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Clontibret’s Sam Moffett was officially crowned National Rally Champion at the Triton Awards night in Athlone on Saturday last, 18th November. This is just one of four titles won by San this year. His navigator Karl Atkinson finished 2nd overall navigator.

Other Monaghan National award winners were Niall Maguire (3rd overall driver), Shane Maguire and Darragh Kelly (Group N champions), Mickey Conlon and Ciaran McPhillips (2WD and Mk2 champions), Shane Maguire (Spirit of the Championship), Jonny Treanor (class 16 winning driver), Enda Sherry (class 7 winning navigator), Emmet Sherry (class 13 winning navigator), Thomas Treanor (class 14 winning navigator), Jack McKenna (class 16 2nd navigator), Jason Black (class 16 3rd driver).

Jonny Treanor Shortlisted for Young Rally Driver of the Year
The finalists for Motorsport Ireland’s Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year award have been announced – with Jonny Treanor, from Scotstown, Co Monaghan; Callum Devine, from Claudy, Co Derry; and Kevin Eves, from Pettigo, Co Donegal, in the running to take home Irish rallying’s most prestigious awards.
The three drivers were chosen from a shortlist of eight candidates from throughout Ireland who were nominated for the award on the merits of their performances during the year. All the finalists faced a rigorous selection process which included interviews from a panel of judges comprising members of the media, an official from Sport Ireland, and representatives from the club and rallying world.
Past winners of the Billy Coleman Award have gone on to compete at the highest level both at home and internationally, with drivers winning international championships as well as flying the flag at European and World Rally Championship level. Included on this roll of honour are the first ever driver from the Republic of Ireland to secure a WRC works seat, Craig Breen, record breaking four-time British Rally champion Keith Cronin, and the current award holder Monaghan’s Josh Moffett, who is competing in the ERC Junior Championship.
The internationally-recognised Billy Coleman Award is one of the most prestigious accolades that any young driver on the island of Ireland can aspire to. It comes with a prize valued at €50,000 in support to help the winner develop their career.
The overall winner of the 2017 award will be announced at the Beta Irish Motorsport Awards ceremony which will take place on Tuesday, December 5th in The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin. The Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year award is presented annually and is supported by Sport Ireland, Motorsport Ireland and its affiliated clubs.

Shane Maguire Retains West Coast Title

Ballinode’s Shane Maguire finished 2nd overall on the Kerry Winter Stages Rally on Sunday last 19th November, with Donal Balfe navigating. This result earned him the overall Top Part West Coast Championship 2017 title for a third year in a row.

Cavan’s Gary Kiernan and Limerick navigator Keith Moriarty scored a start-to-finish victory. The Escort crew were 11 seconds quicker than last year’s winners Daniel Cronin and Shane Buckley over the opening 17km stage near Abbeydorney. After two stages they were a further 23 seconds to the good and by this stage it was a matter of who could finish second.

Cronin’s challenge ended at the start of stage four when a wheel bearing failed in his new Mitsubishi Lancer E10. Clare driver Padraig Egan looked certain to take over the second spot on the podium but a puncture on the same stage ended his hopes. This left Shane Maguire as the comfortable second placed driver and the West Coast title to boot.

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Saturday night last saw Monaghan Motor Club run their annual drumlin night navigation trial. Highly regarded as one of the main events in the night navigation calendar this event lived up to its billing as the 120mile route attracted a bumper entry of 48 starters. Based in the ideal surroundings of the Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon, Clerk of Course Fintan Clerkin, ably assisted by Martin Tynan and their team laid on what can only be described as a mammoth event through the lanes and by-roads of North Monaghan. It was the semi-expert class who led the field home with David McCrudden and driver Kevin McCormack taking their maiden navigation victory after many recent good results. Another semi-expert crew of Mark Deery and Cork’s Patrick O’Leary cruised home to 2nd over-all ahead of expert class winners Josh Moffett and Stephen Thornton who made a return to the maps after a few years sabbatical.

With a almost three hours of plotting behind them, forty eight crews departed HQ at 9.01pm to face into the North Monaghan drumlins with the first ten time points around the Sliabh Beagh mountain area and then heading north east towards Emyvale for a much needed breather at petrol halt. No time to rest on your laurels as the second half of the route circled the Balinode and Tydavnet areas before weaving its way back towards the sliabh beagh mountain region for the last few time points and then back to HQ around 2am where many’s a lane was recalled and a case of if’s, but’s and maybe’s for most crews!!

