Moffett/Thornton Reign Supreme in Limerick

Posted: March 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

Josh Moffett continued his incredible run of results with overall victory on the Limerick Forestry Rally. Ably guided by Stephen Thornton, the Clontibret Man boosted his Irish Forestry Championship campaign thanks to a 13.8 seconds win on Round 2 of the championship. American based Monaghan man, Barry McKenna with Donegal navigator Leon Jordan took 2nd with championship leader Andrew Purcell in 3rd.

It was Purcell who set the early pace taking an early lead from McKenna with Moffett/Thornton in 3rd. These three were league ahead of the opposition who were nearly a minute adrift. Stage 6 would be a turning point as Moffett/Thornton set a scintilating time to take the lead while Purcell slipped back with problems. Solid runs through the final two stages allowed Moffett/Thornton home to victory with McKenna/Jordan a solid 2nd .

Kaine Treanor guided Stephen McCann to 5th overall in another R5 Fiesta. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips finished 11th overall and 3rd two wheel drive car. Derek Mackarel made the overnight trip from Monaghan to take an impressive 14th overall and 2nd in class. Martin Connolly guided Jody McManus to 24th overall while Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan, Pauric Duffy/Andy Hayes, David Condell/Paul Kelly and Tommy O’Connell/Emmet Sherry failed to finish.

Tynan’s take Navigation spoils

Monaghan Motor Club hosted its annual March Navigation Trial on Saturday night. Derek Mackarel was the COC for the event which was a counting round of the National and Border Championships. After 80 miles of demanding navigation in the Newbliss area, it was the local crew of Michael & Ciaran Tynan who emerged as winners by a four penalty margin.

The event started heading from Newbliss to the Smithborough and Corcaghan areas. A plot & bash section on tulip diagrams for TP6 and TP7 proved testing for most. By the first time relax section it was Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan who led on 5 penalties from the returning Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes who were also on 5 penalties. Both crews hopes would be dashed at TP21 where both picked up wrong approach penalties. Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan and Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin were now in the fight for the win and dropped just 1 penalty on TC2 to move into the lead on 10 penalties.

The final section included four plot & bash timepoints which involved some difficult navigation sections near Stonebridge. Tynan/Tynan would negotiate this without dropping a single penalty while Tynan/Clerkin dropped 4. This left Michael & Ciaran as clear winners on 10 penalties with Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin in 2nd place on 14 penalties. The Semi-Expert pairing of Peter Deery/David McCrudden (17 penalties) had a strong run to 3rd overall and 1st in class. Mark Deery/Patrick O’Leary (21 penalties) were 4th with Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (24 penalties) in 5th.

In the Expert class, Tynan/Clerkin took the honours from Duffy/Hughes and Kierans/Boylan. Deery/McCrudden took the Semi-Expert class with Deery/O’Leary in 2nd and James McCabe/Shane Farrell in 3rd . Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon took the Novice class on tie-break from Johnny Treanor/Ryan Treanor. Cathal McGlone/Michael Sheridan came home 3rd. Finally a competitive Beginner’s class went the way of David Kelly/Niall McHugh from Damien Treanor/Anthony McDonald and Aaron McIntyre/Ben McIntyre.

1 Mickey Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 10 marks,
2 Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 14m,
3 Peter Deery/David McCrudden (Subaru Impreza) 17m,
4 Mark Deery/Patrick O’Leary (Subaru Impreza) 21m,
5 Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 24m,
6 Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 28m,
7 Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire (Subaru Impreza) 28m,
8 Keith McConnon/Micheal McCluskey (Subaru Impreza) 47m,
9 James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 66m,
10 Richard Cassidy/Paul Phelan (Vauxhall Vectra) 78m,
11 Jonny Treanor/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 81m,
12 Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon (Subaru Impreza) 81m.


Monaghan Stages Rally Launch

The launch of the 2018 Monaghan Stages Rally takes place on Thursday April 5th in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. An enjoyable night should be had by all.


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