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News 14/08/2018


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Double Success for McKenna

American-based club members Barry McKenna has had a brilliant few weeks with back to back rally wins either side of the Irish Sea. In July, Barry took his first overall win on the Cork Forestry Rally based in Mallow. He followed this success up with victory on the Grampian Forest Rally in Scotland.

On the Cork Forestry Rally, McKenna and co-driver Leon Jordan were involved in a big three way battle with the similar Fiestas of Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton and Andrew Purcell/Mark Wiley. Each day counted as separate championship rounds. Purcell/Wiley pipped McKenna/Jordan over the opening day by just 1.7 seconds. Josh Moffett/Keith Moriarty were 3rd overall on day one.

Moffett/Thornton were fastest over the six Sunday stages but only edged out McKenna/Jordan by two seconds. When cumulative times were included, McKenna/Jordan had secured the overall rally win by 12 seconds from Moffett/Thornton with Purcell/Wiley in 3rd.

Vivian Hamill/Andrew Grennan switched from their Mk2 Escort to a WRC Fiesta for the weekend and they recorded a fine 5th place finish. Kaine Treanor guided Stephen McCann to 6th overall. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips brought their Escort home to 14th overall and 2nd in class. Paul Kelly guided David Condell to 17th overall and 3rd in class.

Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes came home 32nd overall and 4th in class after losing several minutes on Saturday which cost them any chance of a good result in the Junior class. Conor Boylan guided Peter Beaton to victory in the Junior 1000cc Class.

McKenna then joined forces with former British Champion, Arthur Kierans, to contest the Grampion Forest Rally in Scotland. This event was a counting round of the Scottish Rally Championship. Despite being unfamiliar with the Scottish Forests, McKenna/Kierans, climbed from their No.11 seed and took the outright win.


Moffett Triumphs in Tipperary

Josh Moffett continued his quest for success in the Triton National Rally Championship with overall victory on the Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally. The event was the 4th Round of the National Rally Championship and the first event since May. Josh and co-driver, Keith Moriarty led from start to finish in a dominant display.

Moffett & Moriarty blew the opposition away on the opening stage taking 11 seconds out of their rivals. Declan Boyle/James O’Reilly were their nearest challengers with local man Roy White/James O’Brien in 3rd. All three were piloting WRC Fiestas. After three stages, Boyle had only trimmed the gap to 10 seconds and Moffett promptly doubled that advantage on Stage 4. Moffett led by 22 seconds after six tests from Boyle with White nearly a minute further back.

There was late drama on Stage 8 when Josh’s lead was slashed to three seconds when the car dropped a cylinder. They were able to rectify the problem on the final stage and another sterling drive through the final test saw them increase their advantage to 8 seconds. Boyle/O’Reilly had to settle for 2nd place to maintain their championship lead.

Elsewhere in the field, Mac Kierans guided Sean Moynihan to 20th overall and 1st in class 12. Jack McKenna guided Jason Black to another victory in the Junior class while Ryan Brennan guided Gareth Black to 3rd in class.


Kelly wins in Cork

Paul Kelly guided David Condell to overall victory on the Imokilly Mini Stages Rally. The Carlow/Monaghan pairing flew through the six stages in East Cork. Barry Meade/Colin Fitzgerald had made the early running but after their retirement on stage five, Condell/Kelly held off the Lancer of Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor by nine seconds for the win.


Navigation Trial Classes 2018
The night navigation trial season is fast approaching and Monaghan Motor Club is gearing up for that all important kick start with the annual navigation classes. If you have a motor sport interest of any kind the 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 and pace notes for stages rallies. The classes will start on Friday 24th August at 8pm sharp in the excellent facilities of the Sean Mac Diarmada complex in Threemilehouse. All those interested should contact Shane 0862616120 to book your place for the classes. Registration will also include club membership, maps, romer and all necessary paperwork to complete the 6 week course.

Endurance Trial 2018
Regulations are now available for the 2018 Monaghan Endurance Trial which takes place on Sunday August 26th. Fintan Keenan returns as COC this year after taking on the mantle last year with the Four Season Hotel again serving as HQ. This sport has really kicked off this season with strong entries and the club are hoping for approximately 50 crews to make the start. The action gets underway at 10.00am and crews will traverse the various selectives until arriving back at the Four Seasons at 5.00pm. Regulations and entry form can be downloaded from