Stages Rally 2013 – Promo Video – Countdown to the Rally

Click on the link below to view the Promotional video for the Mayo Stages Rally 2013

Promotional Video for the Mayo Stages Rally 2013


All Set for Mayo Stages Rally 2013

The last nuts and bolts are being tightened on rally cars, race suits and helmets are being dusted down, and navigators are logging on to Google Maps to find directions to Ballina. The final countdown to the Hotel Ballina & Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally 2013 is underway before the high-octane action takes place this week-end.

Rally Countdown … all go from Friday evening
With competitors arriving from Friday afternoon on, the first task for the drivers and co-drivers after signing-on to the event is on Saturday morning March 9th, when they drive the rally stages in their road cars making pacenotes to use the following day. Later in the day, the rally cars will be presented for scrutineering where they have to pass stringent road and rally safety requirements before being allowed to take part in the rally. After that the cars are locked away securely in Parc Ferme ahead of the start of the rally.

Ceremonial Start
For the public, the rally gets underway in earnest on Saturday when the leading competitors as well as all the local drivers gather on Pearse Street, in Ballina town centre for the Ceremonial Start. Now in its fourth year, this is a great opportunity to see the rally cars and stars up close, and is especially suitable for families with small children. Pearse Street will be closed to traffic from 6pm with diversions in place. The rally cars will start arriving from 7pm with the cars passing over the starting ramp where the drivers will be interviewed at 9pm. Open air music and entertainment will take place during the evening.

When the flag drops….
The serious competition starts on Sunday morning, with the leading cars leaving Parc Feirme in Hotel Ballina at 10 am to tackle the nine challenging special stages. The first stage Cloonta runs for the first time at 10.45 am. Stage two, Lough Brohly, gets underway at 11.05 am, and stage three, Ballymore Lough, which is near Attymass runs at 11.35 am. The cars then return to service in Ballina Mart on the Crossmolina Road, before tackling the loop of three stages two more times. The leading cars are due back at the rally finish at Hotel Ballina at 5 pm. Full details of maps and times will be available in the rally programmes which will be on sale in shops and garages around the area from Friday evening. Online users can follow Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Twitter (@mayomotorclub) and Facebook ( accounts which will be continually updated during the week-end with all the latest news, times and competitor quotes, or you can check into the club website ( Rally updates will also be available during the day on local radio, as Midwest Radio will carry live coverage of the event on the Sunday Sports Show from their Roadcaster, which will be based in the Service Park.

High Quality Entry Field
Perhaps inevitably the current difficult economic environment has meant fewer WRC cars taking part on this year’s Mayo Stages Rally, compared to recent years, but nonetheless a quality field is all set for the challenge of tackling the Hotel Ballina Kennedy Motors backed event.

Seeded at No 1 are cousins Declan and Brian Boyle from Donegal in their Subaru WRC, fresh from their victory on the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Rally in Birr two weeks ago. Best known for his exploits in his 2.5 Mark 2 Escort, Declan is now competing at the top end of rallying in Ireland, having acquired the ex-Tim McNulty Subaru S12 in the second half of last year. Any doubts as to whether he could compete at the highest level were quickly silenced with a string of fine results including an overall win on his debut with the car on the Galway Summer Rally which was followed by 2nd place finishes on the Cork 20 and Donegal Harvest, 3rd in the Galway International Rally and the recent win in Birr. Declan and Brian are getting quicker in the car with each event and promise to be spectacular to watch in Mayo.
2 are Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan in their Airtricity backed S11 Subaru Impreza. After a somewhat frustrating 2012 the boys are now finding their feet in the WRC car after a 5th place finish in Galway and it would be no surprise if the Donegal pair led the rally at the finish at 5pm on Sunday evening. The first Group N car is No 3 seed Pat Kirk from Strabane in an Evo 9. He will have Paddy McVeigh chasing him in his new Subaru Impreza S10 in car number 4. Paddy’s regular co-driver Stephen O’Hanlon will be marking his 100th rally on this year’s Mayo Stages.
Modified competitor Declan Gallagher in his Toyota Starlet is at number 5, Declan likely to be mixing it with the 4wd boys. Camillus Bradley, Jonathan Pringle, Rodney Wilton and Russell Woods fill the next four places in the top 10, in similar looking but different spec Ford Escorts Mark 2’s. All are capable of top results, particularly if weather conditions are dry. Mayo & District Motorsport Club Members & Border Rally Championships sponsors Andrew Mullen and Elaine Doherty round off the top 10 in their Group N Evo 9 while another note-worthy entry is the reigning Border Rally Champions Arthur and Mac Kierans who are seeded just outside the top 10 in their MK2 Escort.