Semi-expert crew Paddy and Oisin Sherlock, along with Ashley McAdoo and Laurence Keenan were the early pace setters as they were the only crews to keep clean sheets up as far as time point 17 which incidentally caught all but five crews out for a wrong approach. The middle section of the event was relatively straight forward navigation routes with Michael and Ciaran Tynan moving to the front through the middle third. Ultimately CoC Fintan Clerkin had saved the best for last and with six plot and bash section’s through the last ten time points it was always going to throw the cat among the pigeons so to speak. It was the semi experts of McCrudden/McCormack and Deery/McCarthy who faired best through the latter stages, getting all time point’s correct and only loosing minutes where others were failing to visit all controls and dropping back down the leader board. David McCrudden and Kevin McCormack emerged as convincing winners, 11 minutes clear of Mark Deery and Patrick O’Leary to claim a well deserved and memorable victory on this prestigious event in their Subaru impreza.

Josh Moffett and Stephen Thornton showed no signs of rustiness after a lengthy break from the navigation scene to take a five minute expert class win ahead of Arthur Kierans and club chairman Conor Maguire. Midlands men Colin Duffy and Sam Johnston were third expert crew and 5th overall on the night and took valuable points towards their assault on the national navigation campaign. Deery and McCarthy got the semi-expert class win ahead of local father and son team Paddy and Oisin Sherlock. Had Paddy and Oisin not decided to check the strength of a few steel posts in their own farmyard there night could have been even better! CoC’s on the October navi, Shane and Peter Farrell managed 3rd semi on the night. Caolan and Ryan Treanor had an excellent run to take a massive novice class win ahead of midlands men Shane Dalton and Seamus McTigue. Indeed had the Treanors not got off to a very bad start they could have finished as high as 4th overall on home ground. Hugh McBrien and Patrick Corcoran left the journey back to Cork that little bit more bearable by taking third place honours in novice. On what was an extremely tough event for a beginner it was local men Darragh Kelly and Ciaran Duffy who put their local knowledge to good use and lifted the beginner class honours, narrowly edging out Kieran McCarra and Kate Lynch by only 5 penalties. Nigel and Ryan Brennan took 3rd in class, gaining some valuable experience along the way.

That’s the drumlin done and dusted for another year and once again it lived up to its reputation all due to the exploits of CoC Fintan Clerkin/Martin Tynan and there hard working backroom team. Well done to all involved and Fintan would like to thank all marshals, residents and landowners along the route, Sliabh Beagh Hotel, results teams and anyone else who helped out in any way, big or small to make this event the success it was.

 

2017 Drumlin Navigation Top 10 Results

1/ Kevin McCormack & David McCrudden (27 pens)

2/ Mark Deery & Patrick O’Leary (38 pens)

3/ Josh Moffett & Stephen Thornton (53 pens)

4/ Arthur Kierans & Conor Maguire (58pens)

5/ Colin Duffy & Sam Johnston (59 pens)

6/ Derek Mackarel & Muireann Hayes (63 pens)

7/ Michael Tynan & Ciaran Tynan (69 pens)

8/ Ashley McAdoo & Laurence Keenan (73 pens)

9/ Mac Kierans & Conor Boylan (74 pens)

10/ Mickey Conlan & Damien Connolly (80 pens)

The 2017 Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship has been won by Michael Conlon and Darragh Kelly. Castleblayney’s Conlon has made regular appearances in the Border Championship over the years but more recently has focused on the Irish Forestry Championship where he has enjoyed considerable success. He has been campaigning his faithful black Escort for many seasons and 2017 was his most successful yet as he claimed overall honours in the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship and also took victory in the 2wd and Mk2 categories in the National Rally Championship.

 

Ciaran McPhillips was his navigator for the year but he missed the opening Border round in Mayo and had to settle for 2nd overall in the navigator’s category. Martin Byrne stood in for McPhillips in Mayo where he and Conlon took class 13 honours. Conlon/McPhillips then scored class wins in Cavan, Sligo and Galway with 2nd places in Monaghan and Donegal.This demonstrated both speed and consistency throughout the year.

 

Shane Maguire & Darragh Kelly also teamed in the Border Championship for the first time. They began their campaign in Monaghan with a class win on home ground. They also secured class wins in Sligo, Galway and Donegal giving them a 100% win rate from the four rounds they contested. Maguire matched Conlon’s tally of 40 points but lost the championship on a tie-break. Shane also won the Group N category in the National Championship this year. Darragh’s total of 40 points saw him secure the overall navigator’s category in the Border Championship by just one point.

 

3rd overall driver went to Martin Geraghty who dominated class 1 throughout the year while Ryan Brennan secured 3rd overall navigator as he pushed his driver Michael Brennan hard in class 10 securing two class wins and two third places. Other club members to pick up awards were Michael Brennan (class 10 champion), Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden (class 11R champions) and Jack McKenna (Junior class champion).

 

Drumlin Navigation Trial

 

All eyes turn towards North Monaghan for this weekend’s Drumlin Navigation Trial. Fintan Clerkin & Martin Tynan are COC and ACOC for this year’s event. 120 miles of competitive navigation is planned which is sure to put drivers and navigators to the test. The Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon is serving as HQ. The first car is away at 9.00pm.

