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Mohan and Carbin CLEAN up!

Posted: January 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted the first Navigation Trial of the new year on Saturday night last. Garry Farrelly assisted by Brendan Treanor laid out the 75 mile route based out of Ardaghey Community Hall.

Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan were the only crew to negotiate the entire route penalty free and ran out overall winners ahead of Derek Mackarel and Conor Boylan. 3rd place went to Patrick Corcoran and Oisín Sherlock. The 75 mile compact route took in the areas of Ardaghey, Castleshane, Tullycorbet, Braddocks and Clontibret with plenty of narrow roads and gravel lanes to keep competitors occupied.

Navigators had to be on the ball from the off as it was immediately into a double plot and bash section from TP1. Competitors had to follow a herringbone tulip diagram from Braddocks to Castleshane and into the first farm lane of the night at Corlust. Navigators had to have their thinking caps on as there was a difficult to see looped lane on the right hand side of a cattle shed and anyone missing it were immediately met with a wrong approach at TP2. Crews then collected a box tulip to find TP3 which brought them towards Aghnagap. Again, crews had to be switched on as the approach to the timepoint was across the street of a farm, and anyone who missed it would get a wrong approach or double visit, a trick that would catch out no less than 12 crews. After this, crews got to relax a bit as the event opened out as they negotiated timepoints 4 to Control B. At the half way mark beside Scotch Corner three crews were on 0 penalties, Carbin/Mohan, Mackarel/Boylan and Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes.

The second half of the event was more condense as the event began to loop around Tullycorbet and Braddocks. The first sting in the tail came at the second set of plot and bash where Mackarel/Boylan dropped 2 minutes into TP13 and Duffy/Hughes dropping 7 minutes on a difficult trace diagram at TP14. From there it was through a tunnel under the N2 and towards the much loved lanes at Ballygreaney and Bryanlitter.

There was to be no easy finish to the event as 2 more plot and bashes awaited crews at TP22 and TP23. Again, a herringbone diagram was handed out and this brought competitors back to the farm at Corlust, this time though going left around the shed to TP22, TP23 was in the same location as TP3, however not using the farm yard this time. The difficulty of these last two plot and bashes was evident from the plethora of crews who either missed them completely or got wrong approaches and double visits.

So at the end of the night, it was Carbin and Mohan who took a deserved win finishing the entire event without dropping a single penalty. This was Conor’s first ever overall win in Navigation Trials, and if this performance continues, there will be many more to come.

In the classes, it was Mackarel/Boylan 1st Expert on 2 pens, 2nd Corcoran/Sherlock on 4 pens and Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin 3rd on 12 pens.

Semi-Expert was won by David Acheson/Philip Fitzpatrick on 66 pens, 2nd Gary Cassidy/Killian McArdle on 82 pens and 3rd was Mickey Conlon/Andrew Wedlock on 99 pens.

Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy finished 1st Novice on 22 pens, with Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron in 2nd with 23 pens and Declan Tynan/Ben McIntyre 3rd with 49 pens.

In the Beginner class, Ciaran Duffy/Pauric Duffy finished 1st on 31 pens, Conor Maguire/Ciaran Maguire finished 2nd on 62 pens and Darragh Kelly/Richard McElwaine finished 3rd on 73 pens.

Garry thanked all the residents and the landowners along the route for their support and allowing the event to use their land. He also thanked the marshals who came along and stood out manning the timepoints.

The National Navigation Championship continues with the Skibbereen and District Car Clubs 100 Isles Navigation  Trial on Saturday the 29th based out of Newcestown Community Hall. Regs will be available shortly.

Top 10 Results:

1st Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 0m,

2nd Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 2m,

3rd Patrick Corcoran/Oisín Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 4m,

4th Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 12m

5th Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor (Toyota Starlet) 18m,

6th Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy (Toyota Starlet) 22m,

7th Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 23m,

8th Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 30m,

9th Ciaran Duffy/Pauric Duffy (Subaru Impreza) 31m,

10th James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 39m.

