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Kilford Arms Hotel,Kilkenny, Rally HQ
Delaney’s Shop, Tulloran, Tulloran Village.
Cronins Petrol Station, Nine Mile house.
Londis Top Shop, Callan.
Esso Petrol Station, Callan Rd, Kilkenny.
Hooligans Service  Station, College Rd, Kilkenny.
Jack De Laugherys, Service Station, Freshford Rd, Kilkenny.
Maxol Station, Carlow Rd. Kilkenny.
Enda Brady, Black Quarry Service Station, Kilkenny.

The Event Programmes will be on Sale from Friday evening/Saturday morning

 

2011 Ravens Rock Rally Early Entry Incentive Package Winners

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1st Prize: Full Entry Refund - Winners: Jason Roycroft and Nicole O'Shea

2nd Prize: Accommodation for two people for Saturday Night 25th June - Winners:  Eoin Gregg and Chris Lacey

3rd Prize: €100 voucher for tyres sponsored by Bill Adare - Winners: Francis Kelly and Charlotte Egan

4th Prize: 25 Litres of Fuel, Sponsored by Drennan Oil - Winners: Paddy Murphy and Caroline Cleary

5th Prize: Twelve Months Subscription of Pacenotes Rally Magazine for both the Driver and Navigator - Winners: Paul Manton and Mark Wiley

 
 

Tom Geraghty Tyres Added to Sponsors for 2011 Ravens Rock Rally

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The Carrick on Suir Motor Club are delighted to announce that indexTom Geraghty Tyres have now come onboard as the third main sponsor of the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. Tom and his sons are Carrick MC Members and were heavily involved with the club's Halloween Historic Stages Rally. Tom himself has been involved with rallying for over 35 years and as the Carrick Motor Club celebrates the 40th running of the Ravens Rock, Tom’s name can be seen as one of the earliest competitors in the history of the event. Tom also has one of the longest sponsorship deals to date in Irish Rallying. Toms IMG_7218 (Large)name is now synonymous with the name Kenny McKinstry and all his cars. Their paths cross year's ago when the Circuit of Ireland made one of its trips down South to Waterford. During one such event Kenny's Mk11 Escort hit trouble and Tom was there to help. A short time after the event Kenny contacted Tom, firstly to thank him for his help and secondly to enquire would he be interested in some sponsorship and the rest shall we say is history.

A specially designed advertisement sticker containing the Tom Geraghty logoTyres name will be carried on each car competing in this year’s event.

On securing the sponsorship COC of the event John Rafter said, “It’s another step forward for the event. We held a very successful rally twelve months ago and its vindication when we can attract a new sponsor onboard.”

 
 

F.A.S.T. Car to STAR on Ravens Rock Rally

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Earlier this year Jerry Murphy contacted the Irish Heart Foundation IHF_Stroke_H_2Cwith a new idea to spread the F.A.S.T. message.  He wanted to promote F.A.S.T. on a Southern 4 Rally Championship. His friend Barry O'Brien is the owner and driver of an Opel Corsa Rallycar and both have come together to highlight the F.A.S.T. campaign.

F.A.S.T. Stands for:

F – Face – has their face fallen on one side?  Can they smile?

A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

S – Speech – is their speech slurred?

T –Time - Call 999 if you spot any single one of these signs.

The first rally on the schedule is the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. Clerk of the course John Rafter said on hearing the news that the FAST Car would be attended the event “As clerk of the course for the rally I'm delighted to welcome Barry, Jerry and the crew from Cork. They are highlighting a very serious condition and it’s great that Motorsport Sport can play a part. To publicise the car and the work that Jerry is doing we will be honored to invite Barry and the car to the ceremonial start on Saturday night the 25th and Jerry will also be on hand to give us a background on how his story unfolded and to how the F.A.S.T. campaign can help.

This is Jerry’s Story: I was working at my job in the post office in Jerry MurphyMacroom, Co Cork, back in April, 2007, when I had my first “bang” as I called them. I was dealing with customers at the counter when out of the blue; I started having difficulty picking up coins with my right hand. It was a very busy morning and I had a queue of customers out the door, so I kept going as best I could.

