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Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley took overall victory on Round 1 of the 2020 Triton National Rally Championship, the Mayo Stages Rally. The event returned to Castlebar for the first time since 2009 and featured some challenging stages near Westport. Driving rain left some treacherous road condition where many fell afoul. Kelly & Foley profited from the late retirement of defending champion Josh Moffett to take the event win.

Reigning National Champions, Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes set the pace early on in their Hyundai I20 R5. He remarked that he was pushing but still keeping a safe pace. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley held 2nd in their VW Polo R5 and were also content with their pace. Peader Hurson/Damien Connolly held 3rd in their Fiesta WRC despite losing time at junctions.

The rain intensified on the second loop making stages 4 and 6 particularly difficult. Moffett extended his lead as Kelly lost 15 seconds behind Roy White who had sustained a puncture. By stage 6, he was 21.6 seconds clear of Kelly with Hurson another 9 seconds behind. The final loop proved dramatic as Hurson rolled out on Stage 8 and Moffett retired at the end of the stage with an ECU problem. This left Kelly/Foley clear to take the overall honours. Roy White/James O’Brien finished 2nd with Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore 3rd overall and top two wheel drive crew.

Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming finished 7th overall and 2nd in class in their Toyota Corolla. Conor Mohan guided Eamon Kelly to 15th overall in their Fiesta R2 taking class 2 honours. Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire brought their Subaru Impreza to 23rd overall and 2nd in class 15. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 34th overall and 2nd in class 11F. Ryan Brennan finished 5th in the Junior class with navigator Ronan Comerford.

Niall Maguire/Anthony Nestor retired after sliding off the road on the first stage. Michael Conlon/Martin Byrne retired on Stage 8. Derek Mackarel/Grace O’Brien retired after an off on stage 1 while Jack McKenna/Paddy McCrudden retired on Stage 6.

The National Rally Championship continues with the Circuit of Kerry Rally on April 5th.

Derek Mackarel & Conor Boylan took overall victory on last weekend’s Cavan Navigation Trial, Round 7 of the National Night Navigation Championship & Round 4 of the Border Navigation Championship.

The pair negotiated the 80-mile route 7 penalties clear of the opposition. Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin boosted their Border hopes with 2nd overall with the Semi-Expert crew of Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue finishing a fine 3rd overall.

COC Thomas Wedlock mixed some old with the new with the first half of the event in familiar territory near Maudabawn before moving to some new terrain near Shercock. The first half of the event was fairly straightforward until a plot & bash section at TP15 & TP16. Any crew who overshot the intended lane would pass within 50 metres of the timepoint and there were some surprised faces at the finish who incurred double visit penalties. By CB, all crews were down time penalties but there was only a handful of penalties separating the top 10. A herringbone tulip diagram covering three timepoints would decide to the event. A multitude of ‘roads’ within very short distances of one another meant any slight deviation from the intended route would result in some very confused navigators as they attempted to get back on track. A number of crews missed timepoints here and those that did get them dropped considerable time.

Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan faired best to take the lead and they negotiated the remaining miles unscathed to take the event win on 9 penalties. Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin dropped 13 penalties on the plot & bash section but importantly got all the timepoints to move into 2nd place. Semi-Experts Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue secured 3rd overall on 17 penalties with class rivals James McCabe/Shane Farrell just behind in 4th on 22 penalties. 5th overall went to another Semi-Expert crew of Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor.

Local men Aaron & Ben McIntyre took victory in the Novice class and 6th overall. Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron & Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna completed the podium. Damien Hagan/Ryan Farrell took victory in the Beginners class.

The Navigation seasons concludes with the Monaghan Navigation Trial on Saturday 4th April. Cork crew Derek Butler & Denis O’Donovan have won the National title while the Border title is up for grabs between a number of crews.

Top 10 Results:
1st Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 9m,
2nd Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 16m,
3rd Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue (Subaru Impreza) 17m,
4th James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 22m,
5th Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 31m,
6th Aaron McIntyre/Ben McIntyre (Subaru Impreza) 45m,
7th Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 47m,
8th Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 63m,
9th James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 66m,
10th Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 72m.

Moffett Brilliant in Birr

Posted: February 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

Josh Moffett took a start to finish victory on last weekend’s Birr Stages Rally. The event was a round of the West Coast and Midlands East Rally Championships but was an ideal shake up for the upcoming Mayo & West Cork Rallies in March. Moffett & regular navigator Andy Hayes dominated throughout the event and finished 27 seconds clear of their nearest rivals.

The rally consisted of two long stages done three times. Moffett was one of only two cars to complete the first stage 4.3 seconds ahead of Desi Henry/John Rowan. He increased his advantage to eight seconds on the 19km Stage 2. Moffett put in a stunning drive on the repeated run of that stage where he was 14 seconds faster than nearest rival Henry. Although Henry was fastest on stage 5, Moffett flew to another fastest time on the last to secure the overall win. Behind Henry, English visitor Ollie Mellors/Max Freeman finished 3rd overall in their Proton.

Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming had a great run to 9th overall, 2nd two wheel drive car and class 13 winners. Jack McKenna guided Marty Toner to 10th overall and 2nd in class 13. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden were an impressive 12th overall and class 11R winners. Arthur Kierans guided Donegal’s David Kelly to 15th overall and a class 2 win.  Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 26th overall and 3rd in class 11F.

Fivemiletown Forestry Rally

On last weekend’s Fivemiletown Forestry Rally, Emmet Sherry guided Alan Smyth to 9th overall in their Lancer. Kaine Treanor was navigating for Andrew Bustard and they finished 11th overall and 2nd in class. Just behind them were David Condell/Paul Kelly in 12th overall and 1st two wheel drive car. Calum Maguire guided Peter McCullagh to 18th overall in their Fiesta.

Wright wins Kirkistown Stages

Posted: February 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

Stephen Wright began the defence of his Northern Ireland Rally title with victory on the Kirkistown Stages Rally based at the Kirkistown Racing Circuit. Wright was partnered by Gary McKenna for the event.

After 6 stages, Wright held off the Mini WRC of Derek McGeehan by 5.2 seconds to claim the win.

Wright/McKenna made a cautious start due to the slippery stages but nevertheless they moved into the lead on Stage 3. They continued to increase their lead to 7 seconds by Stage 5. There was late drama when they caught another competing car on the final test. They were relieved that they were still 3rd fastest and retained their lead. The father & son team of Derek & Mark McGeehan took 2nd place with former NI champion Derek McGarritty/Paddy Robinson in 3rd. Matthew McKenna guided Liam McFall to 18th overall.