Stages Rally 2013 – Locals All Set For Rally 2013

Locals All Set For Mayo Stages Rally
Needless to say many local competitors will be hoping to get good results on their local event. Behind the tenth seeds Andrew Mullen and Elaine Doherty from Ballisodare, the next highest local competitor is Mervyn Deane. The rapid Williamstown driver faces a tough challenge against the top competitors in class 13 in his Escort. At 24 are Ballinrobe based Sligo man John Warren and Ruthann O Connor from Kilmaine, in their McHales Farm Machinery sponsored Toyota Corolla, the pair having set some impressive times on this event last year before an off road excursion on the penultimate stage ended their rally. Ballinrobe father and son team Adrian and Aidan Fahy are at 41 in their class 13 Escort, they would like to thank We Fix Chimneys & Proactive Security both from Ballinrobe for their sponsorship. Shane Buckley is in a class 11 Honda Civic running at number 44. Joint main sponsor Ciaran Kennedy from Kennedy Motors, Ballina & Belmullet is at number 46 and has Paddy O’Hora alongside him on the notes.

Kenneth McHale and Derek McCarthy are seeded at 49, in a rather different car to that in which they achieved much success in the past. The Knockmore / Ballina pairing, who previously won class 1 on the 2007 Rally Ireland WRC event in a Toyota Yaris, are competing on this year’s Mayo Stages in a class 15 Subaru Impreza. Former Mayo Motorsport Club chairman Sean McHugh from Bekan has Niall Morley from Knock alongside him this year in his fabulous sounding BMW at number 51. Barry Cuffe starts at 60 in his class 13 Escort, just one place ahead of current Mayo & District Motorsport Club Chairman Matthew Murphy from Shrule, in his Westtyre Ballinrobe and M&R Motors Shrule backed class 11 Toyota Corolla, Matthew has his brother Ronan on the notes for him.

Keith McFadden from Turlough makes his return to rallying at 67 in a class 7 Clio. Headford and Ballinrobe partnership of Justin Ryan and Andy Walsh are at 68 in their Honda Civic and hope to improve on last year where they narrowly failed to claim an award for third in the very competitive class 2. Another class 2 Honda Civic pairing of Tony Langdon and Eddie Quinn are 71. At 74, Mayo Young Driver Autocross Champion Alan Moran from Foxford makes the jump to class 10 in his recently beefed up Opel Kadett. Alan has Jared Gill from Bofeenaun, sitting with him for this event.

Killala pairing of Gavin and Raymond Carroll are 78 in a Nova, while Ballina man Darragh Devine hopes to enjoy his first day out rallying in a Civic at 86. He has experienced navigator Paul McGee to help keep him between the ditches. Shrule man and former National Junior Autocross champion Noel Murphy is another one to make his debut in tarmac rallying at Mayo this year. Seeded 87 in another car from the WestTyre and M&R Motors stable, he hopes to bring his Honda Civic home to a good result in the Junior section of the rally. At 89 Aubrey Carson has Mary McAndrew to help guide him home in his class 10 Nova.

Stages Rally 2013 – Launch Night

Successful Mayo Stages Rally Launch.

A large crowd was in attendance at Hotel Ballina on Friday night last, to hear information about this year’s rally from a selection of speakers, including Clerk of the Course Padraic Roche and Chairman of Mayo & District Motorsport Club Matthew Murphy.

Pictured at the launch of Mayo Stages Rally 2013 at Hotel Ballina, from left: Ambrose Gaughan, Chief Marshall; David Jordan, Safety Officer; Matthew Murphy (Chairman Mayo Motorsport Club), Willie Nolan (Mayor of Ballina); Padraic Roche (Event Clerk of Course); Kevin Kennedy & Rose Kennedy, (Kennedy Motors) Joint Sponsors; Jason Moyles (Deputy manager Hotel Ballina) Joint Sponsors and Liam Healy, Assistant Clerk of Course. Photo: © Michael Donnelly


Among those attending the 2013 Hotel Ballina Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally launch were, Motorsport Ireland President Joe Corocan, Toni Kelly, from Donegal, who is also a Road Safety Authority (RSA) ambassador, Robbie Lyttle on behalf of the Motorsport Ireland Road Safety campaign, and Andrew Mullen, sponsor of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship, of which the Mayo Stages is the opening round.

Local representatives included the Mayor of Ballina, Willie Nolan, Chamber of Commerce, local T.D.s Dara Calleary and Michelle Mulherin, County Councillors, founding Ballina Motorclub members and representatives from all the event sponsors.

Mayo & District Motorsport Club reports that a surge of competitors have entered the Mayo Stages Rally which takes place on the week-end of March 9-10 in recent days, with the entry list rapidly filling, Any competitors intending to enter the rally are advised to get their entries in without delay to avoid disappointment.

Stages Rally 2013 – Promoting Road Safety

Mayo & District Motorsport Club brings safety message to schools

Mayo & District Motorsport Club organised a very successful event for the local school children of Bonniconlon, Bofield, Carra and Attymass National schools
in The Grove Ballroom Bonniconlon on Friday last. All four schools are situated close to the stages on this year’s Hotel Ballina and Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally which takes place on March 10th.

