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Moffett Again Conquers All.

Posted: April 6, 2022 in Uncategorized

Once again Josh Moffett came out on top at last weekend’s Pat Horan Motors
Birr Stages Rally making it his fourth straight win from four starts this year. It
also marked his 3rd win in a row at the Birr event. Josh with Keith Moriarty on
the notes finished the six stage event with 33.7 seconds to spare over 2nd
place Declan Boyle/James O’Reilly. Darren Gass/Noel O’Sullivan finished in 3rd
Josh was quickest out of the blocks on the opening stage, setting a time some
13.1s faster than Gass despite interference in the intercom. On SS2 Josh really
struggled with the intercom issue, but still managed to finish the stage second
fastest. Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin making their debut in a VW Polo GTI R5 set
the fastest stage time to trim Moffett’s lead to 11.5s going into first service.
Gass struggled on this stage and dropped from 3rd to 5 th with Garry
Jennings/Rory Kennedy going into 3rd and Boyle/O’Reilly into 4th.
On the middle loop of stages Moffett extended his lead by just 0.9 of a second
to leave it still all to play for between himself and Cronin. Jennings maintained
his 3 rd place despite being out paced by Boyle during the middle loop.
There was late drama on the third loop as Cronin/Galvin stopped on the stage
with a broken drive shaft, a very disappointing end to what had been a
fantastic battle with Josh for the lead. Garry Jennings also failed to finish the
rally failing to leave service for the last loop. With those two retirements,
Boyle/O’Reilly moved into 2nd and Desi Henry/Paddy Robinson inherited 3 rd
just 1.9s up on Gass/O’Sullivan in 4th. On the final stage, SS6, Moffett backed
off a little bit to lessen the risk of any last minute woes. In the battle for third
place, Henry could not keep the hard charging Gass behind him and dropped to
4th. Gass set the joint fastest stage time with Boyle to claim the final podium
spot 3.1s ahead of Henry.
Stephen Wright/Darragh Kelly finished 5th overall and 2nd class 5. Michael
Carbin/Dean O’Sullivan finished 7th OA and first in class 20 in their Mitsubishi
Evo VIII. Niall Maguire/Conor Foley finished 10th and 3rd class 5. Thomas
Treanor navigated Marty Toner to 18th OA and 4th class 14. Dessie Keenan
making his long awaited return in his newly built MkII Escort finished 19th OA
and 5 class 14 navigated by Enda Sherry. David Moffett/Martin Connolly
finished 21st OA and 7th class 14. Arthur Kierans/Conor Maguire finished 34th
OA and 4 class 13 Gary McCrudden navigated Sam Johnston to 35th OA and

2nd class 11F. Mickey Conlon/Paul McPhillips won the drive of the day award
and finished 2nd class 12. Johno Doogan/ Ciaran Marron recovered to finish
88th OA.
Trevor Burke navigating for Mervyn Deane retired after SS1, Ashling McArdle
navigating for Des Lyons, retired after SS3 and Shane Farrell navigating for
Quintan Park crashed out on SS4 after losing the brakes due to a burst pipe
after a heavy landing over a jump. Jack Maguire/Keith McConnon retired after
Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship
In the local Squealing Pig Monaghan Border Navigation Championship, it was
the uncle/nephew team of Michael and Ciaran Tynan who finished 1st in the
short three round championship. They won the championship thanks to two
overall wins on the final two rounds. Second in the championship were Martin
Tynan and Conor Boylan despite not competing together. Derek Mackarel
drove for Conor on the opening two events but missed the last round due to
other commitments. Derek along with National Championship winner Ryan
Treanor finished 3 rd overall.
In the class’s Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock finished 1st Expert. Shane
Dalton/Christopher McMahon finished 1st Semi-Expert and Eoghan Corr/Shane
Maguire finished 1 st Novice.

