May 2014 Motorsport News

The third round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship took place in the picturesque setting of Glendalough Co. Wicklow on Saturday.
Two Mayo crews made the trip east for the ALMC Motorclub event. Sean McHugh from Bekan had Longford man Cyril Rollins calling the notes in his Subaru Impreza, which they brought home 5th in Class 8 and 41st overall.
Foxford’s Alan Moran once again had Trevor O’Connell on the notes in the Peugeot 206 and after disappointment in earlier rounds of the championship the Mayo pair fared better this time out. Setting the fastest junior time on Stage 3 they survived the gear linkage in the 206 popping off after a jump only two km into the final stage, resulting in the car being stuck in third gear, overcoming this they went on to finish second in Class 9 and 28th overall. A great result that shows the potential off the former Mayo & District Motorsport Young Driver Champion.

(Pics courtesy of John Kilbride)


Closer to home three members of Mayo & District Motorsport Club make the short trip across the border to compete at the Connacht Motor Club Autocross in Saehan, Sligo on Sunday. Best placed of the Mayo’s was Padraic Roche in his Ford Escort Mk2 who finished in 16th place.
After a long journey from Keel in Achill Sunday morning, Peter McManamon put in a flawless drive in the wet conditions to claim 31st place in his Peugeot 205, one place better than Martin Burke in his immaculate Ford Escort Mk2.



Also in action this weekend was a 14 year old Jason Murphy from Shrule who was taking part in Round 2 of The National Grass Surface Autocross Championships which was taking place at ‘The Naul’ in Dublin. Jason put in an excellent performance in his 1.4 Honda Civic, getting progressively quicker during the day and claiming an excellent second place in the Junior section.

In other motorsport news from last weekend, Killian Duffy finished fifth in WRC2 Argentina, after damaging the steering on Day 1 and re-joining under Rally 2 rules for remainder of the event. It was a good result for him and driver Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari on what was a tough challenging event under very difficult conditions.

Closer to home Aidan Gannon from Tubbercurry navigated Anthony O Brien to a Class 20 victory and excellent 17th overall onThe Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow Rally, round three of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, while Sean Hynes from Foxford, competing in Formula Sheane at Bishopscourt claimed fifth in Race 1 but failed to finish race 2 after a coming together with another racing car while battling for positions.