Presented by rally co-driver John Higgins from Kiltimagh, who is also Road Safety Officer for Mayo & District Motorsport Club, together with other members from the motorclub, and in co-operation with the R.S.A (Road Safety Authority), Mayo County Council, Bus Eireann and An Garda Siochana, the event provided the school children with a special opportunity to learn first hand about general road safety and the safety measures that are in place to run a rally, as well as a demonstration of safety equipment on board a current rally car. The presentation was very well received with lots of questions and much excitement about the forthcoming rally.

This is the second year that Mayo & District Motorsport Club has undertaken an initiative to highlight to local schoolchildren in the vicinity of the rally the importance of safety both at rallies and on our roads, and it has proven to be an excellent opportunity to teach the younger generation the essentials of being safe on the roads in a fun and memorable way.


Motorclub Helping To Promote Road Safety to Secondary Schools

A hard-hitting road safety message was delivered to nearly 1000 teenagers at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo on Thursday last, when they viewed the AXA Insurance award-winning Road Safety Roadshow. The event was organised in conjunction with Mayo County Council, An Garda Siochana and the local emergency services.
Before the Roadshow began a boisterous crowd of transition and senior year students hustled their way to their seats in the Theatre. But it wasn’t too long before a silence fell on the room.

The show graphically depicts how a night out ends in tragedy for a 17-year old boy who has just passed his driving test. The story was told by a Garda officer, a paramedic, a fire officer, an emergency consultant, a mother of a victim and Richard Alcorn from Donegal, who was paralysed following a road traffic collision a number of years ago. Richard has lost a number of friends in road traffic collisions and is keen to help deliver the road safety message to others in the country.
The narrative was interspersed with music, video clips and television advertisements.

Speaking after the event, Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer, Mayo County Council said, “The Road Safety Roadshow has been a major success. It allows us to deliver a hard hitting and high impact road safety message to thousands of young people in the highest risk group. I have no doubt that the Roadshow shocks, perhaps even horrifies our young audiences and make no apology for that.The show realistically illustrates what happens all too often on our roads. I hope that after seeing the Roadshow the students understand that they are not indestructible; that it can and does happen to young people like them; and they must respect the roads and other users.”

Incorporating Motorsport Ireland’s road safety initiative, which is supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and aimed at young drivers, who are most at risk on Irish roads, Mayo Motorsport Club has taken the proactive step of appointing a Road Safety Officer and setting up a road safety team, within the club. This team, lead by Dunlop National co-driver Champion, John Higgins and assisted by Mayo club members Seamus Coffey and David Jordan, were on hand at the Roadshow to demonstrate how a rally car differs from a road car and to show the level of safety protection used in motorsport.

Speaking after the Roadshow, Mayo Motorsport Road Safety Officer, John Higgins said: “Our sport wants to do everything that it can to help spread the message about safe driving. Irish efforts to improve road safety have been most impressive. But we still believe that we can do more and that motorsport can help. We know that Ireland probably has one of the highest numbers of rallying fans than any other country in Europe, so it is vital that we engage with this group of young people at their level. We are delighted to support the AXA Roadsafety Roadshow, which will take the safe driving message straight to the most important audience. It will show that if you love driving and you love motorsport, then you should respect the roads and drive safely.”

Stages Rally 2013 – Super Rally

Restart after Retirement
(Super Rally)

In what is a first for a one day national rally in Ireland, Mayo & District Motorsport Club will be running a pilot of Super Rally, at the 2013 Mayo Stages Rally.

This will permit crews retiring from the rally prior to the last service the chance to restart the rally from the next service out control, and will no doubt be a major incentive for competitors looking to get maximum value for money for their day’s rallying.

A time penalty will apply for every stage missed, and strict rules will be enforced in relation to the recovery of the car from a stage.
The Crew will only be allowed to restart after passing re-scrutiny, and with the permission of the CLO.

Full details are in the Regulations available on the link above.

The club will also be running Junior and Historic Classes on the event, while the rally is once again the opening round of the 2013 Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship.

Secretary for the event is Margaret Mc Greal who can be contacted on +353 87 2165028 (between 19:30 and 22.00), or via e-mail at

Entries for the rally close on 22Febuary 2013.
A rally guide is available to download shortly here on the club website.

IRDS Insurance
(required for road sections of stages rallies, navigation events etc)
Please note it takes 14 days to get IRDS from broker in Birmingham

Stages Rally 2013 – Press Releases

Press Release No.1:

2013 Hotel Ballina and Kennedy Motors Mayo Stages Rally
Sunday March 10, 2013 is a date for your diary. It sees the return of Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s annual tarmac stages rally to Ballina after an absence of more than ten years. Clerk of the Course Padraic Roche and his hard working team have been putting the finishing touches to months of preparations for this ever popular event.

