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Mackarel takes Autotest honours

Posted: February 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Derek Mackarel took overall victory on the annual Autotest held in Maguire’s Yard Ballinode last Sunday.

Derek piloted his ‘modified’ Starlet to a convincing victory after making up ground after a slow start. Kieran McCarra secured 2nd place in his more conventional Startlet with reigning club champion Martin Tynan in 3rd place.

Conditions of the event were tricky with some snow falling on the concrete surface. It was a cold but enjoyable day for club members who brought all types of adapted road cars for the event.

COC Brendan Flynn would like to thank Maguire Transport for the use of his premises, the Northern Standard for sponsorship and all the marshals who turned out in the cold to support the event.


Michael Conlon & Ciaran McPhillips got their 2018 season off to the perfect start as they finished as the leading two wheel drive crew on the Willie Loughman Forestry Rally. The pair were competing in class 14 for the first time after their tremendous 2017 successes. The event was the opening round of the 2018 Irish Forestry Championship and attracted a strong entry. The Monaghan pair finished 10th overall after 9 classic stages, topping the two wheel drive crews by well over a minute. Other Monaghan crews to impress were American-based Barry McKenna taking 2nd overall while Kaine Treanor guided Stephen McCann to 3rd overall.

Former Forestry Champion Josh Moffett led the crews away into the opening loop of stages. Drama struck early when Moffett & co-driver, Stephen Thornton, were sidelined on stage two. Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan were pushing their Ford Fiesta R5 to the limit to lead after four stages by a scant 0.7 of a second from the similar car of Andrew Purcell/Mark Wiley. Kaine Treanor was navigating for Cavan’s Stephen McCann and they slotted into 3rd while Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan were charging hard in 5th place in their Lancer.

Conlon/McPhillips held a narrow lead in the two wheel drive category while Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes were fighting it out for junior class honours. The classic Gurteen stage featured in the evening. After the first run through his long stage, Purcell/Wiley had surged into the lead with McKenna/Jordan now 30 seconds in arrears. McCann/Treanor & Carbin/Mohan were involved in a close battle for 3rd.

The final loop featured night stages which added further challenge to the demanding forest tests. It proved costly for a number of Monaghan crews as Carbin/Mohan and Mackarel/Hayes retired and Thomas O’Connell/Emmet Sherry plummeted down to 50th overall when holding 3rd two wheel drive.

McKenna/Jordan closed slightly on Purcell/Wiley but it was too much to make up and they had to settle for 2nd place 19 seconds in arrears. Stephen McCann/Kaine Treanor secured a solid 3rd place. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips took 10th overall and victory in class 14. Martin Connolly guided Jody McManus to 20th overall and 3rd in the Junior class. Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton re-entered under Rally 2 to gain some miles coming home at the tail of the field.



Monaghan’s annual Autotest takes place this Sunday in Maguire Transport, Ballinode. The event is a counting round of Hewison Trophy, attracting the top Autotest crews across Ireland. Our local competitors will have their own tests and class as they continue their quest for Trader’s Trophy honours.

Marshals are required for this event and those available should contact Brendan Flynn.


Mackarel takes victory in Cork

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Derek Mackarel scored overall victory on the 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial based in Kanturk, Co. Cork.

Local navigator Muireann Hayes again joined forced with the Stonebridge man.

A gruelling 120 mile route was organised by experienced navigator Greg Shinnors. It proved to be a tough night with high penalties for many competitors.

In the end, Mackarel/Hayes came out on top by a five penalty margin over Owen Murphy & Muireann’s brother Daire Hayes. This boosts their National Championship hopes after a steady start to the year.

A storming effort by the Novice crew of Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon netted them a terrific 3rd overall and victory in the Novice class.

Peter Deery/David McCrudden took victory in the Semi-Expert class and 8th overall.

James McCabe/Shane Farrell were 2nd in the same class and 9th overall.

Colm & Conor Mohan came home 2nd in the Novice class.

The National Championship continues with another Cork round organised by Skibbereen Motor Club in a fortnight’s time.

