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Conor Foley was the top finishing local competitor on last weekend’s Donegal Harvest Rally. The Redcastle based event was the final round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. The Derry crew of Callum Devine & Brian Hoy took overall victory in their R5 Fiesta. They were involved in a close battle with Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes who were debuting a R5 VW Polo. Late problems dropped them to 4th allowing Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley into 2nd place in another Polo.

National Rally Champions, Moffett/Hayes finished in 4th place. Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming finished 12th overall and took victory in class 13. Damien McKenna guided Shaun Murphy to 33rd overall and 7th in class. Mickey Brennan/Paddy McCague took victory in class 10 in their Nova coming home in 46th place overall. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 49th overall and 7th in class 11F. Patrick Fitzpatrick/James McEneaney took 53rd overall and victory in class 9. Ryan & Nigel Brennan finished 65th overall and 3rd in class 1. Ryan Treanor/Robert Graham had to resort to Rally 2 after retiring and came home in 83rd overall.

Gary Cassidy/Paul Kelly, Jack Maguire/Stephen McElroy, Sean McCaul/Frank Clerkin, Gerry McGivney/Gavin McGivney & Christopher Brennan/Martin Hughes failed to finish.

Cork Navigation Trial

The 2019-20 National Night Navigation Championship commenced last weekend with Cork Motor Club’s Star-Trek Navigation Trial based in Inchigeelagh. Local crew James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody survived the 110 mile route to emerge victorious on 17 penalties. Top Monaghan performers were Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan who finished 3rd overall on 30 penalties. James McCabe/Shane Farrell finished a fine 6th overall and won the Semi-Expert class on 150 penalties total. Experts, Richard Cassidy/Conor Maguire finished 7th overall in their Vectra. Conor’s son Shane finished just 1 penalty behind him as he and driver Ray O’Neill took 8th overall and Novice class honours. A tough night for Francis McElvaney/Oisin Sherlock who will hope for better on future rounds.

2019 Club Championship Awards Night

The 2019 Club Awards Night takes place on Saturday 19th October in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. Ciaran Tynan clinched the Traders Trophy for the first time after three event wins and consistently steady results across the year. The event will be a celebration of Monaghan success stories during the year including Josh Moffett winning the National Rally Championship. Tickets are available from committee members for a cost of €25 and club members are asked to support this event as we celebrate the achievements of our mem

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Sherlock & Sherry Shine Brightest

Posted: September 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Oisin Sherlock & Aiden Sherry took overall victory on last weekend’s Navigation Trial based out of Tydavnet Community Centre. The local pairing were the only crew to negotiate the 85-mile route without dropping a penalty. This was their first event win having been steadily climbing the navigation ranks over the past four years.

David McCrudden took on the mantle of COC for the first time. The event was the first navigation event of the season but was the final round of the 2019 Traders and Club Navigation Championships. An entry of 23 crews made the start with the crews traversing the North Monaghan countryside visiting the Ballinode, Scotstown, Knockatallon, Bragan, Emyvale and Tydavnet areas. The opening section featured a plot & bash timepoint at McAree Engineering in Ballinode, with former National Champions, Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes, incurring a wrong approach here. Another plot & bash timepoint near Knockatallon, saw top seeds Derek Mackarel & Conor Boylan dropping time.

By the halfway mark, the Semi-Expert pairing of Emmet McCooey/Christopher McMahon were leading from four Expert crews with all on clean sheets. Aiden Sherry/Oisin Sherlock, Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan, Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin and Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton were all in contention.

The event headed into some popular lanes on the foothills of Bragan Mountain before moving back towards Tydavnet. By TP27, the top five leading crews were still all on clean sheets but all was to change on the tricky plot & bash section on tulip diagram near Ballinode which concluded the event. McCooey/McMahon missed TP28 followed by a wrong approach at Via4. Most of the crews lost time finding Via4 and dropped time at TP29. Moffett/Thornton got a wrong approach at TP29 ending their hopes of victory while Michael & Ciaran Tynan dropped two penalties. The penultimate Control would decide the winner as Tynan/Clerkin dropped 1 penalty leaving Sherry/Sherlock as the only crew clean at the end of the night.

So it was Aiden Sherry & Oisin Sherlock who took overall honours on their home event with a perfect clean sheet after 85 miles of driving. It was their first event win after several seasons ascending the navigation ranks including winning the Novice & Semi-Expert classes. Martin Tynan & Fintan Clerkin finished 2nd with Michael & Ciaran Tynan in 3rd. Michael & Ciaran also secured the Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Championship and Ciaran is the 2019 Trader’s Overall Club Champion.

Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes finished in 4th with their early wrong approach penalty their only penalties dropped. Novice class winners Emmet Sherry & Patrick Corcoran were a fine 5th overall on 20 penalties in their Starlet with Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton 6th in their Corsa. Eoghan Corr/Ruaidhri Nash made a return to the sport and secured the Semi-Expert class. Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron impressed to take the win in the Beginners class as well as 9th overall on just 39 penalties.

