Round 5 Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship 2010.
Trevor Lancashire pushing hard on way to Class 5 win and second Overall. Pic Alex Coleman.
Christopher Armstrong Junior Championship leader with one round to go. Pic Alex Coleman.
Emerging talent 16 year old Darren O'Brien wins the Junior Class and 7th Overall. Pic Alex Coleman.
Results Click Here
Round 3 of the Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship 2010.
Trevor Lancashire Wins Round 3.
Trevor Lancashire Overall Winner of Round 3. Pic Alex Coleman.
Jamie McGuinness, Trevor Lancashire receiving his trophy from Raymond Drury Coc. Pic Alex Coleman.
Results Click Here
Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally 2010.
From left Paul Henry General Manager Hotel Kilmore Main Sponsor,
Winners Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely and Alan Cullinan Coc. Pic Richard Cassidy.
Congratulations to Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely
Winners of the Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally for 2010.
Alan Cullinan Coc and his team from Co Cavan Motor Club
would like to say a huge..
Thank You !!
To everyone who helped out in the successful running of our event.
Without your help and assistance it could not happen.
Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally 30th May 2010.
Round 5 Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Round 3 Haas Border Rally Championship.
At the launch of the Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally 2010 were Sean Sharkey chairman Co Cavan Motor Club,
Paul Henry General manager Hotel Kilmore main sponsor and Alan Cullinan Clerk of course.
Stage 2 and 5 has been cancelled due to a berevement.
Stage 8 will run as planned.
Revised time Schedule as follows:
It was third time lucky for the competitors in the First Round of the Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship for 2010, as both of the previous scheduled dates had to be cancelled at the last minute due to overnight frost and snow leaving the Hut Cross track in too dangerous a condition to run the events safely. This time around the track was in perfect condition, bone dry with lots of grip and with a light breeze to clear the dust.
Forty six competitors made it to Latton including all the regular championship contenders aiming to get a good start to the 2010 season. Fastest out of the blocks on the first timed run was Mickey Conlon in the immaculate MC Blinds black escort on 3.11.45 with former champion Stephen Lipsett second quickest on 3.11.60 in his little Citroen C2R2 and Justin Smyth was third quickest on 3.11.73 also in an escort. One casualty from the first run was Trevor Lancashire with mechanical problems leaving him without a time recorded.
On the second run as the track cleaned up the times were up to ten seconds faster than the first run, coming out on top this time was Joseph Smith on 3.03.64 in the borrowed MC Blinds escort with Mickey Conlon on 3.04.54 and Stephen Lipsett on 3.04.84.
The spectators were not going to be disappointed on the last run as the action at the top got even faster with Joseph Smith setting fastest time of the day with a 3.02.96 to take the overall win and a 3.03.76 was good enough for Mickey Conlon to hold on to second place overall and a Class 5 win. Stephen Lipsett was comfortable with a time of 3.06.77 enough for third place overall and a Class 3 win.
Tommy Donlon took yet another Class 1 win from Alan Pickens with Pat Shields in third place. Thomas Melia scored a first Class win taking class 2 from Shane Marron with Chris Snow in third. Stephen Lipsett took the Class 3 win with Mervyn Wedlock in second and Anthony Masterson was third. Class 4 was won by Justin Smyth with Pat McGuinness second and Martin Burke in third place. Mickey Conlon took the Class 5 win with Trevor Lancashire coming back from his first run disappointment to finish second and Mel Mulligan in his Astra was third. The Junior Championship got off to a good start with five competitors starting round one with Christopher Armstrong coming out on top in his Saxo, Sean Brady was second and Darragh Smith third.
The Presentation of Championship awards for 2009.
Was held in the Hotel Kilmore Cavan on Saturday night 23rd January and a very good night was had by all who attended.
The Club would like to thank The Hotel Kilmore for providing a very tasty buffet and all the companies and individuals who generously sponsored spot prizes.
Also thanks to everyone present who donated via the brown envelope, proceeds going to Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis nearly €1000 was raised on the night.
Congratulations to Thomas Drumm winner of the Co Cavan Motor Club Marshalls draw, held for all those who helped Marshall on events during the year.
