Donnelly Wins Buggy Battle

Posted: August 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Monaghan Motor Club Autocross held at the Hut Cross track in Latton on Sunday last 31st July proved to be a real battle of the buggies. No fewer than 20 of these rapid purpose-built single seater machines completed the event. It was Seamus Donnelly in his Casmat version who came out on top following a dominant drive throughout the day. He was followed home by Ronan Mackle in his Semog version with Patrick Malanaphy completing the podium in his Yacar example.

A total of 37 drivers took part, 20 of whom were driving buggies. Notable among the starters were two junior drivers, Brian Martyn from Galway and Michelle McCorry from Leitrim, who acquitted themselves well in class 2. Regular navigator Ciaran Tynan made his debut behind the wheel of a Mk1 Escort and carried off the laurels in class 1.

Overall Results

1 Seamus Donnelly (Casmat Buggy) 5m 34.20s,
2 Ronan Mackle (Semog Buggy) 5m 38.39s,
3 Patrick Malanaphy (Yacar Buggy) 5m 39.16s,
4 Mac Walsh (Semog Buggy) 5m 39.73s,
5 Sean Casey (Rage Buggy) 5m 40.32s,
6 Martin Connolly (Extreme Buggy) 5m 41.07s.

Class winners:

Class 1 Ciaran Tynan (Escort) 6m 48.94s, Class 2 Brian Martyn (Micra) 6m
46.12s, Class 3 Shane Marron (Escort) 6m 16.08s, Class 4 Gary Lockhart (Escort) 6m 28.22s,
Class 5 Joseph Smith (Escort) 5m 55.97s, Class 6 Mickey Conlon (Escort) 5m 53.13s, Class 7 Ronan Mackle.


Endurance Trial 14th August

The next event in the Monaghan Motor Club calendar is the Endurance Trial, which will be held on Sunday 14th August. COC Shane Maguire is hard at work on this one, putting together another challenging set of selectives in a compact route. The format will be similar to last year with a combination of smooth tarmac, concrete and gravel surfaces. There will also be some new selectives never used previously, which are intended to enhance the event. Regulations available on the club website.


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