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
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
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 www.monaghanmotorclub.net