Club meetings will take place on the Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month at 9.30pm
 Cork Motor Club meeting will take place at
The Angler's Rest
Leemount, Carrigrohane, Cork

at 9.30pm
Tuesday June 14th, 2016

CORK MOTOR CLUB

Over 40 years organising motorsport

The directors of Cork Motor Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Donal Healy on the death of his mother.  Funeral arrangements:
Healy (Cork and Killarney) : On June 18th 2016, unexpectedly at Cork University Hospital, EILEEN (nee Fenton) Farranlea Park, Model Farm Road and late staff of Our Lady’s Hospital. Dearly loved wife of Michael and much loved mother of Donal, Olive and Tríona and loving sister of Brian and the late Denis J. and Breeda. Sadly missed by her loving husband and family, brother, son-in-law Declan, Donal’s partner Elizabeth, grand-daughters Katie, Mai and Ellen, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Lying in repose at the Wilton Funeral Home, Sarsfield Road of Jerh. O’ Connor Ltd. Rosary on this Sunday evening at 5pm. Removal on Monday at 7pm to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday. Funeral afterwards to St. Oliver’s Cemetery, Model Farm Road.

Cork Motor Club voted tops at Night Navigation prizegiving. full story here

Programmes for the 2016 Joule Donegal International Rally are on sale in Cork at:

Coleman’s Car Care, Wilton, Cork.

Billy Catalane, ESSO Costcutters Service Station, Bandon

Whites Texaco Service Station, Clonakilty


Leading Cork driver Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin, Glengarriff, seeded at 7, lead the Cork charge to Donegal this year in their Citroen DS3R5. Keith and Mikie will be looking for at least a repeat of their second overall on this year's Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally.

Seeded at 12 Tommy Doyle and Millstreet’s co-driver Liam Moynihan calling the notes will be hoping for a repeat performance of 3nd over all in Carlow Stages rally.

Clonakilty’s David Guest and Paddy Robinson are seeded 37 in their EVO9 and continue their challenge for the Group N award in the TROA Championship. David will be followed closely by number 38 Jason McSweeney and Denis O’Mahony in their class 20 Evo 9.

At 61 we have Brian O’Keeffe and Sean Hayde in a Subaru Imprezza Class 4. Last year’s winner of the Junior TROA Championship John O’Sullivan is seeded at 73 in Honda Civic in class 11F

Class 10 will be represented by Victor and Susan Beamish 107 in their reliable Nova 1600 cc.. This will be Victors and Susan first trip to the Donegal International Rally and will be trying hard for win in class 10. There Nova will be no stranger to Donegal as this car was previously owned by Donagh Kelly.

129 Donal McGrath and Finbarr Fogarty in class 11R Toyota Corolla and 146 Gerard Seaman and Danial Hanratty in Honda Civic class 17.

Flying the flag in the junior section will be 5 Christy McCarthy and Cathal Quill in Honda Civic 1600cc, class J2 and at number 6 will be Cathal McCarthy and Gavin Sheehan, in a Ford Escort MK2.

 At number 14 Kevin Horgan and Stephen Horgan in their Honda Civic. Best of luck to all the Cork crews and see you all in Donegal.

If you are interested in marshalling you can contact Liam Hayes on 086-3816078.

Navigation and Endurance prizegiving and forum on Saturday June 11

Navigation Prizegiving, plus Navigation/Endurance Forum will take Place on Saturday 11 June at O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise  Time:  8pm sharp. More information here
Section winners 2016 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally. Top: Overall Winners Donagh Kelly & Conor Foley; Left: National Winners Brian Brogan & Damien McGettigan; Middle: Historic Winners Wyn Hughes & David Davies; Right: Junior Winners Fergus Hurley & Eric Deane. (Pictures: Kevin O'Driscoll).

You have been given a second chance

There are now just two weeks to go to the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally, round 2 of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship and over 165 entries have now been received. 135 of these are in the main field, 18 are Juniors and 13 are in the Historic Category. The closing date for entries has been extended, and seeding will take place on Tuesday night and a seeded list will appear next Wednesday night. Any competitors who wish to be on this seeded list will need to have their entries submitted by Tuesday 1st March. We will continue to accept entries.
Regs for 2016 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally are now finalised and ready to download. Read Press Release 2 here.
Click on: 
http://www.corkmotorclub.com/wcr-2016.

