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Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes took overall victory on last weekend’s January Navigation Trial, Round 2 of the Club Navigation Championship & Overall Club Championship. COC Oisin Sherlock organised a mammoth 120 mile route over the South of Monaghan stretching from Latton to Broomfield and back. The event proved very tricky and demanding particularly on the plot & bash sections and it was former National Champions Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes who came through to take the overall win.

Crews had to be on the ball from the off as even the route to TP1 would punish crews who deviated off the provided tulip diagrams. Plot & Bash followed at TP3, Via1 and TP5. The plot for Via1 was hidden on the reverse side of the plots for TP3 and many crews instead followed the tulip to TP5. Peter Deery/David McCrudden emerged in the lead despite missing TP5 with the Novice crew of Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna a surprising 2nd four penalties behind.

The event headed East towards the Corduff, Bawn & Lisdoonan areas before a petrol halt near Bromfield. Deery/McCrudden still led despite a wrong departure at the infamous TP13 which caught out all but six crews. Their lead was now down to two penalties as Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes were recovering after earlier missing Via1 and TP4. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan were in 3rd place. James McCabe/Shane Farrell led the Semi-Expert class. Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy led the Novice class and Shane Maguire/Pauric Duffy were out front in the Beginners class.

The second half of the event took crews from Broomfield through Aghnafarcan, Shantonagh, Lough Egish and Bawn. The Section from TP24 to TP26 consisted of four plot & bash timepoints involving tulip diagrams which tested navigators to the limit. Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes emerged from this section in the lead dropping 9 penalties but getting all timepoints with correct approach and departure. A wrong approach at Via7 at Lough Egish chapel car park dropped Peter Deery/David McCrudden to 2nd place. An impressive effort from Novices Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron saw them climb to 3rd place.

As crews arrived back in Latton close to 2am, Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes had done enough to take overall victory on 52 penalties total. Peter Deery/David McCrudden finished 2nd with Novice class winners Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron 3rd overall. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan and Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin completed the top five finishers.

Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan won the Semi-Expert class well clear of Ryan Brennan/Ryan Treanor in 2nd with David Acheson/Philip Fitzpatrick taking 3rd. Keenan/Marron led home the Novice crews with Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy and Cathal Croarkin/Marco Lennon putting three Novice crews in the top 7. The Beginners class was won by Shane Maguire/Pauric Duffy with Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell and Michael Conlon/Paul McPhillips completing the podium.

COC Oisin Sherlock paid thanks to Latton GAA centre as well as the landowners and residents along the route for their support of the event. The National Navigation Championship continues next weekend in Skibbereen while the Border Championship resumes with the Midland Navigation Trial on February 8th.

Top 10 Results:

1st Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 52m,

2nd Peter Deery/David McCrudden (Subaru Impreza) 70m,

3rd Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 88m,

4th Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 91m,

5th Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 92m,

6th Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy (Toyota Starlet) 96m,

7th Cathal Croarkin/Marco Lennon (Toyota Yaris) 135m,

8th Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 135m,

9th Declan Tynan/Ben McIntyre (Subaru Legacy) 136m,

10th Brendan Treanor/Gary Farrelly (Subaru Impreza) 139m

Monaghan Motor Club AGM

Posted: January 14, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Annual General Meeting of Co. Monaghan Motor Club takes place on Thursday 16th January 2020 at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. All 2019 club members are eligible to vote in the election of the 2020 committee. Nomination forms available on All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the open discussion on the topics raised. It is hoped to have further information available on the changes being introduced for the 2020 motorsport year.

 Navigation Trial

 Monaghan Motor Club’s first event of the year takes place this Saturday night January 18th with the January Navigation Trial. This event is Round 2 of the 2020 Traders Championship and Club Navigation Championship. COC Oisin Sherlock has organized a mammoth 117 mile route based out of Latton GAA. Marshals are urgently required for this event and those available should present at Latton GAA by 7pm.

Cork Navigation Trial

 Aiden Sherry & Oisin Sherlock continued their National Navigation campaign with 4th overall on last weekend’s Cork 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial based out of Buttevant, in North Cork. They were the sole crew Monaghan crew to finish the event with Ray O’Neill/Shane Maguire not finishing after breaking an alternator belt at TP3. Derek Butler/Denis O’Donovan made it three wins in a row in the series to clinch the Munster title on the event. With five rounds completed, it is a three horse race for the National title between the Cork crews of Butler/O’Donovan, Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes and James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody.


