Congratulations to Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes on winning Cork Motor Club’s 2018 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial on 49 penalties. Second overall were Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes who finished on 54 penalties with third place going to the novice crew of Emmet McCooey and Christopher McMahon on 76 penalties, all in Subarus. Results here
Cork MC 1000 Shakes
Navigation Trial at Kanturk, Co Cork (Round 3 of
Motorsport Ireland National Championship and Round 3 of Munster Championship):
1000 Shakes Navigation Trial our first event of 2018
Cork Motor Club's opening round of our 2018 club championship will be the 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial, which takes place on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, January 13 & 14 next.
This year we see the return of Greg and Joe Shinnors Jnr as COC and Asst COC respectively with the event now being run out of new HQ, Kanturk RFC based in the North Cork town.
The event will be run over a route of 120 miles on Sheets No.72 (4th Edition) & 79 (3rd Edition).
Timetable for the event has sign on at 6.30pm with first car start at 11.40pm. Petrol will be available before and during the event.
The 2018 Shakes will be round 4 of the Motorsport Ireland National Navigation Trial championship, plus round 3 the Munster Navigation Trial championship and the opening round of the 2018 Cork Motor Club championship.
Entries are now open and regs available from the link below. Entry fee is €130, which includes competitors' personal accident insurance and IRDS at 2018 standard rate.
Please send your completed entry forms to: Greg Shinnors, Rahin, Grange, Bruff, Co. Limerick.
Contact: 087 2691975 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Murphy and Hayes win 2017 Startrek Navigation Trial
Congratulations to Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes who took overall victory on our 2017 Startrek Night Navigation Trial, which took place this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, October 14/15.
White sails to victory in wet Ballyvourney
Ian White proved best of the 25 drivers who tackled 12 tests in a very wet Ballyvourney on Saturday, September 2. Ian finished just four seconds ahead of second placed Timmy Lynch who took a Class C win with Guy foster in third overall and the Class B winner. Full results available on the right
Hewison Autotest is back in Ballyvourney for 2017
Our next event will be our annual Hewison Autotest which takes place on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The event will take place at the Údarás na Gealtachta Business Park in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. Sign on will take place at the venue at 11 am and the first of 12 tests will start at 12 noon. Orla Beamish continues again this year as COC. Regs and entry forms are available on the left.
Entries to: Orla Beamish, Moneen, Templemartin, Bandon, Co.Cork
Or by text to: 087 - 9756118
Special Cork Motor Club members meeting 29th Aug at 8:30pm
Attention all CMC members, a special club meeting is to be held next Tuesday evening, August 29th at 8:30pm at the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. The main topic for discussion will be a recent letter received from the chairman of the Rallies Committee, Richard Talbot which proposes a new event calendar for the 2018-2020 period. This new calendar proposes a reduction in the overall number of rally events. The letter of proposal along with the proposed 2018-2020 calendar is available for review at the links below. This proposal will affect all clubs who run rally events and as club members we require your input before we can reply to the Rallies Committee with our feedback. Please try to attend if you can and we look forward to seeing you all there next Tuesday night.
Motorsport Ireland Rallies Committee 2017.
Restructured 2018 Rally Calendar plan for the future and beyond
A summary and background of what the Rallies Committee-are trying to achieve by the restructuring of the Calendar for 2018, 2019 & 2020.
This Dates Calendar supersedes the list of date applications sent to the clubs previously.
1 Firstly we are trying to build a sustainable calendar for the next 3 years.
2 Our intention was to reduce the calendar with a better spread of events,
3 All stage rally clubs will be equally effected by the change over the course of the 3 year term.
4 All clubs will lose one event over the 3 year period
5 All Tarmac Events will run at a minimum of 2 weeks apart from any other MI permitted Tarmac event.
6 All tarmac and forestry events will run on alternate weeks ends.
7 The main three Championships Valvoline Forestry, TROA Tarmac, and Triton National were the starting point and focus for us with events and dates built around them according to dates and opt out years from championships.
8 We have tried to protect the Regional Championship as much as possible and we acknowledge that some will have to add some events on an interim basis over the three years to keep the numbers to a level as required by each Championship.
9 The overall calendar will be cut to approximately 25/26 Stage Rallies per year from the present number of 33 events in 2017.
10 All Forestry Events will run on the alternate weeks between tarmac events this is to allow the crossover of competitors that compete on both to flourish with in both categories with the spread agreed by the Forestry Championship Sub Committee.
11. Any club wishing to change a tarmac event date will have to do a straight swap with another tarmac event to achieve the particular date they require as all the 2 week slots are used.
12 The Calendar will run on a three year Rota starting in 2018.
13 Some events will have to move one way or another to fit into the system and to keep the 2 week gap.
14 Events on opt out years from various championships will be required to be flexible and willing to move from time to time to facilitate championship events running on that particular year.
15 All clubs are asked to buy into this system as we can't carry on with 33 stage events per year for the next three years.
16 We believe given the changes we propose will give a better chance of events getting more entries will less availability of events.
17 It will give clubs and territories a break with one event from each club out on a Rota over the 3 year period.
18 It will hopefully reduce the perceived risk as we start negotiations in 2018 on a new insurance deal for 2019 and beyond.
19 It will give clubs a chance to plan ahead over a three year period with an assurance of knowing what’s ahead and the number of Rally events that surround them each year.
20 Rallying in terms of earning power is the leading department with in the MI organization If we can get back to a situation of not having to depend on its reserve funds to run rallying each year then hopefully we can get back to providing the required funding to run the
complete sport into the future. We need to find a way to reduce the dependence on the reserves funds each year to cover our insurance costs as we have been doing for 2016 and 2017.We believe having less but more viable events is the way to achieve this
21 MI needs to be able to support requests for funding from all forms of the sport not just rallying like it has done in the past with some great success stories, This year MI were unable to do that due to commitments to cover the insurance short falls and excesses due to
reduced entries on rallies.
23 We as the Rallies Committee are charged with running rallying in Ireland we have been told many times during the year especially at the meetings in Tullamore and Athlone as the governing body that we should act to reduce the calendar .Well Having listened to all
stakeholders Clubs, Competitors & Marshals all stating the obvious that we have too many events on a calendar that is also overcrowded and congested that’s what we have done with this plan .
24 We wrote to all clubs earlier this year asking what events they were running for 2018 and a full list of events was returned with no one considering a reduction or a year out.
25 This plan has been ratified by the Rallies Committee just this week with a view to implementing it for 2018 subject to approval by the MSC. We are asking all clubs to back this idea and support it at the next CAC Meeting on September 5th and work with it for the
good of all our sport but especially for Irish Rallying.
All clubs that run stage rallies will be affected over the 3 years of this plan.
All tarmac Rallies to be a minimum of 2 weeks apart from any other a tarmac Rally.
Forestry events to run on alternate weekends to Tarmac events.
Calendar cut from 33 events to 25/26 per year
A three year structure in place.
With less events we believe it should lead to more entries for each event as has been shown in the last few weeks with the likes of Imokilly, Galway Summer, and Wexford ran with good breaks between each event
With entries fees getting back to something like a reasonable and more affordable cost for 2018.
Together with this 3 year plan of events this in our opinion is the plan for the future. Please support it.
Richard Talbot. Chairman for and on behalf of the 2017 Rallies Committee
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM MOTORSPORT IRELAND
Further to our recent announcement regarding the introduction of a period option for competition licences which will be available from 1st January 2018 (1st January to 31st December or 1st July to 30th June in any given year), the Motorsport Commission have decided to introduce an interim measure for the remainder of the current year to lead into this new system.