He and a companion will be heading to the Mount Errigal Hotel on the Donegal International Rally weekend in June.
The Club would like to thank Mervyn Wedlock who announced that he will once again sponsor the Autocross Championship in 2010.
Philip Donohoe presents the Aishling and Philip Donohoe Overall 2009 Club Champion award to Joseph Smith.
Mervyn Wedlock presents the 2009 Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship award to Trevor Lancashire.
Mervyn Wedlock presents the 2009 Junior Champion award to Killian O'Reilly.
Awards Photo Gallery Click Here
Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship Points 2009 Click Here.
Overall Club Championship Points 2009 Click Here.
Junior Champion for 2009 Killian O'Reilly.
Overall Club Champion 2009.... Joseph Smith.
Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Champion 2009. Trevor Lancashire.
Junior Autocross Champion 2009. Killian O'Reilly.
Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally 24th May 2009.
At the launch of the Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally 2009 Marty Sherlock COC, Alan Cullinan Deputy COC, Paul Henry Manager Hotel Kilmore (Sponsor),
Sean Sharkey Club Chairman and Willie Mc Cormick Club President.
Regulations now online Click Here.
If you are registered for a Championship please state which one on your Entry Form.
Last chance to get your entry in.
Will accept Priority entries until noon on Tuesday 12th May.
Any entries received after the 12th of May will go to the end of the Reserve List.
No more entries will be accepted after Thursday 14th May.
Mervyn Wedlock takes the win.
A dry and dusty Hutcross track greeted the 40 starters who tackled round 2 of the Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship in Latton on Sunday. Fastest out of the blocks was Mervyn Wedlock in his immaculate blue and white escort followed closely by Ronnie Coulter in an Astra and in third was Joseph Smith in his usual black escort. Mervyn once again set fastest time on the second run which as it happened was fastest time of the day on a 3.05.01 with Joseph Smith second on the time sheets. On the third run Joseph just pipped Mervyn by 2/100ths of a second to be fastest, but Mervyn held on to take the oveall win with Joseph Smith second and Mickey Conlon having a great run to finish third.
Class 1 was won by Tommy Donlon ahead of Alan Pickens and Brendan OReilly.
Class 2 was won by Alex Schmieder on his first trip to Latton in his Peugeot 205 beating Barney Greenan into second and Adrian Foley was third.
Class 3 was won by the Rapid Shane Mc Girr in his Starlet, John Kelly was second and Mark Wedlock third.
Class 4 was won by Joseph Smith with Arthur Kierans 2nd and Justin Smith took third following a Tank Slapper of a scary moment on the final run.
Class 5 was won by Michael Conlon in his beautiful new Black Escort, Trevor Lancashire was second and a back on form Ronnie Coulter took third.
Best of the Juniors was Josh Moffett with Steffan Schmieder 2nd on his first outing in Latton and Aaron Clarke was third also on his first outing in Latton.
Mervyn Wedlock on his way to winnning Round 2 in Latton. Pic Alex Coleman.
Mervyn Wedlock receives the Overall trophy from COC Paddy Smith. Pic Alex Coleman.
Joseph Smith wins Class 4 and finishes second overall. Pic Alex Coleman.
Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship 2009.
Kevin Cleere Flag Marshal, Trevor Lancashire Overall Winner receiving his trophy from COC Seamus Cooke.
Trevor Lancashire Wins Round 1.
Twenty five drivers made the trip to Latton for Round 1 of the Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship for 2009. A wet and blustery day was in store leaving the track conditions very slippery for all. After the first run Trevor Lancashire in his rapid yellow Escort lead the time sheets setting fastest time of the day in the process and lead by almost 7 tenths of a second from Joseph Smith with Club Champion Mervyn Wedlock in 3rd place. The second run saw Joseph Smith set the fastest time with Trevor Lancashire setting second fastest and a hard charging Tommy Donlon in his little Peugeot 106 third quickest. Joseph Smith was again fastest on the third run but Trevor Lancashires stunning pace on the first run gave him the overall victory when the fastest 2 runs were added together for the overall results. Joseph Smith took second and a class 4 win with Tommy Donlon taking third and first in class 1 in the process.
