November 2014 Motorsport News
November Motorsport News
Duffy Number One in Oman
Killian Duffy secured a memorable win in his career when he navigated Abdulaziz Al Kuwari to first place at the Oman International Rally on Saturday last.
Everything went according to the plan for the Qatari Irish partnership, having finished the penultimate day with a comfortable lead of two minutes and twenty two seconds, they kept their cool and drove patiently on the final day to maintain the advantage and take home the title.
Duffy admitted that they didn’t take any risks during the final day of the three day event. “We didn’t want to risk our chances by putting pressure on the car. So we drove without losing our composure, the strategy worked well for us.”
Their plan paid dividends and they kept their nearest competitor, Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi of Abu Dhabi Racing who emerged fastest in all the five stages of the final day, at bay.
“It is a fantastic feeling to win the Oman International Rally, and the win will boost the team’s morale as we prepare for the next round of the Middle East Rally Championship, the Dubai International Rally, which will be held from November 27-29 later this month.” said the south Mayo man.
Also competing at the Middle East event was Kiltimagh man John Higgins, the former Irish National Champion was navigating Emirate driver Juma Al Falasi. The pair improved with every stage competed and finished the event in a fantastic eight place overall. Speaking afterwards Higgins said “The stages were very rocky, so we drove very carefully. It’s a very challenging rally, we really learned a lot here in Oman and overall we were very satisfied with our performance.”
In other motorsport news form the weekend a large crowd from Mayo & District Motorsport Club turned out at the Sligo Park Hotel to support Derek Bolton and Trevor O’Connell on receiving their class award at the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championships Awards night.
Their first year taking part in the championships, the Ballaghaderreen/Ballina pairing were unlucky not to claim the top spot in Class 15 but after mechanical woes on the two final rounds of the championships curtailed their points scoring opportunities, they had to settle for the runner up spot in the class.