With immediate effect intending competitors may purchase a specific single event National licence at a cost of €50. This is designed to assist those competitors who only wish to do one event between now and the end of the currFurther to our recent announcement regarding the introduction of a period option for competition licences which will be available from 1st January 2018 (1st January to 31st December or 1st July to 30th June in any given year), the Motorsport Commission have decided to introduce an interim measure for the remainder of the current year to lead into this new system.
With immediate effect intending competitors may purchase a specific single event National licence at a cost of €50. This is designed to assist those competitors who only wish to do one event between now and the end of the current year in categories not currently covered by the existing one day licence. For example, Stage Rallies, Races, Rallycross.
All normal processes will apply in that intending competitors must complete the existing Renewal form, comply with medical, IRDS (if applicable), and club membership requirements. Single event licences will be available for National events, including those running parallel with an International event.
Intending competitors need only state on their application that it is for a named event and enclose the appropriate fee i.e. €50. However, please leave plenty of time to process the application, especially if IRDS is involved.
First time applicants will continue to apply in accordance with Appendix 1 of the current Yearbook.
31st July, 2017
Ph: 01 6775628
Fax: 01 6710793
Marshals meeting points for CFF Group
Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally 2017
on Sunday July 30th
SS1/4 Mount Hilary:
Murphys Gala Filling Station
Located on the N72.
Meeting Time: 08:30
The Eagles Nest Bar
Located on the R579
Meeting Time: 09:00
SS3/5 Boggeragh Drive:
The Eagles Nest Bar
Located on the R579
Meeting Time: 10:45
Programme outlets for the Crafted Fitted Furniture and Joinery
Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally are as follows:
Rally H/Q The Roundabout Inn, Mallow
N20 Plaza, Limerick Road, Mallow
Murphy's Gala Service Station, Killarney Road, (Dromcummer), Mallow.
O'Riordan's Amber Station, Bluepool, Kanturk
Amber Station, Ballydaheen, Mallow
KINGSTON (Clonakilty): On July 31, 2017, peacefully, in the loving care of the Director of Nursing and staff at Bushmount Nursing Home, Clonakilty, BRIDGET (Bridie) (nee Barrett), beloved wife of the late Sam, Clogheen House, much loved mother of Anne (Keane), Dick, Iris (Walsh), Fr. John C.S.Sp., Elizabeth, Vincent, Bernard, Eddie and the late Caroline. Lovingly remembered by her family, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Reposing at Clonakilty Parish Church on tomorrow (Thursday) from 6pm, followed by Prayers at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. Mary's Cemetery, Clonakilty. Family flowers only. Rest in peace.
Ian White wins Cork's Summer Autotest.
Congratulations to Ian White, winner of our 2017 Summer Autotest on Saturday, July 1. Patrick Power came home in second place with Peter Falvey taking third overall. The event, which had a late afternoon start, attracted 19 competitors.
The event took place at Corrin Marts, Fermoy, Co. Cork, with COC Johnny Kenneally putting on 12 tests for competitors.
The event was part of the 2017 Premier Auto Parts Munster Autotest championship and also a round of out own, Cork Motor Club’s championship.
The Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery, Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally 2017
Regulations and Entry Forms now available to download
Cork Motor Club marshal Circuit of Munster
Cork Motor Club marshals are needed for Circuit of Munster Rally this Sunday, June 4th. Meeting Topaz, Killarney Rd., Newcastle West 9:00am. Text Yes or No to Greg 0868235313
For the benefit of competitors that could not make the Meeting re insurance cost last Tuesday May 23rd in Athlone, the following is a debrief from Richard Talbot, MI Rallies Committee Chairman
Just A Re cap and follow on from our competitors meeting of last Tuesday May 23rd and its main points
We are asking for Support for our Sport and allow us to reduce entry fees to the level we experienced in 2015.
Details of our plan and how it will work for Competitors and officials to invest in the future of our sport as discussed and supported at our meeting last Tuesday will hopefully be officially considered/ endorsed and announced very soon.
A brief outline is to ask all
competitors that presently hold a licence to Invest a once off payment
of 200 euro in MI by October the 1st of this year . The reasoning for
this is as follows
It will allow MI to reduce entries fees for competitors for 2018 to the level we had back in 2015 before any levies e.g. One day tarmac event is presently 800 Euro this will reduce to approx 500 Euro as it was in 2015 same will apply to multi day events will run at prices experienced in 2015 .,
This investment will allow us to still meet the cost of insurance for 2018 by a different means and do away with levies as we have this year .
By having this investment in by October
It will allow us to announce that we have the sufficient funds in place to let us reduce these entry fees for 2018 so that competitors can plan their 2018 calendar early and we can see an uplift in overall entry numbers .
This investment for competitors of 200 euro works out at a cost of 3 euro and 84 cent per week based over 52 weeks to save our sport in the short term and meet the Insurance's cost for 2018 and by the way insurance costs for 2018 are for all forms of the sport not just rallying for 2018 and the years ahead .
In terms of officials we are asking for 100 Euro Investment which works out at 1.92 per week over 12 months again by October 1st.
We will also be asking any one that has an interest or a connection
with our sport to support us in this quest and make an investment to
make our sport more affordable for all competitors.
Mi presently is supporting any short fall in entries for 2017 and it is simply unsustainable for this to continue beyond 2018.
Other proposals include a reduced Callander
A flag ship event .
A contribution from events in 2018 that start more than 100 entries
We had some great ideas to gather funds from the meeting on Tuesday and
the idea is to have a lot of these in place asap to build a fund to
deal with 2019 and beyond..
The investment from competitors and officials and any one else that can support us by this October is to give a strong message that 2018 will be a very good year and if we all buy into the investment Proposed we can survive and build for 2019 and beyond for all aspects of Motorsport in Ireland
For give me this was meant to be a brief outline as I have been getting a lot of positive feed back and this is for people that were not in attendance .
I just want to state very clearly It's a one of investment for 2018 so we can reduce entries so we can have more people competing and we can build for the future so we can have motorsport in Ireland for many years to come
Regards Richard Talbot Chairman of the Rallies Committee 2017
Navigation championships prizegiving on June 10 next
The National Navigation Championship Prizegiving, as well as the Annual Navigation/Endurance Forum and the Munster Navigation Championship Prizegiving will take place on Saturday 10th June in the Gandon Inn, Portlaoise (just off J15, M7) at 8.00PM.
The format of the night will be as follows:
MI Competitor meeting debrief
Calling all CMC competitors, licenced officials and club members. A special CMC meeting is to be held on Tuesday 06 June 2017 in the Commons Inn, Cork at 9:30 pm to brief all our club members on the recent competitor meeting in Athlone.
The Athlone meeting held on the May 23rd was very
well attended, with competitors travelling from all areas of the country. A
clear picture of the current situation with regard to event insurance was
outlined by Alex Sinclair (CEO of Motorsport Ireland) and Joe Corcoran
(Motorsport Commission). The Chairman of the Rallies Committee, Richard Talbot
then outlined his views with regard to the current situation and proposed a
possible financial path forward for rallying that could begin to take into
effect from 2018.
Over the course of the next couple of hours, a number of excellent
suggestions and proposals were offered from the floor, all of which were noted
for follow up by the top table. All of the proposals from the recent CMC
competitor meeting were presented to the top table by the CMC and AMMC
(Association of Munster Motor Clubs) delegates who were present. In particular
CMCs proposal regarding the Technical Regulations for Junior specification
rally cars and the possibility of introducing a 12-month competition licence
(rather than the current annual licence) were noted as being potentially viable
The main proposal of the night from Richard Talbot is the
one however that will possibly have the most significant impact on reducing 2018
rally entry fees and will be the main topic for consideration at CMCs next
meeting. This proposal may potentially impact on and require the support of ALL
competitors and licensed officials across ALL disciplines – not just rallying.