There were also Class wins for Adrian Foley in Class 2, Ruairi Mc Garrity in his Peugeot in Class 3 and Mervyn Wedlock in Class 5.
Thanks to COC Seamus Cooke and Master of the flag Kevin Cleere and all the Marshals who braved the Latton rain.
Results Click Here
Christmas Autocross 2006.
Joseph Smith takes the Overall Club Championship
The Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship for 2006.
Stephen Lipsett crowned Junior Champion for 2006.
Lipsett wins Christmas Cracker.
Stephen Lipsett put in another super drive in his little Peugeot 106 to take victory in the Final Round of the Mervyn Wedlock Plant Hire sponsored Autocross Championship 2006. The victory also netted him the Junior Championship Title for 2006 from his main rival Sam Moffett who could only manage 12th overall and 3rd junior home in in the wet slippery conditions. Kieran Mc Carra was putting in a mighty charge in his Honda Civic and lead after the first run only to end up beached in the bog on his last run but still managed to finish a superb 2nd overall. Ballyhaise man Adrian Foley took his little Nova to 3rd overall and Joseph Smith took 4th overall, the result enough to win him the Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship and the Overall Club Champion for the year. Vincent Mc Aree was 5th in his Peugeot 106.
Overall Winner Stephen Lipsett.
Class 1 Winner Tommy Donlon.
Class 2 Winner Adrian Foley.
Class 3 Winner Kieran Mc Carra.
Class 4 Winner Joseph Smith.
Class 5 Winner Gareth Mc Cullagh.
December Autocross results from McAleer Timing Click Here
Updated Championship points for 2006 Online. Click Here
Round 6 Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship 19th November 2006.
Lipsett Licks them in Latton.
Stephen Lipsett took his Peugeot 106 to a memorable victory in Latton in what was probably the worst weather encountered for any event since the Latton Track was opened. The wet windy and bitterly cold conditions suited the the lesser powered cars. The usual top runners Sam Moffett and Joseph Smith found it difficult going getting grip on the rain soaked track ending the day well down the field in 17th and 19th place respectively.
Stephen Lipsett set out his stall with a fastest time on the first run with a 2.19.96 with Jim Mc Kenna second on a time of 2.20.27 and Derek Lipsett third on 2.21.69.
The fastest man on the second run was Stephen Wright with a time of 2.20.91 followed by Stephen Lipsett on 2.22.29 who was revelling in the wet conditions and the ever consistent Tommy Donlon was third fastest on 2.22.38.
With the weather conditions getting worse as the day progressed the third run was once again dominated by Stephen Lipsett knocking in another fastest time on a 2.19.70 with Tommy Donlon setting a 2.21.15 good enough to net him 2nd Place overall on the day and Stephen Wright setting a time of 2.23.54 was sufficient to take him to his best ever result in Latton a 3rd overall.
1st Overall Stephen Lipsett
2nd Overall Tommy Donlon.
3rd Overall Stephen Wright.
Class 1 was won by Tommy Donlon,
Class 2 was won by Shane Mc Girr.
Class 3 was won by Jim Mc Kenna.
Class 4 was won by Derek Gurney.
Class 5 was won by Derek Lipsett.
Joseph Smith currently leads both the Autocross Championship and Club Championship for 2006.
In the Mervyn Wedlock Plant hire Autocross Championship 5 out of the 7 rounds count towards the Championship.
In the overall Club Championship, all Cavan Motor Club events for 2006 count, but as none of the main championship contenters have points from either the Stages Rally or the Navigation Trials, the Overall Club Champion will be decided by competitors total score from all the 7 Autocross events.
In the Junior Championship with dropped scores taken into consideration Sam Moffett and Stephen Lipsett are level on points going into the final round.
Updated Championship points 2006. Click here.
Elliott Nets Fastnet Victory.
Patrick Elliott passes the stricken Ray Breen.
