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McCarra and Tynan Victorious

Posted: August 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

Kieran McCarra and Ciaran Tynan were the outright winners of the annual Monaghan Motor Club Endurance Trial, which was based at the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday last 18th August.

After 19 selectives, the pair had 20 seconds to spare over Derek Mackarel/Kieran Deery, with Jack McKenna/Christopher McMahon completing the podium, all driving Starlets.

The event was a counting round of the Coffee Perfection Irish Endurance Championship and attracted an excellent entry of 60 crews, featuring the top Irish contenders.

Notably six of the top ten places were secured by Monaghan drivers who enjoyed some top quality tests around the Monaghan/Emyvale areas in the morning and in the Ballybay/Latton areas in the afternoon. Class winners were Ryan Brennan/Mac Kierans, Martin Tynan/Declan Tynan, Peter Barrable/Kevin Fagan, Thomas Wedlock/Darren Curran and Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell.

At the conclusion, Clerk of the Course Fintan Keenan thanked all who helped to ensure the event was a success. He had particular mention for the landowners who agreed to provide the venues for the tests and for the marshals who volunteered their time.

Monaghan Endurance Trial Top 10

1 Kieran McCarra/Ciaran Tynan (Toyota Starlet) 7:57
2 Derek Mackeral/Kieran Deery (Toyota Starlet) 8:17
3 Jack McKenna/Christopher McMahon (Starlet) 8:35
4 Ryan Brennan/Mac Kierans (Mitsubishi Colt) 8:37
5 Martin Tynan/Declan Tynan (Toyota Starlet) 8:47
6 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Toyota Starlet) 8:48
7 Craig O’Rourke/Darren Buttle (Toyota Starlet) 8:53
8 Peter Barrable/Kevin Fagan (Toyota Starlet) 9:06
9 Robert Howard/Claire Murtagh (Toyota Starlet) 9:08
10 Derek Butler/Oisin Sherlock (Toyota Starlet) 9:08
Breen/Nagle Crowned Tarmac Champions

Craig Breen & Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20) secured the 2019 Irish Tarmac Rally titles after taking a start to finish victory in the Newry-based Ulster Rally on Saturday last 17th August. This was Breen’s fifth win of the season in the series which leaves him in an unassailable position in the points table with one round still to go. The winning margin was 20.5 seconds over Welsh driver Matt Edwards who was in a Ford Fiesta R5. Callum Devine & Brian Hoy were just over 20 seconds further back to take the final podium place in another Ford Fiesta R5.

Best of the Monaghan competitors was Paul Kelly who navigated Dave Condell to a close 2nd in the modified category and 9th overall. William Mavitty/Martin Connolly finished 22nd overall, Quentin Park/Shane Farrell were 40th overall, while Stephen Armstrong/Conor Boylan were 47th. There was no luck for Josh Moffett, Damien Connolly, Arthur Kierans and Conor Mohan who all retired at various satges.


Endurance Trial 2019

Posted: August 13, 2019 in Uncategorized


The 2019 Monaghan Endurance Trial takes place this Sunday based out of the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan town.

The event is running for the 8th time and has steadily increased in popularity over the years and now attracts over 50 entries a year. Fintan Keenan once again takes on the mantle of COC and has chosen some classic selectives in the North and Mid-Monaghan areas.

The action gets underway at 10.00am with crews heading off to the selectives with the first car not back until 7pm that evening.

Anyone interested in taking part are asked to submit their entries ASAP. Regulations are available on the club website.

In preparation for this year’s event, the club are organising a training evening for competitors and marshals to familiarise themselves with aspects of the events such as selective set up, timing, stop boxes, penalty infringements etc.

Competitors will learn more about the event, the rules and ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’ in Endurance Trials.

The evening gets underway on Thursday 15th at 8.30pm in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. All welcome.


Navigation Classes

As the evenings are getting shorter, it’s soon time for navigators to dust off their potty lamps, get their clipboards at the ready and maps organised as its time for the new Night Navigation season. The club’s first event takes place on Saturday 28th September.

Monaghan Motor Club will start their Navigation Trial classes on Friday 30th August which will run through until Friday 27th September.

If you have an interest in Motorsports, then Navigation Trials are the form of obtaining the correct ‘foundations’ of the sport. The scheduled classes will cover the full range of topics including map reading, timing, car regulations for both Navigation & Endurance Trials and will also include a session on pace notes for stage rallies.

Further details will be released in the coming weeks.


A number of Monaghan Club Members made the long trip to Cork for last weekend’s Regie Tilson Endurance Trial. The event was Round 5 of the Coffee Perfection Irish Endurance Trial Championship and attracted most of the series regulars.

Oisin Sherlock guided local man Derek Butler to overall victory on the event, claiming their second win of the year.

Overall honours looked set to be contested by three crew each with a Monaghan man in the navigator’s seat. Top seeds were Dublin’s Peter Barrable and Ballinode’s Conor Mohan. At No.2 were another Dublin/Monaghan team of Karl O’Donoghue and Evin Hughes. Derek Butler/Oisin Sherlock were seeded at 4 but were leading the Endurance Championship into this event.

O’Donoghue/Hughes & Butler/Sherlock exchanged the lead over the opening four selectives with Butler/Sherlock leading after selective 4. The local crew of Sean Daly/Darren O’Mahony were in 2nd. O’Donoghue/Hughes held 3rd after losing 20 seconds sliding through the finish box. The all Monaghan team of Jack McKenna/Craig McPhillips held 3rd on equal times with O’Donoghue/Hughes with Peter Barrable/Conor Mohan in 5th.