The Club is delighted to welcome on board Hotel Ballina and Kennedy Motors as joint main sponsors of the 2013 Mayo Stages Rally and thank them for their support.
The route, consisting of a three stage loop run three times, with a central service, will provide competitors with excellent value in stage distance while keeping road section mileage to a minimum. The compact loop provides for an abundance of superb spectator points on each individual stage, with a choice of viewing locations across the 119 Km route.

After a Ceremonial start in Ballina town centre on Saturday evening, March 9th, the rally headquarters will be Hotel Ballina, from where the event proper begins on Sunday morning when the cars leave parc-ferme.

The event is round one of the 2013 Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship.
A Rally Guide will be available to download in the coming days here on our website.

Some members of the Mayo Stages Rally 2013 team. Back Row from left: Cathal Doyle (Asst Club Chairperson), Deputy Michelle Mulherin, John Higgins (Irish National Rally Champion Co-driver), Padraic Roche (Clerk of the Course Mayo Stages Rally 2013), Willie Durcan (Club Treasurer) and Cllr John O’Hara.Front Row: Valerie Horan (Hotel Ballina, Joint Sponsor), Matthew Murphy (Club Chairperson), Ciaran Kennedy (Kennedy Motors Joint Sponsor) and Imelda Clarke (Secretary Mayo Stages Rally 2013)

Interview of Club Asst. Chairperson Cathal Doyle speaking with Mid West Radio about the upcoming Mayo Stages Rally 2013.

Stages Rally 2013 – Regs and Entry Forms

Autocrosses 2013

Mayo and District Motorsport Club held 4 autocross events this year:

Sunday 12 May 2013


Harrington Challenge Points after Round 1

Sunday 9 June 2013


Harrington Challenge Points after Round 2

Young Driver Championship Points after Round 2

Sunday 28 July 2013


Young Driver Championship Points after Round 3

Harrington Challenge Points after Round 3

Sunday 25 August 2013


Harrington Challenge Points after Final Round

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship Points after Round 6




Deane Pushes Buggy to Another Title

Photos courtesy of John Delaney

Moneygall might be known as the village that found a president but on November 17th it was also the place that found the first ever 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Champion.
Derek Deane from Williamstown maintained his one hundred percent record in the inaugural championships, by adding his fifth overall victory, from the opening five rounds and wrapping up the overall title with one round still remaining.
He negotiated his JB Buggy round the rugged track that towards the end of the day would have tested one of Obama’s ATV’s, to pip Kildare’s Padraic McHale by just over two hundredths of a second. Deane, who at this stage of 2013 has applied to his local County Council to build a trophy cabinet, was overjoyed with the win and sealing the overall championships.

Speaking afterwards he thanked Bath O’Donoghoe of 5 Star Catering for sponsoring the championships and is already looking forward to next year’s events and to the battle of retaining his title.
As always Mayo Motorsport Club travelled well to the various rounds of the championships and this time was no exception, with five other members and entourage also making the journey. Adrian Deane, younger brother of Derek, claimed second in Class Six, also in a buggy, sending out a clear message to his older sibling that in 2014 he just might claim that elusive first victory.
James McGreal from Foxford brought his Subaru Impreza home third in Class Six, finding the conditions tricky and glad that he had the benefit of four wheel drive.
Peter McManamon was delighted to bring his Peugeot 205 home third in Class Two. “It made the long trip from Achill worthwhile; it’s a great feeling to bring home some crystal, and the car didn’t miss a beat all day”, a contented Peter said afterwards.
Not so fortunate were Foxford’s Alan Moran and Sean McHugh from Bekan, who experienced ‘one of those days,’ where almost everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. A damaged radiator on the first run, followed by fuel pump issues on their second runs, topped off with a broken driveshaft on Moran’s final run meant that each of the pair only had one clean timed run out of the three rounds. But at the end of the day, spirits were high in the 206 camp, as they plotted the journey to Cork on December 27th for the final round of the championships that leaves six mayo members still in contention for class awards in the overall championships.

Autocross Report Sunday August 25th:
By Justin Ryan

Michael Conlon in his buggy took his maiden victory at Round four of the Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Loose Surface Autocross at Harrington’s Quarry near Swinford. In a tight battle he finished just over a second ahead of Derry man James Cassidy in his similar buggy with Ronan Mackle from Down, rounding off a buggy filled podium in third.
Despite not being able to participate due to family commitments however, it was Derek Deane from Williamstown in his JB Buggy who had done enough in the earlier rounds of the Frank Harrington Challenge, to take the title for 2013. Derek won the first three rounds to see him win the coveted championship, as the best three rounds from the four events of the year count towards the final points tally.
Challenge Awards: 1st Derek Deane, 2nd Michael Conlon & 3rd Derek Mackarel.
Harrington Club Awards:
1st Adrian Deane, 2nd Mervyn Deane & 3rd James McGreal.