 

The event is a counting round of the National and Border Navigation Championships. It is also the opening round of the 2018 Traders Trophy and Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Championships. Regulations and Entry forms are available on www.monaghanmotorclub.net. Marshals are required for this event and those available to marshal should present at HQ no later than 8pm.

Martin Tynan Is Club Champion

Posted: October 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted its annual awards presentation on Saturday night last 21st October in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. There was a good attendance considering that the International Tarmac Championship prizgiving was being held on the same night in Cork, where Sam Moffett was being feted.

Club Chairman Conor Maguire welcomed all present and congratulated all club competitors on their achievements in 2017. The most outstanding was that of Sam Moffett who clinched no fewer than four titles; the International Tarmac, International Celtic Trophy, National Stages and National Forestry championship titles. In the Sligo Pallets Border Rally championship, Michael Conlon is the champion driver and Darragh Kelly the champion navigator. Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes wrapped up the National and Border Navigation titles with Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes winning the Munster Navigation championship.

Secretary Paul Hughes summarised the winners of the various club events and Clerks of the Course. The Gary Nesbitt Memorial Navigation championship was once again hotly contested. The class winners were: Donal McArdle/Killian McArdle (Beginner), Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Novice), Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan (Semi-Expert) and Ashley McAdoo/Laurence Keenan (Expert). The overall title went to Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin. The Novice Navigator Award went to Oisin Sherlock, while Pamela McMahon was the winner of the Ladies Award for the second consecutive year.

Club President Charles McCollum made a special presentation to Paul Hughes to mark his retirement as Club Chairman after 19 years in the role.

The premier award on the night, the Traders Trophy, was presented to Clones driver Martin Tynan as overall Club Champion. This is Martin’s second Traders victory. During the course of a comprehensive and amusing speech, he thanked all who supported him and competed with him and against him and mused on a possible 3-in-a-row titles. The gauntlet has been laid down!

Maguire clinches Group N National title

Shane Maguire clinched the Group N title in the Triton National Rally Championship after last weekend’s Skibbereen Fastnet Rally. The Ballinode native had been having a year long battle with Cork’s David Guest. A steady finish was all the Maguire required and he and co-driver, Darragh Kelly, clinched the championship thanks to a 3rd place finish in Group N.

Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips finished 10th overall and 2nd in class 13 in their Escort with Jonathan Treanor/Paul Sheridan taking a comfortable win in the Junior class. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 31st overall and 5th in class. There was disappointment for Stephen Wright/Karl Atkinson, John McQuaid/Thomas Treanor and Tommy O’Connell/Emmet Sherry who failed to finish.

Martin Tynan Is Club Champion

Posted: October 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted its annual awards presentation on Saturday night last 21st October in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. There was a good attendance considering that the International Tarmac Championship prizgiving was being held on the same night in Cork, where Sam Moffett was being feted.

Club Chairman Conor Maguire welcomed all present and congratulated all club competitors on their achievements in 2017. The most outstanding was that of Sam Moffett who clinched no fewer than four titles; the International Tarmac, International Celtic Trophy, National Stages and National Forestry championship titles. In the Sligo Pallets Border Rally championship, Michael Conlon is the champion driver and Darragh Kelly the champion navigator. Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes wrapped up the National and Border Navigation titles with Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes winning the Munster Navigation championship.

Secretary Paul Hughes summarised the winners of the various club events and Clerks of the Course. The Gary Nesbitt Memorial Navigation championship was once again hotly contested. The class winners were: Donal McArdle/Killian McArdle (Beginner), Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Novice), Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan (Semi-Expert) and Ashley McAdoo/Laurence Keenan (Expert). The overall title went to Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin. The Novice Navigator Award went to Oisin Sherlock, while Pamela McMahon was the winner of the Ladies Award for the second consecutive year.

Club President Charles McCollum made a special presentation to Paul Hughes to mark his retirement as Club Chairman after 19 years in the role.

The premier award on the night, the Traders Trophy, was presented to Clones driver Martin Tynan as overall Club Champion. This is Martin’s second Traders victory. During the course of a comprehensive and amusing speech, he thanked all who supported him and competed with him and against him and mused on a possible 3-in-a-row titles. The gauntlet has been laid down!

Maguire clinches Group N National title

Shane Maguire clinched the Group N title in the Triton National Rally Championship after last weekend’s Skibbereen Fastnet Rally. The Ballinode native had been having a year long battle with Cork’s David Guest. A steady finish was all the Maguire required and he and co-driver, Darragh Kelly, clinched the championship thanks to a 3rd place finish in Group N.

Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips finished 10th overall and 2nd in class 13 in their Escort with Jonathan Treanor/Paul Sheridan taking a comfortable win in the Junior class. Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 31st overall and 5th in class. There was disappointment for Stephen Wright/Karl Atkinson, John McQuaid/Thomas Treanor and Tommy O’Connell/Emmet Sherry who failed to finish.