Another 4X4 win for Murphy

Get the full results and report on our
Valentine's Day Production Trial HERE

Regs for 2016 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally are now finalised and available http://www.corkmotorclub.com/wcr-2016. 

Important change to 2016 IRDS/BRDS Insurance


Motorsport Ireland have announced changes for applying for 2016 First Time or Renewal IRDS/BRDS Insurance letters by using the forms available through these links.

MOTORSPORT IRELAND Licence Holders' ONLY IRDS

Rally & MultiI-Venue Autotest Insurance First & Renewal Application

and

MSA Licence Holders' BRDS Rally Insurance First & Renewal Application PDF

Competitors or officials in Stage Rally/Navigation Trials/Retrospective Trials/Endurance Trials/Multi-Venue Autotest events will no longer receive an IRDS/BRDS letter or need to present a letter to organisers at event sign-on.

Instead, under new arrangements agreed with our insurers, an updated database will be published on Thursday of each week, which will be available to view by all concerned.

These changes will take place with immediate effect.

NOTE: Application forms MUST be received a MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS before cover is required.

More info on MI website http://www.motorsportireland.com/

February 4X4 at Rockgrove
Our next competition for 2016 will be our February 4X4

SCRUTINY 9.30 A.M. SHARP! START: 10.30 A.M.  Venue:  Rockgrove, Coachford, Co Cork. Signposted from Coachford Village. ENTRY FEE: €50.00 (inclusive of Personal Accident Insurance) per driver before 11/2/2016.


ENTRIES TO:  Mossie Butler, Kilmaclenine, Ballyclough, Mallow, Co. Cork. Tel: 087 9983282

Duffy and Hughes win 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial 2016

Congratulations to Packie Duffy and Evin Hughes who won our annual 1000 Shakes Night navigation Trial for 2016 in Macroom on Saturday night Sunday morning last (January 16 and 17).
Full results available here to download or view      plus        Full Report here
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Michael Linehan RIP
The directors of Cork Motor Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mick and Martina Linehan on the death of Mick's father Michael Linehan.
Funeral arrangements: Reception into the Church of The Incarnation Frankfield, Douglas on this Saturday evening at 5.30pm. Funeral on Sunday after 10am Mass in St. Patrick's Church Coachford. Burial after in Inchigeela Cemetery. House Private Please.

Owen Murphy was out in front again for CMC in 2015.

First club meeting of 2016 New Year will take place at
The
Angler's Rest
at 9pm Tuesday January 12th, 2016

O'Callaghan wins Christmas AutoX

Christopher O'Callaghan took overall victory on our 2015 Christmas Autocross when, on his third run, he set the only time under two minutes at 1:59.78. (Full results and more info here).

CMC’s Christmas Charity Quiz for Focus Ireland in 2015

Our annual Christmas Charity Quiz takes place Tonight, Tuesday, December 15. Venue will be the club's HQ at The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork (that's near Ballincollig, on the west side, for any visitors). Check-in time is 8.30pm for an 9pm start.
The main aims of the quiz are the same as always, a light-hearted, fun quiz night to raise some money for charity. This year's recipient will be Focus Ireland. It is open to all. So club members (past, present and even future), their friends, non club members, in fact anyone, are all welcome to attend. Finger food will be provided on the night.
As always, an invitation is extended to the other motor clubs in Co Cork,  ie Munster, Imokilly and Skibbereen, to come along on the night. And even if you are a motor club from outside Co. Cork, the invitation applies to you also.
The organising team have not been changed, but I believe some of the questions have been updated. COC for the night will be Brian (Rally.ie) Duggan, with Greg Shinnors there to keep Brian on the straight and narrow. I've been reliably informed, as I have every year, that the format for the night will cover everything under the sun from music to history, travel to film, and even a few motorsport questions will also be included.
On a serious note, even if you have not attended the club meetings for a few months (or years) why not come along on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 for what has always been a very enjoyable night's entertainment.
A donation in aid of charity will be collected from those in attendance on the night. There is no set amount, just give what you can.