When I tried to write up the deposit books, I couldn’t grasp the pen properly. Then another clerk asked me a question and I opened my mouth but nothing came out, so I left the counter and went into the staff room. I tried to tell the cleaner something was wrong, but I couldn’t get any words out. She calmed me down and walked me down the street to the doctor.

The GP called an ambulance and I was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) at about 1pm. By the time I was seen by a SHO at 4.45pm, I was back to normal, so I was discharged. I had also had a CAT scan, which came back clear.

At 29 years of age, the last thing you think about is stroke and there was no history of it in my family, but I knew that first day that I was having a stroke. Two weeks later, I was sorting letters at work when I had another attack. My right arm felt heavy and I couldn’t pick up the letters. I felt the power draining from the right side of my body.

The doctor was sent for and I was admitted to CUH, but the symptoms had subsided within two hours and nothing showed up on an MRI or CAT scan. I was put under the care of neurologist Dr Brian Sweeney. Between then and the end of 2007, I was taken to AE eight times by ambulance as a medical emergency. I spent a week in CUH in December after a stronger episode.

After my second episode, I knew what was happening as I had looked up my symptoms on the internet. I was having transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes, but I had no diagnosis as nothing was showing up on the scans and, thankfully, there was no residual damage caused to my heart.

I stopped going out in crowds or to matches in case I had an episode. I stayed close to people who knew about my condition. I worried about what would happen if I was on my own and my speech went because I wouldn’t have been able to call an ambulance.

Every time it happened, it was like a stopwatch started ticking in my head. I knew how important it was that I get to hospital as quickly as possible and I knew that if I wasn’t back to normal within 24 hours, I could be in trouble. My episodes were taking longer to pass.

In January 2008, while visiting a family member at Millstreet Hospital, I got my strongest episode yet. I was rushed to CUH where I spent two weeks and was referred to a cardiologist. TIAs were now mentioned for the first time and I was diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in my heart. Babies are born with a normal opening that allows blood to flow between the left and right chambers of the heart. This opening should close naturally soon after birth and when this does not happen, the hole that’s left is called a PFO.

I was put on anti-clotting medication which controlled my condition. Closing the hole through surgery was not an option at this stage, according to my cardiologist, as the medication had things under control.

I had no further attacks until the end of August 2010 when I was on a postal delivery. I spent two weeks in hospital and my right leg was worst affected. I had physio afterwards to get back on my feet and was out of work for a while.

I went back to work in October and thought that first week would never end. I was so tired; I had no energy at all. I was in Macroom shopping when I felt another episode coming on and ended up back in hospital for a week. It was obvious the medication was no longer working at this stage.

I knew there was only one man in the country, Dr Kevin Walsh, a paediatric cardiologist in Dublin who could close the hole. I arranged to have the surgery privately at the Beacon Hospital through the VHI on December 17th last. Dr Walsh implanted a wire mesh device called a PFO occluder into my heart using a catheter. The procedure was a success and I was out of hospital after two nights.

I was put on anti-clotting medication for three months and have had no episodes since the surgery. I am back to work and doing fine at the moment, apart from a slight weakness in my right leg when I’m tired or in cold weather. Before I had the hole closed, I used to be completely breathless after I went for a walk or a cycle. Now, there’s no stopping me.

While I was in hospital, I did some research from my bed and came across the Irish Heart Foundation website, stroke.ie, which I found very helpful. I was very impressed with its FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) campaign, which raises awareness of the signs of stroke and the need to act fast. Stroke can happen to people of all ages, which is why it’s so important for everybody to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

NO FEE Irish Heart launch 567 (Large)In May 2010, the Irish Heart Foundation launched a 4-year TV and radio advertising F.A.S.T. campaign.

This campaign is being mounted to tackle the frightening lack of public awareness about stroke symptoms in Ireland. In 2009, IHF research showed that less than 50% of Irish adults would ring 999 if they thought they were having a stroke.

The hard hitting images in the TV ad show how quickly a stroke can affect a person. The average stroke destroys roughly two million brain cells every minute. So, the quicker a person gets into hospital after a stroke, the more of their brain can be saved.

Stroke Action’s F.A.S.T. campaign wants to help the public achieve a better understanding of the warning signs of stroke so as to aid in the prevention of stroke.

