didn’t look good at one stage with a visit to the scenery, nevertheless the Tydavnet men got back on solid ground and went on to take 2nd in class.

            Class 9 always throws up some great battles but most of the top runners left their luck at home on this occasion. Lloyd Hutchinson retired his mini on stage 6 with Justin Smyth/Gregory McQuillan retired on stage 1 with mechanical difficulties. This left Cavan men Seamus and Stephen Cooke to lift the class 9 honours ahead of Gene Callan and Sean Brunton with Maudabawn men Damien O’Reilly and Damien McCabe 3rd, albeit after a few trips to the Cavan country side!

            Daniel McKenna and Stephen Hagan had their first outing on tarmac in the fiesta, ahead of this weekends upcoming Jim Clark Rally and came away with the class 6 win. Daniel was using Cavan as a shakedown and reported learning valuable entities on suspension and tyre choice. Indeed Daniel was feeling very unwell in the 24hours leading up to the event and did well to make the finish at all! Class 6 also saw the citroen trophy competitors do battle with Galway’s Stephen Greaney taking the citroen honours on this occasion with Welsh man Steve Wood  2nd and Paul Manton/Martin Connolly 3rd. Francie McKenna and Sean Craig were the sole finishers in class 1.

            The junior rally was won by Kerry’s Robert Duggan and Mike Galvin with Richard Moore 2nd and Conor Moore 3rd. Pre-event junior favourite’s Darren O’Brien and Johnny Rooney were once again troubled with gear box woes forcing their retirement, this following a long week of late nights replacing a blown engine.

            64 finishers from 106 starters in the main field is testament to the demanding nature of this event with tight and technical stages coupled with the dry tarmac proving all too much for some. John McQuaid and Peter Deery were forced into an early retirement as there gearstick became undone. Jack Maguire and Andy Hayes picked up a puncture which dropped them back to 5th in class 13. Mark Wedlock returned from Australia for his local event and teamed up with Adam Kinkade once again to finish in 25th overall. Gerard McQuaid and Gary Quinlan were one behind in 26th overall in their escort. Paddy O’Reilly and Declan Connolly were also on the retirement list in the G5 escort.

            So that’s the brief over view of a fantastic event that was the Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally 2013. Well done to CoC Stephen Kellett and his team. Monaghan Motor Club would like to thank the many marshals who turned up on the day to help with the running of stage 3, Bunnoe and to ensure the event ran as safely as possible.


2013 Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally Top 10


1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Impreza WRC) 76m 04s,

2 Eugene Donnelly/Paddy Toner (Corolla WRC) 77m 18s,

3 James Belton/Mark Glennerster (Impreza WRC) 78m 33s,

4 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 78m 46s,

5 Roy White/James O’Brien (MG ZR S2000) 79m 34s,

6 Stephen Wright/Suzanne Wright (Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 81m 15s,

7 Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon (Escort) 81m 16s,

8 Eugene Meegan/Jonathan Treanor (Lancer Evo 10 Gp N) 81m 36s,

9 Josh Moffett/John Rowan (Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 82m 03s,

10 Paddy Kiernan/James McCarville (Escort) 82m 04s.



1 Berian Richards/Frank Curtin (Escort) 64m 41s.



1 Robert Duggan/Mikie Galvin (Civic) 58m 14s,

2 Richard Moore/Stephen Quin (Civic) 59m 13s,

3 Conor Moore/Ella Ryan (Civic) 60m 00s.



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