Shrule’s Noel Murphy rounded off a great year by wrapping up the Mayo & District Young Drivers’ Championship by overcoming the challenge of the Champion from the past two years, Alan Moran from Foxford. The Championship, for Mayo club members under the age of 30, is also decided by the best three scores of the year. Noel had been consistently quick through the year to lead heading into the final round. With Alan’s Kadett giving him problems it paved the way for Murphy to take the title and he did so in style by finishing second in Class 2 in his Honda Civic.

Derek Mackerel continued to defy the odds in his impressive two wheel drive 1600cc Vauxhall Nova to finish fourth overall for the second time in a row and once again win the ultra-competitive Class 2, which featured more than 20 entries. Adrian Deane, brother of the aforementioned Derek, took the family Buggy to finish fifth overall. He was closely followed by Stephen Moore in another buggy and Foxford’s James McGreal in his Subaru who won class 5 for 4 wheel drive cars. Walter Burke from Williamstown was next up and won class 4 in his Escort. 9th overall was Mike O’Connor. Rounding off the top ten was Paul Curran, in doing so he claimed Class 1 honours.

The class 3 battle once again went the way of Club Chairperson, Matthew Murphy, brother of Noel, in his rear wheel drive Corolla. The Mayo & District Club Award was won by former Young Drivers’ Champion Justin Ryan on his return to Autocross action.
The Ladies Award went to Shauna McEveney from Castlebar, who had yet another solid outing in her Toyota Corolla.

Outside of the top ten, Mayo interest included Bekan’s Sean McHugh, claiming 3rd in class 5. John Warren also finished 3rd in class 3. As mentioned earlier, Alan Moran and Stephen Doherty had engine problems in their Kadett which faltered their challenge. The ever improving David Jordan from Westport in his front wheel drive Corolla had a good run to finish 10th in class 2. Tony Langdon and John P Ryan had a day long battle in their similar Honda Civics’, with Tony eventually coming out on top by a mere 4 hundredths of a second. Next two Mayo finishers were father and son duo Patrick McEveney and son Patrick Jnr. This was Patrick Junior’s first foray into Autocross and he steadily improved all day to come away with a fine finish with no major problems. Colm Ronan once again suffered problems in his Nissan Sunny, unfortunately only completing one timed run.

Once again it has been a highly successful year in Mayo for our Autocross events. Finally, thank you to all competitors who have supported our events this year, hope to see you all again in 2014!

Photos courtesy of Rally Through a Lens

Report from Aug 25th:Deanes Hat trick
Derek Deanes run of good luck continued as he annihilated the competition at round three of the Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s Loose Surface Autocross at Harrington’s Quarry near Swinford.
Since his first win Derek seems unstoppable as he now makes it three wins in a row. Deane put in an incredible time on the third run of the day to finish over 5 seconds ahead of his brother Mervyn also driving a similar JB Buggy.
Mervyn managed to fend off the challenges of Martin Tynan in his impressive Mitsubishi Evo 8 to finish second.

Fermanagh’s young pocket rocket Derek Mackarel finished an astonishing fourth place in his two wheel drive 1600cc Vauxhall Nova, bewildering some of the more powerful four wheel drive cars that were well behind him down the rankings.
Monaghan’s Michael Conlon took fifth in his Buggy just half a second ahead of Austin Shinnors from Limerick in his Subaru Impreza.
The next three places were all buggies, Gerald Doherty from Banbridge, Ronan Mackle from Down and the third member of the Deane Motorsport team, youngest brother Adrian, finished in that order only separated by little over two seconds.
Foxford’s James McGreal rounded of the top ten in his spritely Subaru Impreza.
Class winners on the day were Class one, Glen Irwin from Castlederg in his Vauxhall Nova. Class two, the aforementioned Derek Mackarel. Class three, Walter Burke and his Ford Escort from Williamstown. Class four, Martin Tynagh. Class five, James Lucy from Cork in his Subaru Special. Class six honours went to Mervyn Deane, Class seven was won by David Kelly and the ladies award went to Sarah Moynihan from Cork.
The Mayo & District Club Award was won by Adrian Deane.
The event was also the fourth counting round of the inaugural 2013 National Loose Surface Autocross Championships, a series that coincidentally, Derek Deane has been victorious on the opening three rounds off.
This championships, which is being sponsored by Batt O’Donoghoes Five Star Catering from Co. Cork, brought some new faces to the Mayo venue. All of whom were delighted with the facilities on offer and the fast challenging Mayo track.
With one round left in August in the Mayo Championships, Derek Deane is the man to beat following his hat trick of victories. Hopes will be high in the Mayo & District Club that the Williamstown driver can retain the prestigious Frank Harrington Award for overall Mayo Autocross series champion.