Stroke is a very serious medical emergency but it can be avoided. If you suspect that someone has had a stroke, you need to call 999 immediately.

When stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.

The F.A.S.T. acronym was created as a helper for people to remember the main warning signs of stroke so that they can act immediately in the case of a stroke by dialling 999.

 

F.A.S.T. stands for:IHF001_A4andA3poster (2) (Large)

F – Face – has their face fallen on one side?  Can they smile?

A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

S – Speech – is their speech slurred?

T –Time to call 999 if you spot any single one of these signs.

F.A.S.T.  Can help you to rapidly recognise when a stroke is taking place and then act quickly to get medical treatment and help prevent serious damage.

 

The Irish Heart Foundation's F.A.S.T. campaign

 
 

2011 Ravens Rock Rally Bonus for Honda Crews

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Honda-logoLike our Early Incentive Package the Carrick on Suir Motor Civic JumpClub are running the Honda Award again this year.

The top 3 finishing Honda cars in each of the relevant classes will qualify for a draw to Win 3 Prizes,

1st Prize:  €500,

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize:  €200

This is an opportunity not to be missed for all Honda Crews

 
 

2011 Ravens Rock Rally Early Entry Incentive Package

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Twelve months ago the Carrick MC offered an Early Entry winning is greatIncentive Package and it proved to be a great success and the club are delighted to announce that they are offering a similar package this year for entries that are in and fully paid for by the closing date, Monday the 13th of June

Incentive Package Includes

1st Prize: Full Entry Refund

2nd Prize: Accommodation for two people for Saturday Night 25th June

3rd Prize: €100 voucher for tyres sponsored by Bill Adare

4th Prize: 25 Litres of Fuel, Sponsored by Drennan Oil

5th Prize: Twelve Months Subscription of Pacenotes Rally Magazine for both the Driver and Navigator

Get Your Entry In Now!

 
 

40th Running of the Ravens Rock Rally Launched at Motorsport Expo

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The 2011 Ravens Rock Rally was officially launched on Sunday last at the Irish Motorsport Expo. Top Irish Motorsport Journalist and Dunlop National Rally Championship Press Coordinator Martin Walsh was on hand to quiz COC John Rafter on the details of the 2011 event.

After expressing his delight on the success of the 2010 event for which he took charge of for the first time John (Rafter) went on to give a rundown on this year’s rally.

"2010 was the start of a three plan and our challenge last year was two fold. Firstly to organise and promote an event worthy of the Carrick on Suir Motor Club and secondly to fill the entry. With the support of the club and a dedicated team, I'm very proud of what we achieved. We didn't a have National Championship status and long gone is the day when you only need to mention the word rally and you would have 200 crews banging down your door. We took it step by step in the organisation and left not stone unturned when it came to filling the entry."

"With this same vigor I'm now delighted to announce the details of the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. This year sees the 40th running of the Ravens Rock and from early beginnings in the early 70s when it was held as a night navigation event to its current form as a one day event in the National Rally Championship, the rally has gone through many changes. To mark the 40th Year we are offering a special prize. The 40th finisher on the official results will receive €400 of their entry fee refunded to celebrate the 40th running of the event.”

“We again welcome back our main Sponsors Suirway (James Coleman) SUIRWAY FARM MACHINERY 3but this year its Suirway Farm Machinery as James has launched his new business and the Carrick on Suir Motor Club are delighted to be associated with James' new brand. I also welcome back the Pius Phlean and Kilford LogoKilford Arms Hotel as our second joint sponsor. We had the honor last year of basing the club's premier event in the Kilford and Pius with his team couldn't have been more helpful pre, during and post the event. I'm delighted to announce that the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally will again be located in the Kilford Arms Hotel."

"On the day of the rally the attention moves from the event HQ to the stages firstly but also to the service area, which becomes the central core when the rally is running. Last year we were lucky enough to acquire the use of the Chancellors Mills premises and again this year John Dalton has come onboard to give the use of his facility. The Chancellors Mills site will again act as the centralised scrutiny, parc ferme and service Area and I thank John very much."

"A sign that an event has gone well is when you can attract a new sponsor and I'm now delighted to announce that the Kilkenny People Newspaper are coming onboard this year as an associate sponsor. When first approached, Sport Editor John Knox was eager to become involved and he and the paper have been instrumental in the advertising and publicising of the Irish Motorsport Expo and will carry this same enthusiasm in the lead up to the Ravens Rock."

