Moffett & Kelly take Cork spoils

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sam Moffett moved a step closer to a triple crown of Irish championships with overall victory on the Cork Forestry Rally. Darragh Kelly joined forces with Moffett for the first time on this event. The Monaghan pair led the event from start to finish despite losing lots of time with a puncture on the 16km Stage 3. Moffett is right in contention for this championship which he hopes to add to the National title claimed earlier this month.

Arthur Kiernas guided Fermanagh’s Johnny Leonard to 2nd overall in their Lancer. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips took 10th overall and 2nd in class 13. Kaine Treanor guided John O’Sullivan to 19th overall and victory in the Junior class. Derek Mackarel/Daire Hayes finished 23rd overall and 4th in class.

McGetrick Wins Autocross

Visiting driver John McGetrick was the overall winner of the Monaghan Motor Club Autocross, held at the Hut Cross Track at Latton on Sunday 30th July. Piloting an Adrenal Buggy, he held off the challenge from Paul Garry in a Casmat Buggy to win by the slender margin of 1.1 seconds.

The honour of best club member went to Martin Tynan in his Evo 8, finishing ahead of his father Mickey in another Evo. As a round of the 5 Star Catering National Championship, the event attracted competitors from as far away as Cork and Kerry, who enjoyed the competitive fare on offer.

Conditions were excellent on the day despite the gloomy weather forecast and the event ran like clockwork under the watchful eye of Clerk of the Course Shane Maguire. Shane expressed thanks to his team of marshals, officials and Cavan Motor Club for the use of the venue.

Best time of day (Special): John McGettrick (Adrenal Special) 350.61s,
Best time of day (Saloon): Joseph Smith (Escort) 372.28s.
Class winners: Alan Pickens (Nova), Shane Marron (Escort), Martin McAteer
(Escort), Walter Burke (Escort), Martin Tynan (Lancer Evo 8), Ronan Mackle
(Semog Buggy), Paul Garry (Casmat).


Tyrone Stages Rally

A number of Monaghan competitors competed on the Tyrone Stages Rally, a counting round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship. Damien Connolly joined forces with Peader Hurson on their first event for some time. Despite this they were fastest on the opening stage. They slipped back during the day to finish 3rd overall.

James McCarville/Paddy McCrudden stormed through the stages to take 16th overall and 1st in class. Paddy Quinn/Keith McConnan retired on the opening stage.

Endurance Trial

The annual Monaghan Motor Club Endurance Trial is scheduled for Sunday 13th August. Clerk of the Course Fintan Keenan is busy finalising arrangements for what is shaping up to be another challenging and exciting event. Regulations will be available for download on



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