Four Seasons Hotel Ronnie Hawe Monaghan Stages Rally
The Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan is the place to be on Sunday 10th April at
3pm for the launch of the Ronnie Hawe Monaghan Stages Rally which takes
place on the 24th. The Four Seasons Hotel once again proudly sponsor the
event. Come along on the 10 th for the launch to view and take pictures with
some of the cars that will be competing over the nine stage event. Don’t forget
the launch day raffle to be in with a chance of winning a free entry to the rally.
2nd place is a voucher for pace notes and 3rd place is a voucher toward an in-
car camera hire. Tickets cost €20 and are available on the Monaghan Motor
Club Facebook page or from any committee member. So come along to what
should be a fantastic evening. Admission free.

Last Saturday marked the final round of the National and Border Trial
Championships. Just like the previous round, Michael Tynan with nephew
Ciaran Tynan on the map emerged victorious after one of the most demanding
events in recent times. They negotiated the eighty mile event dropping only 19
minutes and finished well ahead of Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin in 2 nd place.
Andrew Mackarel made his long awaited return, filling in for his son Derek, to
steer Conor Boylan to 3 rd place overall.
Before the event began, all eyes were on the leader board of the National
Navigation Championship. Remarkably going into the last round, no less than
six crews had the chance of the overall win. The current leaders were both
Monaghan men. Despite not being team mates Darragh Kelly led the drivers
championship and Conor Mohan led the navigators championship when
dropped scores were taken into account. As nine o’clock grew nearer, nerves
began to creep into the championship contenders as they knew this was their
last chance to tip the overall honours in their favour.
The event organised by new Clerk of the Course Ben McIntyre ably assisted by
Andrew and Thomas Wedlock was based out of Tullyvin Community Centre.
From time point one it was into the first farm lane of the night opposite Kill
National School to receive the correct approach to Tp2. From there it was into
a new lane at Aghnaglogh and across a few bumpy fields to arrive at Tp3.
Unfortunately, Michael Carbin and Conor Mohan’s championship push came to
an abrupt end here, failing to make it to the Time Point.
The first real challenge of the event came at Tp5 in the famous grounds of the
wind turbines just north of Mountain Lodge. A very difficult to find overgrown
lane led up to the time point and this resulted in a total of fourteen cars
completely missing the lane and landing at Tp6 by mistake. The main
casualties here were three of the championship contenders. Mackarel/Boylan,
Derek Butler/Denis O’Donovan and James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody all missed
the lane to put a big dent in their hopes. There was no let up as at Tp6 a
herringbone tulip plot and bash was handed out to bring competitors to Tp7,
Via1 and Tp8. The tulip was extremely difficult with a total of 54 junctions
appearing on it. The tulip brought crews up into the turbines beside the
Mountain Lodge reservoir. Navigators had to be clued in, as the quick

succession of junctions left it very easy to get wrong approaches and double
visits, as the tulip brought competitors back into the vicinity of TP7 when
bringing them to Via1. Ciaran Tynan was fortunate to get away with dropping
just eight minutes through this section as he accidently reset his tripmeter
which left him having to calculate the intermediate distances as the tulip read
in cumulative. Most of the expert crews did get through this section without
much drama apart from dropping time.
Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock got through the three p&bs dropping only four
minutes to go into the lead of the event and go from seventh on the road to
second with only Fitzgerald/Carmody in front. Kelly/Sherlock would continue
to lead the event until TP13 at Cran, just outside Maudabawn where they
missed a left turn on a road goes and received a wrong approach.
Plot and bash was again handed out at Tp14, bringing crews yet again into
another farm. Anyone not paying close attention to the tulip diagram would be
met with a wrong approach by following the lane to the end. The correct route
being turning left off the lane, up a field, into the farm yard and keep right
around an old shed and down a cow lane. Ten crews were caught out here
with a wrong approach.
A newly reopened lane that hadn’t seen traffic in decades took competitors to
Tp16. Fitzgerald/Carmody’s night would go from bad to worse as they slid off
the lane and got stuck, resulting in them missing the following three time
points and the ITC as they got towed out and tried to regain lost time.
Kelly/Sherlock inherited being first car on the road, a position they would hold
until the relax section at Tp29.
A never before used lane at Rakane, just north of Kill was the location of Tp17
just before the midpoint control. At the midpoint Control, Tynan/Tynan were
out in front on 12 penalties, 2 nd was championship contenders Shane
Dalton/Ryan Treanor on 15 pens with Kelly/Sherlock 3 rd on 23 pens.
There was no let up in the second half as the lanes kept coming thick and fast.
Another lane never used before brought the navigation up into the turbines at
Lappanbane, where turning right led to Tp25 and left to Tp26. Tp25 was
particularly hard to find as the lane was unmapped and competitors had to
make sure to follow their tulip to not miss a hidden slot right to enter the lane
the time point was located on.

