Connolly & McCrudden Are Border Rally Champions

Posted: October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Despite a rare non-finish on the final round in Donegal on Saturday last, Monaghan’s Seamus Connolly & Gary McCrudden were confirmed as the new Border Rally Champions. Driving a Toyota Corolla in class 11R, the pair dominated this competitive class throughout the year with their hard-charging and flamboyant style and amassed enough points to secure the overall title even with one round remaining.

The pair picked up class wins in Mayo, Monaghan, Cavan and Galway and a second place finish in Sligo. They have been knocking on the door of the overall Border title over the last few years and it all came together for them in 2016. They also clinched their class in the National Rally Championship.

Niall Maguire & Enda Sherry have secured 3rd overall in the 2016 Triton National Rally Championship. The duo sealed that position thanks to a 3rd overall finish on the same event. Maguire/Sherry climbed from 7th place after the opening loop to 3rd by the end of the day after some testing stages. The Killybegs-based Martin Howley Donegal Harvest Rally was named in honour of former Donegal club member, Martin Howley, who passed away last year.

Niall’s son Shane was chasing National Group N honours with his navigator Mac Kierans. The pair were involved in a major battle with Tyrone’s Aiden Wray & Kieran McGrath. Wray had his nose in front all day and ended up taking the class win and the championship. Maguire/Kierans tried their best but had to settle for 12th overall and 2nd in Group N. Dessie Keenan took the wheel of James McCarville’s Escort with James himself navigating. They flew through the stages to 19th overall and 1st in class 11R.

Martin Connolly guided Liam Bowhan to 46th overall and 12th in class 13. Paddy O’Reilly/David Fitzsimons were just behind in 47th overall and 7th in class 14. John & Niall Kelly finished 64th overall and 1st in class 10 securing 3rd overall driver and 2nd overall navigator in the Border Championship. Father and Son Team Gerry McGivney & Gavin McGivney came home 68th overall and 16th in class. Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan re-entered the event under Rally 2 rules to come home 89th overall and 4th in class 20. Donegal cousins Declan and Brian Boyle had a comfortable rally victory in their Fiesta WRC. 

The Prizegiving for the National Championship takes place on November 19th while the Border Championship prizegiving is on November 5th.

Donegal Harvest Rally Top 10

1 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Fiesta WRC) 52m 48s,
2 Manus Kelly/Gareth Doherty (Impreza WRC) 54m 28s,
3 Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Impreza WRC) 56m 06s,
4 Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore (Escort) 56m 15s,
5 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Escort) 56m 34s,
6 Joe McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Fabia R5) 57m 11s,
7 Ryan Loughran/Brendan McElhinney (Escort) 57m 15s,
8 Damien Toner/Denver Rafferty (Escort) 57m 16s,
9 Columba Heena/Michael McClafferty (Corolla) 57m 29s,
10 Aidan Wray/Kieran McGrath (Lancer Evo 10) 57m 41s.

Hughes Wins Irish Endurance Championship

Ballybay navigator Evin Hughes secured 1st overall in the inaugural Irish Endurance Trial Championship, thanks to a 2nd place finish with his driver Karl O’Donoghue on the Birr Endurance Trial on Sunday last. The pair recovered from a mechanical delay on the 2nd selective which saw them pick up a maximum penalty. They then put in a storming drive back through the field in their Toyota Starlet to take a 2nd place finish which secured them the overall championship laurels. The event was won by Kevin O’Rourke and Dave Ray also in a Starlet.

Market House Exhibition

For its 60th Anniversary Ball, Monaghan Motor Club prepared a pictorial record of the first 30 years from 1956 to 1986. This exhibition is now on public display in the Market House, Monaghan courtesy of Monaghan County Council. The exhibition is from Monday 10th October to Thursday 20th October and opening hours are from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm each day from
Monday to Thursday. On Friday 14th October, opening hours are from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 9pm. The exhibition provides a unique insight into the early days of motorsport in County Monaghan and features details of the achievements of the pioneering motorsport men and women, together with extraordinary photographs of the time. It should prove interesting to both current and previous club members as well as the general public with an interest in the history of Monaghan and motorsport in particular.

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