February Club Update
Aaron MacHale didn’t quiet make the end of day one because of an off. Andrew Grennan navigated for Vivian Hamill in a mark2 and finished 9th O/A In the national category. Sean McHugh and Kathleen Kennedy finished 21st O/A In the national category. Noel Murphy took 3rd in the juniors after a scary stage 15 with John Burke navigating. Justin Ryan and Lorcan Moore took the runner up spot in the juniors. Well done.
Killian Duffy navigating for Nasser Al Kuwari in the Qatar international Rally where the pair picked up a pretty amazing 2nd O/A In a pretty standard Evo9
Lorcan Moore received his Connaught Telegraph young sports star of the year merit award. He kept his head as he was on the road early in the morning for the Willie Loughman Forestry Rally.
Willie Loughman Forestry Rally:
Jason Murphy navigated by Matthew Murphy took control of the new class J1000 in the 107 leading from early on to take the victory. Big year ahead. Jared gill navigated for Jason Dickson in a fiesta and the crew came 31st O/A and 2nd in class. Lorcan Moore was navigating for AshleyDickson in an evo9 and finished 20th O/A and 4th in class.
Great turn out at Óstán Oileán Acla/ Connacht Print and signs Mayo Stages Rally launch. Thanks to all who took part on the night, brought cars, gave speeches, helped with equipment, took interviews and generally made the night great for everyone.
Birr Stages Rally (Nenegh):
Mayo members made a splash of their own in the adverse conditions. First man home was Paul McLoughlin who was in the hot seat calling the notes for Shane Maguire. The pairing climbed steadily all day knowing it would have been easy to throw it all away with a small mistake. They brought the Evo 9 home to a fantastic 11th O/A and 2nd in class 4. Guiding Neil Tohill’s Evo 9 was Darragh Mullen who had an enjoyable day out didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits. They finished up a great 18th O/A and 4th in class. The regular pairing in a mark 2 Escort was Vivian Hamill with Andrew Grennan on the notes. A misfire on the first 2 stages left them playing catch up from stage 3. They entertained all day out on the course climbing up the ranks to claim 33rd O/A and 6th in class. The easy to spot Peugeot 106 of Ronan Denning & Karl Egan were getting into their stride as they went from 65th to 51st in 7 stages. But the car slowed to a halt on the last stage which forced them to retire. The Border Championship winning pair of Barry Cuffe & Stephen McGing were looking forward to putting some stage miles on the new engine. Unfortunately the pair had some teething mechanical issues that called a halt to their day after stage 3.
Road safety schools day:
Mayo members once again took helped keep our roads safe for the future. This time they went to Coláiste Pobail Acla to promote road safety to the students and teach them why our sport is safe and our equipment is something you wont find in a road car. Its a very informative course.
Well done to all, its been a busy month.