The excitement was evident as Mayo & District Motorsport Club gathered in Óstán Oileán Acla last Friday night for the launch of the Óstán Oileán Acla/Connacht Print & Signs Mayo Stages Rally 2017. Guests arriving for the Achill People of the Year Awards which was also taking place in the Óstan got a preview of what’s in store on Rally weekend as they inspected a fine array of rally cars on display in the car park for the launch.
Clerk of the Course Trevor O’Connell kicked off proceedings by officially welcoming everyone to Óstán Oileán Acla, which will be Rally Headquarters for the weekend of the 11th and 12th March. He welcomed all the sponsors and had a special welcome for Andrew Mullen, MD of ‘Sligo Pallets’ who travelled from Sligo and Brendan Flynn from the ‘Border Championship’ who travelled from Monaghan especially for the night. The Mayo Stages Rally has been the first round in the ‘Sligo Pallets Border Championship’ for the last number of years and their support is much appreciated. Trevor thanked Cathal McLoughlin and his staff in the Óstán Oileán Acla for all their assistance and support in the lead up to the event, he welcomed joint title sponsor, David Devers, Connacht Print & Signs to the Island and thanked him for his ongoing support of the Mayo Stages Rally.
Trevor explained that the final touches are being put in place to ensure the Rally runs as smoothly as possible and that it will be a weekend to remember for the competing crews, spectators, sponsors and most importantly the local residents who have been so accommodating and welcoming to all. He added that without local support and sponsorship, it would not be possible to run the Mayo Stages Rally and he thanked everyone who has come on board – sponsors of Service Area, Marshal Meeting Points, Programme Sponsors, Stage & Scrutiny Sponsors. The weekend is a free family friendly event, one not to be missed and he asked that everyone support the sponsors as without their generosity events such as these would not be possible.
Trevor also welcomed Mary Gallagher and Emmet Callaghan of Achill Tourism and thanked them for their assistance and guidance in promoting the event. Emmet told all assembled that the Mayo Stages Rally will kick start the 2017 Summer Tourism Season in Achill and they are all looking forward to the Rally weekend. Trevor thanked Sgt Brian Murphy, his team in an Gardai Síochana and Mayo County Council, in particular Gerry McDonnell and Councillor Paul McNamara who have been very helpful. Wrapping up the formalities Trevor thanked his Deputy Clerk of the Course local man Peter McManamon and all the team for all their support and hard work and said they were all looking forward to the big event on the 11th/12th March. If anyone would like to help out over the weekend they can contact Trevor, Peter or any member of the Rally Team through the Motor club’s Facebook, Twitter or website.
Mayo & District Motorsport Club were back in action in the Valley on Sunday 10th, June for the second of four Loose Surface Autocross events for 2018. The day itself was a little cooler that what we have become accustomed to these past few weeks in the West but the rain stayed away and conditions were perfect for competing cars. Similar to previous events there was a great entry from far and near.
All classes were well contested in particular class 4 and 5 with ten cars in each. At the end of the first run it was obvious from the results that it was shaping up to be an interesting day in particular with class 5 where both Paul McCann and Derek Mackarel were tied on a time of 04.07.19. On the second run it was Peter McCullagh who took the lead but by the end of the third and final run Derek Mackarel setting a time of 03.49.48 took the overall award for the day. Derek from Clones has been nominated recently for this years ‘Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Driver Award’. Nearer to home, James McGreal took the honours for the fastest Mayo & District Club member of the day. In class 7, Niall Murphy took the honours on his first autocross event, finishing just ahead of Achills Molly McManamon.
WIth two of the four autocross events completed, both the ‘Frank Harrington Challenge’ and the ‘Mayo & District Young Driver Championship’ are wide open and the next event due to take place on Sunday 22nd of July will be one to watch. For more information check out www.mayomotorsportclub.com
Overall Winner – Derek Mackarel Mayo & District Award – James McGreal
Class 1. 1st Ciaran McCullagh; 2nd Glen Irwin; 3rd Dermot Reynolds
Class 3. 1st David Kerr; 2nd Daryl McCanny; 3rd Patrick McEveney Jnr
Class 4. 1st Mervyn Deane, 2nd Walter Burke; 3rd Hugh McQuaid
Class 5. 1st Peter Mc Cullagh; 2nd Andrew Mackerel; 3nd Michael Tynan
Class 7. 1st Niall Murphy; 2nd Molly McManamon
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Mayo & District Motorsport Club made a welcome return to the Valley for the first of four Loose Surface Autocross events for 2018. The good weather added to the day and with an enthusiastic team in place there was never a doubt this was going to be a successful event.
Competitors travelled from far and near and despite a number of club members competing in the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney and at the Grass Autocross in Dublin there was a significant entry from the club. For a number of competitors it was their first day in the quarry with Paul McLoughlin travelling from Sligo to take part and local club member Molly McManamon taking part in her first ever motorsport event.
This event was the opening round of both the ‘Frank Harrington Challenge’ and the ‘Mayo & District Young Driver Championship. The competitors did not fail to impress and special mention has to be given to local clubman David (Tiny) Healy who had a spectacular wobble on his final run. Cavan’s Paul McCann took the overall win of the day with the fastest time, Michael Tynan and Andrew Mackeral, both from Monaghan took 1st and 2nd place respectively in class 5. Nearer to home, Pat McEveney took the Mayo & District club award, with son Patrick jnr taking 1st in class 3.
Event prize giving was a special one for Clerk of the Course Peter McManamon who got to present daughter Molly with her trophy for a win in class 7. He thanked the competitors for taking part and marshalls and officials for their hard work in setting up the event and making sure it ran smoothly.
After such an exciting start to the championship Mayo & District Motorsport club look forward to the next event which takes place on Sunday 10th of June. For more information check out
Overall Winner – Paul McCann
Mayo & District Award – Pat McEveney
Class 1. 1st Stephen Reynolds; 2nd Glen Irwin; 3rd Dermot Reynolds
Class 2. 1st Paul McLoughlin
Class 3. 1st Patrick McEveney; 2nd Steven Cafferty; 3rd Colm Connor
Class 4. 1st Ronan Moore
Class 5. 1st Michael Tynan; 2nd Andrew Mackerel; 3rd James McGreal
Class 7. 1st Molly McManamon