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Remembering Gerard Kelly Sadly we have learned of the death of a long standing character in motorsport circles. Gerard Kelly, a well-known local businessman from Monaghan, died suddenly at his home on Sunday morning last. Gerard was in a line of four generations of motorsport enthusiasts. His father, his son and his grandson, as well as himself. He was a committee member of Monaghan Motor Club for years. Gerard competed as a navigator with several drivers - Robert Moffett, David Wright, Seamus Boylan and Ronnie McCartney in the 1960s and 1970s. He was Clerk of the Course for a number of local events, such as the Drumlin in 1967 and 1968. In addition to all of that, he sponsored drivers in different parts of the country in both rallying and racing. He was very benevolent also in areas other than motorsport. He supported generously many charities, in particular through Monaghan Lions Club. His gregarious personality made him a well-known figure in so many aspects of life. May he rest in peace. Podium finish in Sweden for Kelly and Mohan Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver Eamonn Kelly Monaghan’s Conor Mohan got their second season of the Junior World Rally Championship off to a perfect start by taking third place in Rally Sweden at the weekend. The result matched their Acropolis Rally Greece performance last September and sets them up nicely for round two in Croatia in April – an event they won in 2023. One of a record 19 entrants, Kelly and Mohan found themselves in a battle with eventual winner, local ace, Mille Johansson and FIA Rally Star program member Romet Jürgenson as the Donegal/Monaghan pairing completed the podium in the category for identical Ford Fiesta Rally3s run equipped with Pirelli tyres. “It was really good to be on the podium in Sweden this year. It is a fantastic start for our championship to finish third [amongst 19 drivers] is something we can be really happy with,” said Kelly “We came here this year with a plan,” he added. “We knew what we were up against in terms of the scale of the event. We were able to show what we had learned and then back it up and it is something that I am personally happy about. “It was a good a good weekend in general. We showed speed in places and then we were maintaining a fairly consistent pace for the rest of the time.” Kelly and Mohan won the junior element of Rally Croatia last season and the focus for the months ahead is preparation for the first tarmac rally of the season “I would like to go there this year and show some speed. I want to go there and try and be much much faster and closer to the top position in the table. That is going to be the main focus over the next two months.” Swinburne to represent Ireland in Saudi Arabian navigation Monaghan Motor Club member Gretchen Swinburne who has been named as part of the Irish crew to take part in a Saudi Arabia- based off-road navigation rally next month. Motorsport Ireland, the National Governing Body for four-wheeled motorsports in Ireland today announced that Patricia Denning and Swinburne will represent Ireland at Rally Jameel in Saudia Arabia. Rally Jameel is a navigation off-road rally for women organised by the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF). The event starts on 4 March 2024 and continues over four days through the desert dunes and mountainous terrain, covering 1600km with the finish on International Women’s day on 8 March in Jeddah on the Red Sea. Swinburne takes on the role of navigator - an equally demanding role given this is a navigation rally and not a speed event. She started out her motorsport career in 2015 as a navigator in stages rallying. An impressive start with which she won the Junior Border Championship in her first year. Some highlights of navigating in stages includes a win the Laois Heartlands Twincam Challenge and a class win in Donegal International Junior Rally. Adding to her collection, she also won the Monaghan Motor Club's Combilift Perpetual Cup two years in a row. In the 2022/2023 season Swinburne then switched her focus to navigation trials and in her first year successfully won her class in the Motorsport Ireland Navigation Trial Championship. Taking to the driver's seat, Denning is one of the top female motorsport drivers in Ireland with a wealth of driving experience having competed in over 150 events in her career to date. With a very impressive motorsport CV she is a double Ladies Forestry Rally Champion, and holds the unique accolade of being the only female in the world to have won a FIA Rallycross Super Final. Commenting on the announcement, Motorsport Ireland President Aiden Harper said: “We are thrilled to have Patricia and Gretchen represent Ireland at Rally Jameel and offer our sincere gratitude to the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) for this incredible invitation. 