Tp30 would throw up a late sting in the tail as Kelly/Sherlock would receive a
wrong departure and double visit after heading out a dead end lane in
Wedlock Windows farmyard.
At Tp32 the last p&b was handed out. This time it was two grid references for
Tp33 and Tp34 that were located in a farm yard and a wind turbine lane at
Cornabeagh. These p&bs didn’t throw up much of a challenge for most of the
expert crews as they mainly dropped time because of the short distances,
getting caught in the dust of previous cars and stopping to get a stop sign
signature three times. With the last p&b section finished, the event headed
back through the lane and fields at Aghnaglogh to Tp36 before the final two
controls signalling the end of a fantastic event as well as the National and
Squealing Pig Border Navigation Championships.
With the event over and penalties added up it was Team Tynan once again
who secured the overall win. Tynan/Clerkin finished on 35 pens to secure 2 nd
place and Mackarel/Boylan finished 3 rd on 49 pens.
In the classes, Tynan/Clerkin finished 1 st Expert, Mackarel/Boylan finished 2 nd
and Kelly/Sherlock finished 3 rd on 74 pens.
Dalton/Treanor won the Semi-Expert class finishing on 73 pens, Damien
Treanor/Christopher McMahon secured 2 nd in class with 109 pens and 3 rd place
went to Eoghan Corr/Shane Maguire on 120 pens.
Kieran McCarra/Aaron McElroy won the Novice class despite an early puncture
and finished on 77 pens. In 2 nd were Sean McConnell/Anthony McDonald on
240 pens and in 3 rd was Cathal Sheridan/Ryan Farrell on 255 pens.
The Beginner class was once again won by Elijah Dixon/Marco Lennon,
finishing on 232 pens. In 2 nd place was Pat Shields/John Kelly on 244 pens and
in 3 rd place was Abraham Dixon/Luke Connolly, finishing on 555 pens.
*Amazingly, with Conor Boylan finishing 3 rd OA, Ryan Treanor finishing 4 th OA
and Denis O’Donovan finishing 10 th OA it left the three of them tied for 1st
place in the navigators championship. A tiebreaker was needed to decide the
winner and it sided with Ryan Treanor on the Semi-Expert beats Expert rule.
This was Ryan’s first National Championship win and he became the first
Monaghan navigator to win the championship since Evin Hughes back in
2016/17. 2 nd place went to reigning champion Denis O’Donovan as he had an
overall win at the Skibbereen Carbery event. Conor Boylan finished in 3 rd place

OA. Unfortunately, Conor Mohan had to settle for 4 th overall after his non
finish in Cavan. He finished the championship tied with Oisín Sherlock, but beat
Oisín on the Semi-Expert beats Expert rule also. Despite a very poor start to the
championship (four points from the opening two rounds) Oisín recovered to
finish 5 th OA, just two points behind the winner. Indeed, he could have
snatched the win on the last round if not for two navigational errors that
dropped him from 1st to 5 th on the Cavan event. County Monaghan was well
represented as four out of the top five all hail from the Farney county.
In the drivers Championship, Darragh Kelly finished 1 st OA with one point to
spare over Derek Butler. Darragh secured the OA win thanks to a 14 point haul
driving for Ryan Treanor in the Skibbereen Carbery event, before driving for
Oisín Sherlock for the remainder of the season. 3 rd place went to Shane Dalton,
Ryan Treanor’s driver from the 100 Isles event onwards. 4 th place went to
Michael Carbin. Carbin had been in 2 nd OA but dropped to 4 th after the non-
finish on the final round. 5 th went to Derek Mackarel as he had other
commitments and was unable to start the Cavan event. He would have finished
3 rd OA otherwise.
*National Navigation Trial Championship results remain provisional.
The Squealing Pig Border Navigation Trial Championship points will be updated
in the coming days.
PRO: Oisín Sherlock

