TeamMurphy collect more silverware

TeamMurphy collect more silverware

Father & son #TeamMurphy continued their recent good run of form at Westmeath & District Motorclub’s (Grass surface) Autocross at Killucan, Co Westmeath on September 13th.
Jason finished 2nd in class 9 while Ronan was 3rd in class 1
Pics John Delaney.


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Moran moves top of the Championship

Foxford man Alan Moran put in a masterful performance on the Lakeland Forest Rally, round five of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, held in Enniskillen on Saturday last. Moran with navigator John Burke alongside drove his Peugeot 206 without incident through the forests of west Fermanagh, rewarded at the end of the event with third place points in the junior championships. With championship leader Patrick O’ Brien retiring on the last stage, the points haul for the young Mayo driver propels him into first place overall with only two rounds remaining. Wesport man Ed Muldoon was unlucky, after putting in some fine times earlier in the day he retired his DJ Rally-hire Mitsubishi Evo on the penultimate stage. Next round for both Mayo crews is slightly closer to home, Round six of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship, the Mayo Stages Forest Rally takes place on October 18th.

Mayo Gears up for Forest Rally

Mayo & District Motorsport Club are proud to announce details of the Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally taking place on Sunday 18th October 2015. Based in Ballina, the event will be the sixth round of the Motorsport Ireland Valvoline Irish Forestry Rally Championship.

Clerk of the Course Trevor O’ Connell said “We are delighted to see the return of a Forest Rally to Mayo after an absence of 15 years, I’m very pleased to welcome on board Crockets on the Quay (Ballina) as main sponsor, as without their help and the help of associated sponsors an event of this magnitude would not be able take place. I would also like to thank my team as we have brought together some of the best forest stages anywhere in Ireland. My thanks go to the local community, land owners and to Coillte and the assistance they have given over these past months, as we have worked hard to overcome difficulties thrown up by the terrain and the weather. I hope everyone will find this very worthwhile and a challenging motorsport competition for the competitors. Thanks also to Motorsport Ireland and the Forest Rally Championship Sub Committee for giving us the opportunity of hosting this event, and we hope it will be a strong round of the championship for the 2015 season.”

While you can be guaranteed plenty of rally related family entertainment and action throughout Ballina over the weekend, the real action will take to the loose surface forest tracks on the morning of Sunday 18th with the competing field leaving Parc fermé in Ballina and moving down the road for the main event which consists of two challenging stages run twice in the Ballycastle and Moygownagh area.

This is an important event in the Motorsport Ireland Valvoline Forestry Rally calendar as it is the penultimate round in the 2015 championship and the last of the Southern rounds. After round five which took place in Enniskillen, Mayo will be a deciding event for many competitors and it is sure to attract an exciting list of entries.

“Whether you’re a frequent forest rally competitor or one of our many Mayo Autocross regulars who wants to make the step up, the Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally is the event of 2015 that you don’t want to miss, It’s an rally organised by competitors for competitors” Trevor stated, “and this is reflected by us making it a user friendly event; centralised service in Ballycastle on tarmac and scrutiny available Saturday evening or Sunday morning along with Parc fermé at Rally HQ, Crockets on the Quay in Ballina, that coupled with a 40km compact loop of competitive stages, it makes for an exciting event for all types of competitor” says Trevor.

Regs and Entry form are available to download shortly on the club website,

The official launch of the Crockets on the Quay Mayo Mini-Stages Forest Rally takes place on the evening of Friday 2nd of October in Crockets on the Quay and all are welcome to come along. For further information on the event keep an eye on the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, @MayoMotorClub and on the club website.

September Club Meeting

September monthly meeting – next Friday, 4th at 9pm
Location: Micky Macs, Tubbercurry

All members asked to attend. New members always welcome!

Moran nominated for Mayo Young Sports Star of the Month

Galway Summer Rally

Former National rally champion Peadar Hurson in a Subaru S10 WRC took a start to finish victory in the 4×4 Exporter Galway Summer Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. Hurson took the lead on stage 1 after pre event favourite and number 1 seed, Declan Boyle, slid his Ford Fiesta WRC off the road into the undergrowth on the opening stage forcing him to retire.