Therefore we are requesting that ALL CMC competitors and officials attend this
meeting so we can accurately gauge opinion and provide feedback to the Rallies
Committee and the Motorsport Commission as quickly as possible.
The more feedback we gather, the more confident we can be in
moving forward so once again I would appeal to all CMC members to please make
the effort to attend at the Commons Inn on June 6th at 9:30pm – We
have one main topic to discuss therefore the meeting will be as brief as
possible. The sport is at a cross roads so if you wish to have input now is the
Yours in Motorsport, Paul Casey, Cork Motor Club Chairman
To all MI competition licence holders, including those who intend to compete over the next 2 years, one of the most Important meetings of the year is happening tomorrow, Tuesday night, May 23rd, in the Hudson Bay Hotel Athlone at 8pm.
This meeting is to discuss the ongoing insurance costs and entry costs for 2017 2018 and beyond. Officials from Motorsport Ireland will attend to provide information regarding the current arrangements for insurance and to hear the views of all in attendance as to how we progress from here
Because of the Athlone meeting, there will not be a Cork Motor Club meeting tomorrow night.
Funeral arrangements for the late Donal O'Brien. RIP.
O’Brien (Ovens, Co. Cork), On May 14th 2017, unexpectedly following an accident,Donal (Donal O’Brien Cars, Kinsale Road), beloved husband of Sandra (nee Greaney) and loving father of Nicole, dear son of John and Margaret and brother of Jonathan and Jason. Sadly missed by his loving family, extended family, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at Sullivans Funeral Home, Turners Cross Tuesday (16th) from 5.30pm until removal at 7.00pm to Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig. Requiem Mass Wednesday (17th) at 12.00noon, funeral afterwards to St. James Cemetery, Chtewynd.
It is with the deepest sadness that we learn of the passing of our friend and club member Donal O’Brien. Donal sadly passed away yesterday (Sunday, May 14, 2017) following a road collision near his home in Ballincollig Co. Cork.
Donal was a larger than life figure with a passion for motorsport. He was a long-time member of CMC, who will be fondly remembered by all for his determination in the car and his lovable roguery outside. Always keen to help out and support motorsport in anyway, he was also a former Clerk of the Course for the club's Summer Autotest and was a regular club marshal.
As a youth, Donal’s introduction to competitive motorsport was in Karting where he quickly set a name for himself as being a blisteringly quick, determined competitor. In his teens Donal moved on to single seater racing where this trend continued as Donal’s experience grew. Donal took part in his very first rally in his early 20s in a Ford Escort MK2. The Escort was soon traded for a RWD Ford Fiesta where a combination of this unusual little car combined with Donal’s flamboyant driving style quickly made a name for him within rallying circles. The Fiesta was changed in 1999 for the famous ex Donie O’Sullivan “Silver Bullet” 2.4 Mk2 Escort, which Donal used to set the stages alight over the next couple of years.
Donal took a sabbatical from rallying in the early 2000s to concentrate on his successful car sales business. Motorsport however was never far from his mind as proved by his involvement as a founding member of Mallow Autograss Club in 2003. By the end of the decade he was back competing once more, this time in top level Autograss, where once again, he set a name for himself as being the man to beat in Class 7, both here at home and throughout the UK.
In 2013 Donal returned to the stages in a 2.0 16V Escort G4 and from the outset it was clear that he had lost none of his pace. In 2015 The G4 was traded for his famous Yellow 2.5 Mk2 Escort and Donal became a regular top 10 front runner throughout the country – delighting rally fans along the way.
The directors and members of Cork Motor Club would like to express our deepest sympathies to Donal’s wife Sandra, his daughter Nicole, his parents John and Margaret, his bothers Jonathon and Jason and all his extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.
TG4 On Saturday, April 8 at 1.30pm.
BT Sports 2 on Thursday, April 13 at 9.30am.
EirSport on Wednesday, April 19 at 5.30pm
EirSport repeated Thursday, April 20 at 1pm.
Motorsport TV on Thursday, April 20 at 10.30pm.
FrontRunner on Monday April 17.
Funeral arrangements for the late Sam Hawkins.
Hawkins (Innishannon) on February 22nd 2017 peacefully at his home in Skevanish, Samuel (Sam) beloved husband and best friend of Olive (nee Rohu) and much loved father of Lisa, Mandy and the late John. Sadly missed by his heartbroken wife, daughters, sons-in-law Pat and John, his adored grandsons Sean, Ronan, Darragh, Andy and Charlie, brothers Robert and George, sister Elizabeth (O'Sullivan),sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends.
Resting at Christ Church, Innishannon on Thursday from 6pm followed by Prayers at 8pm. Funeral Service on Friday at 2-30pm funeral afterwards to Innishannon Cemetery. Family Flowers only. House Private please. The lord is my shepherd'
The 100 Isles Navigation Trial takes place on Saturday/Sunday 28th & 29th of January 2017
Organised by Skibbereen & District Car Club, the event is a round of
the National, Munster and Skibbereen club championships.
Regs available on left to download.
1000 Shakes for 2017 has been cancelled
It is with regret that we announce that out annual 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial, (which was postponed due to the Insurance difficulties), has now had to be cancelled for this year. Main reason for the decision is the lack of a suitable alternative date.
Therefore, Cork MC have decided that we will not be rescheduling the 2017 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial. As a result of the non-running of the Cork MC event, the number of counting rounds of the National Championship will be reduced by one as per Art 2.4 of App 34
The following was sent to all clubs regarding the latest update in the 2017 insurance problem:
From: Alex Sinclair <email@example.com> Subject: Insurance Meeting.
A meeting of all clubs will be convened at 8pm on Thursday 5th January in the Tullamore Court Hotel.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider details relating to the renewal of public liability insurance which has yet to be agreed. Each club is invited to send two delegates. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Sinclair, Chief Executive.
Motorsport Ireland are writing to all clubs informing them of the current insurance situation. And it isn't good news.
Despite discussions to date, MI have been unable to reach agreement for insurance for the coming year. They now ask clubs to postpone their events scheduled for the first two weeks in January to allow time for further discussions .
The events that may now be cancelled are MEC Sporting Trial; Monaghan Navigation Trial; Midland Autotest (H); and our own 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial (NT).
The current insurance situation is very serious, and could see all motorsport cancelled in Ireland for 2017.
Congrats to Owen Murphy with Daire Hayes navigating, on winning the Skibbereen Carbery night nav. Dermot Whelton and Mark McCarth were second with Joe shinnors Jnr and Greg Shinnors third overall. Congratulations to other CMC members who competed on the event, which was the final round of Cork Motor Club's championship for navigators.
Cork Motor Club had our AGM on Tuesday last, October 8, 2016, at The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Cork, the outcome of which was as follows:
Chairman Paul Casey; Vice Chairman Mick Linehan; Club Secretary Paula McCarthy; Club Treasurer Conor Calnan; Assistant Club Treasurers Claire O'Mahony and Laurence Hartigan.
The club would also like to welcome Trisha Hogan on to the board of directors. She joins Billy Tobin, Greg McCarthy, Jerry Murphy, Nial Murphy, Paul Sheehan, Stephen Sheehan, Brian O'Connell, Noel Ferriter.