2024 has been an incredibly exciting year for Irish Motorsport so far with the WRC bid and this event invitation only solidifies how well regarded Irish motorsport is on the world stage. Wishing Patricia and Gretchen the very best of luck!” Hone wins forest championship opener Through rain, mist and an afternoon of scorching sunshine, and being chased by one of the most impressive and talented fields in quite a number of years on a loose-surface event, Jordan Hone and his father Paul delivered a cool and calm masterclass to claim a very first rally victory on the Killarney Forest Rally and leave with maximum points in the hunt for the Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship title. With ninety cars starting the event, the buzz was real in the build up, but a lot of crews will have been surprised to wake up to misty rain for the opening loop on what was forecast to be a drying affair. By the end of the rally there would be an 11.2 second gap to Vivian Hamill & Gary Nolan, with third going to a rather surprised Niall McGonigle & Caolan McKenna who leave the Killarney Forest Rally with a stage win and podium finish on what had been intended as a shakedown for next weekend Fivemiletown event. Just 13 seconds off a podium spot was Derek Mackarel and Eamonn Creedon. They took 4th OA in their Fiesta R5 and had 3rd fastest stages times on the final two stages as the Stonebridge driver continues to adapt to the car. In the 2WD battle, it was a tricky day with many of the Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship frontrunners reporting issues throughout the day, although for the late entrant pair of Shane McGirr & Denver Rafferty it was a successful trip south for the Lada pair as they claimed victory. Ten seconds behind McGirr was back-to-back 2WD Forest Champion Micky Conlon & James McEneaney, the MC Blinds Ford Escort looking worse for wear following a dramatic meeting with a chicane on the opening stage when they got caught out with cold brakes. They lost a considerable amount of time but still finished the stage 2nd 2WD and just 7.2 seconds down on McGirr. The gap opened slightly more on the second stage due to a stall on a junction but a very clean run through the third test and McGirr's tyres going off gave them a 1.7 second lead in the 2WD section at service. Although no major drama was reported on the final loop, the stages were badly cut up and McGirr managed to claw back the time to demote Conlon/McEneaney to 2nd 2WD and tenth overall. Ryan Farrell was alongside Dylan Eves. They were second in Class 2 and sixth 2WD by the end of the day. In the same class, Tommy Moffett made his Rally4 debut. He and co-driver Domhnall Lennon finished sixth. The former J1000 champion proving the benefits of the Junior series with some instantly competitive stage times. Reigning Irish Forest Rally Champion co-driver Arthur Kierans returned to the driver's seat in his Subaru Impreza. His navigation trial partner Shane Maguire made his stage Rally debut on the event. Unfortunately transmission issues halted their run after just one stage. Killian McArdle was,on the notes for Peter McCullagh. They'd also fail to finish, as would James McCarville and Conal McNulty. The Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship returns on 14 April with the Carrick-on-Suir Willie Loughman Forest Rally.
Motor Club Notes:
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No Rally - Look Back …… HERE Clubs Rally 1995 - ……………….. HERE
Remembering Gerard Kelly Sadly we have learned of the death of a long standing character in motorsport circles. Gerard Kelly, a well- known local businessman from Monaghan, died suddenly at his home on Sunday morning last. Gerard was in a line of four generations of motorsport enthusiasts. His father, his son and his grandson, as well as himself. He was a committee member of Monaghan Motor Club for years. Gerard competed as a navigator with several drivers - Robert Moffett, David Wright, Seamus Boylan and Ronnie McCartney in the 1960s and 1970s. He was Clerk of the Course for a number of local events, such as the Drumlin in 1967 and 1968. In addition to all of that, he sponsored drivers in different parts of the country in both rallying and racing. He was very benevolent also in areas other than motorsport. He supported generously many charities, in particular through Monaghan Lions Club. His gregarious personality made him a well-known figure in so many aspects of life. May he rest in peace. Podium finish in Sweden for Kelly and Mohan Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver Eamonn Kelly Monaghan’s Conor Mohan got their second season of the Junior World Rally Championship off to a perfect start by taking third place in Rally Sweden at the weekend. The result matched their Acropolis Rally Greece performance last September and sets them up nicely for round two in Croatia in April – an event they won in 2023. One of a record 19 entrants, Kelly and Mohan found themselves in a battle with eventual winner, local ace, Mille Johansson and FIA Rally Star program member Romet Jürgenson as the Donegal/Monaghan pairing completed the podium in the category for identical Ford Fiesta Rally3s run equipped with Pirelli tyres. “It was really good to be on the podium in Sweden this year. It is a fantastic start for our championship to finish third [amongst 19 drivers] is something we can be really happy with,” said Kelly “We came here this year with a plan,” he added. “We knew what we were up against in terms of the scale of the event. We were able to show what we had learned and then back it up and it is something that I am personally happy about. “It was a good a good weekend in general. We showed speed in places and then we were maintaining a fairly consistent pace for the rest of the time.” Kelly and Mohan won the junior element of Rally Croatia last season and the focus for the months ahead is preparation for the first tarmac rally of the season “I would like to go there this year and show some speed. I want to go there and try and be much much faster and closer to the top position in the table. That is going to be the main