So often in the past on the Skibereen Fastnet Rally Patrick Elliott has
come close to winning but never achieved it. That all changed on last Sunday
afternoon when Patrick and his co driver Paul Goodman brought their bright red
Quinn direct backed Subaru S10 WRC into the finish ramp over a minute ahead of
their closest challenger Michael Barrable. Dublin based Car Dealer Michael and
Aaron MacHale had a great battle over the final stages in their respective Ford
Focus WRC’s, Aaron setting a couple of fastest times and Barrable just held on
to the runner-up spot.
Patrick Elliott commented at the finish “It was a tough rally; I’ve been trying a long time to win here. I really enjoyed the day. We had a hell of a battle earlier with Ray Breen, it’s a shame he went off the road. There was good organization, the rally ran perfectly and I am sure I speak for all the competitors in thanking the marshals for standing out in the rain all day”. Aaron MacHale said. “We had a big race over the last few stages, a good oul battle with Barrable; it was a different car with these different tyres on”. Michael Barrable said. “A good run at the end, I enjoyed it. Nice to have Dermot O’Gorman back co-driving.” Ray Breen, despite being well down the order, after spending 8 minutes in a ditch, was right on the pace over the last few stages.
Thomas Carolan and Declan Smith take Class 9 win.
The Skibereen Fastnet Rally was the final round of the 2006 Dunlop National Rally Championship and although many of the Championship classes were sorted out before Sunday’s event, some remained to be finalized. One such class was Class 9 for 1400cc engined cars and after 9 rallies Thomas Carolan and Declan Smith in their Mk2 Escort were level on points with Simon Evans and Barry Faul in their Mini Cooper. The Tierworker crew needed to finish ahead of their Wicklow based opponents to take the class and after Evans hit electrical trouble on the opening stages, they protected their lead to finish 2 minutes clear of the recovering Evans.
Wham Bam Sam. Two in a row for Moffett.
|Motorsport News by Gerry
Sam Moffett takes his Yamaha powered Buggy to another win at Hutt Cross.
On Sunday, last Sam Moffett continued his winning streak with a 2.74 second win from series sponsor Mervyn Wedlock. The Drumgoon driver was 1.71 seconds ahead of third placed Stephen Lipsett. Sam Moffett posted the fastest time of the day on the second timed run, using the full advantage of his lightweight R6 Buggy in addition to a dry run ahead of torrential rain. The young Clontibret driver was fastest again on run 3, as the track remained wet.
The opening advantage went to Wedlock as Cavan Motor Club unveiled the final evolution of the Hutt Cross track with additional asphalt areas and a new mid section. Stephen Lipsett was fractionally slower inside the same second as all driver’s complained of a lack of grip especially while turning into corners. Also inside the 2.03 bracket was James Cassidy with eventual winner Sam Moffett making up the top four all inside the same second after the first timed run.
On the Second Run times improved as the surface dried out, it on this run that Sam Moffett recorded the 1:58.85 time that secured the win for him on the day, his nearest challenger Mervyn Wedlock was over 4 seconds adrift exposing the weight difference between the little buggy and Wedlock’s long serving G4 Ford Escort. The race for runner up spot on the second run was much closer as Trevor Lancashire made his first visit to Hutt Cross since fitting a 2.4 Cosworth engine to his Mk2 Escort, the Drum driver was only 0.71 seconds off Wedlock as they shared the track.
Despite the heavy rain on run two, the surface of the track still retained some grip and the later runners in the smaller classes started to post some quick times. While Sam was once again fastest, young Scott Winslow from Clogher was second fastest in his Suzuki engined Nova on the the same second as Sam, multiple Autocross Champion Ronnie Coulter was third fastest almost a second adrift of his young Tyrone compatriot Winslow.
Amongst the Classes Micheal Conlon scored another start to finish win in Class 1, while young Stephen Wright followed the Mini home in second sharing the family Nova with his Father David. Tommy Donlon survived the loss of second gear in his 106 to come home third in Class 1. In Class 2 Scott Winslow combined fastest time on the second and third runs to take victory from the similar car of initial class leader Adrian Foley with Seamus Cooke third in his Mk2 Escort.
