Next Club Meeting: Gateway Hotel Swinford Fri. May 2nd @ 9pm
Mayo Autocross - Sunday May 11th
Regulations and Entry Form will be available to download HERE shortly. Mayo Autocross 2014
April Motorsport News
The first weekend in April was a busy one for Mayo & District members, competing the length and breadth of the country and beyond.
Westport’s David Carney had his Citroën DS3 at Kerry Motor Club's Circuit of Kerry Rally in Tralee, unable to finish the event due to fuel pump gremlins; he gained valuable stage mileage in his rapid French chariot.
Putting in a flawless display in Kerry was Tubbercurry local Aidan Gannon, who was navigating London-based Sligo man Anthony O’Brien in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Not only did the pair win Class 9, they also received the Dunlop “Drive of the day” award finishing in 19th place overall.
Photos by Rally Through a Lens
Closer to home on the Sunday, five local drivers headed to Sligo for Round 1 of Connacht Motor Club’s Autocross season.
Top Mayo finisher was Ballina’s Padraic Roche, after organizational duties at the recent Mayo Stages Rally; Padraic was delighted to get behind the wheel of his Escort MK2 finishing in 12th place and just missing out on 3rd in class 4.
Westport’s Alan Maguire and Achill’s Peter McManamon were nip and tuck with each other during their three runs at the Hazelwood track. The pair, in similar Peugeot 205’s really enjoyed the day and with McManamon picking up penalties for hitting elements of the chicanes on his last two runs it gave Maguire the upper hand this time in a battle that will surely continue to provide thrills and excitement throughout the rest of the year.
Killala’s Raymond Carroll was next to finish in his class 1 Nova, blowing the cobwebs off his hot hatchback after the winter break.
Enjoying his first day out behind the wheel was Stephen McGreal from Achill who was double driving Peter McManamon’s 205. Having gotten consistently quicker through the day, it’s looking like he will be swapping his regular marshalling duties for a race suit during the coming year!.
Photos by CLRally pics
Killian Duffy was in action in Portugal navigating for Abdulaziz Al-kuwari in their first WRC2 outing of 2014, the pair who suffered suspension trouble on the morning of day two in their Fiesta, finished the event in 8th place, unable to better their result of 5th in 2013 but they were glad to get a finish on the hotly contested sub category of the world’s most prestigious rally championship.
“This rally was about finishing, learning and getting back into the swing of things after six months away from WRC2,” said Al Kuwari. Photos by André Lavadinho
Foxford’s Formula For Racing
Photos by James Foley
Foxford’s Sean Hynes kicked of his 2014 Formula Sheane (pronounced ‘Shane’) season last weekend at a double header in Mondello, The opening two rounds of the MicksGarage.com backed championships, which has twenty one drivers at present registered for the series, provided some thrilling racing.
Multiple champion Brian Hearty got the better of current title holder Kevin Sheane in both of the opening rounds.
UCD Engineering student Hynes, returning to Formula Sheane after a year out, made a good start to
the 2014 championships. He finished 8th in a frantic first race that seen four cars retire and then, narrowly missed out on a podium place, finishing 4th in race two.
These results, achieved with a tyre supply problem prior to the weekend, that meant he had to race on six year old tyres, leave Sean ‘rearing to go’ for Rounds 3 and 4 that take place in Bishops Court, Co Down on May 11th.
Formula Sheane which began in 2001 is now the fastest one make Formula in Ireland. It is the only class that is completely Irish designed and manufactured and it has some of the closest and best racing in the country.
The Formula Sheane cars are all mechanically identical. Once they have left the Sheane factory, the engines and gearboxes may not be opened. This means winning is down to the driver, not the engineer.
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