A special word of thanks to Darren McCarthy who has stepped down from the board, for his very many years of work and commitment as a club director.
Cork MC’s Startrek Trial took place on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, 15/16 October. New (and First-time) CoC Aaron O’Regan laid on an excellent 80-mile/43 point route, much of it in territory not used for many years, and having a bit of everything, from farm tracks and tricky farm yards to forest roads to some tight and twisty narrow “ordinary” roads. The weather for the night had only two modes – rain off, or on (very) full, with torrential downpours occurring, accompanied occasionally by lightning flashes.
The event was the first round of the 2016/2017 Motorsport Ireland National Navigation Trial Championship, and was run from the excellent facilities of Whitechurch Community Centre. The field of 26 starters was lead away by the Midland/Monaghan crew of Pakie Duffy & Evin Hughes, the current National Champions, but these were followed by 3 “Southern” Crews - Donal Healy/Denis O’Donovan, Limerick brothers Joe & Greg Shinnors, and Skibbereen’s Dermot Whelton/Mark McCarthy.
Next up was the Monaghan/Cork combination of Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes, followed by former National Forestry Champion Eoin Murphy, with Muireann’s bother Daire in the hot seat. These were followed by the Northern Crews of Keith McConnon/Michael McCluskey and Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin, with Dublin brothers Ray & Stephen O’Neill and Cork Cousins Colm O’Mahony/Ken Carmody completing the top 10 seeds. Donal Healy’s 1500 cc 4WD Starlet was the standout-exception to the Imprezas that made up 9 out of the top 10, and 21 of the overall starters. Johnny Caseys Peugeot 306, seeded at 11, was the other principal exception to the Impreza army.
The route started with a simple enough “warm-up” loop West of the village, with a tight if straight forward double loop thru’ a farmyard at TPs 5 & 6 providing the first real test, but which caught out only two of the front runners – Mackerel/Hayes, who dropped a single penalty at both TP4 and TP6, and Tynan/Clerkin, who incurred at 50mark “early” penalty at TP6 effectively putting them out of contention for any overall award.
Duffy/Hughes lost an uncharacteristic 2 minutes at the fairly straightforward TP8, but the innocent-looking TP9, with an approach via what looked like simple navigation on decent yellows caught out Healy/O’Donovan, Murphy/Hayes, who each dropped 1 minute & McConnon/McCluskey, who dropped 2, with many of the later runners hitting even more trouble there, including 7 crews who missed it entirely, this despite a tulip being given to facilitate passage thru’ the single not-as-map revised and staggered junction which caused the problems.
At TP10, the only leading crew to suffer significantly were the O’Neill brothers, who lost their clean sheet with a 6 minute drop. Down the field, penalties were beginning to mount, though, with Damien O’Donovan/Daniel O’Brien and Tipperary’s Ray Heaney, with first-time navi John Kennedy in a very standard and tripless Mazda 323 missing multiple points, but still running. In contrast, Matt and Enda Hume and Johnny Treanor/Chris McMahon had retired, and at the other end of the scale, Novices Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock and Beginners Patrick Murphy/Mikey Walsh still had very commendable clean sheets at that point, as had the Shinnors brothers, Whelton/McCarthy, O’Mahoney/Carmody, Casey/O’Sullivan and Mac Kierans/Conor Boylan.Progress from TP 10 to TP 15, which marked the start of the SRS section was unremarkable, with no significant alteration in matters, although another double-loop at TP 12 & 13, this time using muddy but very passable farm tracks, cost Duffy/Hughes a minute. However, there was an unfortunate incident at the ITC, which had to be abandoned following an intervention by a number of men who arrived in a car and, to put it very diplomatically, suggested to the marshal that he should leave, and demonstrated their seriousness with a number of physical actions on his car.
The incident, which occurred about 300m from an off-route location where a group of occupied caravans are parked at the side of the road, lead to the abandoning of the ITC, and re-routing of any cars not already on the SRS. This in turn affected the ability of the latter cars to maintain the schedule on the following TPs, and so a decision was taken to scrub all penalties from the start of the SRS to Control 24. By then, roughly half-way through the event, there were still 7 crews with clean sheets – the Shinnors brothers, Whelton/McCarthy, O’Mahony/Carmody, Casey/OSullivan, Keirans/ Boylan, Sherry/Sherlock & Murphy/Walsh. That next TRS was followed by a significant section of forest tracks in the Nagles Mountains just South of Killavullen which lasted all the way to TP 31, and included 3 Plot & Bash points. For most crews, there was some pressure, much enjoyment and little drama in the woods, but the section did see the demise of Keirans/Boylan, a missed TP and other penalties for the Shinnors car, and lesser losses by all others except Duffy/Hughes and Murphy/Hayes, who managed a Clean Sheet on this Time Card.
This all left Whelton/McCarthy & Murphy/Hayes ahead on a single penalty each, with O’Mahony/Carmody next on 2, Duffy/Hughes and Mackeral/Hayes on 3, Healy/O’Donovan & Casey/O’Sullivan on 4. Sherry/Sherlock & Murphy/Walsh also lost their clean sheets, but continued to belie their Novice/Beginner Status with just 5 penalties each, with the O’Neill brothers next best to complete the top 10 at the ¾ mark on 12 penalties, but probably out of the reckoning for overall honours.
The last card included, at the very end, 3 plot & bash points covering, initially, a fairly innocuous looking yellow road which actually had a width, surface and condition appropriate to a track, leading to a tricky entrance to an even trickier farmyard. The P&B instructions were slightly unusual, in that a point first had to be plotted, and the tulip hand-out started from there, not from the TP at which it was handed out. This simple alteration caused difficulties to some, in particular in locating the entry to the farmyard, and, in addition, once in the farmyard, anyone not having the confidence to take a particular right slot at the unlikely looking point indicated by the tulip had difficulty in locating the correct route (which was thru’ a shed!). These issues, allied to the tightness and narrowness of the route on the Yellow and thru’ the farmyard, caused difficulties for all crews, with the top ten at the end being very different to the position only 4 points earlier.
Eventual winners were Whelton/McCarthy, who dropped 3 minutes here for an overall tally of 4. Mackeral/Hayes performed best on this last section, dropping only 2 here for a total of 5, which promoted them to Second overall. Top seeds Duffy/Hughes added 3 for a total of 6, ahead of the 306 of Casey/O’Sulllivan, who added 3 for a total of 7, the same total as Healy/O’Donovan, but who lost 4th place on a furthest cleanest tie-break.
Of the leading crews, Murphy/Hayes suffered most on these last 3 points, dropping 21 to finish well out of contention, with O’Mahony/Carmody also having something of a torrid time there dropping 10 to finish on 20 points and 1Oth overall.
In the classes, Casey/O’Sullivan were best semis, with Peter & Shane Farrell finishing 2nd semi on 31, with George & David Swanton 3rd on 36. Best Novices were Sherry/Sherlock, who were lucky to avoid a DV penalty when TP 19 was scrubbed, followed by Colm & Conor Mohan with Trevor O’Callaghan & Patrick O’Leary finishing 3rd Novice
Murphy/Walsh were, by a large margin, the best Beginners, keeping up the promise shown early in the event to finish a remarkable 8th overall. David Beamish/Eric Calnan and Brian (Rally.ie) Duggan/Brian Quinlan were distant 2nd & 3rd Beginners.All in all, it was a successful and very tight event, enjoyed by all, and with every minute counting, with the unfortunate ITC event being the only negative point. Thanks as always to all the marshals, including those who travelled from Skib, and a big congratulations to the victors, but also to Aaron on his first outing as CoC
Funeral details for the late Lizzie Hynes, Buttevant, mother of club member Jerry Hynes
The death has taken place, peacefully, at the Mercy University Hospital of Lizzie Hynes, Buttevant and late of Annagh, Ballykeeran, Athlone, beloved wife of the late Kieran and grandmother of the late Jade. Much loved mother of Jerry, Ann, Brigid, Betty, Kieran and Eileen. Sadly missed by her loving family, brothers Michael, Billy, Ned and sister Nora, sons-in-law Liam, Stuart and Charlie, daughters-in-law Theresa and Sinead, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends.
