O’Connell Snatches Victory in June Autocross

Former National Forestry Champion Pat O’Connell showed his class to claim victory on Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Loose Surface Autocross on Sunday. Driving a Mitsubishi Evo, he had to do it the hard way, coming from behind on the final run to beat Monaghan’s Derek Mackeral who set fastest times on the opening two runs. A strong entry of 51 competitors had gathered at Harrington’s Quarry near Ireland West Airport for the second of four autocross events to be held this year. Clerk of the Course Paul Kennedy and his team had laid on a superb course, with each competitor getting three runs of two laps over the demanding route. Young Derek Mackeral outlined his intentions from the start, setting a time three seconds faster than anybody on the opening run. He continued his domination on the second run stopping the clocks ten seconds quicker than his first time and held a two second advantage over second placed, former Mayo Autocross champion Martin Tynan. With things looking like the win was heading to Monaghan, O’Connell pulled out all the stops on his final run to stop the clock at 04:01.09 and move into the lead. Mackeral suffered mechanical trouble on his final run and it handed the victory to the Cashel man on his first visit to Mayo Autocross.

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