Three Major Championships for 2011:

“Last year the rally formed a counting round in three major championships. Neil McCance was a worthy overall winner and was competing in the Mitsubishi Challange, sadly this championship is not running in 2011 but we were grateful for its support last season, 2010 also saw the rock form part of the Southern Four Championship and we welcome back the crews taking part again this year in this prestigious regional championship. Another regional championship that comes back again this year is the Triton Showers South East Stages Rally Championship. The South East Stage holds a special place in the Carrick Club as the championship is organised and promoted by the five Motor Clubs in the South East. The championship is also ran by our own club secretary Ann Fitzgerald, with the championships PRO Joe O'Brien on hand to send out previews and event reports in his own inimitable fashion. If I may say I'm keeping a close eye on the South East Stages this year because as of the last round my great friend Shay Power is in top spot in the leader board, he must have a good co driver.”

“In 2010 the Rock had its turn out of the Dunlop Series but we are delighted this year to welcome back the National Rally Championship to Kilkenny. There has been some spectacular rallying over the opening four rounds to date this season and I'm sure round five in the Black and Amber County will be no different.”    

 
 

The STIG Revealed...

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Former Kilkenny Inter County Hurler Andy Comerford swappedThe STIG at the Expo 2 his Kilkenny Jersey for a rally suit. The STIG at the Expo 1Andy is pictured here during the Expo as he mingled with the crowd.

The clues again were:

Clue No. 1: He is English and Drives a German Car

Clue No. 2: He won a Major Championship in 2002

Clue No. 3: This Marble City Man plays Soccer with the Freebooters

Clue No. 4: As a pastime, this man catches your fish for his chips

Clue No. 5: His Brother hit the headlines last week

Clue No: 6:  ANAGRAM : Day for cord men.

Kilkenny's Terence Cleere was the first name out of the hat and is the luck winner of a €400 Holiday Voucher courtesy of Manning Travel, High St, Kilkenny City.
 
 

Irish Motorsport Expo Raffle Winners Announced

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1st Prize: Ravens Rock Rally 00 Navigator Seat with James Coleman

Winner of the 00 Seat with James Coleman in his Mk11 Ford James Coleman in his Mk11 Ford EscortEscort on this years Ravens Rock Rally was Darren Stanley from Longford. Darren can now look forward to a weekend to remember at the end of June as he will first carry out his recce of the special stages with James on Saturday the 25th, then he will accompany James to the ceremonial start on Saturday evening, where he will be in the co drivers seat as James drives up High Street and on to the ceremonial ramp and the usual photo shoot.

Darren won't get much sleep I'm sure on Saturday night as he looks forward to the fastest spin of his life with James over the NINE SPECIAL STAGES that make up the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. Darren's prize doesn't end there however as he will round off the day by accompanying James to the finish ramp again in High Street where we will get his reaction to his high speed day in the Yellow Mk11.

2nd Prize: Winner of the Gents Racing Bike was Tony Drohan from Rathgormack.

3rd Prize: Winner of the 19" Flat Screen TV was Neal McGroarty from Donegal.

 
 

Buckstown Brings Down the House at Motorsport Expo

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The Irish Motorsport Expo rolled into the "HUB" Cillin Hill Ramplast Sunday, featuring the cream of each Motorsport discipline in Ireland enthusiasts were treated to Tarmac Rally Cars, Autotest Mini's, Autocross Buggies, Vintage Cars and Single Seaters. There was also a host of Motorsport trade stands as the Hub Arena was transformed into a Motorsport spectacular, all organised by the Carrick on Suir Motor Club.