Reposing in O'Keeffe Funeral Home, Buttevant on Monday from 6pm to 8pm followed by removal to St. Mary's Church. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. Brigid's Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations to Mercy Hospital, Cork. May she rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements for the mam of our club director, Claire O'Mahony.
O’MAHONY (Cork): On November 9, 2016, peacefully at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice,VERONICA (née O’Driscoll),Well Road, Douglas and late of Little Island, dearly loved wife of the late Joe and much loved mother of Chris, Barry, David, Helen (Hurley),Catherine, Marian, Claire and the late Brian. Sadly missed by her loving family, sisters Kathleen and Lily, brother Denis, daughters-in-law Anne and Libby, sons-in-law Yves and Niall and Barry’s partner Theresa, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Lying in repose at the Temple Hill Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd from (Saturday). Removal at 7pm on Saturday evening (same day) to Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballinlough. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday. Funeral afterwards to St. Finbarr’s Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Marymount Hospice. "May she rest in peace"
Funeral arrangements for Noel Cashman (Lackaneen, Lombardstown and late of Banteer). On November 15th 2016, peacefully, at his residence. NOEL, beloved husband of Majella (nee Smyth) and dear father of Colin, Bryan, Donal and Jasmine. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, mother Patricia, brothers Dan, Pat and Tadhg, sisters Nora and Frances, father-in-law Denis, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in peace
Lying in repose at his residence on this Wednesday evening from 4pm with Prayers at 8pm. Reception into St. John's Church, Glantane on Thursday at 12.45pm followed by Requiem Mass at 1pm. Funeral afterwards to the local cemetery.
O’Shea (O’Briens Place, Dripsey). On January 3, 2017, in the tender and loving care of the nurses and staff of Cahereen Care Centre, Macroom. Tim, beloved husband of the late Alice (McSweeney) and loving father of Pat, Tim, Mike, Dan, Willie and Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving family, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Reposing at Fitz-Geralds Funeral Home, Macroom. Rosary on Wednesday at 7pm followed by removal to Berrings Church. Funeral on Thursday after 12 noon Requiem Mass to St. John’s Cemetery, Coachford. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations from all at Cork Motor Club to our club member Keith Cronin who was crowned @ClonakiltyBP @IrishTarmacTROA champion today on the @MunsterCarClub #Cork20. It's 32 years since the last Cork driver won. That was Billy Coleman for those that did not know.
And to continue the CMC winners' story, congratulations also to our other club members Kevin Horgan who netted the Junior Tarmac title and Stephen Horgan crowned Junior Co Driver on the same event.
Our 2016 Startrek Night Navigation Trial, which was voted best event of the 2015/16 National Night Navigation championship, will take place on Saturday/Sunday, October 15/16 next. The event which will again be a counting round of the National Navigation Trial, the Munster Navigation Trial & and Cork Motor Club driver and navigator championships, will also have a new COC with Aaon O'Regan taking up the reigns from Sean Daly.
The event will be based at the Whitechurch Community Hall, ref 634/810.5 and will have an earlier check-in time of 6.30pm and a start time of 10.30pm on Saturday, October 15. These earlier times are to facilitate competitors and marshals going to the Limerick forest rally the following day.
The route will be approximately 80 miles in length and fuel will be required for the full event without refuelling. The local Whitechurch shop and petrol station will be staying open untill 9pm, and will offer diesel and petrol until that time on Saturday, Oct 15.
Entry fee is €120 including competitors’ personal accident insurance & IRDS at 2016 standard rate). All competitors must have a valid 2016 Competition Licence and all drivers must have 2016 IRDS cover. Maximum number of starters is 50.
Regulations and entry forms will be available at http://www.corkmotorclub.com/ as soon as they are approved by MI. Meanwhile, competitors can contact the COC Aaron O’Regan at 087-7628277 after 6pm. (text anytime). Email email@example.com.
Broadcast Dates and Times for our Irish Forestry Championship Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally are as follows:TG4: Friday, Sept 16, at 6.30pm and Saturday Sept 17 at 11:25am
Paul Mooney in his Mini-Nova Special took overall wins on both days of the Munster and Cork Motor Club Hewison Test Trial weekend at Ballyvourney.
On Saturday, Robin Lyons, driving a Mini, finished second overall with Timmy Lynch, Westfield, finished third.
On the Sunday it was Steven Ferguson, Mini-Nova Special, who was second overall and Ian White driving a Mini Special, took third overall. Ian's result helped him secure the overall victory in the 2016 Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship.
winners on both days were Robin Lyons (Mini), Steven Ferguson (Mini-Nova
Special), Martin Walsh (Starlet Special), Timmy Lynch (Westfield), Liam Croston
(Nova) and Peter Falvey (Nova).
Novice award on both days went to Cian Power (Mini Special).
COC on our event on Sunday was Orla Beamish, while Liam Hayes was COC on Saturday.
CMC driver Derek Butler took his Honda Civic to an overall victory at last Sunday's Westmeath and District Rallysprint at Athaboy Karting Centre. Derek had an 18 second advantage at the finish of the event.
The Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally is done and "dusted" for another year.
Congratulations to Desi Henry & Liam Moynihan on their win. To all those who entered we hope you enjoyed the day. Yes it was dusty, but dry.
Hats off to the stage commanders who's stages were turned out so well. Mick O'Shea & his team, yer man from Skibb, Ger Hayes and last but by no means least Steve Davis and his team who ran SS 3&6, all 15.3KM of it.
Many thanks must go to all the marshals for their dedication in very trying conditions. In thanking the marshals we include of course, our neighbouring clubs for their help.
Our thanks go too to Coillte, Boggeragh Wind Farm & Cork Co Co for allowing us use their roads. Our thanks also goes to the residents of the stages who made us most welcome.
To our sponsors, especially Paul & Diane O'Connor of The Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Company, our title sponsors. Associate sponsors Mallow Partnership & Mallow Chamber, our stage sponsors and all our sponsors - we thank you.
Our rally H/Q was once again The Roundabout Inn where we were well looked after by Kay & Lisa & staff.
We are very grateful to the press and media for promoting our event. Thanks too goes to The Gardai, Fire Service & the HSE. Lastly, my committee, of whom I cannot speak highly enough, thank you all for your help, It was never a one man/woman show.
See you all next year. Yours in Motorsports, Brian C O'Connell, Clerk of the Course.
Paul Casey: My brother John and I have been involved in Cork Forestry for a good few years now and thought we knew every bit of gravel in north cork. When Brian asked us to pick out stages we went with the traditional Bweeng and Mnt Hilary classics. Out of curiosity we ventured up to Duhallow for a quick check as there had always been a bit of a stage there but not enough. Well I can tell you we had fair goose bumps when we found that all the little dead ends and loops had now been joined together to make that monster :) . It's some stage, and more to come from it in the next few years. Paul.
Steve Davis: It
was a pleasure running one of the longest forestry stages in Ireland.
