Donnelly Wins Autocross Opener

Seamus Donnelly from Donegal beat all challengers to claim victory on Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Loose Surface Autocross on Sunday. Driving a buggy, he had to do it the hard way, coming from behind on the final run to beat local favourite Derek Deane.

A strong entry of 54 competitors, which included 23 buggies, had gathered at Harrington’s Quarry near Swinford for the first of four autocross events to be held this year. Clerk of the Course Stephen McGing and his team had laid on a superb course, with each competitor getting three runs of two laps over the demanding route. Heavy rain accompanied gusty winds throughout the day but this didn’t slow down the action on the track.

Deane outlined his intentions from the start, setting a time four seconds faster than anybody on the opening run. But the tables turned on the second run when Kildare man Padraic McHale moved into the lead by five seconds also in a buggy.

With things looking like the win was heading across the Shannon, Deane pulled out all the stops on his final run to stop the clock at 4:03.17 and move into the lead. It was not enough though. Seamus Donnelly put in a dazzling final run in his red buggy and stopped the clock exactly ten seconds quicker than his previous best and record victory with a time of 4:02.93. McHale’s time from the second run was enough to put him in third place overall.

Away from the leading protagonists, competition was just as fierce in the various classes. Omagh pair Ruairi Maguire and Darren Connolly took first and second in Class One ahead of Cavan’s Seamus Cook. Class two was dominated by Derek Mackarel from Monaghan who was also the top two wheel driver finisher in fifteenth place in his 1600cc Vauxhall Nova, Omagh’s Mervyn Galbraith was second while Westport’s Alan McGuire brought his Peugeot 205 home third.

Nobody could match Alan Moran in Class 3, but Rodney Donalson from Enniskillenen and Mayo club chairman Matthew Murphy kept the Foxford man on his toes throughout the day to claim the runner-up positions in the category.

Class four proved successful for three more Omagh men as Niall McCullagh took the win ahead of Ashley Rutledge and John Taggart.

Class five was a battle of locals as James McGreal and Padraic Roche went head to head, both driving McGreal’s 4wheel drive Subaru. Experience prevailed as McGreal took the honours.

In class seven, the class for the Buggies, with Seamus Donnelly taking the overall win, Derek Deane took first in class ahead of Padraic McHale and Padraig Egan claimed third.

Class eight was won by 17 year old Patrick McEveney from Castlebar in his Toyota Corolla while his sister Shauna won the Ladies award. The Mayo Club award went to Adrian Deane.

Round two takes place on June 7th, Check out for full details.

Download Quarry Results May 2015


May 2015 Autocross Entry List

Mayo & District Motorsport Club L.S.Autocross 10th May 2015
Entry List
No: Name Address Car Class
101 Ruairi Maguire Tyrone Vauxhall Corsa 1
102 Darren Connolly Tyrone Vauxhall Nova 1
103 Joe Shinnors Limerick Vauxhall Nova 1
104 Seamus Cook Cavan Ford Escort 1
201 Alan McGuire Westport Peugeot 205 2
202 Peter McManamon Achill Peugeot 205 2
203 Seamus Coffey Ballyhaunis Peugeot 205 2
204 Stephen Doherty Foxford Opel Kadett 2
205 Shauna McEveney Castlebar Toyota Corolla 2
206 Patrick McEveney Castlebar Toyota Corolla 2
207 David Healy Sligo Nissan Primera 2
208 Derek Mackarel Clones Vauxhall Nova 2
209 Mervyn Galbraith Omagh Vauxhall Nova 2
210 Simon Hemphill Castlederg Vauxhall Nova 2
301 Chris Snow Oldcastle Citroen Saxo 3
302 Matthew Murphy Shrule Toyota Corolla 3
303 Liam Healy Achill Honda Civic 3
304 Joe Healy Achill Honda Civic 3
305 Alan Moran Foxford Puegeot 206 3
306 Rodney Donaldson Enniskillen Ford Escort 3
307 John Burke Galway Peugeot 206 3
308 Trevor O Connell Ballina Subaru Impreza 3
309 Brian McDonnell Claremorris Toyota Corolla 3
310 Derek Bolton Ballaghaderreen Subaru Impreza 3
401 Shane Rafferty Tyrone Ford Escort 4
402 Declan Rafferty Tyrone Ford Escort 4
403 Peter Curran Omagh Ford Escort 4
404 Niall McCullagh Omagh Ford Escort 4
405 Tony McKenna Fintona MK2 Escort 4
406 Ashley Rutledge Omagh Honda Civic 4
407 John Taggart Omagh MK2 Escort 4
501 James McGreal Foxford Subaru Impreza 5
502 Padraic Roche Killala Subaru Impreza 5
700 Derek Deane Williamstown Buggy 7
701 Adrian Deane Williamstown Buggy 7
702 Ronan Mackle Down Buggy 7
703 Mervyn Deane Williamstown JB Buggy 7
704 Seamus Donnelly Donegal Buggy 7
705 Paul Garry Letterkenny Buggy 7
706 James Cassidy Derry Buggy 7
707 Danny O Donnell Donegal Buggy 7
708 Mac Walsh Donegal Buggy 7
711 Cathal Scullion Buggy 7  
713 Tom Daley Killarney Buggy 7  
714 Padraig Egan Clare Buggy 7  
715 Peter Brennan Tipperary Buggy 7  
716 Ian Barrett Maynooth Buggy 7  
718 Conor McCrossan Drumquin Buggy 7  
719 Michael McCrossan Drumquin Buggy 7  
720 Alan Magee Fermanagh Buggy 7  
766 Joe McHale Kildare Buggy 7  
7666 Padraic McHale Kildare Buggy 7  
730 Colin Currid Sligo Buggy 7  
731 Rory Carroll Sligo Buggy 7  
732 Sean Casey Monaghan Buggy 7  
733 Sean Coleman Monaghan Buggy 7  
734 Brian O Donnell Tubbercurry Buggy 7  
801 Patrick McEveny Castlebar Toyota Corolla 8  
802 Oisin Coffey Ballyhaunis Peugeot 205 8  







22nd March                          Birr

19th April                              Carrick on Suir

17th May                               GSMC*                  *New Round & Event

5th July                                  Galway

19th July                                Clare

9th August                            Midland

13th September                 Westmeath

27th September                 Tipperary

11th October                       Imokilly





24th May                               Clare

14th June                              Munster*            *New Round

28th June                              Midland

12th July                                Skibbereen

26th July                                Mayo*                  *Altered Date

16th August                         Wexford*            *New Round & Altered Date

30th August                         Carlow

4th October                         Galway*               *New Round

14th November                  Birr





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Dates for 2015

May 10th

June 7th

July 26th (National Autocross Championship Round)

August 23rd

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