Breen Opens ExpoThe hectic day of Motorsport entertainment was kicked off at 11am as the Expo was officially opened by Kilkenny Rally Driver Craig Breen. The day long show had attractions for all ages of enthusiastsRSA Car and fans. Highlights including the Formula 1 Car simulator, Craig Breen Supporters Club, The Motorsport Ireland Stand and the Road Safety Truck but it was the Seamus Anderson and the Gang from Buckstown Motorsport that set the days action alive. Seamus and the lads from Mullinavat held a gearbox challenge. The Buckstown crew had the challenge down to a fine art after numerous practice sessions in the preceding days. With crowds cheering the Buckstown crew had their Gearbox Challengefirst attempt at 3.30 and stopped the clocks at 4 minutes 11 seconds, exiting the blue Mk11 after the finish Seamus Anderson shouted we must go again. "We got off to the perfect start and everything was going great until we dropped the car off the stands and tried to restart the engine. I couldn't get theBuckstown MS car into the reverse gear. We lost some time here and I know we can set a better time. We'll try again." An hour later with the tension mounting and the crowds shouting encouragement the boys were back to have another go. This time the gang clicked and the crew beat their first attempt by 7 seconds, setting 4 minutes 4 seconds.

Young Drivers Forum: At 5.30 the Young Drivers Forum got underway Forumas Irish Rallying's budding talent were on display. Hosted by renowned Motorsport Journalist Martin Walsh the forum gave fans the chance to here the views and insights of the how these blossoming stars.

First on stage were Donegal's Toni Kelly and from County Monaghan's Stephen Wright and Vincent McAree. Martin questioned the trio about how they got into the sport from an early age and their current respective rallying programmes. Next up to the limelight were current Billy Coleman award winner Robert Barrable from Dublin and his was joined by WRC Academy participants Co. Fermanagh's Alastair Fisher and Kilkenny's Craig Breen. Host Martin Walsh spoke to Robert about his resent move to four wheel drive and the Skoda S2000 and his madden win at the West Cork Rally. He then moved the Alastair and Craig to speak about their exploits in the world stage and the WRC Academy.

SUIRWAY FARM MACHINERY 3The evening was rounded off with the launch of the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally. Clerk of the Course John Rafter took centre stage for the official Launch, during his speech John spoke about the 2010 event being the fulfillment of an ambition by taking on the organisation of the event “One of the most rewarding parts for me came at the ceremonial start in High St, all our hard work over the previous ten months came to the fore. The rally was a major success and the reaction from people who came up to me in the weeks that followed was vindication that Motorsport is alive and well in the Marble City."

After showing his delight about the 2010 event John went onLaunch to unveil the main sponsors for this years event and outlined the rally schedule over the weekend of June 25th and 26th.

"2010 was the start of a three plan; firstly we wanted to showcase the Ravens Rock Rally as a sporting event to Kilkenny City. With that achieved our next step was to build on that achievement and raise awareness of all the Motorsport disciplines here in Kilkenny and I think with the crowds that we've seen here today Motorsport has a strong foothold in the South East of the Country. Now to the part I've been waiting to get to, the 2011 event. After taking a few weeks off to recharge the batteries my team and I were back to work on the 2011 Rock and from the beginning the work has be hard but dedicated and I would like to thank all the members of the Rock committee and I know this years rally will be bigger and better than 2010. We again welcome back our main Sponsor Suirway (James Coleman) but this year its Suirway Farm Machinery as James has launched his new business and the Carrick on Suir Motor Club are delighted to be associated with James' new brand. I also welcome back Pius Phlean and Kilford Arms Hotel as our second joint sponsor. We had the honor last year of basing the club’s premier event in the Kilford and Pius with his team couldn't have been more helpful pre, during and post the event. I'm delighted to announce that the 2011 Ravens Rock Rally will again be based in the Kilford Arms Hotel. On the day of the rally the attention moves from the event HQ to the stages firstly but also to the service area, which becomes the central core when the rally is running. Last year we were luck enough to acquire the use of the Chancellors Mill premises and again this year John Dalton has come onboard to give the use of his facility. The Chancellors Mill’s site will again act as the centralised scrutiny, parc ferme and service and I thank John very much. Moving to the Rally itself, we last year the rally form a counting round in three major championships. Neil McCance was a worthy winner and was competing in the Mitsubishi Challenge, sadly this championship is not running in 2011 but we were grateful for its support last season, 2010 also saw the rock form part of the Southern Four Championship and we welcome back the crew taking part again this year in this prestigious regional championship. Another regional championship that comes back again this year is the South East Stages Rally Championship. The South East Stage holds a special place in the Carrick Club as the championship is organised and promoted by the five Motor Clubs in the South East. The championship is also ran by our own club secretary Ann Fitzgerald, with the championships PRO Joe O'Brien. If I may say I'm keeping a close eye on the South East Stages this year because as of the last round my great friend Shay Power is in top spot in the leader board, he must have a good co driver. In 2010 the Rock had its turn out of the Dunlop Series but we are delighted this year to welcome back the National Championship to Kilkenny. There has been some spectacular rallying over the opening four rounds to date this season and I'm sure round five in the Black and Amber County will be no different.”  

