The Munster Car Clubs, Abbey Hotel, Moonraker Forest Rally took place on Sunday April 13th and as always CMC were well represented by the many competing crews and marshals who turned out on the Ballyvourney based event. The event hosted round 2 of the Motorsport Ireland, Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship and saw CMC crews taking home a considerable amount of the silverware on offer.
CMC crew, Owen Murphy and James O’Brien lifted overall top honours in their Hankook backed Mitsubishi EVO 9 and proved they are still the men to beat on Irish gravel. The day was not without its dramas however as early brake problems saw Owen 2nd overall after the first 2 stages of the day. Early leader Andrew Purcell suffered a fractured oil cooler on stage two and Murphy seized the opportunity, overhauling Purcell on stage three to lead the rally into the first service. It was a lead that he would hold onto for the remainder of the event, albeit pushed hard by the chasing pack of Desi Henry who took a fine 2nd overall and Purcell who eventually had to settle for 3rd. There were smiles all round from the Murphy/O’Brien crew at the finish ramp in Ballyvourney with everyone delighted to see our CMC aces spraying the Champaign once more.
The Moonraker silverware haul did not end there however for CMC. Throughout the classes our club members did us proud once more.
Class 1: Was almost an all CMC affair with Johnny Kenneally taking the class win after being ably guided by daughter of the overall winning navigator, Grace O’Brien, in their Suzuki powered MK2 Escort. Ken Carmody navigated Colm O’ Mahony home to a fine 2nd in class in the bright yellow Ford Ka.
Class 2: CMC member Paul Sheehan navigated Mike Garahy’s beautifully driven MK2 Escort home to take top honours in the class. Father and son crew Tim and DJ Howard brought their trusty Vauxhall Nova home a fine 2nd in class.
Class 4: Mick “The Warrior” O’ Sullivan took a fine 2nd in class in his rapid Pinto powered MK2 Escort.
Other CMC finishers included Mark Murphy and Alistair Wyliey who took a solid 17th overall in their Mitsubishi EVO 8. After a 13 month absence from the stages CMC crew Ian McCarthy and Vincent Goggin made a welcome return to bring the newly built Honda Civic home in 36th overall. CMC veterans, Liam Lynch and Kieran Madden rounded out the day for CMC finishing a fine 45th overall in their Toyota engined MK2 Escort.
Out on the stages the CMC marshalling crew turned out in force to help our neighbours run a fantastic days rallying. The many familiar CMC faces could be spotted all throughout the day marshalling the many stage locations, radio points and even taking on 00 Safety car duties in one car with “sticky brakes” and another with “slightly over inflated rear tyres”…..but that’s a story for another day…... Many, many thanks to those who turned out to help on the day.
If you wish to get involved in Motorsport or indeed the many events which CMC organise and marshal on each year then why not join the club. We meet every Tuesday night at The Commons Inn, Commons Rd, Cork. Our summer meeting times are 9:30pm and the winter times are 9:00pm. The next CMC outing is The Cartell.ie, Killarney International Rally of The Lakes, May 3rd&4th. Whether it be a helmet or a yellow bib you’ll be wearing, we look forward to seeing you all there and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekends rallying.
Cork Motor Club are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Michael (Mick) O’Riordan earlier today (Sat. Feb.15) in an accident while at work that involved restoring services after the recent storms in West Cork.
Mick, a popular and long serving member of the Skibbereen and District Car Club, was also a great supporter of Cork Motor Club events.
The directors and members of Cork Motor Club offer their deepest sympathies to Michael's wife, Mary and their children, and all his family and friends at this very sad time.
The Cork Motor Club organised Quality Hotels West Cork Rally takes place for the 36th time on the 15th & 16th March, 2014, St. Patrick’s Weekend. For the first time the rally is part of the 2014 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Modified Championship which gives the event a welcome boost. Read more...
The town of Clonakilty, which has hosted the West Cork Rally since the event began back in 1977, has again voiced its long term commitment to supporting the rally.
Read item from Wednesday's (Jan 29) Irish Examiner here.
James Lucey, driving his Subaru Special, has won our 2013 Christmas Autocross on the fifth and final run with a time of 2:06.21. Club champion driver Owen Murphy in a Peugeot 206 finished second overall, having led after four runs, but a broken driveshaft on the final test meant he was unable to improve on his fourth run time of 2:09.60. The Vauxhaul Nova of Derek mackeral finished 3rd O/A with a time of 2:12.03.
Ken Carmody took the prize for Best CMC in his Ford Ka with a time of 2:19.16, Ciara Deasy driving a Peugeot 206 was Best Lady with a time of 2:23.60, while James Lehane, Honda Civic was Best Novice on 2:23.92. Full results can be downloaded here
There was an entry of 30 drivers and each got five runs over the course at Michael Cronin’s Quarry at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co Cork. The Mark Dolphin Transport supported event The event will be the first round of the 2014 Cork Motor Club championship and also the final round of both the Waves Restaurant Munster and 5 Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross championships.
A special word of thanks to event COC Donal Healy, who is recovering from surgery, and his team who laid out an excellent course despite the recent very bad weather, plus all the competitors, some travelling a long distance to compete.
After a discussion by club members at a meeting on Tuesday November 3, many changes to the rules and regulations for CMC's 2014 club championship were suggested. After discussion the final list of championship regulations for 2014 was agreed and passed at our November 10 meeting. See 2014 club championship regulations Here
Owen Murphy and Greg Shinnors have taken the top awards in tCork Motor Club's 2013 club championship.
After two top scoring results, one of them an overall win on our November 4X4 event, two second place points plus two other lower points positions, Owen Murphy has won the club's 2013 overall driver's championship.
In the driver classes, Rober Beamish is first Expert with Johnny Kenneally second and Jason Coulter third. Best Semi Expert is Conor O'Neill from Johnny Casey and Jonathan O'Callaghan third. Top Novice for 2013 is Orla Beamish followed home by Sean Daly with David O'Donoghue third.
The club's 2013 best overall navigator is Greg Shinnors with three top points finishing places including an overall win on our Jim Walsh Forest Rally, plus a second and a non finish.
James O'Brien takes top spot in the Expert class followed by Ken Carmody, with Liam Brennan taking third place. Best semi expert this year is Brian Quinlan with Grace O'Brien in second place and Vincent Goggin third. Patrick O'Sullivan takes the best novice award with Gavin Sheehan second and Meg Brady in third place.
The prizegiving for the championship takes place at CMC's annual dinner on Saturday January 4, 2014 in Silversprings Moran Hotel start time 8pm. Also on the night will be the PlasticBags.ie Southern 4 rally championship prizegiving. Tickets are €35 each. Please contact Paula at 087 9967482 (call or text) to secure your tickets.
Proposed changes to 2014 club championship
Our final round of the 2013 Cork Motor Club championship for drivers took place at Rockgrove, outside Coachford, Co. Cork on Sunday (Nov17).
Winner on the day, and club champion driver for 2013 (pending the championship results being made final), was Owen Murphy, in what I believe was the Ovens driver’s first 4X4 overall victory.
Class wins went to Robert Beamish, John Browne, Johnny Casey and Orla Beamish.
There was an entry of 13 drivers, eight of whom were club members. And club members also turned out in numbers to help with all points marshalled. The weather was ideal for, what one driver said, was the first time in 40 years. But I think Orla Beamish was exagerating at little.
Big thanks to COC Mick O’Shea and his helpers who put on 11 tests for competitors.
Full results available later.
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Congratulations to Cork Motor Club members Michael O'Brien and James O'Brien who won the 2013 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship last Saturday Read more here.