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and Declan McMahon
Connolly Conquers in Donegal
Damien Connolly was back on the winner’s podium as he guided Peader Hurson to overall
victory on last weekend’s Donegal Harvest Rally. The Warrenpoint/Scotstown duo back
up their win in Galway with a comfortable victory on the Dunfanaghy based event.
After nine demanding stages, they were over a minute clear of the opposition.
The event was the final round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship. Michael
Conlon had already won the overall driver category and another Monaghan man was to
secure the navigators title. Darragh Kelly guided Shane Maguire to Group N honour
and 6th overall. This result was enough for Darragh to win the navigators section
ahead of Conlon’s navigator, Ciaran McPhillips. Conlon/McPhillips did their best
but 9th overall and 2nd in class meant McPhillips had to be content with 2nd navigator
in the championship.
Paul Sheridan guided Martin Doherty to 20th overall and 5th in class. Kaine Treanor
guided Colin Quirk to 21st overall and 1st in class 5. Seamus Connolly/Gary McCrudden
finished 34th overall and 5th in class. Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan finished under
Rally 2 rules in 61st overall and 3rd in class. Conor Foley guided Eamon Kelly to
63rd overall and 1st in class. Michael Brennan/Ryan Brennan failed to finish.
Birr Endurance Trial
Evin Hughes guided Castleknock’s Karl O’Donoghue to overall victory on last weekend’s
Birr Endurance Trial. The event featured high quality selectives including forest
tracks, grassy lanes, private farms and even mountain tracks. Ryan & Caolan Treanor
also made the trip down and were rewarded with a class win in their Toyota Yaris.
2017 Awards Night
The annual Monaghan Motor Club Dinner Dance and Prizegiving takes place on Saturday
night 21st October in the Four Seasons Hotel. 2017 was another tremendous year for
the club and its members. Sam Moffett became the first person in history to with
the Irish Tarmac, National and Forestry Championships in the one season. His brother
Josh impressed in the European Rally Championship. Closer to home Michael Conlon/Darragh
Kelly won the Border Rally Championship with Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes doing the double
in the National & Border Navigation Championships. Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes
won the Munster Navigation Championship.
Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin won the Gary Nesbitt Club Navigation Championship with
Martin wrapping up the Trader’s Trophy as Overall Club Champion for the second year
in succession. Tickets are available from committee members.