Rally Weekend: The one day rally will take place on Sunday the 26th of June with the ceremonial start taking place in High Street on Saturday evening the 25th with a parade of the competing cars, making the Motorsport Spectacle a weekend event. The rally welcomes back the Dunlop National Championship for this year and will also be counting rounds in the Triton Showers South East Stages Rally Championship and The Southern 4 Championship. The Headquarters will again be based in the Kilford Arms Hotel, with Scrutiny, Parc Ferme and centralised service in Chancellors Mills premises. The rally will keep the same format from a year ago with a three stage layout each being repeat three times. 
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2011 Hillclimb Event Report

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Hillclimb Weekend

Carrick on Suir Motorclub Hillclimb, Rounds 5 and 6 of the Connaught Competition Engines Hillclimb and Sprint Championship 2011 for the Frank Keane Trophy.

By Senan OConnor.

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The Carrick on Suir Motor Club returned to the National Championship last weekend as hosts of rounds 5 and 6 of the Connaught Competition Engines, Hillclimb and Sprint Championship 2011. The club ran two venues close to Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. The Saturday Hillclimb at Templeorum featured two tight hairpins while the Sunday Hill at Owning was more a test of straight line speed with some natural kinks and a few chicanes added for safety. Simon McKinley was staggeringly quick setting the fastest time of the day after only two runs. Brendan Keane and Rory Stephens had a close battle to decide the runner up spot, Keane won out by just over two tenths of a second from Stephens. Brendan also claimed the award for 1st in class 7 sponsored by Crecora Mills. Rory won 3B sponsored by A + E Motorsport.

John Mahon has finally found the beat in his DJ, with the injector problems he’s been suffering sorted. He was fourth overall and 1st in the www.imprints.org class 6. Ray Cunningham was fifth overall and winner of class 1 sponsored by the Daly family in memory of Terence. Elaine O’Reilly claimed second having sorted the teething problems she experienced last time in her freshly tuned Mini. Elaine was just over a tenth of a second ahead of Nigel Bryson in the increasingly popular class. Stephen O’Shea had to change the gearbox on his Starlet on the night before the event, his perseverance was rewarded with fourth in the category. The remaining four drivers in the class finished within two seconds of each other. Tony Banville in a Swift. Seamus Hobbs in a Corsa, Marty Kinsella also in the Swift and Trish Daly making the switch to a Mini.

James Doherty was the fastest in Class 2 which was sponsored by the hosting club. He was also ninth overall. Tommy Murphy headed the front wheel drive challenge in the class in his Civic ahead of last years class champion John Bradley. Owen Cardiff double drove another Corsa with Shay Delaney, Owen was best by just 13 hundredths of a second. Brendan Quinn was just over a second behind them in his Corolla with Tom Kennelly chasing in his Punto, a bit further back.

Ian Quinn had his rear engined Mini back together after going off in Clare. He won class 3a, sponsored by Carnew Tyre Centre and was also 8th overall. Peter Bogan was back in the Zakspeed Escort having skipped the Co. Clare events while John Whitley continues the legend of the Golf Gti in third place.

Trevor Cullen continues the G3 story in true style, second in 3B and sixth overall. Jim Butler keeps the history books open for the Renault 5 Maxi, third in the class. The MGB of Mick O’Shea was the winner of class 4 on Handicap. John Farrell took second in his Mk1 Escort and Sean Murray was third in his Lotus Elan in the class sponsored by the Motor Enthusiast Club.

Colm Dunphy won class 5 sponsored by the Wexford Motorclub. Brid Harpur in the formula Vee was second. John Byrne was second in class 6 and seventh overall, narrowly beating Edwin Rynhart who was third. Deirdre Delaney was next and fastest woman on the day.  It was great to see Dermot Nolan back in action after his big off at the Galway event. He got the last overall point in the championship and the award for second in class 7.