If there was a way in making that stage longer i would be more than
happy to run it again. Until next year again huge thanks to my team Karen O Sullivan, Elaine O'Shea Murphy, Damien Prendergast, Jim & Hazel Healy, John kingston, Brian O'Leary, Brian Manning, Barry Duggan, Coleman Hegarty, Pat Nolan and last but not least the 48 marshals that came out on Sunday to help out . Thank you again., Steve.
Rally programmes will be available Thursday evening at the
Roundabout Inn, Mallow. N20 Plaza, Limerick Road, Mlalow.
Quikpick, Shortcastle, Mallow. Murphy’s Gala Shop/Petrol, Killarney, Road.
Service Area, Quartertown Industrial Estate.
The Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally is ready to run on next Sunday August 14th. The work is done the stages are in superb condition and the rally is centrally based in Mallow.
Cork Motor Club has made a serious effort to centralise all aspects of the rally which start with
Documentation which is in the Cork Co. Council grounds in Annabella, as is the Parc Ferme, Trailer Park and Finish ramp. Service is in Quarter Town industrial Estate and the Rally HQ for the weekend is the The Roundabout Inn, Mallow.
The stages are in the Nadd ,Banteer area and there is huge interest in the new stage this year Duhallow 16km of superb gravel road this stage has already been described as EPIC.
At the time of going to press entries include Mark Donnelly Fiesta s2000, Adrian Hetherington in the Corolla WRC, Former Champion Pat O Connell in an Evo and Championship leader Michael Carbin in an Evo however many think the battle for the win will be between Desi Henri in the Skoda and Mick O Brien in the Fiesta WRC with CMC member Liam Brennan on the notes.
In the 2 wd category the battle will be for the Mk2 Master Of The Woods , this battle should be worth looking at with drivers like David Crossen, Seamus O Connell , Mickey Conlon, David Condell , local ace Paul Fitzgerald and Shane McGirr to name but a few .
Clerk Of The Course Brian O’Connell said really happy with the way things have gone so far got great help from his committee and the Cork Motor Club members. We at Cork Motor Club are indebted to our title sponsor The Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Company, the town of Mallow, The Roundabout Inn, Mallow Chamber of Commerce, the Gardai, Cork County Council, Mallow Development Partnership, the traders of Mallow and the Country Fire Service for all their support.
Thanks to our neighbouring Motor Clubs who are helping us on the day and to the competitors who have come from far and wide.
The event will, once again, be televised and will showcase Mallow town and its immediate surroundings.The event starts on the first stage at approx. 10 o clock with the finish at approx. 4 o clock. Full details will be available in the event programme, details of outlets will be available from www.corkmotorclub.com - the first stop to keep up with all that's happening on the rally.
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The Official Media Launch of The Crafted Furniture & Joinery Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally takes place in the Roundabout Inn, Mallow, Co Cork at 8 o clock next Tuesday the 26th.All are welcome and over the years it’s been a great night for chat and banter about rallying and motorsport in general.
The rally, while the stages will be run the Nadd and Banteer area, will be based in Mallow, with H/Q in the Roundabout Inn, the documentation area, Parc Ferme, Trailer Park and Prize giving will all take place in Cork County Council offices in the grounds of Annabella House. The service park will be based in Quartertown Industrial Estate.
Cork Motor Club is indebted to the town of Mallow, Mallow Chamber of Commerce, Cork County Council, Mallow Development Partnership, the traders of Mallow and the Country Fire Service for all their support.
The event will, once again, be televised and will showcase Mallow town and its immediate surroundings.
The event, Round 4 of the National Valvoline Forest Championship, reduces the number of stages from 4 to 3 but has 62 + stage kilometres on offer including a stage that has never been rallied before, this stage, is 16KM long as is and will be in the future a classic, which the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally is renowned for. This epic stage is reason enough to do the event not to mind the rallys reputation as the competitors favourite forest event .
Regulations are now available for down load from www.corkmotorclub.com and competitors are requested to get their entries in soon as possible.
Programmes for the 2016 Joule Donegal International Rally are on sale in Cork at:
Coleman’s Car Care, Wilton, Cork.
Billy Catalane, ESSO Costcutters Service Station, Bandon
Whites Texaco Service Station, Clonakilty
Cork driver Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin, Glengarriff, seeded at 7, lead the Cork
charge to Donegal this year in their Citroen DS3R5. Keith and Mikie will be looking for at least a repeat of their second overall on this year's Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally.
Seeded at 12 Tommy Doyle and Millstreet’s co-driver Liam Moynihan calling the notes will be hoping for a repeat performance of 3nd over all in Carlow Stages rally.
Clonakilty’s David Guest and Paddy Robinson are seeded 37 in their EVO9 and continue their challenge for the Group N award in the TROA Championship. David will be followed closely by number 38 Jason McSweeney and Denis O’Mahony in their class 20 Evo 9.
At 61 we have Brian O’Keeffe and Sean Hayde in a Subaru Imprezza Class 4. Last year’s winner of the Junior TROA Championship John O’Sullivan is seeded at 73 in Honda Civic in class 11F
Class 10 will be represented by Victor and Susan Beamish 107 in their reliable Nova 1600 cc.. This will be Victors and Susan first trip to the Donegal International Rally and will be trying hard for win in class 10. There Nova will be no stranger to Donegal as this car was previously owned by Donagh Kelly.
129 Donal McGrath and Finbarr Fogarty in class 11R Toyota Corolla and 146 Gerard Seaman and Danial Hanratty in Honda Civic class 17.
Flying the flag in the junior section will be 5 Christy McCarthy and Cathal Quill in Honda Civic 1600cc, class J2 and at number 6 will be Cathal McCarthy and Gavin Sheehan, in a Ford Escort MK2.
At number 14 Kevin Horgan and Stephen Horgan in their Honda Civic. Best of luck to all the Cork crews and see you all in Donegal.
If you are interested in marshalling you can contact Liam Hayes on 086-3816078.
Motorsport Ireland have announced changes for applying for 2016 First Time or Renewal IRDS/BRDS Insurance letters by using the forms available through these links.
Competitors or officials in Stage Rally/Navigation Trials/Retrospective Trials/Endurance Trials/Multi-Venue Autotest events will no longer receive an IRDS/BRDS letter or need to present a letter to organisers at event sign-on.
Instead, under new arrangements agreed with our insurers, an updated database will be published on Thursday of each week, which will be available to view by all concerned.
These changes will take place with immediate effect.
NOTE: Application forms MUST be received a MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS before cover is required.
More info on MI website http://www.motorsportireland.com/
SCRUTINY 9.30 A.M. SHARP! START: 10.30 A.M. Venue: Rockgrove, Coachford, Co Cork. Signposted from Coachford Village. ENTRY FEE: €50.00 (inclusive of Personal Accident Insurance) per driver before 11/2/2016.
ENTRIES TO: Mossie Butler, Kilmaclenine, Ballyclough, Mallow, Co. Cork. Tel: 087 9983282
Owen Murphy was out in front again for CMC in 2015.
Robin Lyons wins our 2015 Hewison Autotest
CMC's opening round of the 2015/16 National Hewison Autotest championship, which was also round 10 of the 2015 Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship, took place today, Saturday, September 5 at Udaras Na Gaeltachta Business Park, in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.
The event was won by Robin Lyons, Mini Saloon from Paul Blair, Westfield, Eamonn Byrne, Mini Saloon, in third place.
It was a case of never give up for Owen Murphy on the Moonraker Forest Rally last Sunday.