Class 3 was entirely the domain of Stephen Lipsett as the young Fintona driver left all others in his wake taking victory by 6 seconds and third overall in the little 106 Gti. Aiden Wray made good his first visit to Hutt Cross with second in class in his Civic while Tom Gardiner was some distance further back in his older model Civic. Joseph Smith took the Class 4 win once again extending his perfect record in 2006 with 5 wins from 5 starts. James Cassidy did keep the reigning Champion honest with fastest time on the first run but finished 0.8 seconds behind Joe. Peter Deery broke the Escort domination of Class 4 with third in class on the day driving Tommy Smiths Nova.
Mervyn Wedlock took Class 5 in the absence of Championship class leader Ollie O’Rielly with Ronnie Coulter second in his Astra. Gerard McAleer made a return to Hutt Cross having last appeared in February to take third in class in his Mk2 Escort. The Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship returns to Hutt Cross on November 19th when reigning Champion Joseph Smith will be trying to extend his 4 point lead in the series as he try’s to secure back to back titles.Full Results from Mikrotime Click Here.
Round 5 Autocross Championship 1st October 2006.
Round 5 of the Wedlock Plant Hire Autocross Championship 2006 will take place on the 1st October.
First 80 fully completed and Paid up entries accepted plus 10 on reserve.Priority will be given to 2006 Championship Registered Competitors providing their fully completed entries are received before closing date 29th September 2006.
Please ensure to have your entries in on time.
Gates open 8.30am.
Scrutiny from 9.00am.
First timed run 11.00am.
To Download Autocross Regulations and Entry Form Click here.
Elliott Wins in Clare but Charlie Donnelly takes Dunlop Championship Title for 2006.
|Motorsport News by Gerry Buckley
Patrick Elliott/Rory Kennedy Victorious in Clare.
Donnelly wins Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Title rival, Elliott wins Lynch Hotels Clare Rally.
Second place on the Lynch Hotels Clare Rally secured the 2006 Dunlop National Rally Championship for Derry driver, Charlie Donnelly (Toyota Corolla WRC). With co-driver, Paddy Toner having already tied up the Noel Smith Memorial Trophy as the top co-driver, Donnelly created a unique piece of history as his brother, Eugene also claimed the Dunlop national title with second place on the 2003 Clare event.
At the finish of the nine stage Ennis based event, victory went to Patrick Elliott/Rory Kennedy - they finished 39 seconds ahead of Donnelly/Toner. Aaron MacHale/Eugene O'Donnell (Ford Focus WRC) took third place to secure a similar position in the Dunlop series. The Group N category was won by Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy (Subaru) and Mike Moloney/Marie Casey (Escort) were the top crew in the rear wheel drive category.
Just four of the top crews traversed the opening stage as Noel Redmond crashed his Subaru and in the process, temporarily blocked the stage. Elliott headed the time sheets, covering the 13.8-kilometer test, Drumcharley, four seconds ahead of Dunlop title rival, Charlie Donnelly with Aaron MacHale a further ten seconds behind in third place. The top trio remarked on the slippery nature of the stage. Denis Cronin (Subaru WRC) made a poor start and was 37 seconds off the lead pace. Redmond's Subaru took to the scenery on a downhill left hand bend.
Elliott continued his good run, set fastest times on the other two stages of the loop, and arrived at the service halt with a 30-second lead over Donnelly. Elliott reckoned a good tyre choice was of great benefit while Donnelly lost over 20 seconds when he overshot and had to reverse his Toyota Corolla before he rejoined the stage. Third placed Aaron MacHale (Ford Focus WRC) remarked that his tyre choice was a little too conservative; he was 14 seconds adrift of Donnelly.
Former triple champion, Niall Maguire (Subaru) had an untroubled run to fourth while Jack Sleator occupied fifth in his Subaru WRC. Meanwhile, on S.S. 2, David McNulty crashed his Subaru and also caused the stage to be interrupted. Elsewhere, Sean Gallagher and Kevin Barrett shared sixth and another duo to share a position were Group N rivals, Alan Ring and Willie Fannin. Interestingly, with the stage interruptions, S.S. 3 transpired to be their first real stage. The final place in the top ten went to Denis Cronin; he had a disastrous three stages as his Subaru jumped out of sixth gear. Aside from Redmond and NcNulty, Martin Doherty retired his Subaru with wheel damage.
