August 2014 Motorsport News

Did you hear the one about the Kerry Navigator??… 

Well the story goes like this…
Paul Nagle is a top Irish rally co-driver. He is currently teamed with driver Kris Meeke. They currently lie in 6th place in the WRC (World Rally Championships) and are taking part in Rallye Deutschland this weekend. As Paul is a Kerry man and staunt GAA supporter, a few Mayo & District Motorsport Club members came up with a cunning idea ahead of this weekend’s All Ireland Football Semi Final.
Paul & Kris are also team mates of top Norwegian Rally Driver Mads Østberg; they both compete for Citroen Total ABU DHABI World Rally Team.
Mads competed in Mayo Stages Rally in 2010, a move that many Mayo people still say was instrumental in helping him get to where he is today, ranked No 4 in the World Rally Championships. As Mayo Club Chairman Matthew Murphy said recently, “Once you’ve mastered the back roads around Claremorris in an Escort MK2, Monte Carlo or Buenos Aires in a Citroen DS3 World Rally Car is a doddle”
So anyway the cunning men from the west managed to get a sealed package, addressed to Mads Østberg, to Paul Nagle before he left Killarney during the week.

Attached were strict instructions to present to Mads at this weekend’s German round of the rally championships, and get him to open it while he was present.
The results you see in the photo, the Mayo Jersey I mean, not the look of shame on Paul’s face as he grits his teeth and forces a smile for the camera. Not captured was the note inside the jersey that got Mads to whisper to Paul, those three magic words… Mayo 4 Sam.

Mayo & District Motorsport Club would like to thank Tom Walsh and Seamus Coffey who without their help this jersey wouldn’t have made it out of Fordes shop in Ballyhaunis!



Galway Summer Rally

Declan Boyle led the Carlton Shearwater Galway Summer Rally throughout to maintain his bid for back-to-back titles in the Dunlop National Rally Championship.
Second-placed Welsh drive Hugh Hunter experienced problems throughout the day in his Subaru but held on to second place, arriving back to Ballinasloe 57 seconds later than Boyle after the nine stages. Roy White took third in his MG to remain in the title chase along with Steve Wood who finished fourth in his Subaru.
Although he retired with transmission woes, Tyrone’s Paddy McVeigh is still in contention for the Dunlop series.
Two Mayo entries took part in the main field, and after stage two Shane Buckley had climbed to 25th overall in his Honda Civic with Corkman John Lynch calling the notes.

Also making ground was the two John’s, Duffy and Egan who had their Honda Integra 1st in Class seven and 61st overall after the second stage. But that’s as good as it got for both teams as Buckley retired with mechanical trouble and the two John’s despite their ESB backgrounds couldn’t solve an electrical problem later on during the day, as the Integra came to a halt on a road section between stages.
Faring better and securing finishes were the two Mayo entries in the Junior section of the rally. Justin Ryan and Andy Walsh couldn’t match the pace of the top, more powerful junior entrants and could only manage 8th overall at the end of the six stages in their Honda Civic, one place ahead of Trisha Greavy who had Cork man Derek Butler on the notes on her third outing in her Honda Civic.





Mayo Club members at Sligo Autocross

At the receent Sligo Autocross, five members made the trip. Best finisher was Padraic Roche 8th overall and 2nd in Class, Padraig Mullen was 11th and won Class 9, Pat McGuinness was 26th, Martin Burke was 32nd and Sean Mchugh finished 34th.