Drumlish Men Win in Knockatallon

Posted: November 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted the first Navigation Trial since February 2020. Christopher McMahon and Emmet McCooey took on the responsibility of running the event and duly laid out a challenging 75 mile route in the North Monaghan area. It turned out to be the Drumlish duo of Colin Duffy & Sam Johnston who showed the locals the way to win on a total of 39 penalties.

38 crews made the trip to the Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon including a strong entry of Cork crews as the event was the opening round of the National Navigation Championship. The opening sections were fairly straightforward with the main challenge being heavy fog at the top of Bragan Mountain. By TP8 crews moved through a plot & bash section in the Esh forest resulting in most crews dropping time. By CB, it was very close between a number of crews at the top, Semi-Experts Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor led on a tie from Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan and Emmet Sherry/David McCrudden. More time was lost between TP13-TP15 which featured a tulip diagram as did a new lane into TP18 with many crews being caught for time. TP20 was also a new lane on tulip and by the last few timepoints in the Knockatallon forests, most crews were approaching their maximum lateness. Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston were 1 of only two crews to make TP27 and although they were over lateness by TP28, they had done enough to take the honours. Indeed, they were thankful after needing a tow out early on after slipping off the road in the fog.

Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes finished 2nd five penalties in arrears having also made it to TP27 to make it a 1-2 for the Duffy family. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan skipped TP27 to get TP28 and that got them 3rd overall on 46 penalties. 4th overall was Emmet Sherry/David McCrudden in their Starlet with Semi-Expert class winners Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan 5th overall.

2nd Semi-Experts were Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor with Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna 3rd. Novice class honours went to Damien & Keith Sheridan from Eoghan Corr/Shane Maguire and Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron. Beginners class was taken by Ballinode brothers Shane & Paul Maguire. Conor Maguire & son Ciaran Maguire took 2nd with Damien Treanor/Jack McKenna in 3rd.

Overall it was a very successful and well run event with plenty of new lanes and tricks to catch the crews. Christopher thanked all the residents and landowers along the route whose support is vital to the continuation of the sport. He also thanked all the marshals who stood out to man the timepoints. With the first event in the rear view mirror some crews are planning to head to Cork for Skibbereen Motor Club’s Carbery Navigation Trial while the next Monaghan event is scheduled for January 15th.

Moffett Wins Wexford

Posted: October 18, 2021 in Uncategorized

The return to Irish Rallying continued last weekend with two events either side of the Border. On Saturday, the Tour of Sperrins Rally took place near Maghera while on Sunday, Wexford Motor Club held a six stage event.

Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes took overall victory on the Wexford Stages Rally piloting their Hyundai I20 R5. 3rd after the opening stage, they hit the front on stage 3 and never looked back. A series of fastest stage times saw them pull 29.6 seconds clear at the end of the event. Kaine Treanor guided Ed O’Callaghan to 8th overall and 3rd in class 14. Paul Kelly guided David Condell to 10th overall and 3rd in class 5. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden were 24th overall and 2nd in class 11R. Michael Conlon/Martin Byrne finished down in 37th overall after losing time on stage 4.

On the Tour of Sperrins Rally, which was the final round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship, Damien Connolly guided Peader Hurson to 4th overall in their Fiesta WRC. The pair had a steady run despite an overshoot and finished 54.5 seconds behind event winner Callum Devine. Former Ni Champion, Stephen Wright/Liam Moynihan finished 8th overall and Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire brought their Escort home 27th overall.

The next event in Irish Rally Calender is the Kerry Winter Stages Rally on November 7th,while Monaghan are hosting their Navigation Trial on November 13th.

For the first time since March 2020, closed road rallying returned to the Island of Ireland with the Cork 20 Rally on September 19th and the Donegal Harvest Rally on October 3rd. Some competitors had made the trip to the UK in search of events but now they can compete at home. As always, Monaghan crews would be among the first to return to the stages.