Top 12:
1 Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 49 marks,
2 Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 54m,
3 Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon (Subaru Impreza) 76m,
4 Alan Shinnors/George Shinnors (Subaru Impreza) 98m,
5 Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston (Subaru Impreza) 107m,
6 James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 113m,
7 Dermot Whelton/Mark McCarthy (Subaru Impreza) 136m,
8 Peter Deery/David McCrudden (Subaru Impreza) 183m,
9 James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 195m,
10 Johnny Casey/Patrick O’Sullivan (Peugeot 306) 238m,
11 Colm Mohan/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 258m,
12 Trevor O’Callaghan/Patrick O’Leary (Subaru Impreza) 276m.


Aaron Duffy & Laurence Keenan took overall honours on last weekend’s Doohamlet-based Navigation Trial. COC Garry Farrelly and his team laid out an 80 mile event which was full of tricks and challenges.

It was the South Monaghan pairing of Aaron Duffy & Laurence Keenan who came out victorious taking the win with a 13 penalty margin. Martin Tynan & Fintan Clerkin took 2nd overall with 3rd place going to the Semi-Expert paring of Paddy & Oisin Sherlock.

There were 30 starters for this event which was a counting round of the Traders Trophy and Gary Nesbitt Club Championships. A plot and bash section between TP5 and TP8 would prove decisive on the night.

A herringbone tulip was used incorporating both road goes and non goers and caught out many of the crews, with only one crew negotiating this section without significant penalties.

The Semi-Expert pairing of James McCabe/Shane Farrell faired best dropping just six penalties. Some of the leading Expert crews received multiple double visit penalties at TP5 which had a tricky departure.

McCabe/Farrell were in a commanding lead at this point but would fall foul of TP19 & TP20, missing both of these timepoints. When they dropped 30 penalties (another double visit) at ITC1 their hopes of victory were over.

Having dropped 46 penalties on the earlier plot & bash section, Aaron Duffy & Laurence Keenan put in an impressive run to drop just one more penalty until the end of the night.

They pulled away from the opposition which was headed by another Expert crew of Martin Tynan & Fintan Clerkin. Their total of 60 penalties left them a comfortable 2nd overall. There was a close race for 3rd place with four penalties covering four crews.

It was the Semi-Expert, father & son team of Paddy & Oisin Sherlock who took 3rd overall on 72 penalties. Drumlin winners, Kevin McCormack/David McCrudden were just behind in 4th and 2nd Semi-Expert with early leaders, McCabe/Farrell 5th overall and 3rd in class.

Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes finished 2nd Expert with Michael & Ciaran Tynan, despite an early double visit, securing 3rd Expert. Novice class honours went the way of Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon who took 9th overall. Colm & Conor Mohan took 2nd in class with Johnny & Ryan Treanor in 3rd.

Darragh Kelly & Ciaran Duffy took another dominant win in the Beginners class taking 12th overall. Niall Kelly/Niall Hughes finished in 2nd with Kieran McCarra/Kate Lynch in 3rd.

COC Garry Farrelly would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event in any way with particular thanks to the landowners and residents along the route and the staff in the Doohamlet Community Centre.

Connolly wins class in Latton

Posted: January 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

A number of club members competed on last weekend’s Cavan Autocross event in Latton Quarry. Competitors counted their best two runs from four. Martin Connolly emerged victorious in the Buggy/Special class taking the victory by a fraction of a second over Russell Woods. Damien Connolly was 9th in the same class.

In the main car section, Mickey Brennan took 2nd in class 3, Martin Swinburne was 5th in class 4 and Michael Conlon was victorious in class 6 and 3rd overall.

January Navigation Trial

The first event of this year takes place this weekend with the January Navigation Trial. Gary Farrelly is COC with Brendan McKenna ACOC. 80 miles of competitive navigation is planned with Doohamlet Community Centre serving as HQ. The first car is away at 9.01pm.

It is round two of the 2018 Traders Trophy and Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Championships. Regulations and Entry forms are available on Marshals are required for this event and those available to marshal should present at HQ no later than 8pm.


Monaghan Motor Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Co. Monaghan Motor Club takes place on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 8.30pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

All 2017 club members are eligible to vote for the 2018 committee. Nomination forms are available to download from Nominations for appointment to the 2018 committee must be returned to the Secretary Paul Hughes by Monday 8th January 2018. Email

All members are encouraged to participate in the nomination process and to attend the meeting. Following the various reports and election of officers, there will be an open agenda.