Monaghan Motor Club AGM

Posted: January 7, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Annual General Meeting of Co. Monaghan Motor Club takes place on Thursday 16th January 2020 at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. All 2019 club members are eligible to vote in the election of the 2020 committee. Nomination forms available on All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the open discussion on the topics raised. It is hoped to have further information available on the changes being introduced for the 2020 motorsport year.

One of the most popular events of the rally calendar took place last weekend with the Killarney Historic Rally. The one day event is exclusive to Historic and Modified rally cars and attracts a superb entry from the best of crews in Ireland and oversees. A number of club members made the trip south to contest the event.

In the popular Modified section, ‘Team Toyota Monaghan’ consisting of three crews in Toyota Corollas made their way to the event. Raymond Conlon & local navigator Damien Fleming took a superb 4th overall and 1st in class in their 2 litre Toyota Corolla. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden won their class in their 1.6 16 valve Corolla and finished 19th overall. This was despite 3 punctures and a broken gearstick. John Kelly & Niall Hughes in their 1600 8 valve Corolla finished 3rd in class after a steady run on what was only Niall’s 2nd event. Johno Doogan & Ciaran Marron set some blistering times and finished a fine 7th overall. Michael Conlon/Martin Byrne came home 35th overall despite a few issues. Shane Farrell guided Quentin Park to 82nd place after retiring and re-entering under Rally 2 rules.

In the Historic category, Damien Connolly guided Robert Barrable to a super 5th overall in their Escort Mk2. Brendan McAree/Niall Kelly retired on the opening stage.

Club Members Championship Success

Posted: November 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

Over the past few weeks there have been several championship awards night from the 2019 season. The Irish National, Irish Forestry and Border Championships have all had their prizegivings.

Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes were the overall winners of the 2019 Triton National Rally Championship having dominated the series with six wins and second place from seven starts. This is the final major Irish Championship eluding Moffett as he is a former Irish Tarmac and Irish Forestry Champion.

Shane Maguire & Anthony Nestor were the Motorsport Safety Team National Group N Champions once again. David Moffett/Martin Connolly were the class 13 champions while Conor Mohan won class 2.

At the Irish Forestry Championship awards, Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan received their trophy for 2nd overall in the series. The pair showed pace and consistency during the year with a 2nd place on the snowy Limerick rally, their best result of the year. Sam Moffett placed 3rd overall thanks to his overall win on the Cork Forestry Rally. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips were the class 14 champions. Derek Mackarel was the class 16A champion.

In the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. David Moffett was 3rd overall driver and Martin Connolly 2nd overall navigator. Peter & Shane Farrell won class 10 and Shane Maguire was victorious in class 4.

Stephen Wright was crowned the 2019 Northern Ireland Rally Champion. Stephen clinched the series thanks to two wins and three second places to edge out 10 time champion Derek McGarritty. The final round was cancelled which meant the championship was decided over the completed rounds and it was Wright who came out on top.

Derek Mackarel has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Billy Coleman Award. Mackarel produced another outstanding season in his Nova taking class wins on the Munster, Donegal & Cork Forestry Rallies. Derek will now go forward with the other shortlisted candidates and 2019 Young Rally Driver of the year will be revealed at the Champions of Irish Motorsport awards night.

Midland Navigation Trial

The 2019-20 National Night Navigation Championship continued with the Midland Navigation Trial held in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. COC Seamus McTigue organised an 85-mile route based over some classic terrain in the Arigna area. The event featured gravel and forestry lanes as well as utilising the many roads around the mountain. Overall victory went to Cork crew of Derek Butler & Denis O’Donovan who held off another Cork team of Owen Murphy & Daire Hayes. 3rd overall went to Michael & Ciaran Tynan.

A small field of 20 cars contested the event. A long SRS section began the night set at 21mph and many crews were caught for time here with only three crews cleaning the section. A plot & bash section followed incorporating a trace diagram which caught some crews out including local favourites Colin Duffy & Sam Johnston. Butler/O’Donovan were one of only two crews to clean this section to move into the lead with Tynan/Tynan 1 penalty behind. The crews then made their way over Arigna Mountain where many crews lost time trying to find the correct route.