Please note a Rally Safety Tracking System Webinar will take place this Thursday 31st March, at 8pm. The goal of this webinar is to provide an indepth presentation on the use of the Safety Tracking System for competitors on Irish rallies. The seminar will be delivered by Joe Corcoran and there will be a Q&A to cover any queries attendees may have. Due to account restrictions, please note the webinar will be limited to 500 attendees, however it will be recorded and uploaded to the Motorsport Ireland YouTube Channel.

Please find the link to the webinar here –

Josh Moffett continued his winning streak at last weekend’s Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally, making it three wins from three starts in 2022. The Clontibret driver with Wexford’s Andy Hayes back in the co-driver’s seat finished the fourteen stage, two day event with 23.3 seconds to spare over the Welsh crew of Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson with the Armagh/Tyrone pair Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble finishing 18.3s further back in 3rd.

Moffett did not have it all his own way though, as he had a tremendous battle with Derry’s Callum Devine throughout day one. Devine led from SS1 to SS5 before a hard charging Josh briefly took the lead on SS6 by 1.8s. Callum immediately hit back and regained the lead on the following stage and went faster than Josh again on SS8 to hold an overnight advantage of 4.4s. Moffett/Hayes lay in 2nd place with Evans/Jackson sitting in third, 21.8s down on Devine.

Cathan McCourt who was in 5th overall rolled on the opening stage on Sunday ending what had been a great rally for him up until then. Back with the leaders, Devine once again went faster than Moffett but commented that he had went out on too soft of compound tyres and that they may compromise him on the following two stages that were considerably longer than the days opener. Devine’s fears would come through on SS10 where Moffett would go faster by 6.3s to regain the rally lead he last held on SS6. Once again Moffett would go faster than Devine on SS11 by 7.1s to hold an overall lead of 7.3s going into last service.

Devine was eager to get to service to put on some new tyres for a big push over the last three stages to try and regain the lead that he’d held for the majority of the event. Unfortunately, Callum wouldn’t get a chance to fight back as the gearbox on his Rally2 Fiesta cried enough on the road section to SS12. With Devine out, Moffett got to relax a bit as he had a comfortable lead over Evans/Jackson who inherited 2nd place after Devine’s untimely exit. Over the last two stages, Moffett held onto his lead and even managed another fastest time on the final stage to finish the weekend in style.

Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts had been in third place going into the final stage, just 3s down on Evans/Jackson but unfortunately hit a bank and broke the exhaust which forced them into retirement. This error promoted Fisher/Noble into the podium places.

In the National section. James Stafford/Tom Scallon came out on top in their Darrian T90 GTR+, they finished with 46.2s to spare over 2nd placed Robert Duggan/John Falvey. Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennan snatched 3rd place on the last stage after the diff in Gary Kiernan’s Ford Escort broke which ended his rally prematurely. Daniel was delighted getting to the end of the event after his crash on the last round in Galway and with the continued development of the car.  

Sam Moffett took the Toyota Starlet for another spin after his debut in it at Mayo Stages. He finished 16th OA and 1st Class 13. Conor Mohan navigated Eamonn Kelly to 17th OA and 1st in the RC4 Class. Amazingly they set the fastest time in their class on each of the rally’s fourteen stages. John McQuaid drove his Escort to 22nd OA and 7th Class 14. Gary McCrudden guided Hazel O’Callaghan to 56th OA and 11th in Class 13. Brendan McAree finished 12th OA and 4th in Class K in the Historic section in his Porsche 911.

Martin Connolly navigating for Brendan Cumiskey failed to make the finish, retiring after SS12 while sitting 8th Class RC2. Gary Cassidy/Killian McArdle retired after SS2 with mechanical trouble. Kaine Treanor navigating for Chris O’Callaghan unfortunately crashed out on SS3. Mark Fox/Callum Maguire competing in the Junior rally also failed to make the finish, retiring on SS13 while sitting 5th OA.