The 9 stage Cork 20 rally was the first closed road rally of the year. Callum Devine/Brian Hoy would emerge victorious. Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty topped the Monaghan crews in 3rd place overall. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes finished 21 seconds behind in 4th. Stephen Wright/Ger Conway took 7th overall. In the National Rally, Richard Moffett/Darragh Kelly finished in 4th place in their Starlet and Jack Maguire/Stephen McElroy came home 15th overall.

On the 6 stage Donegal Harvest Rally, top club finisher was James O’Reilly who navigated Declan Boyle to 2nd overall. The pair had been in a close fought battle with Callum Devine/Brian Hoy throughout the event but it was the Derry driver who edged the event by 9.8 seconds. The damp conditions made things tricky with Boyle/O’Reilly surviving a lurid moment when they slipped into a drain which only resulted in the loss of the rear spoiler. Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty secured 3rd place in their Ford Fiesta R5, 46 seconds adrift of the winners after six stages. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes finished in 5th place in his Hyundai after climbing the leaderboard after being 8th after stage 1. Niall Maguire/Conor Foley brought their Subaru WRC to 9th place. Michael Carbin/Darragh Kelly put in an impressive showing to finish 12th overall and take class 20 honours.

Brendan Cumisky/Lorcan Moore finished 16th overall in their Skoda. Arthur Kierans steeped in alongside Gary Jennings. The pair were fighting for the lead in the early stages holding 2nd after stage 2. It all went wrong when they slipped off at the same spot as Boyle but they got stuck and lost three minutes leaving them down in 20th place. Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan made a welcome return to the stage for the first time in six years and took their old Escort home in 21st place. Kaine Treanor guided Limerick driver Chris O’Callaghan to 24th overall and 1st in class 13. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden were once again the class 11R winners in 34th overall. Oisin Sherlock guided Sean McConnell to 74th place while Gerard & Gavin McGivney took 85th overall. In the Junior class, Jack McKenna/John McCabe finished in 4th.

There a further events this year planned in Wexford, Tipperary and Kerry whilst Monaghan Motor Club plan to host the first Navigation Trial since March 2020 on the 13th November.

Sam Moffett and Keith Moriarty win British Rally Championship opener
Monaghan’s Sam Moffett. File picture: Martin Walsh.

MON, 31 MAY, 2021 – 20:49MARTIN WALSH

Moving into the lead on the penultimate stage, the Monaghan/Limerick duo of Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta R5 Mk II) went on to win the Neil Howard Memorial Rally, the opening round of the British Rally Championship at Oulton Park on Monday.

They finished a second ahead of the similar car of Rhys Yates/James Morgan with Osian Pryce/Noel O’Sullivan (VW Polo R5) a further seven seconds behind in third.

A mere two seconds covered the top four after the morning’s seven-mile stage as Frank Bird topped the time sheets, two seconds clear of defending champion Matt Edwards, Rhys Yates and Pryce.

Moffett was next and headed the Irish challenge — seven seconds off the lead. Several competitors got a notional time when Nigel Worswick’s Ford Fiesta S2000T blocked the stage.

There was little between the leading contenders through the next three stages as Bird maintained a slender lead. By S.S. 4, he was six seconds ahead of Yates and Edwards, who shared second. Pryce and Moffett followed, the latter was much closer to the leader on S.S. 5 and posted the best stage time on S.S. 6. 

It was even better for the Monaghan man as Bird spun and Edwards incurred a 10-second penalty for failing to slow after the flying finish board.

Yates became the new rally leader with Moffett only a second behind as Pryce, Bird and Edwards completed the top five.

On the penultimate stage, Moffett edged two seconds ahead of Yates with Bird and Pryce still very much in contention, the latter just seven seconds behind Moffett. Edwards and Desi Henry rounded out the top six. 

On the final stage, Moffett did enough to claim the spoils. 

There was also Irish success in the Junior category won by William Creighton/Liam Regan (Ford Fiesta).