Outside of the Top Ten, the next best local competitor home was David Carney from Westport. It was the first time Carney unleashed his impressive C2R2 at the Mayo event. A five second penalty he picked up on his last run foiled a higher place finish for him, but the potential of the Citroen was oblivious to see and more familiarisation with the venue would no doubt see him challenging for overall honours.
Shrule’s Noel Murphy won the battle of the local young drivers. His Honda Civic never missed a beat all day while been pushed to the max by the well developing south Mayo man.

Alan Moran was next home in his Opel Kadett, finishing one place ahead of Bekan’s Sean Mchugh in his Subaru Impreza.
Walter Burke from Williamstown entertained his way to a class three win in his ever-sideways Escort Mark 2.
Padraig Mullen from Ballymote put in a strong performance in his Impreza to finish eighth in class four and two places ahead overall of Mayo Club Chairperson Matthew Murphy from Shrule who was as thrilling as ever to watch in his Toyota Twin Cam.
Ballinrobe brothers David and Ciaran Walsh, on a trip home from Australia, revitalized their Talbot Sunbeam from a five year recess to finish an enjoyable day, having both gotten more fluid and quicker as the day went on. Stephen Doherty from Foxford had a solid performance in his Opel Kadett, finishing just behind the South Mayo pair.
David Jordan from Westport was next to finish, reporting no major issues in his Toyota Corolla and was delighted to come home ahead of the Honda Civic of John Paul Ryan from Shrule, who’s only major issue was jetlag, having only returned from holiday in America a few hours before the event!.
Peter McManamon from Achill overcame early problems to finish the event and replied “No Comment” to rumours that he was selling his Peugeot and investing in a Toyota!.
Siblings Patrick and Shauna McEveney from Castlebar had another good solid outing in their Toyota, despite Shauna slightly modifying the bodywork on the Corolla on her last run.
David Healy from Skreen, had his day cut short in his Nissan Primera when gearbox trouble halted him durning his second loop.
Also suffering gearbox problems was Colm Ronan, his Nissan Sunny refusing to select gears, bringing an early end to the day for the young man from Bekan.
With some body work to straighten before the next day out is Ronan Moore from Crossmolina, while on his second run he turned in a fraction too early to a left hander, clipping a bank and causing his Ford Escort to roll. No major damage only panels and pride.
The final round of the 2013 Mayo & District Autocross season takes place on Sunday 25th August.

5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship-Round 3 – Points after Round 3

Deane’s Reign Supreme
The Deane family name is rapidly gaining a high calibre reputation in the sport of Autocross. On Sunday last, Derek Deane extended his winning streak on the National Loose Surface Autocross Championships to three, with a commanding performance in his JB Buggy.
A total of ten drivers from the Mayo & District Motorsport Club made the trip to do battle at Round 3, the Midland Motorclub event, held in Scramoge, Co Roscommon.
Derek’s biggest rival on the day was his own brother Mervyn, who pushed him all the way and only lost out by less than half a second in the end to make it a Deane One-Two at the finish.
Next best local home was the other member of the Deane Motorsport Team, Adrian, who finished fifth overall, rounding of a great set of results for the Buggy driving siblings from Williamstown.
James McGreal from Foxford in a Subaru Impreza was the highest placed local in a rally car, finishing in tenth place overall and claiming a class win in the process.
Club Chairperson Matthew Murphy from Shrule finished 23, one place ahead of Padraig Mullen from Ballymote. Putting in a good recovery drive was Alan Moran from Foxford, who had drive shaft problems on his opening run, having got this repaired he went on to finish and pick up valuable points for the championships.
Sean McHugh from Bekan blew the dust of his Subaru Impreza but found it difficult to get up to pace on his first autocross event of the year, having concentrated more on tarmac events in 2013.

John Paul Ryan from Shrule and Peter Mc Manamon from Achill rounded off the Mayo posse, they had their own battle all day with Ryan this time claiming the bragging rights finishing two seconds ahead in their equivalently spec’d Class 2 cars.
Next up for the gravel experts is Mayo’s home event on July 28, it is also Round 4 of the National Championships. Check out this website for more details.

