Moffett Best of Monaghan Men in Carrick

Posted: January 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

The 2019 Irish Forestry Championship kicked off with the Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally. The six stage event incorporated stages in the Wexford area. These stages haven’t been used for several years providing a fresh challenge for the championship regulars. Reigning Champions, Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton didn’t make the start so 2017 Champions Sam Moffett & James Fulton and top seeds Barry McKenna/Andy Hayes led the Monaghan charge.

Moffett/Fulton were having their first taste of the woods in over a year and settled into a steady pace. They finished the opening loop in 4th place, 10 seconds off pace setter Martin McCormack/Barney Mitchell. McKenna/Hayes were a further 11 seconds back in a similar Ford Fiesta R5. The pair maintained their positions over the second loop with Moffett/Fulton missing out on a podium position by just two seconds.

Brendan Cumisky/Ronan O’Kane secured 9th overall in their Skoda Fabia R5. Calum Maguire guided Peter McCullagh to 11th overall with Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan finishing just behind in 12th place in their Lancer. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips brought their Escort home to 19th overall and 2nd in class 14.

Arthur Kierans guided Billy Coleman Award Winner, James Wilson, to 24th overall and 2nd in class 2. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes emerged home 26th overall and 2nd in the Junior class just 7 seconds off the winner after a close battle all day. Michaela McGinn guided Damien McGauren to 27th overall and 3rd in class. Conor Boylan guided Peter Beaton to 3rd in the Junior 1000 class.

The Irish Forestry Championship will continue with the Limerick Forestry Rally in early March.

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