Shinnors win Startrek Night Nav again

Congrats to Alan and George Shinnors who won our 2015 Startrek Night Navigation Trial last Saturday/Sunday. the pair also won in 2014. More details HERE plus Results

Night Navigatiion Trials. Changes have been announced for Night Navigatiion Trials for the 2015/2016 season.    Read Details Here

Upcoming MI training courses
A first time rally senior officials' training course will be held on the 24th of January 2016 (Sunday) in the offices of Motorsport Ireland, 34 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm.
The course fee is €25. Parking and refreshments are provided. If you wish to attend please complete the form below.
RALLY REFRESHER TRAINING COURSES: Will take place on:
19 November 2015 (Thursday) in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise from 7pm to 10pm and
21 January 2016 (Thursday) at Motorsport Ireland, 34 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 7pm to 10pm.
For more details click on http://www.motorsportireland.com/Training/SeniorOfficials.aspx

George Clancy RIP.
The directors and members of Cork Motor Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of  the late George Clancy, New Street, Carrick on Suir and The Cross, Mooncoin who passed away last evening. May he rest in peace.
Funeral details:  Reposing at his wife’s residence in Mooncoin on Saturday from 11am with removal at 5.30 to St Nicholas’ Church, Carrick on Suir. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 12 noon followed by cremation in Ringaskiddy Crematorium, Cork. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to the Hospice Movement.
CMC victory on 2015 Birr & District Endurance Trial
Congrats to CMC's George Shinnors, who with Alan Shinnors won Sunday's Birr & District Endurance Trial. Also CMC crew Brian Duggan/Ken Carmody who finished 8th and Nial Murphy/Sean Daly who were 18th and 3rd in class.
The event started from Sheeran's Bar, Coolrain, Co. Laois at 10.30am with the finish back at the same venue at 5pm with 34 crews competing.

Robin Lyons wins our 2015 Hewison Autotest

CMC's opening round of the 2015/16 National Hewison Autotest championship, which was also round 10 of the 2015 Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship, took place today, Saturday, September 5 at Udaras Na Gaeltachta Business Park, in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

The event was won by Robin Lyons, Mini Saloon from Paul Blair, Westfield, Eamonn Byrne, Mini Saloon, in third place.

Full Results available here to view or download.

Cork Motor Club to marshal Cork 20
CMC marshal meeting details for this weekend's Cork 20 are as follows:
Saturday, October 3 will meet at 7am at Spar Shop, Rathcormac for stages 1 & 3.
Sunday October 4 will meet at O’Regan’s Shop, Killavullen at 9.30am.
Congratulations to
Owen Murphy
and
Anthony Nestor winners of the
2015 Crafted Fitted Furniture & Joinery Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally,
the fourth round of the
2015 Valvoline Forest Rally Championship


Results Here
Picture by Gavin Woods

Congratulations to Liam Croston who who our 2015 Summer Autotest, a round of the Munster Championship, which took place at Fermoy Mart last Saturday, July 4.

Full Results can be downloaded HERE


Fergal Beamish RIP
The directors and members of Cork Motor Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of  Ferghal Beamish at this very difficult time. Ferghal, who was a regular competitor on the West Cork rally, died in a work place accident on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. RIP.

National Navigation Prizegiving & Forum
June 6

The National Navigation Prizegiving & Forum will take place at the Gandon Inn, Jnct 15, Portlaoise (same as last year), at 8pm on Saturday, June 6 next.
A good turn out from the South would be good, not least due to the relatively good performance of Southern crews (again) this year.
Buffet supper (optional) at modest cost as last year, discussion on new rules (which may mainly affect cars, but not greatly), as opposed to rules re (on the road) issues.

Owen Murphy takes victory on the Moonraker

It was a case of never give up for Owen Murphy on the Moonraker Forest Rally last Sunday.

The Ovens driver battled with Keith Cronin over the opening three stages to hold second place just 3.2 secs adrift . But them on SS4 it looked as if it was all over when a loss of power on his Evo saw him drop over a minute on the leader and he dropped to 5th place O/A.

But some excellent spanner work in service saw Owen back to full power and setting second fastest times again and moving back up the leaderboard just behind Keith. Unfortunately for Keith a problem on the road section heading to SS7 saw him retire. Owen took the opportunity and set fastest times over the remaining stages to claim victory, his third on the event.     (Pic PabloPhotograph)

 

2015 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally

Full results available here
www.westcorkrally.com

West Cork Rally 2015 on TV

On The Limit Sports TV coverage of the 2015 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally will be shown on UTV Ireland, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 11pm.

There will be a repeat showing on next Friday, March 27 on UTV at 11.40pm.

Accommodation for CMC marshals at Wexford Rally this weekend
Cork Motor Club marshals helping out on the Wexford Rally this weekend will meet on Saturday at the Maxol station, Bellefield Road, Enniscorty at 7.45am.
Sunday's meeting point is the Gala/Great Gas station at Clonroche at 7.30am.
Tel Stephen 086 8459123. Accommodation available for Friday and Saturday nights.

