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Deane Pushes Buggy to Another Title
Photos courtesy of John Delaney
Moneygall might be known as the village that found a president but on November 17th it was also the place that found the first ever 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Champion.
Derek Deane from Williamstown maintained his one hundred percent record in the inaugural championships, by adding his fifth overall victory, from the opening five rounds and wrapping up the overall title with one round still remaining.
He negotiated his JB Buggy round the rugged track that towards the end of the day would have tested one of Obama’s ATV’s, to pip Kildare’s Padraic McHale by just over two hundredths of a second. Deane, who at this stage of 2013 has applied to his local County Council to build a trophy cabinet, was overjoyed with the win and sealing the overall championships.
Speaking afterwards he thanked Bath O’Donoghoe of 5 Star Catering for sponsoring the championships and is already looking forward to next year’s events and to the battle of retaining his title.
As always Mayo Motorsport Club travelled well to the various rounds of the championships and this time was no exception, with five other members and entourage also making the journey. Adrian Deane, younger brother of Derek, claimed second in Class Six, also in a buggy, sending out a clear message to his older sibling that in 2014 he just might claim that elusive first victory.
James McGreal from Foxford brought his Subaru Impreza home third in Class Six, finding the conditions tricky and glad that he had the benefit of four wheel drive.
Peter McManamon was delighted to bring his Peugeot 205 home third in Class Two. “It made the long trip from Achill worthwhile; it’s a great feeling to bring home some crystal, and the car didn’t miss a beat all day”, a contented Peter said afterwards.
Not so fortunate were Foxford’s Alan Moran and Sean McHugh from Bekan, who experienced ‘one of those days,’ where almost everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. A damaged radiator on the first run, followed by fuel pump issues on their second runs, topped off with a broken driveshaft on Moran’s final run meant that each of the pair only had one clean timed run out of the three rounds. But at the end of the day, spirits were high in the 206 camp, as they plotted the journey to Cork on December 27th for the final round of the championships that leaves six mayo members still in contention for class awards in the overall championships.
Motorclub swaps horses for dogs
With the motorsport year drawing to a close, members of Mayo & District Motorsport Club decided to enjoy a different kind of racing. Swapping horsepower for ‘paw-power’, members and friends gathered at the Galway Greyhound Stadium on Saturday last to celebrate another successful year, and to present club members with awards for their achievements throughout the season.
A busy 2013 saw the club run the highly successful Mayo Stages Rally in March, as well as four Autocross events between May and August. Held at Harrington’s Quarry near Swinford, Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Autocross venue is widely regarded as one of the best loose surface circuits in the country, and club Chairperson Matthew Murphy thanked Frank and Brian Harrington and their staff for their ongoing support and use of the facility.
Among those to be honoured was Derek Deane from Williamstown who retained the Frank Harrington Trophy for overall Mayo Loose Surface Autocross Champion for the second successive year against stiff opposition from all over the country.
Also receiving an award on the night was Noel Murphy from Shrule who won the Mayo Autocross Young Driver Championship. He didn’t have it all his own way though, Alan Moran from Foxford pushing all the way to the finishing flag. Designed to encourage young drivers looking to get started in motorsport, the Young Driver Championship has been a huge success, attracting large numbers of local competitors each year. 2013 was also the first year of the awarding of the Colin Grewer memorial cup to the Young Driver Champion.
Colin was a former club member whose death occurred in 2012 following a long battle against Motor Neurone Disease. The cup, one of which Colin had won himself during his notable motor racing career was kindly donated by Colin’s partner Sue Dodds. Awards were also presented to the top three club competitors within the overall Autocross championship. Adrian Deane from Williamstown was the top placed finisher ahead of his brother Mervyn and James McGreal from Foxford.
Of course it takes a huge amount of work to organise and run these motorsport events, and in recognition of their work behind the scenes two special presentations were made to individuals who had worked tirelessly on behalf of the club all year. Marshal of the Year was awarded to Stephen McGing from Westport, while the Mayo & District Motorsport Club Person of the Year award was presented to Brian O Donnell from Charlestown.
The club is already looking forward to 2014 with planning for the Mayo Stages Rally in March in full progress, while a full Autocross season is also scheduled to be held, commencing in May.
World Championship Title Snatched From Duffy
At the penultimate round of the WRC2 season in Rally de España, former F1 driver, Robert Kubica who has competed in the maximum permissible seven rallies – won the championship title; although he leads by 25 points from Seashore Qatar Rally Teams Abdulaziz Al-Kuwai and Killian Duffy, who have only competed in six rallies, Kubica's five victories to Al-Kuwari's three allowed Kubica to take the title.
As Al-Kuwari and Duffy’s last nominated WRC2 round is Wales Rally GB in November, the pair enjoyed an outing in Spain, competing in the much higher spec Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Speaking about the opportunity before the rally Al-Kuwari said “The decision was made as early as after our WRC 2 win in Argentina. I received a call from Seashore Qatar Rally Team's owner – Mr. Salim Al-Mhannadi – telling me that I would have at least one rally behind the wheel of a Fiesta RS WRC this season as reward for our hard work and good results.”
Although the RACC Rally de España was a very challenging event, with a lot of very quick drivers behind the wheel of some top-specification cars, Abdulaziz and Duffy, proved they were well capable of securing a good result, by finishing in tenth place overall and securing a second WRC point for themselves this season.
Club members compete in Galloway Hills
Well done to Club members Ian Henry and James McDermott on a Class 7 win in their Peugeot 206 at last weekend’s Galloway Hills Rally in Scotland.
The pair negotiated their way through some very tough stages in the Scottish Highlands, battling a very wet and windy day, to bring the faithful 206 home unscaved.
Photos courtesy of www.kssimages.co.uk/
Carney competes in Rally Sunseeker
Congratulations to David Carney & Ray Fitzpatrick 13th overall on Rally Sunseeker in the forests of Dorset and 5th in their class. A miss-fire in the C2R2 early on the event cost the lad’s alot of time but once they got it sorted in service, they set good stage times but the gap was too much to close.
Birr Endurance Trial
Two club members Sean McHugh and Paul McLoughlin recently took part in the Birr & District Motor Club Endurance trial.
Endurance Trials (popularly referred to as Enduro rallies) are a relatively new branch of the sport in this country. They consist of short competitive sections, known as Selectives, held on private ground, with navigational elements held in between.The emphasis of Endurance Trials is on low-cost fun, with only standard road cars permitted. Normal road tyres must be fitted, and no turbocharged or four wheel drive models are allowed.
The two boys really enjoyed the event, apart from the mountain selective where driver McHugh blamed his ‘inexperienced’ navigator for getting the notes wrong and ending up wedged in a ditch. Not to let a small matter like that rule them out, the pair got going again to finish the eight hour event. Although well down the field in the end, the pair set some very impressive times early on in their completely standard, “bargain-bought” Mitsubishi Colt, which as McHugh put it - “Will live to see another event, and hopefully still pass its next NCT”.
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