The Ovens driver battled with Keith Cronin over the opening three stages to hold second place just 3.2 secs adrift . But them on SS4 it looked as if it was all over when a loss of power on his Evo saw him drop over a minute on the leader and he dropped to 5th place O/A.
But some excellent spanner work in service saw Owen back to full power and setting second fastest times again and moving back up the leaderboard just behind Keith. Unfortunately for Keith a problem on the road section heading to SS7 saw him retire. Owen took the opportunity and set fastest times over the remaining stages to claim victory, his third on the event. (Pic PabloPhotograph)
West Cork Rally 2015 on TVOn The Limit Sports TV coverage of the 2015 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally will be shown on UTV Ireland, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 11pm.
There will be a repeat showing on next Friday, March 27 on UTV at 11.40pm.
CMC’s Annual Christmas Charity Quiz
Our annual Christmas Charity Quiz will take place this year on Tuesday, December 16. Venue will be the club's new HQ at The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork (that's near Ballincollig, on the west side, for any visitors). Check-in time is 8pm for an 8.30pm start.
The main aims of the quiz are the same as always, a light-hearted, fun quiz night and also to raise some money for charity. It is open to all. So club members (past, present and even future), their friends, non club members, in fact anyone, are all welcome to attend.
Also, as always, an invitation is extended to the other motor clubs in Co Cork, ie Munster, Imokilly and Skibbereen, to come along on the night. And even if you are a motor club from outside Co. Cork, the invitation applies to you also.
The organising team have not been changed, but I believe some of the questions been updated. COC for the night will be Brian (Rally.ie) Duggan, with Greg Shinnors there to keep Brian on the straight and narrow. I've been reliably informed, as I have every year, that the format for the night will cover everything under the sun from music to history, travel to film, and even a few motorsport questions will also be included.
On a serious note, even if you have not attended the club meetings for a few months (or years) why not come along on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for what has always been a very enjoyable night's entertainment. And you check out our new HQ also. A donation in aid of charity will be collected from those in attendance on the night. There is no set amount, just give what you can.
We have moved our meetings to The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork, on the second and fourth Tuesday each month 9pm
Murphy Claims 2nd Valvoline Title
The Directors and members of Cork Motor Club wish to congratulate Owen Murphy on winning the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship. Owen claimed the title with some very calculated driving at a final round shoot-out on the Glens of Antrim Rally. This is Owen's 2nd time taking the title having previously been crowned champion in 2011.
CMC members our favourites to take 2014 Valvoline series
Cork Motor Club members are again doing well in the national forest championship. CMC's Owen Murphy and James O'Brien head north next Saturday with a good chance of taking the 2014 Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship title.
For Owen, a top three place will be enough for him to become national forest champion again, no matter how his two main rivals, Josh Moffett and Desi Henry, finish.
For James it is looking a little different. He really needs a win unless of course Jason McKenna were to finish second, in which case a top three would also be enough for the Cork navigator to take the championship.
In the classes, CMC's Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody have already secured victory in Class 1 with four wins and a second place, while in Class 2 Tim Howard has won the drivers' title and DJ Howard is top navigator with five victories.
The final round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship takes place in Ringsend, Co. Derry this Saturday November 8. Best of luck to all competitors, marshals and organisers. (see below for preview by Greg Shinnors).
Round 7: Glens of Antrim Preview by Greg Shinnors, Valvoline Championship PRO.
Title pursuit goes down to the wire.
The final round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship takes place in Ringsend, Co. Derry this Saturday November 8th. The forests of Cam and Springwell play host to an epic finale to this year’s championship as Josh Moffett, Owen Murphy and Desi Henry bid to claim the 2014 title. Never before has there been such a hair rising finish to the championship with a three way shootout on the final round culminating with the closing stages in the dark.
The events consists of 6 stages (2 done 3 times), Sringwell offers 5.2 challenging miles while the renowned “Cam” offers 7.4 miles. There is a service after each loop at the event sponsors’ premises the “River Ridge Recycling” complex in Ringsend. There are 38 stage miles with a compact loop of just 65 road miles. Scrutiny and Documentation take place Saturday morning at River Ridge Recycling with the first car away at 11:01. Following the opening loop first service is scheduled at 12:18 with the final service at 14:45 before the closing loop set to run in darkness. The first competing cars are due at the finish podium approx. 17:10 where the event winner will be declared and the 2014 Valvoline Forest Rally Champions will be unveiled.
Top seed Kenny McKinstry (Impreza S14 WRC) will have to fend off Martin Carins (Impreza S14 WRC). Cairns won the recent Bushwhacker Rally and has an identical machine to Banbridge ace McKinstry. However the young guns with their Group A Evo 9’s will be right in contention as they battle for the 2014 title. Current point’s leader Josh Moffett is at no.3 – the young Monaghan man won the penultimate round in Carrick on Suir and is match fit having competed on the Fastnet Rally in the “Family” Fiesta WRC. Owen Murphy is at no. 4, the Cork man claimed a hat trick of wins mid-season. The 2011 Champion will be determined to make amends having dropped to 3rd on the final stage in Carrick. He was out last Saturday night competing on the “Startrek” navigation trial and will be the man to watch in the dark. Round 1 winner Desi Henry is no.5 and the third man in the “Valvoline” battle. Just like his rivals Henry has had seat time since Carrick. The Portglenone native took a notable 3rd overall on the recent Galloway Hills rally in Scotland. It’s simply too close to call, all three men have the speed. Add in the multiples of permutations, combinations and dropped scores who knows who will be crowned the 2014 Valvoline Forest Champion.Marty McKenna (Impreza S12B WRC) is at 6 and is due a good run. Sam Moffett at no.7 is hoping to make the podium in the Valvoline Gp N category. No.8 seed Gareth Sayers will go hard in his Evo 7. Liam Regan can never be under estimated at no. 9 with his unusual Peugeot 206 4x4. Frank Kelly (Mk2) rounds off the top ten and is the first in a tantalizing 2WD line up including Adrian Hetherington (Mk2), Seamus O’Connell (Mk2), Shane McGirr (Starlet) and Micky Conlon (Mk2). The latter duo will battle for the Valvoline 2WD laurels. Niall Henry (Evo 9) and Patsy Keenan (Evo 9) are front-runners on the Gp N leaderboard and either driver can take the honors. Alan Atcheson (Mk2) should wrap up class 4 as his main opponents are not travelling. Tim/ DJ Howard (Nova) are making the long trip from Co. Cork and are on course to secure class two.
The Seeded Entry List is available at www.mamc.co.uk.
Further information including time & distance schedule, final instructions & live results during the rally are also available from the club website.
Qulaity Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally to join
the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in 2015
The Directors and Management of the T.R.O.A. (Tarmac Rally Organizers Association) are today delighted to announce that the 2015 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally (organized and promoted by Cork Motor Club) will be a full counting round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for 2015. This follows a successful inclusion for the first time in the 2014 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Modified Championship, and the Directors felt that the West Cork Rally would be an ideal fit going forward for T.R.O.A. The initial deal between the T.R.O.A. and Cork Motor Club is for the rally to be part of the championship for a three year period.
David Gray T.R.O.A Chairman stated that he and his fellow directors would like to welcome Cork Motor Club on board and he also added that he had seen at first hand the success the inclusion of the West Cork Rally had given the Modified championship in 2014, which created a new dynamic within the Championship as a whole. Indeed the 2014 event was won by regular Irish Tarmac Rally Championship contenders Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan who were full of praise for the event. Gerard Seaman, Championship Manager said today that “we at the T.R.O.A are indeed delighted and excited to have the West Cork Rally on board as a full and counting round”, he also stated that “the West Cork Rally is one of the best kept secrets in Irish Tarmac Rallying and we are sure that with its addition it will give something new to the whole Championship. Cork Motor Club have worked very closely with us over the last few years and now is definitely the time for their inclusion, and we look forward to working with the team in Cork Motor Club for the years ahead”.