Top Mayo & District Club finisher was Kevin Glynn who was navigating for Daniel McKenna in the P1 Rally Rentals Fiesta R5. Speaking afterwards Daniel thanked Kevin for a fine job on the notes. They had a good steady run winning Class 5 and finishing in eighth place overall. Daniel said he took his time to settle into the car and the new pacenotes. “A few small mistakes probably cost us a few places overall” he said, but he was really impressed with the performance of the Fiesta.

Obliterating the competition in Class 1, Crossmolina brothers Brian and Lorcan Moore lead the class from start to finish in their C-sport Honda Civic. Brian who is based in England working with Bentley Racing, flew back specially for the event, taking a gamble as with 24 hours to go they were still on the reserve list! The mechanic come race driver was a happy man on Sunday evening and thanked his younger brother Lorcan for a great job calling pacenotes, although reporting a few moments during the day, he was thrilled with the end result and can’t wait to get back home to compete in more events between  the busy Bentley racing schedule.

Ballisadore’s Darragh Mullen guided Padraic Condon to 8th in class 10 in a Peugeot 205.

In the junior category, Cormac Phelan earned a hard fought victory in his Citroen C2R2, keeping the Honda Civic of Gary McNamee at bay by just 3.2 seconds. Ballina’s Derek McCarthy navigating for Steven Reynolds finished in 8th place, one ahead of Justin Ryan who suffered alternator problems in his Honda Civic.

Picture credits: Rally Through A Lens & Sean McHugh

Westmeath & District Motor Club Rallysprint

Noel Murphy and Shauna McEveney made the trip to a very wet and slippy Westmeath District Motor Club Rallysprint on Sunday 23 August. With conditions at the Athboy Kart track similar to an ice ring, the pair managed to keep the Honda Civic on the tarmac, setting some very competitive times, they finished the day 5th in class and in 16th place overall; a very good result out of 50 starters.

Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally 2015

Round four of the 2015 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forestry Championship, was the Cork Motor Club’s Jim Walsh Cork Forestry Rally, based in Mallow. Two Mayo crews made the trip south, both in search of solid performances to strengthen their bid on overall championship placings.

Alan Moran, who had Galway’s John Burke on the notes, faced fierce competition in the Junior section of the event. Up against much more technically advanced machinery, the young Foxford man was on many occasions, seen to be driving his Peugeot 206 Cup car well above expectations. This fine display was rewarded with a fourth place overall finish behind Junior Championship leader Patrick O’Brien in his Citroen C2R2, Kevin Eves in his Peugeot 208 R2 and  Ian Downey in his Opel Corsa. The result and collection of a further eight points moves Moran into second place overall in the Junior championship with three rounds remaining.

Westport’s Ed Muldoon was another Mayo man on a mission. With regular co-driver Mark Byrne along side in the DJ Rally Mitsubshi Evo 6, the pair battled through the extremely slippy conditions to also finish fourth in their class, again notching up valuable championship points.

The overall winner of the event was local driver Owen Murphy in a Mitsubshi Evo 9. Monaghan’s Josh Moffett, also in an Evo 9, set the early pace and it was tit for tat until Murphy picked up the tempo on stage six and extended the gap to 7.4 seconds by the finish, to record his third Cork Forestry victory.

Round five of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship is the Enniskillen based Lakeland Stages Rally on Saturday September 5th.

Link to the points after round 4:!about/c1ekx

Murphy Masters Autocross

Father and son team Ronan and Jason Murphy from Shrule were in action last weekend at Midland Motorclub’s grass surface autocross event, held at Ballinalee, Co Longford.
15 year old Jason, competing in the junior class, set a blistering time on his second timed run in the M&R motors backed Honda Civic to take the class win and move into the lead in the overall National junior grass surface championships. Not to be outdone by his son, Ronan also took control in Class one, claiming the class win and ensuring that two trophies were brought west of the Shannon.

Else where last weekend Westport’s David Carney showed great pace early on at Tipperary MotorClub’s Stonethrowers Rally, before fuel problems forced his Ds3 to retire on the last loop.