Photos courtesy of John Delaney and to


Mayo Autocross Heats up

Derek Deane from Williamstown set a blistering time on his last run of the day to come from behind and win Round 2 of the Mayo & District Loose Surface Autocross on Sunday last in Kilkelly.
The win keeps intact a 100% success rate for Deane and his JB Buggy in 2013, having won every Autocross event he has started in both local and national competitions.
Like it was on the previous event in May, Ian Barrett from Maynooth almost stole the show. He started into the last timed run of the afternoon with a three second advantage over the local man, but yet again had to settle for second in the end. Rounding of the top three was Gerald Doherty from Banbridge, also in a buggy. First car home was Martin Tynan from Clones in his Mitsubishi Evo 8 finishing

4 seconds ahead of another buggy, this one driven by Ronan Mackle who made the trip from Co Down. But the drive of the day had to be 17 year old Derek Mackarel, also from Clones, who, in his 1600cc Vauxhall Nova finished sixth overall beating a number of more powerful four wheel drive cars and a number of other buggies in the process. He also picked up the Class 2 award for being the fastest front two wheel drive car of the day.
Other Category winners included Glen Irwin from Castlederg, once again claiming class 1 in his Vauxhall Nova. Club Chairperson, Matthew Murphy dominated Class 3 in his Toyota Corolla Twincam. Danny Melanaphy from Kinawley, County Fermanagh brought his Ford Focus home first in Class 4. Aforementioned Martin Tynan and Ian Barrett won Class 5 and 6 respectively.
Locally, Mervyn Deane won the Mayo Club Award, Shauna McEveney from Castlebar once more picked up the Ladies Award, Ronan Moore from Crossmolina was 2

in Class 4, and Noel Murphy from Shrule was 3 in Class 2 and the top Mayo Young Driver Championship contender.
Killian Duffy took a short break from World Rally action to swap his pacenotes for the steering wheel of a JB buggy and finished a very impressive 12 overall, two places ahead of Foxford man James McGreal. Former National Rally Champion Aaron MacHale had an enjoyable day back at motorsport away from the usual four wheel drive rally cars that he has been more familiar with to instead double drive the Joe Cullen JB Buggy with Killian Duffy, MacHale reporting that the cockpit of the buggy was a little bit tighter than what he was accustomed to, but that he would return again to the superb venue. Other Mayo members to enjoy and finish the event were David Jordan from Westport, Peter McManamon from Achill, David Healy from Skreen, Niall Morley from Knock, Patrick McEveney from Castlebar, Stephen Doherty, Foxford and Ian Henry from Ballymote. The Opel Kadett of Alan Moran more suffered more misfortune when it finished the day upended after a coming together with a gravel bank on the final run.
Two Mayo events down, two wins for Derek Deane. Can anybody stop the Williamstown man on the remaining two events of 2013?

Clare Autocross Report:
Deane Does the Business Again

Derek Deane from Williamstown made it back to back wins on the second round of the 5 Star Catering, National Loose Surface Autocross Championships, held in Shinrone Quarry, Co Offaly on Sunday last. The event ran by Clare Motor club, seen eight drivers from Mayo & District Motorsport Club make the trip across the Shannon in search of honours.

And similar to round one last February in Clonakilty, the Mayo congregation showed that they don’t lack pace when it comes to loose surface competition, by again claiming three awards.
Adrian Deane displayed that he is getting progressively faster in his recently acquired JB Buggy, and in the near future will no doubt be challenging bother Derek for overall victories, this time he had to settle for 6 overall and 2 in class 6.

Fairing one place better in 5th but winning class 4, (for saloon cars) in the process, was James McGreal from Foxford in his Subaru Impreza. James was delighted with his result as he felt his WRX Subaru was not as sprightly as some of the newer machinery in his class, so we are chalking this class win down to driver expertise!
Derek Deane showed from the start that he meant business, setting fastest times on the opening two sessions, but on the third and final run he found that Whitby Moynan from Tipperary had knocked 5 seconds off his previous best to put himself into the lead. The track having deteriorated badly in parts from all the action was now Deane’s biggest barrier.
He put the power down in his high revving buggy right from the green light, picked a flawless racing line around the track and bet Moynan by just over 1 second, a trilling end to a great days autocrossing.
Also happy to finish the day was club chairperson Matthew Murphy from Shrule, he brought his Toyota Corolla home in 16 overall, after finding conditions tough as his car was taking a pounding over the ruts that appeared on some of the corners.
Achill man Peter Mc Manamon and John Ryan from Headford had their own battle for positions throughout the day, the Achill man eventually taking the bragging rights.
The hard luck story of the day was the Opel Kadett of Alan Moran and Stephen Doherty from Foxford, the pair were double driving the car but on Stephens second run, he turned the car into a corner a fraction to early, clipping the inside bank and overturning the car. The car was not badly damaged but without a windscreen the car was not allowed back out for the last run. Alan had already set a blistering time on his fist run, that in the end seen him finish the event in 15 place overall.
The next Autocross action for the drivers is Mayo’s own loose surface event which takes place on the 9 of June in kilkelly.

MAYO AUTOCROSS: Sunday May 12th – Results

The first Mayo & District Motorsport Club Autocross of the year took place on Sunday. Derek Deane from Williamstown won the event in his JB Buggy, continuing his great form from last year that saw him crowned the 2012 Frank Harrington Challenge Champion. Second home was Ian Barrett from Maynooth, with another member of the Deane family, Mervyn, rounding off an all Buggy Top 3.