Butler/Sherlock were setting some stunning times to amass an impressive 27 second by lunchtime. O’Donoghue/Hughes were a strong 2nd. Selective 9 proved dramatic as Butler/Sherlock got stuck and incurred a test maximum costing them over 30 seconds and the lead to O’Donoghue/Hughes. Amazingly, O’Donoghue/Hughes did the exact same thing on Selective 11 but as that selective was longer they dropped a minute and a half to the leaders.

This left Butler/Sherlock in an unassailable lead and they eventually finished 35 seconds clear of the nearest rivals to extend their Championship lead. Daly/O’Mahony were 2nd with Barrable/Mohan in 3rd. O’Donoghue/Hughes recovered to 5th. Mac Kierans/Muireann Hayes finished 7th overall while Aaron McElroy guided Circuit Racer Nicole Drought to 8th overall and victory in class A1. Jack McKenna/Craig McPhillips had been running in 3rd overall but missed the final loop of selectives due to mechanical problems.

The Endurance Trial Championship continues with the Monaghan Endurance Trial on Sunday August 18th. COC Fintan Keenan had been working hard on this event which will feature selectives in North and Mid-Monaghan. The event is expected to attract a capacity entry as the Sport continues to develop and grow

Sam Moffett & James O’Reilly took overall victory on last weekend’s Jim Walsh Cork Forestry Rally, Rounds 5 & 6 of the Irish Forestry Rally Championship.

The two day event is the only two day forestry event in the country with each leg counting as a separate round of the championship. It proved to be a big battle between three crews each with Monaghan men on board! Sam Moffett & James O’Reilly came from behind to fend off American-based Monaghan driver Barry McKenna and his Wexford co-driver Andy Hayes. 3rd overall went to Billy Coleman Award Winner James Wilson with Aghabog’s Arthur Kierans navigating.

McKenna & Hayes were fresh from competing on the New England Forestry Rally the previous weekend set the pace on the opening Mount Hilary stage to take a slender 0.1 second lead from Sam Moffett who was reunited with former navigator James O’Reilly. By the end of the opening loop McKenna/Hayes led by 5.3 seconds from Moffett/O’Reilly. Both crews were in R5 Fiestas. James Wilson/Arthur Kierans were putting in a storming drive in their Hyundai R5 to hold 3rd which was only their second event in the car.

After another blast through those three stages. McKenna/Hayes led at the overnight halt by 3.5 seconds from Moffett/O’Reilly. Wilson/Kierans were 3rd 10.5 seconds off the lead. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley were making a rare forestry appearance for the first time in several years and held 5th overnight in their Skoda R5. Brendan Cumisky/Liam Moynihan were 7th with championship leaders Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan in 10th. David Condell, navigated by Paul Kelly held the two wheel drive lead. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes were debuting an Opel Adam R2 on this event and clinched Saturday’s Junior class honours by just 2 seconds from the similar car of Jordan Hone.

Day two featured a loop of four stages repeated twice. Moffett/O’Reilly put in a stunning time on the Mountain Barracks stage, 11 seconds faster than anyone else, to snatch the lead from McKenna/Hayes. McKenna/Hayes snatched it back on the very next stage only for Moffett/O’Reilly to squeeze back in front after Stage 10 to lead by 0.5 seconds. Wilson/Kierans were contented in 3rd, 24 seconds off the lead.

Moffett/O’Reilly put the hammer down in afternoon. They pulled 6 seconds out of McKenna/Hayes on Stage 11, 7 seconds on the Stage 13 and 8 seconds on Stage 14 to secure the win. McKenna/Hayes settled for 2nd for the second consecutive weekend after another big battle. Wilson/Kierans finished an impressive 3rd. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley finished in 5th place. Brendan Cumisky/Liam Moynihan took 7th, Mac Kierans guided Vivian Hamill to 8th place. Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan finished in 9th.

Paul Kelly guided David Condell to victory in the modified section. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes were on course for another Junior category win until dropping five minutes on Stage 13 demoted them to 2nd in class. Mickey Conlon/Martin Byrne had to revert to Rally 2 following their retirement on Saturday but they recovered to 36th overall.

The Irish Forestry Championship concludes with the Lakelands Forestry Rally in September.

American based Club Member Barry McKenna scored a fine 2nd place finish on last weekend’s New England Forestry Rally. The event was based across the Maine and New Hampshire states in North-East United States.

Barry was partnered by Wexford’s Andy Hayes on this occasion and they were delighted with their result in their Fiesta WRC.

Another club member Arthur Kierans also made the trip and he guided Northern Irish driver Mark Donnelly to 6th overall on the event.

Mackarel Mayo Mastery

Derek Mackarel took overall victory on last weekend’s Mayo Autocross. Derek has been very successful at the popular Autocross venue over the years and it was the ideal warm up for next weekend’s Cork Forestry Rally. Derek shared his father Andy’s Lancer for the event and emerged victorious by four seconds from Mike O’Conner. Andy himself made the podium in 3rd place.

Wright 2nd in Down

Stephen Wright continued his pursuit of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship on last weekend’s Down Rally. The event was also a counting round of the British Asphalt Championship and attracted a quality entry of oversees crews in addition to the Irish regulars. Wright had Cork’s Liam Moynihan in the navigator’s seat for this event.

After a steady start the pair made progress to take the lead by stage 7 following the retirement of long term leader Jonathan Greer. The Mini WRC of Jon Armstrong set a string of fastest times to take the lead on stage 9. Wright/Moynihan could not match this pace with their R5 car but still took an excellent 2nd place to keep them in the hunt in the Northern Ireland Rally Championship. Further down the field, Shane Farrell guided Quentin Park to 5th in class in their Escort.