CMC Marshals for Carrick Forest Rally

Cork Motor Club marshals for next Sunday's (March 1) Carrick on Suir Motor Club's Willie Loughman Forestry Rally will meet at Kilsheelan at 8am. Contact Sean Daly 086 3731193 for more details.

February 4X4 Regs available now to download

CMC’s Annual Christmas Charity Quiz

 

Our annual Christmas Charity Quiz will take place this year on Tuesday, December 16. Venue will be the club's new HQ at The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork (that's near Ballincollig, on the west side, for any visitors). Check-in time is 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

The main aims of the quiz are the same as always, a light-hearted, fun quiz night and also to raise some  money for charity. It is open to all. So club members (past, present and even future), their friends, non club members, in fact anyone, are all welcome to attend.

Also, as always, an invitation is extended to the other motor clubs in Co Cork,  ie Munster, Imokilly and Skibbereen, to come along on the night. And even if you are a motor club from outside Co. Cork, the invitation applies to you also.

The organising team have not been changed, but I believe some of the questions been updated. COC for the night will be Brian (Rally.ie) Duggan, with Greg Shinnors there to keep Brian on the straight and narrow. I've been reliably informed, as I have every year, that the format for the night will cover everything under the sun from music to history, travel to film, and even a few motorsport questions will also be included.

On a serious note, even if you have not attended the club meetings for a few months (or years) why not come along on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for what has always been a very enjoyable night's entertainment. And you check out our new HQ also. A donation in aid of charity will be collected from those in attendance on the night. There is no set amount, just give what you can.

Final points standings in 2014 Club championship

Check our where you finished for 2014

Back to the future for Christmas AutoX

 4X4 at Rockgrove Coachford
Next Sunday Nov 16. Start 10.30am
Regs, Entry Form, Map and more info at

Congrats to Alan and George Shinnors, winners of our 2014 Startrek Navigation Trial
 Click here for event write up plus full and short versions of results

We have moved our meetings to The Angler's Rest, Leemount, Carrigrohane, Co. Cork, on the second and fourth Tuesday each month 9pm

Murphy Claims 2nd Valvoline Title

 

The Directors and members of Cork Motor Club wish to congratulate Owen Murphy on winning the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship. Owen claimed the title with some very calculated driving at a final round shoot-out on the Glens of Antrim Rally. This is Owen's 2nd time taking the title having previously been crowned champion in 2011.

CMC members our favourites to take 2014 Valvoline series

Cork Motor Club members are again doing well in the national forest championship. CMC's Owen Murphy and James O'Brien head north next Saturday with a good chance of taking the 2014 Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship title.
For Owen, a top three place will be enough for him to become national forest champion again, no matter how his two main rivals, Josh Moffett and Desi Henry, finish.
For James it is looking a little different. He really needs a win unless of course Jason McKenna were to finish second, in which case a top three would also be enough for the Cork navigator to take the championship.
In the classes, CMC's Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody have already secured victory in Class 1 with four wins and a second place, while in Class 2 Tim Howard has won the drivers' title and DJ Howard is top navigator with five victories.
The final round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship takes place in Ringsend, Co. Derry this Saturday November 8. Best of luck to all competitors, marshals and organisers. (see below for preview by Greg Shinnors).

Round 7: Glens of Antrim Preview  by Greg Shinnors, Valvoline Championship PRO.

Title pursuit goes down to the wire.

 

The final round of the 2014 Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship takes place in Ringsend, Co. Derry this Saturday November 8th.  The forests of Cam and Springwell play host to an epic finale to this year’s championship as Josh Moffett, Owen Murphy and Desi Henry bid to claim the 2014 title.  Never before has there been such a hair rising finish to the championship with a three way shootout on the final round culminating with the closing stages in the dark.

The events consists of 6 stages (2 done 3 times), Sringwell offers 5.2 challenging miles while the renowned “Cam” offers 7.4 miles.  There is a service after each loop at the event sponsors’ premises the “River Ridge Recycling” complex in Ringsend.  There are 38 stage miles with a compact loop of just 65 road miles.  Scrutiny and Documentation take place Saturday morning at River Ridge Recycling with the first car away at 11:01.  Following the opening loop first service is scheduled at 12:18 with the final service at 14:45 before the closing loop set to run in darkness.  The first competing cars are due at the finish podium approx. 17:10 where the event winner will be declared and the 2014 Valvoline Forest Rally Champions will be unveiled.

