Foley completes hat-trick of wins in West Cork

Posted: March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Conor Foley made it three West Cork Rally wins in succession after guiding Donagh Kelly to overall honours in Clonakilty. The event was the opening round of the 2018 Irish Tarmac Championship.The Donegal/Monaghan pairing were in a league of their own right from the start of the event and finished nearly two minutes clear of the opposition. This result give Kelly a remarkable fifth West Cork win in a row. Remarkably a Monaghan club member was to finish in each of the first five overall placings.

Kelly/Foley stunned the opposition on the opening Ring Stage where they were 18 seconds faster than the opposition. Declan Boyle/James O’Reilly were second with the R5 Fiesta’s of Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes and reigning tarmac champions, Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson just behind. After the opening loop of four stages, Kelly/Foley had increased their lead to almost a minute after leaving their rivals for dust. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes were leading the R5 runners and was an impressive 26 seconds clear of his brother Sam. Boyle/O’Reilly slipped back to 4th after a huge high speed moment on stage three.

Following another loop of four stages, the crews reached the overnight halt. Kelly/Foley were fastest on all but one stage to lead by 1 minute 25 seconds. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes were a strong 2nd and leading R5 competitor. Boyle/O’Reilly finished the day in 3rd with Moffett/Atkinson 4th. Damien Connolly held 6th alongside Dublin driver Robert Barrable. Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans were in 7th in yet another R5 Fiesta.

Day two consisted of six further tests including the classic Ardfield and Sam’s Cross stages. Kelly/Foley maintained their lead with another brace of fastest times. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes had a scare when their throttle stuck open on Stage 9 and the problem remained intermittent allowing older brother Sam to close in. Boyle/O’Reilly slipped back to 4th again with a broken suspension arm.

Kelly/Foley eased home over the final stages to cement a dominant win a record 5th in a row for Donagh and a hat-trick for Conor. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes held off Sam Moffett/Karl Atkinson by nine seconds for 2nd overall and top points in the Irish Tarmac Championship. Boyle/O’Reilly came home 4th after a difficult event with Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly 5th in their Fiesta. Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans brought their similar car home to 8th overall. Colin Quirk/Kaine Treanor failed to finish in their Fiesta.

In the National Rally, Emmet Sherry joined forces with Donegal man John Bonner and they would bring their Escort home to fine 5th place finish. Mac Kierans was navigating for Declan Boyle’s son, Michael, but they would retire just one stage from home.

Monaghan Navigation Trial

Newbliss is the venue for this weekend’s Monaghan Navigation Trial. The event is a round of the National and Border Navigation Championships as well as the club championship. COC Derek Mackarel is setting out the event and hopes to have 85 miles for competitors. Regulations are available on the club website. The first car is away at 9.01pm. Marshals are required for this event and those available to marshal should make themselves known to Derek by 7pm.



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