Moffett Again Conquers All.

Posted: April 6, 2022 in Uncategorized

Once again Josh Moffett came out on top at last weekend’s Pat Horan Motors
Birr Stages Rally making it his fourth straight win from four starts this year. It
also marked his 3rd win in a row at the Birr event. Josh with Keith Moriarty on
the notes finished the six stage event with 33.7 seconds to spare over 2nd
place Declan Boyle/James O’Reilly. Darren Gass/Noel O’Sullivan finished in 3rd
Josh was quickest out of the blocks on the opening stage, setting a time some
13.1s faster than Gass despite interference in the intercom. On SS2 Josh really
struggled with the intercom issue, but still managed to finish the stage second
fastest. Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin making their debut in a VW Polo GTI R5 set
the fastest stage time to trim Moffett’s lead to 11.5s going into first service.
Gass struggled on this stage and dropped from 3rd to 5 th with Garry
Jennings/Rory Kennedy going into 3rd and Boyle/O’Reilly into 4th.
On the middle loop of stages Moffett extended his lead by just 0.9 of a second
to leave it still all to play for between himself and Cronin. Jennings maintained
his 3 rd place despite being out paced by Boyle during the middle loop.
There was late drama on the third loop as Cronin/Galvin stopped on the stage
with a broken drive shaft, a very disappointing end to what had been a
fantastic battle with Josh for the lead. Garry Jennings also failed to finish the
rally failing to leave service for the last loop. With those two retirements,
Boyle/O’Reilly moved into 2nd and Desi Henry/Paddy Robinson inherited 3 rd
just 1.9s up on Gass/O’Sullivan in 4th. On the final stage, SS6, Moffett backed
off a little bit to lessen the risk of any last minute woes. In the battle for third
place, Henry could not keep the hard charging Gass behind him and dropped to
4th. Gass set the joint fastest stage time with Boyle to claim the final podium
spot 3.1s ahead of Henry.
Stephen Wright/Darragh Kelly finished 5th overall and 2nd class 5. Michael
Carbin/Dean O’Sullivan finished 7th OA and first in class 20 in their Mitsubishi
Evo VIII. Niall Maguire/Conor Foley finished 10th and 3rd class 5. Thomas
Treanor navigated Marty Toner to 18th OA and 4th class 14. Dessie Keenan
making his long awaited return in his newly built MkII Escort finished 19th OA
and 5 class 14 navigated by Enda Sherry. David Moffett/Martin Connolly
finished 21st OA and 7th class 14. Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire finished 34th
OA and 4 class 13 Gary McCrudden navigated Sam Johnston to 35th OA and

2nd class 11F. Mickey Conlon/Paul McPhillips won the drive of the day award
and finished 2nd class 12. Johno Doogan/ Ciaran Marron recovered to finish
88th OA.
Trevor Burke navigating for Mervyn Deane retired after SS1, Ashling McArdle
navigating for Des Lyons, retired after SS3 and Shane Farrell navigating for
Quintan Park crashed out on SS4 after losing the brakes due to a burst pipe
after a heavy landing over a jump. Jack Maguire/Keith McConnon retired after
Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship
In the local Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship, it was
the uncle/nephew team of Michael and Ciaran Tynan who finished 1st in the
short three round championship. They won the championship thanks to two
overall wins on the final two rounds. Second in the championship were Martin
Tynan and Conor Boylan despite not competing together. Derek Mackarel
drove for Conor on the opening two events but missed the last round due to
other commitments. Derek along with National Championship winner Ryan
Treanor finished 3 rd overall.
In the class’s Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock finished 1st Expert. Shane
Dalton/Christopher McMahon finished 1st Semi-Expert and Eoghan Corr/Shane
Maguire finished 1 st Novice.

Four Seasons Hotel Ronnie Hawe Monaghan Stages Rally
The Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan is the place to be on Sunday 10th April at
3pm for the launch of the Ronnie Hawe Monaghan Stages Rally which takes
place on the 24th. The Four Seasons Hotel once again proudly sponsor the
event. Come along on the 10 th for the launch to view and take pictures with
some of the cars that will be competing over the nine stage event. Don’t forget
the launch day raffle to be in with a chance of winning a free entry to the rally.
2nd place is a voucher for pace notes and 3rd place is a voucher toward an in-
car camera hire. Tickets cost €20 and are available on the Monaghan Motor
Club Facebook page or from any committee member. So come along to what
should be a fantastic evening. Admission free.


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