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Kierans Wins Forestry Opener

Posted: February 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

James Wilson & Arthur Kierans took overall victory on last weekend’s Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally. The event was round 1 of the 2020 Irish Forestry Championship. Wilson, the 2018 Billy Coleman Award Winner, led the event from start to finish to take a convincing victory. Ballinode duo Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan secured 2nd overall in their Lancer.

Wilson/Kierans set the pace on the opening test, opening a six second advantage ahead of Carbin/Mohan. Top seed Andrew Purcell retired. Wilson/Kierans were fastest on each of the first four stages and increased their advantage to 27 seconds. Carbin/Mohan were holding a steady 2nd place with a nine second advantage over Liam Ryan/Keith Moriarty in 3rd. Michael Conlon/Grace O’Brien were involved in a big fight with Gary Kiernan/Darren O’Brien for the two-wheel drive lead.

Stage 5 was the longest of the rally and proved to be the final test as Stage 6 was cancelled. Another fastest time secured the win for Wilson/Kierans. Championship regulars Carbin/Mohan were 2nd. Conlon/O’Brien lost out on the two-wheel drive win but they were 7th overall and 2nd in class on their first event together. Australia based Monaghan man Pauric Duffy made a switch to the woods and brought his Fiesta home 10th overall and 2nd in class.

The Irish Forestry Championship continues with the Limerick Forestry Rally on March 1st.

ALMC Endurance Trial

Posted: February 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 Evin Hughes was the top finishing club member on last weekend’s ALMC Endurance Trial. The event was Round 1 of the 2020 Endurance Trial Championship. Hughes was navigating for regular driver Karl O’Donoghue.

The event featured some classic selectives in Luttrelstown, Fairy House & Stanley’s with most of the second half tackled in darkness, O’Donoghue/Hughes had led throughout the day closely followed by Peter Barrable/Kevin Fagan. A broken driveshaft put paid to their chances on the very last selective, resulting in them received a maximum time and demoting them to 2nd place.

Emmet Sherry/Ciaran Geaney had a great run to finish 4th overall and win class B for navigation cars. Danny McKenna guided Peter Cummins to an impressive 6th overall and 1st in class A1. Shane Farrell guided Mark Reilly to 9th overall and 1st in the Expert class. Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly had been top seeds but an off on the opening selective put paid to their chances. They recovered from that setting some fastest times throughout the day and finished 22nd.

The Son & Father team of Shane & Conor Maguire were pleased with 24th overall and 1st Beginner. Ciaran & Pauric Duffy took 29th overall and 2nd in the same class with Darragh & Josh Kelly in 32nd making it a Monaghan 1-2-3. Eoghan Corr/Niall Hughes won class F in their Mazda MX5. Robert Graham/Ryan Treanor finished 37th overall while Alan Langan/Martin McPhillips were 48th.

Cavan host Round 2 of the Endurance Championship on March 22nd.

Midland Navigation Tria

Posted: February 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes took overall victory on last weekend’s Midland Navigation Trial. The event was a counting round of the Squealing Pig Border Navigation Championship.

At the end of the 75 mile route, they emerged comfortable winners from Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan with 3rd overall going to the Semi-Expert crew of Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan.

COC Sam Johnston laid out a challenging route involving some classic lanes in the North Longford area. Monaduff GAA was the HQ for the event. Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes led the crews away into the opening plot & bash section near Ballinamuck. Trace & tulip diagrams were used catching a few crews out.

TP6 was to be the deciding factor of the event. A newly created ‘road’ which crossed the mapped road proved very inviting and those that followed it were to land at TP10 which was to be given at a later location. Many crews decided to skip TP6-TP9 and wait for their minute at TP10 whilst others attempted to get these timepoints and either skip or double visit TP10 later.

Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes negotiated this section correctly and were now well clear in the lead. By C13, they were on a total of 10 penalties. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan proceeded to attempt the timepoints from TP6 and take a double visit at TP10. This decision stood to them and they were now in a clear 2nd place.

The second half of the event was fairly straightforward with a mammoth 16 mile Speed Regulation Section included. As the crews returned to Monaduff, Duffy/Hughes emerged victorious on 11 penalties. Mackarel/Boylan took 2nd place on 85 penalties with 3rd overall going to Semi-Expert class winners Michael Carbin & Conor Mohan on 102 penalties. Novice class winners Aiden Keenan & Sean Marron were an excellent 4th overall ahead of Semi-Expert crew Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue in 5th.

The Night Navigation seasons continues with the Cavan Navigation Trial on February 29th. It is a counting round of both the Border and National Championships.

Top 10 Results:
1st Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 11 marks,
2nd Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 85m,
3rd Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 102m,
4th Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 112m,
5th Shane Dalton/Seamus McTigue (Subaru Impreza) 113m,
6th Aiden Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 115m,
7th Jack McKenna/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Legacy) 121m,
8th James McCabe/Shane Farrell (Subaru Impreza) 124m,
9th Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 135m,
10th Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 139m

IMPORTANT Open Club meeting

Posted: February 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

Wednesday 12th Feb at 8pm in Four Seasons Hotel:

To discuss costs of Motorsport


consider cost reduction options for 2020


Sam Moffett was the leading Monaghan finisher on last weekend’s Galway International Rally which was round 1 of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. The 9 stage event attracted a small entry but there was no lack of quality at the top.

Sam & co-driver, James Fulton, finished a fine 2nd overall on their first event in a Hyundai R5.

The pair finished 21 seconds behind event winner Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble in a VW Polo. 3rd overall went to Donagh Kelly & Ballinode’s Conor Foley in another VW Polo. The pair were a scant 1.7 seconds behind Moffett.

Over the opening loop of stages Fisher/Noble built an impressive lead. Behind them, there was an intense battle for 2nd place with 14 seconds covering five crews. Leading the charge was Kelly/Foley while Josh Moffett/Keith Moriarty lost time on Stage 3 in their Hyundai. On the second loop, Fisher maintained his lead at 22 seconds with Sam Moffett moving into 2nd place 0.8 seconds ahead of Kelly/Foley. Josh Moffett/Keith Moriarty held 5th with Stephen Wright/Liam Moynihan in 6th place.

Kelly/Foley and Moffett/Fulton swapped place again on Stage 7 before a determined run from Moffett/Fulton on the final Black Road stage saw him take two seconds off Kelly/Foley to clinch 2nd place. The overall results are still provisional due to a post event scrutiny issue for Moffett/Fulton. Moffett/Moriarty finished a subdued 5th behind Welshman Merion Evans. Stephen Wright/Liam Moynihan brought their Fiesta R5 to a solid 6th overall. Martin Connolly guided William Mavitty to 10th overall in their Lancer while Eamon Kelly/Conor Mohan took the class RC2 win and 12th overall.

In the National Rally, Aisling McArdle guided Des Lyons to 13th overall and a class win. The Irish Tarmac Championship continues with the West Cork Rally in March.

Galway International Rally Provisional Results:

1st Alaister Fisher/Gordon Noble (Volkswagen Polo R5)

2nd Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Hyundai I20 R5)

3rd Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Volkswagen Polo R5)

4th Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jacob (Volkswagen Polo R5)

5th Josh Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Hyundai I20 R5)

6th Stephen Wright/Liam Moynihan (Ford Fiesta R5)

7th Cathan McCourt/Barry McNulty (Ford Fiesta R5)

8th Declan McCrory/Stephen O’Hanlon (Ford Fiesta R5)

9th Paul Barrett/Kevin Reilly (Ford Fiesta R5)

10th William Mavitty/Martin Connolly (Mitsubishi Evo9)