The event proved to be a success with the event favouring Beginner and Novice crews whilst having enough challenges to catch the more experienced crews. COC David McCrudden paid tribute to his organising team, all the marshals and timekeepers, Tydavnet community centre and all the landowners and residents along the route for their support of the event.

The National Navigation Championship is set to commence on Saturday 12th October in Cork whilst the local season continues with the Drumlin Navigation Trial on November 9th.

Results:

1st Aiden Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 0 marks,

2nd Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 1m,

3rd Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 4m,

4th Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 15m,

5th Emmet Sherry/Patrick Corcoran (Toyota Starlet) 20m,

6th Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton (Opel Corsa) 20m,

7th Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 22m,

8th Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna (Subaru Impreza) 30m,

9th Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 39m,

10th Eoghan Corr/Ruaidhri Nash (Subaru Impreza) 43m.

 

2019 Club Championship Awards Night

The 2019 Club Awards Night takes place on Saturday 19th October in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. Ciaran Tynan clinched the Traders Trophy for the first time after three event wins and consistently steady results across the year. The event will be a celebration of Monaghan success stories during the year including Josh Moffett winning the National Rally Championship. Tickets are available from committee members for a cost of €25 and club members are asked to support this event as we celebrate the achievements of our members.

Mohan makes Co-Driver Initiative

Congratulations to Ballinode Navigator Conor Mohan who was recently included among 7 others to be part of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy. Mohan was shortlisted from 24 applicants following a series of interviews, exams and pace-note making demonstrations. Conor will get to make notes with a current top level driver, sit in for tests of R2 and R5 cars as well as being invited to Billy Coleman Award Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance. He will also receive mentoring and support from some of Ireland’s most experienced and respected co-drivers for the next year. The club wish Conor all the best with this initiative.

Connolly 2nd in Group N in Cork

Martin Connolly guided William Mavitty to 2nd place in Group N on last weekend’s Cork 20 International Rally. The event was the final round of the Irish Tarmac Championship. Gerard McQuaid/Gary Quinlan finished 14th in the National Rally while Richard Moffett/Paddy McCrudden had to resort to Rally 2 after retiring Saturday. They set some great times to finish 21st overall. In the historic category, Damien Connolly guided Robert Barrable to 2nd place while Brendan McAree/Niall Kelly finished in 9th.

Mohan Best on Bushwacker

Posted: September 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Ballinode navigator Conor Mohan secured his 1st event victory after guiding Desi Henry to overall honours on last weekend’s Bushwhacker Rally. The pair were competing together for the first time in Desi’s Fiesta WRC. The event was a counting round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship and featured 10 forestry stages based out of Omagh. 

Henry/Mohan settled in together over the opening stages and were 6th initially before climbing to 3rd after Stage 4. The pair would then set fastest times on each of the remaining stages, taking the rally lead on Stage 9 and finishing 8 seconds clear of Lithuanian visitor Martynas Samsonas in his unique BMW E46. Stephen Wright kept his hopes of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship alive with 7th overall and importantly ahead of title rival Derek McGarritty.

September Navigation Trial
The 2019 Traders Club Championship and Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Trial Championship concludes with this weekend’s September Navigation Trial. COC

David McCrudden has put together an 85 mile event with Tydavnet serving as event base. First route instructions will be issued at 6pm with competitive navigation commencing at 9pm.
Marshals are required for this event and those available to help should contact David or Peter Deery and be present in the Community Centre from 7pm. Full Report next week.

Connolly Wins in Enniskillen

Posted: September 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Monaghan’s Damien Connolly navigated Desi Henry to victory on the Lakeland Forestry Stages rally on Saturday last 7th October, which was the final round of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship.

The pair had a comfortable 22 seconds to spare over Clontibret driver Sam Moffett and James Fulton, with both crews in Fiesta WRCs. Moffett had challenged for the lead for much of the event but mechanical problems forced him to conserve the car to get to the finish. Cathan McCourt put in a late charge to catch Moffett but fell short by just 11 seconds on his way to third place.

Third placed Cathan McCourt had already secured the championship title on the previous round in Cork. Sam Moffett, who was the champion in 2017, secured 3rd in the 2019 championship on a tie break.

Monaghan competitors featured in six of the top ten cars. Andrew Grennan navigated Vivian Hamill to 4th overall in a Fiesta R5, just 5 seconds ahead of 5th placed Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley in a Fabia R5. Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans (Fiesta R5) were 8th overall with Mickey Carbin/Conor Mohan (Lancer Evo 8) completing the top ten on the day. This was enough for the Smithborough/Ballinode pair to secure their position as runners-up in the championship.