Local honours went to James McGreal from Foxford who won the club award. Other locals to fare well were club chairman Matthew Murphy from Shrule who won class 3 in his Toyota Corolla. Alan Moran from Foxford won Class 2 in his Opel Kadett, after a battle of the local young drivers that saw Shrule man Noel Murphy finish just two-hundredths of a second behind Moran.
Shauna McEveney from Castlebar won the ladies award on her first ever day out and also with a good solid performance on his first day driving at an autocross event was young Colm Ronan from Bekan. Both of whom are young drivers who are starting off their Motorsport careers at the correct level, taking part in the Mayo & District Motorsport Clubs -Young Drivers Support Scheme, learning proper car control in a controlled environment.

Round 2 takes place on Sunday 9 June.
Photos below courtesy of Ruthann O’Connor and Stephen Doherty
Some footage from the day’s events by club member Ruthann O’Connor

National Loose Surface Autocross Championship Round 1

Five members of Mayo & District Motorsport Club made the trip to Clonakilty, Co Cork, taking part in the first round of the 5 Star Catering National Loose surface Autocross Championship,
They didnt leave empty handed, Derek Deane from Williamstown took the overall win on the event in his JB Buggy, Matthew Murphy, Chairman of the Mayo Club, from Shrule, finished 2nd in Class 2 in his Toyota Corolla, Justin Ryan from Headford, 3rd in Class in a Honda Civic, Peter Mc Manamon made the trip from Achill to finish 6th in class and John Ryan from Headford 7th in Class.
Great results for the lads who made the long trip to Cork.

2013 5 Star Catering
National Loose Surface Autocross Championship

Plans are now in place for the inaugural 2013 National Loose Surface Autocross Championship. The Championship is being sponsored by Batt O’Donoghoes 5 Star Catering Outlets who covers all types of events nationwide.

The Championship will comprise of six rounds utilising Loose Surface Autocross Events in Skibbereen, Clare, Midland, Mayo, Birr & Cork Motor Clubs. Best 5 events count towards results.

The Championship will comprise of Six Rounds utilising Loose Surface Autocross Events in Skibbereen, Clare, Midland, Mayo, Birr & Cork Motor Clubs. Best 5 Events count towards results.

The championship will have classes for all cars & specials including 4WD. Points scoring will be on a class based system meaning that any driver is capable of winning the championship outright.

The list of Championship events is as follows:

17 February Skibbereen & District Car Club
26 May Clare Motor Club
30 June Midland Motor Club
28 July Mayo & District Motor Club
17 November Birr & District Motor Club
27 December Cork Motor Club

Class 1: All Saloon cars up to 1450 c.c.
Class 2: All Saloon cars from 1451 c.c. to 1650 c.c.
Class 3: All Saloon cars from 1650 c.c. to 2100 c.c.
Class 4: All Saloon cars 2101 c.c. and over, 4WD & Turbo Charged Saloon Cars.
Class 5: Car Engined Specials.
Class 6: Motor Bike Engined Specials including Buggies.
Class 7: Junior Class for 16 –18 Year Olds holding a Speed National B Licence in 2wd Saloon Cars up to 1650 c.c.

Further information is available from the championship Registrar Eoin Longworth 086 8179297.

Final Round 5 Star Catering National Autocross Championship Report

Final Round 5 Star Catering National Autocross Championship Report

Photos by John Delaney

Severe winter conditions greeted the two Mayo crews that made the trip, on the day after St. Stephen’s day, to Cork, for the final round of the 2013 National Loose Surface Autocross Championships.
There was an entry of thirty drivers and each got five runs at the Cronin’s Quarry venue in Ladysbridge, Co. Cork.
Foxford’s James McGreal narrowly missed out on a podium finish in his Subaru Impreza, but collected the class 4 honours whilst Shrule’s Matthew Murphy battled the tricky conditions to finish the day fifth in class 2.

The inaugural championship which was supported by Bath O’Donoghoe of 5 Star Catering had no fewer than six Mayo members claim awards after the final round points and dropped scores were tallied.
There could only of course be one overall winner and given his run of five overall wins from the opening five rounds, no one could argue the merits of Derek Deane lifting the championship crown.
Keeping up the winning theme in the Deane household, Derek’s brother, Adrian claimed first in class 6 for motorcycle engined buggies.
James McGreal brought his Subaru to an overall second place in class 4, for 4wd saloon cars over 2101cc.
Overall class 2 results for saloon cars from 1451cc to 1650cc were dominated by Mayo club members. Matthew Murphy, in his Toyota Corolla finished on top, marginally ahead of Alan Moran from Foxford and Peter McManamon from Achill, who were only separated into second and third by events completed after the pair finished the championships level on points.
The final hurrah of the 2013 championships is the prize giving which takes place on Saturday January 18th in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon, Co Clare.