Higgins in pole position to claim national rally title after victory in Clare
Photos courtesy of Rally through a Lens
Kiltimagh navigator John Higgins is favourite to clinch the 2012 Dunlop National Rally Championship co-drivers title after guiding Cork’s Brian O’Mahony to victory on Sunday’s Clare Stages Rally. The win, their third of the year after earlier successes in Carlow and Tipperary, gives the Subaru Impreza crew a clear lead at the top of the Dunlop National Rally Championship with just one round, the Donegal Harvest Rally remaining.
Going into the Clare Stages Rally three crews remained in contention to claim the 2012 Dunlop title, and after the initial group of stages O’Mahony and Higgins lay in second place behind the similar car of Tralee’s Thomas Fitzmaurice and Fionn Foley. The Kerry crew were subsequently forced to retire with mechanical problems, leaving Monaghan’s Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry, the third championship hopefuls, as nearest challengers to the Cork / Mayo pairing.
O’Mahony and Higgins made no mistakes over the remaining stages though, to bring their Subaru safely back to the rally finish in Ennis nineteen seconds clear of their title rivals.
Ahead of next month’s decider, O’Mahony and Higgins hold a six point advantage over Fitzmaurice and Foley, with Maguire and Sherry a further ten points adrift. With twenty points on offer for for a rally win it’s all still to play for, but the momentum is firmly with the championship leaders as they bid for that much sought after national rally title.
Killian Duffy finishes 3rd
in Rally Lebanon 2012
Roger Feghali made history on Sunday by winning the Lebanese rally for the ninth consecutive year and an unprecedented 10 times overall.
His brother, Abdo, setteled for second place, just 5.38 minutes separating the two.
Qatar’s Abul Aziz al-Kowari With Mayo Motorclub Co-Driver Killian Duffy finished third, 11.09 minutes behind the leader.
Fantastic result for the Mayo man.
Podium pic from The Daily Star Lebanon
other pics from mmsrally.com
Sean gets a strong finish in Kirkstown
Sean Hynes finished 5th and 3rd in the two races in Kirkstown on Saturday Aug 25th.
He was lucky to avoid a near pile up at the start of Race two and recovered well to finish strong in the Formula Sheane races. For more information check out his column in The Western People.
David Carney takes the CRT Ireland win in Ulster
with series leader Kevin O Connor taking second and Adrian McElhinney in third after each of these crews held the lead at one point.
Photo courtesy of Rally Through a Lens
Good result for Sean in Mondello
After managing to avoid a first corner pile up, as shown in the video below, Mayo Club member Sean Hynes, from Foxford, went on to finish 6th and 4th in his two Formula Sheane races in Mondello on Sunday, While he struggled for pace, he was happy to get two finishes on what was a very tough outing.
The races were part of the Formula Vee festival, which ran in Mondello Park this weekend.
The Formula Sheane cars are all mechanically identical. Once they have left the Sheane factory, the engines and gearboxes may not be opened. This means winning is down to the driver, not the engineer or wallet size!
They have a top speed of around 150 MPH and will hit 60 MPH in under four seconds. Their lap times are faster than a Ferrari 360.
The results after the weekend still leaves the 2012 championship wide open with 5 races left to contest.
To stay up to date with Sean and his achievments, read his regular column in the Western People, and for information on Formula Sheane or any areas of Irish motorsport come along to our monthly motorclub meetings on the first Wednesday of every month.
Check here for venue details, new members always welcome.
photos from Con Connolly http://www.facebook.com/con.connolly
Mayo Club Members compete in
Sligo Stages Rally 2012
Well done to all the Mayo competitors who took part in the Sligo Stages Rally 2012.
Huge congratulations go to Andrew Mullen and Elaine Doherty who took the 3rd overall prize.
Below are some photos from the day’s events.
Photos by James Burkewww.jamesburke.biz
Mayo Motorsport Club Competitors make their mark on Sligo Rally
The recent Sligo Stages Rally saw a healthy contingent of Mayo & District Motorsport competitors head northwards for the popular summer event, with a number of competitors scoring strong results.
Top club finishers were Andrew Mullen and Elaine Doherty from Balisodare who brought their Sligo Pallets Mitsubishi Evo home in third place overall. This was a fine result for the husband and wife team after losing time early on with brake problems.
Pat McGuinness from Lavagh was debuting his recently acquired Subaru Impreza and co-driven by Cian Gorman, made the most of his local knowledge to finish 36 overall and fourth in class 15. In 40 overall, the Bekan /Achill combination of Sean McHugh and Liam Healy also had a fourth place class finish in class 14 in their BMW M3, in spite of suffering two punctures on one stage.
Tubbercurry husband and wife team Paul and Kathleen Kennedy were taking part in their first stage rally for over five years, but weren’t long dusting off the cobwebs to claim second in class 3 and 46 overall in their Honda Civic.
Cousins Fergal and Michael Loughney were pleased to finish in 48 place in their class 9 Suzuki Swift, fifth in the category their reward. One place behind was Ian Henry, the Tubbercurry driver a coveted win in class 6 in the process in his Peugeot 206.
In 55 place Derek McCarthy from Ballina co-drove Donegal’s Eamonn McCafferty to a category win in class 5 in their Ford Puma. The Ballina / Castlebar combination of Tony Langdon and Chrystal Culkeen were 61 and 5 in class 2, while the last place finish of John Duffy and John Egan was an unfair reflection of what had been a strong run by the Crossmolina / Dublin pairing before a problem with the master switch left them sidelined for a long time. A category win in class 7 was some consolation.
Foxford’s Alan Moran and Trevor O’Connell from Ballina finished second In the Junior section of the rally as Alan continues to gain valuable experience in his first season in stage rallying.
Adrian and Aidan Fahy from Ballinrobe had been having an excellent run in their class 13 Escort despite co-driver Aidan feeling under the weather, but were disappointed to have to retire with gearbox problems after stage 5.