Simon Reid in a Civic just edged out Patrick Haughey by six tenths of a second in class 8 sponsored by the host of the next championship rounds, the Carlow Car Club. Georgie Bell wasn’t far off them in his Civic, followed by the spectacular Escort sharing duo of Niall Fitzpatrick and John Murphy. Alan Doherty’s potent rear wheel drive Corsa finished ahead of Seamus Anderson’s Escort in rally class 9. Paschal O’Shea put in a great performance in his Escort mk2. Pierce Hendrick won class 10 in his rapid Corsa. John Hacket was just over a second behind him in his Mini and Gemma Kerley was third in her Corsa winning the Novice Award.

Results for Sunday are still provisional at the time of publishing. Sunday’s hill saw the first appearance of the 1100cc Cento Challenge cars and they mixed well with the other up to 1400cc class 1 cars. John Courtney did remarkably well finishing seventh of the twelve cars that recorded times in that class. Joe Courtney was the second of these just six tenths back and ninth in class. Aidan Courtney probably showed a little too much respect for the borrowed car which incidently was driven home afterwards. He was a further 3 seconds back. Ray Cunningham continued to show the ultimate potential of a class 1 car, winner of the group and eighth overall this time.

Nigel Bryson upheld Fiat honour second in class 1 catching Elaine O’Reilly who was also surpassed by Stephen O’ Shea on the Sunday hill. William Power who works Saturdays was quick to get in the groove on Sunday. Tony Banville was sixth in the class. Trish Daly split the Cento’s fulfilling a lifelong ambition to race a mini. Marty Kinsella completed the top ten in the class and Billy Power made it a dozen finishers after Willie Fogarty rolled his Autobianchi on Sunday’s first run.

Tommy Murphy was delighted to finish just a hairs breadth ahead of James Doherty for class 2 honours on the second day of the weekend. Kieran Curran won the battle of the Corsa’s, third in class, ahead of John Bradley’s older version and Owen Cardiff sharing a similar car with Shay Delaney. Brendan Quinn was seventh in the Corolla.

Ian Quinn’s Mini held off two Escorts embroiled in their own battle. Peter Bogan got the better of David James in the end, by a mere six hundredths of a second. John Whitley followed them in the Golf. Trevor Cullen was fourth overall and won class 3B. Jim Butler was second this time in the Renault and Rory Stephens was third in his Radical, but some results may be subject to change. Mick O’Shea was again fastest on Handicap in class 4 from John Farrell who was fastest on scratch. Third was Sean Murray in the rare Lotus Elan + 2S.

Eugene French was back out in his Vee after being absent from the Clare/Galway events. Brid Harpur was second in her similar car. John Mahon had to play second fiddle to John Byrne on Sunday. Edwin Rynhart was third with Deirdre Delaney fourth and fastest of the women again. Patrick Haughey reasserted himself at the top of class 8. Simon Reid was second this time in the Civic. Richard Cleary was third in a Corsa followed very closely by Eddie Lyons’ Integra. Paschal O’Shea was fifth in the Mk2 Escort. Richard Moore was half a second ahead of Georgie Bell‘s Honda Civic. John Murphy and Niall Fitzpatrick could hardly be closer sharing the Mk2 Escort just five hundredths of a second was the margin in John’s favour. Ger O’Brien in his Renault Clio failed to score a time but looked quick.

Alan Doherty was pushed hard in class 8 by Seamus O’Grady in the front wheel drive Escort and Joe Lacey in one of the newer versions of  the Honda Civic, headed home Seamus Anderson’s mk2 Escort. John Hacket hadn’t far to travel to win class 10 in his Mini and Gemma Kerley was third of the women and second in the class in her Corsa.

Dermot Nolan was fifth overall and again got the award for 2nd in class 7. Brendan Keane is now the strongest challenger to McKinley in the championship and keeping the younger Dubliner honest. Keane claimed second place again by almost a second and a half from John Byrne. Simon was in top form however, his precision between the cones was remarkable as was his five second plus winning margin. It’s time for some sprints now in Carlow, in just three weeks time.

 
 

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