Open Meeting

Monaghan Motor Club are holding an open meeting this Friday at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel. All Welcome.

PRO: Oisín Sherlock

Triumphant Tynans

Posted: March 14, 2022 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted the fifth round of the National Navigation Trial Championship last Saturday night. The event was also a counting round of both the club Navigation and Traders Championship, as well as the penultimate round of The Squealing Pig Border Navigation Championship. Local radio DJ Sean McCaffery assisted by Richard Cassidy laid out a 100 mile event covering a vast area of west Monaghan. The navigation took in the areas of Aghabog, Ballybay, Latton, Rockcorry and Drum village.

Michael Tynan & Ciaran Tynan emerged victorious after a very demanding and challenging event, they completed the entire route only dropping 12 minutes. Considerably less than the time dropped by all other competitors. Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock finished 2nd overall with Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan finished 3rd.

From Time Point 1 at Aghadrumkeen, competitors received their first plot & bash, a herringbone diagram which gave navigators their first of many headaches during the night. The tulip brought crews into a farm at Aghnacue. In the farm yard it was keep left and out the gravel lane and slot left across another lane hidden with grass and into TP2. The difficulty of this first section was evident from a total of twenty crews either dropping time or missing it altogether. At TP2 another p&b awaited, a second tulip diagram was handed out and this brought competitors back into the same farm again, this time going straight through the farm and along the disused railway. This section would claim the nights first victim in Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes. They went down a lane parallel to the railway and unfortunately got stuck and burned out the clutch freeing themselves. This section was just as difficult as the first with twenty one crews dropping time or not arriving to it.

A short breather awaited here in a road section before it was back into the rough and tumble on the infamous ‘grey’ lane at Corragarry which involved driving through the renowned flood and precision driving down the very bushy and twisty track to arrive at TP4. From here it was relatively straight forward with mostly public roads and some private lanes bringing competitors to Control B at Latton School. This brought an end to the first third of the event.

At this point Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock were out in front on 1 penalty from being a minute late into TP4. 2nd were Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan on 2 penalties and in 3rd  was the Semi-Expert team of Eoghan Corr/Shane Maguire down just 3 minutes.

The middle third proved to be the most difficult part of the navigation and ultimately decided the winning of the event. At TP17, the third p&b of the night was handed out. This would take crews from TP17 through Via3 to TP18. Just like before a herringbone diagram was issued. Unlike the normal herringbone, COC Sean decided to put his own spin on it, this time instead of competitors not taking the junctions appearing on the tulip, they had to do the opposite, something that was completely alien to navigators. As tough as it was most expert crews found Via3 in a farm yard at Creeve, just south of Ballybay without much difficulty. National championship leader Ryan Treanor unfortunately would miss Via3 and run into Tp18 with a wrong approach. The Cork pair of James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody managed to get Via3 but went back onto the public road too quickly after resulting in a wrong approach at TP18. Another cork crew and National Championship contenders Derek Butler/Denis O’Donovan struggled here, they did eventually find Via3 but dropped 11 minutes into Tp18.

Plot and bash was also on the cards at Tp19 with navigators receiving a clockface tulip for Via4. Via4 was situated in Dixon’s farm at Drumhillagh. A newly opened lane deceived a lot of crews as they instead headed for the main farm entrance and a closed gate preventing entry to the farm. The confusion here led to most of the top seeds arriving to the Via at the same time, giving the marshal plenty of work to do. At the end of Dixons cow paddock lane was the pre-plotted TP20 and it was here that the final p&b of the night was handed out, for TP21 and Via5. Just like before, Sean didn’t make it easy on navigators as the tulip read from top to bottom unlike the normal bottom to top. It wasn’t until competitors arrived at the third instruction on the tulip that most navigators noticed the trick. When back on track the tulip brought crews to the famous Treanor’s farm at Corkeeran.  Approaching the farm from the north, competitors had to turn into the cow lanes and approach the farm yard from the south. Disaster was to strike Kelly/Sherlock as they would receive a wrong approach at TP21. Right behind them Mackarel/Boylan would also get a wrong approach, but opted to skip the TP due to being down so much time. Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan, another team chasing the national title also missed TP21 such was the difficulty in finding it.  When crews arrived at TP22 they breathed a sigh of relief as they knew they wouldn’t have to deal with anymore p&bs for the remainder of the night.