Billy Tobin Chairman of Cork Motor Club commented that “on behalf of Cork Motor Club we are delighted to be invited to be a full round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and we look forward to welcoming all Championship competitors and hope each and every one of them will enjoy the unique classic stages the West Cork Rally has to offer, and experience the fantastic welcome that Clonakilty town will provide.
The T.R.O.A would like to also acknowledge the work of the West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee who tirelessly work each year to make sure the event is the success it has come to be. John O’Donovan Chairman West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee stated “the West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee are delighted with the news of the West Rally being part of the Championship next year. We hope that with the inclusion of the championship there will be a further economic boost to the West Cork region at a quiet time of the year in terms of tourism. Clonakilty will open its doors and give a "West Cork welcome" to all concerned. It's a testament to the hard work of this committee, its members, the Cork Motor Club and the town in general for backing the rally for over the past 37 years”.
Gerard Seaman, Championship Manager, T.R.O.A.
Phone: 023 882 0000. Mobile: 087 2204650
Free spin for navigator on Navigation Trial event
As you may be aware, one of the major challenges facing our particular discipline (Navigation Trials) is the difficulty of attracting and retaining beginner Navigators. Knowing this, brothers Ray & Stephen O'Neill, long-time supporters of the Navigation scene, have made a very generous offer. They will provide a free ride on a forthcoming Navigation event to a beginner who might not have a regular driver, and who otherwise might not be able to enter. (Read More Here).
The DJD Transport, Jim Walsh Forest Rally, Press Release 4: Mini’s and Millingtons…
The stages are set, the plans are finalised and the countdown is on to the best forest rally of 2014, The DJD Transport, Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. Round 4 of the Motorsport Ireland, Valvoline Forest Rally Championship sees the country’s top gravel crews descend upon.....Click to read full a
Preparations are at an advanced stage for The 2014 DJD Transport Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. The event takes place on Sunday August 24th with it’s headquarters based at The Corbett Court Ballyhea. Round 4 of the Motorsport Ireland, Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship heads for the spectacular Ballyhoura Mountains once more. The Ballyhea based event is largely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Forest Rally Championship and the one that all competitors look forward to year after year. Read More on 2014 Jim Walsh Forest Rally Page
Cork Motor Club's general meeting of Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, discussed the recent club Survey and the members have decided to change the schedule of club meetings.
Starting straight away, club meetings will now be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. This will include any months with five Tuesdays. Next meeting will therefore be next Tuesday, May 27. Our June meetings will be on Tuesday 10th and 24th. In July we will meet on Tuesday 8th and 22nd. The decision mirrored the Survey, where 52% of responses suggested fortnightly meetings.
A good discussion was held on how to improve the club for members (new and old) and a lot of positive ideas were put forward that would encourage new members to get more involved. Volunteers will now work on putting these suggestions into practice and a schedule of new events, both social and informative, will be announced later. Any other suggestions from club members who were unable to get to Tuesday's meeting are still welcome.
Its ben a busy few weeks for CMC members, competing in three different events across three rally championships from Killarney to Glendalough via Carlow…..
The Cartell.ie Killarney international Rally of the Lakes took place over the recent May bank holiday weekend. A number of CMC members enjoyed a fantastic weekend’s motorsport down in the Kingdom with some fantastic results achieved .
In the National section, James O’Brien guided Clonmel’s Roy White home to a superb 1st O/A in their screaming 2.5 engined MG ZR 4x4. Roy and James emerged the victors after a tremendous weekend long battle with Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird. Only 33 seconds separated the two crews after 15 gruelling stages in the mountains of Kerry and West Cork.
In Class 9, CMCs Liam Fouhy navigated Shane Stanley home to a giant killing 22nd O/A and 2nd in class in their little 1400cc Honda Civic. A remarkable result for this young crew, who are consistently proving themselves to be class contenders.
Class 15 saw the all CMC crew of Alan O’Riordan and Jimmy Jordan bring home 2nd in class in their GC8 Subaru Impreza.
In the Junior section, Inchigeela man Eamonn Creedon navigated Cathal McCarthy’s Honda Civic to finish 5th O/A and 2nd in class. Christy McCarthy brought his trusty Peugeot 205 home to a fine 6th O/A and 3rd in class.
As always CMC were well represented both on and off the stages for the weekend. CMC timing guru John Harrington and his team provided our state of the art live timing system to KDMC for the duration of the event. This was a mammoth task both from a logistical and organisational front, with John and the team taking it all in their strides. On the Junctions and Stage Locations dotted throughout Kerry and Cork the CMC marshalling crew turned out in force once more. Thank you to everyone who turned out and represented the club.
The following weekend saw the action move to The Carlow Stages Rally, round 3 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. Once again CMC crews were out in force in the midlands.
For the second weekend in a row James O’Brien sampled the Champaign finishing 3rd O/A in the hotseat for Roy White, capping off a tremendous 10 days for the pair in the MG ZR.
CMC’s Stephen Quin guided 2013 National Forest Champion Mick O’Brien home to 1st in class 8 and a fine 5th O/A in the O’Brien Plant Hire Ford Focus WRC.
All CMC crew of Ed Colton with club chair, Claire O’Mahony calling the notes, brought their Mitsubishi Evo 6 home to a fine 43rd O/A and 3rd in class 20.
Johnny Curran brought his class 13 MK2 Escort home to 28th O/A. Conan O’Riordan claimed 74th overall in his class 10 Peugeot 205. Jill White guided Dermot O’Riordan home to 76th O/A in the class 11 Honda Civic. Donal O’Brien rounded out the day for CMC finishing 84th O/A in the class 13 Escort G4 after disastrous opening loop of stages. Donal got the car back to service after stage 3 where repairs were made and the crew went on to set some very impressive times on the remaining 6 stages.
The stunning backdrop of Glendalough played host to The ALMC’s Forest Mini Stage Rally last weekend. The event was round 3 of the Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship with CMC crews once more out in force enjoying the gravel action.
CMC topgun Owen Murphy takes 1st O/A with James O’Brien concluding a most memorable 3 weekends in a row on the podium. Owen and James claimed a start to finish victory in the Wicklow hills in the Hankook backed Mitsubishi Evo 9. This valuable victory now moves Owen and James to 2nd in the championship standings behind Monaghan’s Josh Moffett.
In class 1, Johnny Kenneally had to settle for 2nd in class after leading the class on the opening stage. A broken shock absorber slowed the crew on stage 2 and following repairs in service the crew came back out fighting. The deficit due to the early time loss proved to be too great and Johnny brought the Suzuki engined MK2 home in 2nd.
Class 2 saw CMC father and son crew, Tim and DJ Howard bring their trusty 1600 8v Nova home 3rd in class.
Class 3 was so near yet so far for CMC crew Ian McCarthy with Vincent Goggin on the notes, bringing their Honda Civic home 4th in class and 31st O/A .
Class 4 proved to be another good day out for Mick “the warrior” O’Sullivan who took a fine 2nd in class and 20th overall in the Pinto powered Mk2.
After a discussion by club members at a meeting on Tuesday November 3, many changes to the rules and regulations for CMC's 2014 club championship were suggested. After discussion the final list of championship regulations for 2014 was agreed and passed at our November 10 meeting. See 2014 club championship regulations Here