Top seed Kenny McKinstry (Impreza S14 WRC) will have to fend off Martin Carins (Impreza S14 WRC).  Cairns won the recent Bushwhacker Rally and has an identical machine to Banbridge ace McKinstry.  However the young guns with their Group A Evo 9’s will be right in contention as they battle for the 2014 title. Current point’s leader Josh Moffett is at no.3 – the young Monaghan man won the penultimate round in Carrick on Suir and is match fit having competed on the Fastnet Rally in the “Family” Fiesta WRC.  Owen Murphy is at no. 4, the Cork man claimed a hat trick of wins mid-season.  The 2011 Champion will be determined to make amends having dropped to 3rd on the final stage in Carrick.  He was out last Saturday night competing on the “Startrek” navigation trial and will be the man to watch in the dark.  Round 1 winner Desi Henry is no.5 and the third man in the “Valvoline” battle.  Just like his rivals Henry has had seat time since Carrick.  The Portglenone native took a notable 3rd overall on the recent Galloway Hills rally in Scotland.  It’s simply too close to call, all three men have the speed.  Add in the multiples of permutations, combinations and dropped scores who knows who will be crowned the 2014 Valvoline Forest Champion.

Marty McKenna (Impreza S12B WRC) is at 6 and is due a good run.  Sam Moffett at no.7 is hoping to make the podium in the Valvoline Gp N category.  No.8 seed Gareth Sayers will go hard in his Evo 7.  Liam Regan can never be under estimated at no. 9 with his unusual Peugeot 206 4x4.  Frank Kelly (Mk2) rounds off the top ten and is the first in a tantalizing 2WD line up including Adrian Hetherington (Mk2), Seamus O’Connell (Mk2), Shane McGirr (Starlet) and Micky Conlon (Mk2).  The latter duo will battle for the Valvoline 2WD laurels.  Niall Henry (Evo 9) and Patsy Keenan (Evo 9) are front-runners on the Gp N leaderboard and either driver can take the honors.  Alan Atcheson (Mk2) should wrap up class 4 as his main opponents are not travelling.  Tim/ DJ Howard (Nova) are making the long trip from Co. Cork and are on course to secure class two.

The Seeded Entry List is available at www.mamc.co.uk.

Further information including time & distance schedule, final instructions & live results during the rally are also available from the club website.

Qulaity Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally to join

the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in 2015

 

The Directors and Management of the T.R.O.A. (Tarmac Rally Organizers Association) are today delighted to announce that the 2015 Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally (organized and promoted by Cork Motor Club) will be a full counting round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for 2015. This follows a successful inclusion for the first time in the 2014 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Modified Championship, and the Directors felt that the West Cork Rally would be an ideal fit going forward for T.R.O.A. The initial deal between the T.R.O.A. and Cork Motor Club is for the rally to be part of the championship for a three year period.

 

David Gray T.R.O.A Chairman stated that he and his fellow directors would like to welcome Cork Motor Club on board and he also added that he had seen at first hand the success the inclusion of the West Cork Rally had given the Modified championship in 2014, which created a new dynamic within the Championship as a whole. Indeed the 2014 event was won by regular Irish Tarmac Rally Championship contenders Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan who were full of praise for the event.  Gerard Seaman, Championship Manager said today that “we at the T.R.O.A are indeed delighted and excited to have the West Cork Rally on board as a full and counting round”, he also stated that “the West Cork Rally is one of the best kept secrets in Irish Tarmac Rallying and we are sure that with its addition it will give something new to the whole Championship. Cork Motor Club have worked very closely with us over the last few years and now is definitely the time for their inclusion, and we look forward to working with the team in Cork Motor Club for the years ahead”.

 

Billy Tobin Chairman of Cork Motor Club commented that “on behalf of Cork Motor Club we are delighted to be invited to be a full round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and we look forward to welcoming all Championship competitors and hope each and every one of them will enjoy the unique classic stages the West Cork Rally has to offer, and experience the fantastic welcome that Clonakilty town will provide.