On the repeat loop, Donnelly, Elliott and MacHale each set a fastest stage time, the former took two seconds out of Elliott on S.S. 4 but then lost five on S.S. 4 when his Toyota slid wide and visited the scenery for some few seconds. By SS. 6, he trailed Elliott by 28 seconds. At service, he also confirmed that he had an intermittent intercom difficulty.
Third placed MacHale also had an intercom problem, however, his choice of tyres were much better on this occasion. Niall Maguire had an untroubled run through the loop to consolidate fourth - as Cronin, still with gear selection difficulties moved up to fifth. Kevin Barrett in his new Subaru WRC was seven seconds adrift of the Cork driver while Sean Gallagher in eighth reckoned his car was down on power, he also discovered the anti-lag system was turned off during the opening stages. Alan Ring (Subaru) moved clear of rival, Willie Fannin when the latter punctured his Subaru after he cut a corner too tightly.
Special Stage 7 was cancelled and Elliott stretched his lead on the penultimate stage and although he was quickest again on the final stage, he couldn't prevent Donnelly annexing the title courtesy of second spot. MacHale took a comfortable third to secure the same position in the Dunlop series. Former champion, Niall Maguire finished fourth with the Subaru WRC's of Denis Cronin and Kevin Barrett rounded off the top six. Ring took the showroom class and has regained then initiative over inaugural champion, Willie Fannin, who finished fourth in the class behind the top three of Ring, Martin and Kelleher. In the rear wheel drive category, Mike Moloney was some 20 seconds ahead of Donegal's, Paul Gallagher (Toyota Corolla). Thomas Carolan and Declan Smith were 2nd in class 9 forcing the Tierworker crew to make the long trip to Skibereen for the final round of the Dunlop National Championship at the end of October.
Full Results from Rally Connect
Motorsport News By Gerry Buckley
Moffett Buggy Wins Again At Hutt Cross.
Sam Moffett stamped his authority on Hutt Cross last Sunday by winning Monaghan Motor Club’s Autocross by 7 seconds from his uncle Maurice with Mervyn Wedlock third in his Escort G4. The event was run to assist Chris Rodgers who was paralysed in an accident during the 2004 Monaghan Stages Rally, the Clerk of the Course for the day was Double National Champion Niall Maguire, the proceeds on the 101 entries received, and donations on the Gate will be presented to Chris and his family in the near future.
Among the special entries for the event was National Rally Championship leader Charlie Donnelly double driving Maurice Moffett’s 290bhp Millington-engined Starlet, the Maghera driver commented after the event “She’s some yoke, that’s the hardest I’ve had to work in a car for a while, I don’t think I’ve ever driven a car like it”. Enda Keenan was putting in competitive times early on, but his gearbox exploded before he could complete a timed run.
Class winners for the event included Mickey Conlon winning Class 1 in his Rallycross Mini, Shane McGirr won Class 2 in his Suzuki engined Starlet. Stephen Lipsett took his 106Gti to victory in Class 3, while Class 4 remains the domain of reigning Autocross Champion Joseph Smith. Maurice Moffett showed both Charlie Donnelly and Jim McKenna how a Starlet should be driven as he won Class 5 when Sam ascended into the Overall Event lead.Results from Mc Aleer Timing. Click Here.
Clerk of the Course for the event is twice National Rally Champion Niall Maguire and the Ballinode man has called in some of Irelands best known Drivers to draw as much of a crowd as possible. The Hut Cross venue is located off the first turn right on the Cootehill to Ballybay road past Morris’s Garage.
Phillip White Tyres
While victory in this
years Ulster Rally brought Eugene Donnelly and Paul Kiely their third
successive Tarmac title there was a few local crews competing on the stages
Saturday morning brought rain and a jump start for Conlon and with it 1 minute road penalties plummeting down the leaderboard, they eventually finished 12th. As others fell by the wayside on the muddy stages Trevor Lancashire and Noel Hall moved steadily through the field to finish 5th overall and 2nd two-wheel drive car.
