Moffetts Impress in Portugal

Posted: June 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

There was mixed success for Clontibret brothers, Sam & Josh Moffett, on last weekend’s Sata Rally Acores. Sam & navigator, Karl Atkinson finished 7th overall while Josh & co-driver, John Rowan retired on day two from 4th position.

The event was the fourth round of the 2015 European Rally Championship and was contested over 17 gravel stages between Thursday and Saturday. At the end of Thursday’s three stages Josh held 4th overall, 24 seconds behind event leader Craig Breen. Sam was in 9th place overnight. Drama was to strike the Moffett/Rowan team on stage four. Josh was caught out over the flying finish and crashed the car ending their event. Sam had a steady drive and held 7th overall at the end of the day, a position which he would hold until the end of the event. Waterford’s Craig Breen took the event win which was his third successive win in the Championship.

Both Josh & Sam intend to compete on the next round of the championship, the Ypres Rally in Belgium at the end of the month.

Laois Heartlands Rally

 

A number of Monaghan crews competed on the Laois Heartlands Rally last Sunday. Paul Sheridan was the top finishing CMMC member, guiding Vivian Hamill to 4th overall and 1st in class 14. James O’Reilly was sitting with Gary Kiernan and they took 5th overall and 1st in class 13. They had led after stage four but a delay on stage five dropped them back. Michael Conlon & Ciaran McPhillips were 7th overall and 2nd in class 13. Thomas Treanor guided Graham Kelly to 16th overall and 4th in class 14.

Duffy/Hughes Crowned National Champions

 

The National Night Navigation Championship prizegiving took place last Saturday in the Gandon Inn in Emo, Portlaoise. Winners Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes collected the overall trophy and announced their intention to defend the title next year. This was Pakie’s first ever National title after many years of competing, while Evin has added to his first title won in 2012. Laurence Keenan’s Monaghan event was voted the best event of the 2014/15 Championship. Other club members receiving trophies were Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan, Laurence Keenan, Keith McConnan & Micheal McCluskey, Derek Mackarel, Paddy & Oisin Sherlock, Colm & Conor Mohan and Conor Boylan.

Upcoming fixtures:

June 19th-21st Donegal International Rally

June 28th Carrick-on-Suir Raven’s Rock Rally

July 5th ALMC Stages Rally

July 12th Sligo Stages Rally

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