Connolly Guides Hurson to 3rd Straight Win

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Scotstown’s Damien Connolly clinched a 3rd overall win in a row at last weekend’s Galway Summer Rally. The event was the penultimate round of both the Triton National Championship and Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. Connolly guided Warrenpoint’s Peader Hurson to a dominate start to finish victory adding to their overall wins in Cavan and Cookstown so far this year. Elsewhere, Niall Maguire & Enda Sherry secured 2nd overall in the National Rally Championship after taking 2nd place overall on the day.

Hurson/Connolly pulled out a massive 15 seconds lead over their rivals on the opening stage which they extended to over thirty seconds after the opening loop. Top seeds, Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle retired on the opening stage leaving Hurson/Connolly in complete control. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry slotted into 2nd place just ahead of Welshman Steve Wood. Pacesetters Hurson/Connolly continued to pull away on the second loop increasing their lead to 51.8 seconds. Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore slotted into a sensational 2nd place after going fastest overall on stage five with Maguire/Sherry in third 2.8 seconds behind. As Hurson/Connolly reeled off the final stages, Maguire/Sherry snatched back 2nd place from Gallagher.

Daniel McKenna debuted a Ford Fiesta R5 with Galway navigator Kevin Glynn. Daniel gradually got the hang of his new mount and took a fine 8th overall and 1st in class 5. Emmet Sherry guided Barry Ryan to 13th overall and 3rd in class in their Honda-engined Escort. Barry Treanor/Jonathan Treanor had a great run to 27th overall and 1st in class 11R. Shane Maguire/Mac Kierans came home 29th overall and 3rd in class 4. Mark Tierney guided Brian Armstrong to 33rd overall and 2nd in class 12. Sean McCaul/Frank Clerkin took 58th overall and 7th in class 11R. Michael Carbin/Emmet McCooey were back in 73rd overall after a ten minute delay on stage three. Peter Farrell guided Martin McGuigan to 79th overall and 4th in class 10. Paul Crosby/James McEneaney took 4th in the Junior class with Martin Swinburne/Gretchen Fegan right behind in 5th place.

Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor, Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden, Declan Connolly/Alison Hughes and Paddy Quinn/Keith McConnon all failed to make the finish.

The final round of the National Championship is the Skibbereen Fastnet Rally on 25th October while Donegal plays host to the final round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship a fortnight earlier on 10th October.

Navigation Classes


Monaghan Motor Club launches the annual Navigation Classes on this Friday 4th September at 8pm in Sean McDermott’s GAA complex at Threemilehouse. These classes are open to all members of the public interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in this popular discipline of motorsport. A training package will be provided to each participant for a nominal fee. It is planned to run these classes every Friday night until October.


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