Cork Motor Club members Owen Murphy and James O’Brien took an excellent win on Sunday's Moonraker Forest Rally (April 13, 2014).
The second round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship took place in Ballyvourney Sunday April 13th. A crisp dry morning greeted the 58 strong field as they embarked on the completely new format to the Moonraker rally. The Munster Car Club hosted event featured 6 stages (3 repeated) on the Cork/ Kerry county bounds in the Mullaghanish Mountain landscape. (report by Greg Shinnors)
Andrew Purcell/John Rafter (Evo 6) set the pace on the short opening stage “Gleanndave” 6 secs faster than top seeds Owen Murphy/ James O’Brien (Evo 9) who tied with round one winners Desi Henry/ Liam Moynihan in their new Evo 9. One sec adrift Pat O’Connell/ Mark Wiley (Evo 9) tied with Josh Moffett/ Jason McKenna (Evo 9) in fourth. Brendan Comiskey/ Ronan O’Kane held sixth a further second behind, they too had upgraded to an Evo 9.
Murphy/O’Brien were fastest on ss2 “Caherdowney” albeit 1 sec up on Purcell/ Rafter who suffered burst oil cooler pipe. Many drivers found the long 16 km stage very technical and struggled to get a rhythm, several reported brake problems due to the unrelenting terrain. Murphy/ O’Brien were fastest again on ss3 “Derrenaing” where Andrew Purcell dropped 5 secs due to concerns about his engine. At service in Ballyvourney Owen Murphy tied with Andrew Purcell for the lead with Desi Henry 9 secs back in third. Josh Moffett held 4th, Pat O’Connell 5th, Brendan Comiskey 6th with local brothers Ger/ James Lucey up to 7th despite an overheating engine. Shane McGirr/ Jackie Elliott (Starlet) led the 2WD category but needed to fit a replacement steering rack.
The top drivers set a scintillating pace on ss4; Murphy was fastest on 2.41, Purcell second on 2.42 with Henry on 2.43. Stage 5 (the repeat of the mammoth “Caherdowney”) saw Owen Murphy set another FTD to hold a 12 sec lead going into the final stage. Desi Henry moved into second as Purcell dropped to third having lost 14 secs to the leaders. Moffett held 4th, O’Connell 5th, Comiskey maintained 6th a mere second up on Martin Cairns/ Ray Fitzpatrick in their state of the art Impreza S14 WRC.
Owen Murphy/ James O’Brien (Evo 9) emerged from the final stage un-scathed to claim a 15 sec victory. The Cork pairing have made a late but faultless start to their 2014 championship having missed the opening round. Desi Henry/ Liam Moynihan took second which keeps them top of the Valvoline points table. Andrew Purcell/ John Rafter had to settle for third as they lost time on the afternoon stages. Josh Moffett/ Jason McKenna were 4th and Pat O’Connell/ Mark Wiley completed the top 5. Taking 6th Martin Cairns/ Ray Fitzpatrick (Impreza WRC) got ahead of Comiskey/ O’Kane on the final stage. Niall Henry/ John Rowan (Evo 9) finished 8th, Ger/ James Lucey (Evo 8) slipped to 9th due to overheating and clutch problems. Monaghan crew Michael Carbin/ Stephen Thornton (Evo 4) completed the top ten.
Daniel O’Brien/ Mark Glennerster (Focus WRC) stalled on the final stage which dropped them to 11th. Daniel Cronin/ Shane Buckley finished 12th on their first event in the BRC winning Evo 9. Marty McKenna/ Damien Fleming were 13th in a Mckinstry Motorsport Impreza WRC. Just behind them; Shane McGirr/ Jackie Elliott (Starlet) took a start to finish 2WD victory to strengthen their resolve at the top of the “Valvoline” 2WD points. Runner up in the 2WD category; Dean Raftery/ Aileen Kelly (Fiesta) used the event as a shakedown for their up-coming BRC campaign. They increased their pace on the repeat loop closing to within 11 secs of McGirr having set a blistering time on the final stage. West Cork’s Conor McCarthy/ Dan O’Donovan (Civic) made it two in a row as they claimed the Junior spoils again to consolidate their Junior Championship lead.
Class 1 (1400cc): Johnny Kenneally/ Grace O’Brien (Escort).
Class 2 (1600 8v): Mike Garahy/ Paul Sheehan (Escort).
Class 3 (1600 16v): Dean Raftery/ Aileen Kelly (Fiesta R2).
Class 4 (2000 8v): Ray Benskin Jnr/ Nicky Hegarty (Escort).
Class 5A (2000 16v): Shane McGirr/Jackie Elliott (Starlet).
Class 5B (2100): Ollie Williams/ Mark Bowens (Escort).
Class 7 (WRC's): Martin Cairns/ Ray Fitzpatrick (Impreza).
Class 8 (Gp N): Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna (Evo 9).
Class 9 (Junior's): Conor McCarthy/Dan O’Donovan (Civic).
Class 20 (4WD): Brendan Comiskey/ Ronan O’Kane (Evo 9).
Results for the rally are available to view or download from HERE
TV spots West Cork Rally 2014: one hour programme
UTV: Thursday 3rd April at 11pm.
MOTORS TV: Friday 11th April at 9.30pm.
SETANTA SPORT: Friday 11th April at 1pm.
The Carrick on Suir Motorclub's Willie Loughman Forestry Rally 2014, due to take place on Sunday, March 2, has had to be postponed due to the damage caused by the adverse weather conditions during the last few days. A club spokesperson said: "Unfortunately, the stages are just not viable to run. The club wishes to apologies for any inconvenience caused by this and wishes to thank Coillte for their on-going support".
Reposing at Hurley's Funeral Home, Market Street, Skibbereen on tomorrow, Tuesday, from 5pm to 7pm, followed by removal to St Patrick's Cathedral. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon, followed by cremation in the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. Family flowers only.
As a mark of respect, Cork Motor Club's meeting this Tuesday has been cancelled.
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.
CMC's annual 2-day 4X4 production vehicle trial takes place on this Saturday and Sunday February 15 & 16 at Rockgrove, Coachford, Co Cork. Marshals needed 10.30am both days. Read more here....
Marshals wanted this Saturday Feb 15, 10.30am Ring/Text 086 8308250
Date: Wednesday 19th of February 2014
Time: Sign on at 7.30pm. Course begins at 7.45pm sharp.
Location: Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork
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.
Club member Gerard Quinn, navigated by top Iocal map-man Michael Gilbey, won the 2013 Andrew Spibey Memorial 12 Car Rally, which was organised by the West Cumbria District Car Club recently. The Irish Welsh combination who drove a Ford Focus to victory, almost didn't make the start after their first choice, a Continental GT3, didn't make it back from the Gulf 12 Hours, and then their Fiesta R5 became 'temporarily unavailable' (Gerard will explain at the 1000 Shakes). Club members can read the full account HERE
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.