focus over the next two months.” Swinburne to represent Ireland in Saudi Arabian navigation Monaghan Motor Club member Gretchen Swinburne who has been named as part of the Irish crew to take part in a Saudi Arabia-based off-road navigation rally next month. Motorsport Ireland, the National Governing Body for four-wheeled motorsports in Ireland today announced that Patricia Denning and Swinburne will represent Ireland at Rally Jameel in Saudia Arabia. Rally Jameel is a navigation off-road rally for women organised by the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF). The event starts on 4 March 2024 and continues over four days through the desert dunes and mountainous terrain, covering 1600km with the finish on International Women’s day on 8 March in Jeddah on the Red Sea. Swinburne takes on the role of navigator - an equally demanding role given this is a navigation rally and not a speed event. She started out her motorsport career in 2015 as a navigator in stages rallying. An impressive start with which she won the Junior Border Championship in her first year. Some highlights of navigating in stages includes a win the Laois Heartlands Twincam Challenge and a class win in Donegal International Junior Rally. Adding to her collection, she also won the Monaghan Motor Club's Combilift Perpetual Cup two years in a row. In the 2022/2023 season Swinburne then switched her focus to navigation trials and in her first year successfully won her class in the Motorsport Ireland Navigation Trial Championship. Taking to the driver's seat, Denning is one of the top female motorsport drivers in Ireland with a wealth of driving experience having competed in over 150 events in her career to date. With a very impressive motorsport CV she is a double Ladies Forestry Rally Champion, and holds the unique accolade of being the only female in the world to have won a FIA Rallycross Super Final. Commenting on the announcement, Motorsport Ireland President Aiden Harper said: “We are thrilled to have Patricia and Gretchen represent Ireland at Rally Jameel and offer our sincere gratitude to the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) for this incredible invitation. 2024 has been an incredibly exciting year for Irish Motorsport so far with the WRC bid and this event invitation only solidifies how well regarded Irish motorsport is on the world stage. Wishing Patricia and Gretchen the very best of luck!” Hone wins forest championship opener Through rain, mist and an afternoon of scorching sunshine, and being chased by one of the most impressive and talented fields in quite a number of years on a loose-surface event, Jordan Hone and his father Paul delivered a cool and calm masterclass to claim a very first rally victory on the Killarney Forest Rally and leave with maximum points in the hunt for the Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship title. With ninety cars starting the event, the buzz was real in the build up, but a lot of crews will have been surprised to wake up to misty rain for the opening loop on what was forecast to be a drying affair. By the end of the rally there would be an 11.2 second gap to Vivian Hamill & Gary Nolan, with third going to a rather surprised Niall McGonigle & Caolan McKenna who leave the Killarney Forest Rally with a stage win and podium finish on what had been intended as a shakedown for next weekend Fivemiletown event. Just 13 seconds off a podium spot was Derek Mackarel and Eamonn Creedon. They took 4th OA in their Fiesta R5 and had 3rd fastest stages times on the final two stages as the Stonebridge driver continues to adapt to the car. In the 2WD battle, it was a tricky day with many of the Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship frontrunners reporting issues throughout the day, although for the late entrant pair of Shane McGirr & Denver Rafferty it was a successful trip south for the Lada pair as they claimed victory. Ten seconds behind McGirr was back- to-back 2WD Forest Champion Micky Conlon & James McEneaney, the MC Blinds Ford Escort looking worse for wear following a dramatic meeting with a chicane on the opening stage when they got caught out with cold brakes. They lost a considerable amount of time but still finished the stage 2nd 2WD and just 7.2 seconds down on McGirr. The gap opened slightly more on the second stage due to a stall on a junction but a very clean run through the third test and McGirr's tyres going off gave them a 1.7 second lead in the 2WD section at service. Although no major drama was reported on the final loop, the stages were badly cut up and McGirr managed to claw back the time to demote Conlon/McEneaney to 2nd 2WD and tenth overall. Ryan Farrell was alongside Dylan Eves. They were second in Class 2 and sixth 2WD by the end of the day. In the same class, Tommy Moffett made his Rally4 debut. He and co-driver Domhnall Lennon finished sixth. The former J1000 champion proving the benefits of the Junior series with some instantly competitive stage times. Reigning Irish Forest Rally Champion co-driver Arthur Kierans returned to the driver's seat in his Subaru Impreza. His navigation trial partner Shane Maguire made his stage Rally debut on the event. Unfortunately transmission issues halted their run after just one stage. Killian McArdle was,on the notes for Peter McCullagh. They'd also fail to finish, as would James McCarville and Conal McNulty. The Sligo Pallets Forest Rally Championship returns on 14 April with the Carrick-on-Suir Willie Loughman Forest Rally.