Motorsport News by Gerry Buckley.
(Toyota Corolla WRC), co-driven by Paddy Toner, reclaimed the lead in the
Dunlop National Rally Championship with a hard earned victory in the Athenry
based Loughrea Plant Sales Galway Summer Rally, the eighth round of the series.
Pre-event Dunlop championship leader, Patrick Elliott (Subaru WRC) and his
co-driver, Paul Goodman retired on the very first stage. Michael
Barrable/Mickey Joe Morrissey (Ford Focus WRC) took a season’s best second
place – 31 seconds behind the winners and 28 seconds ahead of the Ford Focus
WRC of Aaron MacHale/Craig Parry. Gabriel Martin/Paddy Robinson (Mitsubishi)
won the Group N category and Maurice Moffett/Jason McKenna (Toyota Starlet) won
the two-wheel drive category.
There was plenty of drama on the opening stage, Coldwood, as Donnelly set the pace to eke out a four second lead over NcNulty, who overshot a junction. Barrable was a further three seconds behind and remarked that he had a few anxious moments on what transpired to be a very slippery stage. Dunlop Championship leader, Patrick Elliott bowed out with an electrical malady, meanwhile, Group N leader, Alan Ring was the first casualty – he crashed his Subaru within a mile of the stage start while a little further down the stage, Ollie O’Reilly and Arthur Kierans rolled their G3 Escort out of the rally after getting caught out on loose gravel.
Meanwhile, Noel Redmond slotted his Subaru into fourth followed by Martin Doherty, who got a call from the reserve list. Sixth placed Aaron MacHale admitted he was far too caution on the opening test. Out on S.S. 2, Donnelly was again the pacesetter and when McNulty lost a minute and 15 seconds as he hit the rear of his Subaru, Barrable moved into second – 17 seconds adrift of the leader. ALMC winner Martin Doherty also moved up the order, he was third – just four seconds behind Barrable and two ahead of MacHale.
On the repeat of the two stages, Tim McNulty set the quickest times and moved up eight places to seventh. Rally leader, Donnelly maintained a steady pace and extended his lead margin over second placed Barrable to 23 seconds while Aaron MacHale was a similar distance behind in third. Sharing fourth were former Dunlop champion, Niall Maguire and Martin Doherty, the latter overshooting on S.S. 4. There was a change of lead in Group N with Gabriel Martin some 12 seconds ahead of Fannin, who had no explanation why he lost time to the category leader. Kevin Kelleher slotted his Mitsubishi into third. Ian Barrett was fourth in the category; he lost the lead with a blown turbo on S.S. 4.
Donnelly lost power steering prior to the start of S.S. 5 when a bolt connecting the unit to the chassis sheared. He lost vital seconds to his rivals, however, he was fortunate that S.S. 6 was cancelled and he lost no further time. The net result saw him share the lead with Barrable while MacHale was 27 seconds behind in third.
Tim McNulty had suspension and clutch difficulties and withdrew his Pierce backed Subaru S11 WRC at the final service. Donnelly blasted his way through the final two stages to take victory and set up a title decider with Elliott in Clare in a few weeks time. Barrable was quite content with second and remarked that it was very satisfying to find the pace he showed a few years ago. A change to a harder compound tyre paid dividends for MacHale, who went clear of
Motorsport News by Gerry
Galway Motor Club are delighted to announce
that for the third year, Loughrea Plant sales will be the main sponsor for the
Galway Summer Stages Rally. The event takes place on Sunday next August 27th,
having its headquarters in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry. The stages for the
rally will be in the general Athenry and Loughrea area. Ross Forde is the Clerk
of the Course for the 2006 rally, assisted by a large team from Galway Motor
Club. A large entry, well in excess of 200 has been received for the event, with
a number of top local
In local terms, Dunlop National Rally
Championship leader Patrick Elliott leads the field away in search of a hatrick
of event wins, also trying to repeat the success of Round 7 in
Paddy Boyle and Marty Sherlock will be on the stages on
August 27th looking for a finish which has evaded them in 2006 but