Lakeland Stages Top Ten

1 Desi Henry/Damien Connolly (Fiesta WRC) 34m 17s,

2 Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Fiesta WRC) 34m 39s,

3 Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty (Fiesta R5) 34m 50s,

4 Vivian Hamill/Andrew Grennan (Fiesta R5) 35m 11s,

5 Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Fabia R5) 35m 16s,

6 Patrick O’Brien/Thomas Nugent (Lancer Evo) 35m 20s,

7 Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey (Fiesta R5) 35m 41s,

8 Stephen Wright/Arthur Kierans (Fiesta R5) 35m 44s,

9 Conor McCourt/Brian Hoy (Fiesta) 35m 48s,

10 Mickey Carbin/Conor Mohan (Lancer Evo 8) 36m 00s.

Smyth & McEneaney Shine in Wexford

Lisnalong’s Justin Smyth and navigator James McEneaney finished in a superb 8th overall position and were the class 12 winners on the 2-day Wexford Stages Rally, run over Saturday and Sunday last.

The pair had 7 seconds to spare over 9th placed James Bradley/David Byrne following the 15 stage event. Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) were 12th overall and 3rd in class 14. Shane Farrell navigated Quentin Park (Escort) to 6th in class 12, while Ryan and Nigel Brennan were 2nd in class 1 in their Honda Civic. Richard Moffett and Martin Connolly had started strongly and were 3rd overall after stage 5, but retired their Starlet thereafter.

Navigation Classes

The Monaghan Motor Club Navigation Trial classes continue each Friday starting at 8pm in the Sean McDermotts GFC complex in Threemilehouse. If you have an interest in Motorsport, then Navigation Trials are the best form of obtaining the correct ‘foundation’ for this sport. The classes cover the full range of topics including map reading, timing, car regulations for both Navigation and Endurance Trials and will also include a session on pace notes for stages rallies. It’s not too late yet to join. Contact Shane on 086 2616120 to book your place.

Clontibret’s Josh Moffett and his Wexford co-driver Andy Hayes in a Ford Fiesta WRC won the Triton Showers National Rally Championship courtesy of their start to finish victory in the Galway Summer Rally, the penultimate round of the series that was based in Gort on Sunday last 25th August.

They finished 37.2 seconds ahead of the Fiesta R5 of Tyrone’s Cathan McCourt and his Cork co-driver Grace O’Brien with Maynooth’s Ian Barrett and co-driver Paul McGee (Subaru WRC) 49.8 seconds further behind in third.

Moffett was quickest through the opening stage where his one and only rival for the Triton title, Roy White retired his Ford Fiesta WRC at the stage finish with a broken transfer box. Moffett was also quickest through the remaining two stages of the first loop and arrived at the Gort service with a lead of 30.6 seconds. Ballinode’s Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC), with James O’Reilly on board, was untroubled in 5th place, while Shane Maguire (Mitsubishi) remained on course to win the Motorsport Safety Group N award.

Moffett powered his way through the second loop and even though Barrett was quickest on S.S. 6, Moffett stretched his overall lead over McCourt to 39.1 seconds with Barrett 33.1 seconds further adrift in third. Niall Maguire and Shane Maguire remained trouble free within the top ten.

Moffett went on to secure victory, his sixth win from the seven rounds to date and that was more than enough to clinch the Triton title and the Vard Memorial Trophy. His victory in the Triton series completed a notable treble as he has previously won the Irish Tarmac and Irish Forestry Championships.

Ballinode’s Shane Maguire/Conor Foley (Mitsubishi), finished eighth overall and won Group N and clinched the Motorsport Safety Team Group N award. Other Monaghan finishers were Sean McCaul/Frank Clerkin 5th in class 12 and Peter and Shane Farrell who were the class 10 winners in their Corolla.

Galway Summer Rally Top Ten

1. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 03m. 17.9s.
2. Cathan McCourt/Grace O’Brien (Ford Fiesta R5) 1h. 03m. 55.1s.
3. Ian Barrett/Paul McGee (Subaru WRC) 1h. 04m. 44.9s.
4. Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore (Ford Escort) 1h. 05m. 11.8s.
5. Hugh Hunter/Rob Fagg (Ford Focus WRC) 1h. 05m. 21.9s.
6. Niall Maguire/James O’Reilly (Subaru WRC) 1h. 05m. 29.1s.
7. Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 06m.25.4s.
8. Shane Maguire/Conor Foley (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 07m. 26.9s.
9. Frank Kelly/Sean Hayde (Ford Escort) 1h. 07m. 28.9s.
10. JF Shovelin/Emmet Brosnan (Ford Escort) 1h. 07m. 32.1s.

McKenna Continues to Shine
New York-based Monaghan driver Barry McKenna continued to ‘set the roads alight’ in Minnesota last weekend on the Ojibwe Forests rally. Navigated by James Fulton, the pair finished a splendid 2nd Overall, beaten only by David Higgins in a works Subaru.
Navigation Classes
Monaghan Motor Club will start its Navigation Trial classes this Friday 30th August. If you have an interest in Motorsport, then Navigation Trials are the best form of obtaining the correct ‘foundation’ for this sport. The scheduled classes will cover the full range of topics including map reading, timing, car regulations for both Navigation and Endurance Trials and will also include a session on pace notes for stages rallies.

The classes will start at 8pm in the Sean McDermotts GFC complex in Threemilehouse. Registration will also include club membership, maps, romer, and all necessary paperwork to complete the 6 week course.

All those interested should contact Shane on 0862616120 to book your place.