Club Report – December 2017
A number of M&D club members ventured to Mondello on the 27th December for the annual Carlow Motorclub Rally Sprint. Stephen Cafferty came 16th in class 2B; Sean McHugh came 6th in class 4; Class 1B was dominated by the Murphy’s with Noel taking 1st place, Mattie took 4th place; Jason was 5th and Ed Muldoon took 6 th. Well done to all.
2017 was a challenging year for Motorsport throughout the country and as the year came to a close and the prize giving events took place, Mayo & District Motorsport Club Members took their share of the crystal. Early in the year Lorcan Moore picked up the Connacht Telegraph Young Sports Start of the Year Award (2016) and James McGreal started off his year by adding a Western People Sports Star Award (2016) to his collection. At the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship prize giving night, James McGreal & Chris Mitchell came 1st in class 15; Keith Jacobs came 3rd in the Border Junior championship (class 16) and his navigator Michael Carr took 2nd. Ronan Denning & Karl Egan came 1st in class 2; Derek McCarthy came 2nd in class 1 (navigator). At the Valvoline Forestry Championship prize giving, Jason Murphy won the J1000 championship. Justin Ryan finished the year in 2nd place in the IRTC Junior Championship and at the Triton Shower National Rally Championship 2017 prize giving Ronan Denning & Karl Egan took 2 nd in class. A number of club members have had great success outside of Ireland this year, in particular Crossmolina’s Lorcan Moore navigating for John Reddington who took 1st overall in the FIRC championship 2wd and became the first Irish crew to ever win a Belgian Championship outright. As a result of his amazing year around the country and overseas, the club nominated Lorcan for a Western People Sports Star Award in December, unfortunately there was no Motorsport category awarded this year which is disappointing. Jared Gill was also active on the UK circuit navigating for Ray Cunningham and the duo won the Mini Sport Mini Cup championship in the UK. Killian Duffy was also in demand navigating in various events overseas. Thank you to all our members who assisted at the Mayo Stages Rally in March and who travelled far and wide helping out our colleagues in other Motorclubs around the country.