Posted: November 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 2014 Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship Awards ceremony took place last Saturday night and saw the Monaghan duo David Moffett and Fintan Sherry crowned champions. The pair dominated the very competitive class 11R taking class wins in each of the four events they contested in their Maurice Moffett Engineering backed Toyota Starlet.

Pushing them all year were former champions (although not together) Brian Armstrong and Monaghan’s Mark Tierney. This pair came out on top of the class 12 battle and were just one point behind Moffett and Sherry at season end. 3rd overall went to the Cavan pairing of Gene McDonald and Kevin Reilly who competed in class 9. No fewer than 7 crews still had a chance of winning the championship going into the final round, showing just how open this class-based championship is. In the end there can only be one winning crew and Moffett and Sherry snatched it after an awesome run over Atlantic Drive to clinch the class win they needed by just two seconds!

Other local crews who finished the Sligo Pallets Border Championship with class awards include Laurence Sherry and Mark Sheridan who won class 9. Cathal Sheridan took the class 10 honours with John Kelly finishing second driver, and Niall Kelly topping the navigators category in class 10. Justin Smyth was 3rd driver in class 12. Jack Maguire was top driver in class 14 with Paul Sheridan 2nd Navigator. Michael Carbin and Emmet McCooey took the class 20 awards for their seasons efforts.


All roads lead to Newbliss this Saturday night where Monaghan Motor Club will host what is widley considered the biggest night navigation trial of the season, known as the Drumlin navigation. This is the first counting round of the 2014/15 Squealing Pig Border navigation championship and the 2nd round of the national navigation championship. CoC’s for the event Noel Hall and Trevor Farrell, along with their team have laid on a mammoth 100 mile route in the surrounding areas of Ture, Drum, Rockcorry, Aghabog to name but a few. As always marshals are needed in abundance so please make yourself available by calling or texting Noel on 086 8555883 to pre-book a timepoint and be in Newbliss before 8pm on Saturday night. Full report next week.


It was rallying of a different sort for Monaghan’s Enda Sherry as he headed for the Middle East last weekend for the Oman International Rally. Sherry navigated Qatari driver Abdullah Al-Kuwari to fifth overall in their Ford Fiesta R5. The crew were comfortably inside the top five for most of the rally and finished eleven and a half minutes behind winners Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Mayo’s Killian Duffy.


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