From TP22 it was a straight forward run into Control C and D at the filling station in Rockcorry for a quick refuel. There was a change in the leader board by this point. This time it was number 8 seed, Team Tynan out in front on 12 penalties. Kelly/Sherlock dropped from 1st to 2nd thanks to the wrong approach received at TP21. In 3rd place were Mackarel/Boylan despite missing the same Time Point.

The final third wouldn’t throw up any drama for the top crews as the event mainly stayed on public roads, a welcome sight for all after the gruelling middle third. As the competitors arrived to the final Control in the Aghabog GAA centre, discussion immediately began as to who did what and who went wrong where, much to the amusement of Sean.

At the end of the night, it was Michael and Ciaran Tynan who came out on top finishing on a total of 12. Kelly/Sherlock finished 2nd on 28 penalties despite their wrong approach and taking the wrong road at Aghnamullen crossroads not once but twice! Mackarel/Boylan finished comfortably in 3rd on 35 penalties.

In the classes, it was Kelly/Sherlock 1st  Expert, Mackarel/Boylan 2nd and Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin 3rd on 52 pens.

 Semi-Expert was won by Shane Dalton/Ryan Treanor on 76 pens, 2nd was Mickey Conlon/Patrick Corcoran on 89 pens and 3rd was Damien Treanor/Cristopher McMahon on 115 pens.

Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron were comfortable winners in the Novice class finishing on 62 pens, 2nd was the Cork pair of Garrett Collins/Eoin Tracey on 119 and 3rd was Cavan men Sean McConnell/Anthony McDonald, finishing on 138 pens.

In the Beginner class, Ballybay men Elijah Dixon/Marco Lennon stormed to victory and also finished an outstanding 7th OA on 67 penalties. They arguably had the drive of the night punching well above their weight, beating many seasoned competitors in what was their second ever event. 2nd in class went to Patrick Shields/John Kelly on 259 pens and 3rd went to Elijah’s brother Abraham Dixon/Luke Connolly who finished on 301 pens.

Sean thanked all the residents and the landowners along the route for their support and allowing the event to use their land. He also thanked the marshals who came along and stood out manning the time points and his family for all the behind the scenes work done in getting the paperwork sorted and p&b’s measured up.

The final round of the Border and National Navigation Championship’s takes place in Cavan on Saturday the 26th. Regs will be available shortly.

Top 10 Results:

1st Michael Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 12m,

2nd Darragh Kelly/Oisín Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 28m,

3rd Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan (Subaru Impreza) 35m,

4th Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 52m,

5th Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan (Subaru Impreza) 53m,

6th Aidan Keenan/Sean Marron (Subaru Impreza) 62m,

7th Elijah Dixon/Marco Lennon (Subaru Impreza) 67m,

8th James Fitzgerald/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 68m,

9th Cathal McGlone/Patrick O’Leary (Ford Focus) 69m,

10th Shane Dalton/Ryan Treanor (Subaru Impreza) 76m.

Bishopscourt Stages

Round two of the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship took place at Bishopscourt Race Circuit last Saturday. The Race & Rally sponsored event was won by Carryduff man Jonny Greer with Darragh Mullen navigating. They finished 31.1 seconds quicker than 2nd place Aaron McLoughlin/Darren Curran. 3rd place went to Derek McGarrity/Graham Henderson.

Tydavnet man Gary McCrudden navigated Alan Smyth to 15th OA and 1st in class 7. Oisín Sherlock navigated Philip Greenlee to 61st OA before heading to Aghabog to navigate for Darragh Kelly in the Navigation Trial.   

PRO: Oisín Sherlock