 

The T.R.O.A would like to also acknowledge the work of the West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee who tirelessly work each year to make sure the event is the success it has come to be. John O’Donovan Chairman West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee stated “the West Cork Rally Fundraising Committee are delighted with the news of the West Rally being part of the Championship next year. We hope that with the inclusion of the championship there will be a further economic boost to the West Cork region at a quiet time of the year in terms of tourism. Clonakilty will open its doors and give a "West Cork welcome" to all concerned. It's a testament to the hard work of this committee, its members, the Cork Motor Club and the town in general for backing the rally for over the past 37 years”.

  

Regards,

 

Gerard Seaman, Championship Manager, T.R.O.A.

Phone:  023 882 0000.   Mobile: 087 2204650

sales@nyhanmotors.ie    managertroa@gmail.com

 

Free spin for navigator on Navigation Trial event


As you may be aware, one of the major challenges facing our particular discipline (Navigation Trials) is the difficulty of attracting and retaining beginner Navigators. Knowing this, brothers Ray & Stephen O'Neill, long-time supporters of the Navigation scene, have made a very generous offer. They will provide a free ride on a forthcoming Navigation event to a beginner who might not have a regular driver, and who otherwise might not be able to enter. (Read More Here).


Owen Murphy, Mossie Walsh (Jim's brother), James O'Brien, and Sean Daly, COC, at the prizegiving.
(Picture Ger Leahy
)
Owen Murphy and James O'Brien winning the DJD Transport Jim Walsh Forest Rally
(Picture Ger Leahy)

The DJD Transport, Jim Walsh Forest Rally, Press Release 4: Mini’s and Millingtons…

 

The stages are set, the plans are finalised and the countdown is on to the best forest rally of 2014, The DJD Transport, Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. Round 4 of the Motorsport Ireland, Valvoline Forest Rally Championship sees the country’s top gravel crews descend upon.....Click to read full a

Regs available for DJD Transport Jim Walsh Forest Rally

Preparations are at an advanced stage for The 2014 DJD Transport Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally. The event takes place on Sunday August 24th with it’s headquarters based at The Corbett Court Ballyhea. Round 4 of the Motorsport Ireland, Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship heads for the spectacular Ballyhoura Mountains once more. The Ballyhea based event is largely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Forest Rally Championship and the one that all competitors look forward to year after year. Read More on 2014 Jim Walsh Forest Rally Page


CMC meeting on Survey decides on fortnightly meetings

Cork Motor Club's general meeting of Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, discussed the recent club Survey and the members have decided to change the schedule of club meetings.

Starting straight away, club meetings will now be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. This will include any months with five Tuesdays. Next meeting will therefore be next Tuesday, May 27. Our June meetings will be on Tuesday 10th and 24th. In July we will meet on Tuesday 8th and 22nd. The decision mirrored the Survey, where 52% of responses suggested fortnightly meetings.

A good discussion was held on how to improve the club for members (new and old) and a lot of positive ideas were put forward that would encourage new members to get more involved. Volunteers will now work on putting these suggestions into practice and a schedule of new events, both social and informative, will be announced later. Any other suggestions from club members who were unable to get to Tuesday's meeting are still welcome.

Three busy weekends for CMC crews and marshals.....

Its ben a busy few weeks for CMC members, competing in three different events across three rally championships from Killarney to Glendalough via Carlow…..

The Cartell.ie Killarney international Rally of the Lakes took place over the recent May bank holiday weekend. A number of CMC members enjoyed a fantastic weekend’s motorsport down in the Kingdom with some fantastic results achieved .

In the National section, James O’Brien guided Clonmel’s Roy White home to a superb 1st O/A in their screaming 2.5 engined MG ZR 4x4. Roy and James emerged the victors after a tremendous weekend long battle with Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird. Only 33 seconds separated the two crews after 15 gruelling stages in the mountains of Kerry and West Cork.

In Class 9, CMCs Liam Fouhy navigated Shane Stanley home to a giant killing 22nd O/A and 2nd in class in their little 1400cc Honda Civic. A remarkable result for this young crew, who are consistently proving themselves to be class contenders.

Class 15 saw the all CMC crew of Alan O’Riordan and Jimmy Jordan bring home 2nd in class in their GC8 Subaru Impreza.

In the Junior section, Inchigeela man Eamonn Creedon navigated Cathal McCarthy’s Honda Civic to finish 5th O/A and 2nd in class. Christy McCarthy brought his trusty Peugeot 205 home to a fine 6th O/A and 3rd in class.

As always CMC were well represented both on and off the stages for the weekend. CMC timing guru John Harrington and his team provided our state of the art live timing system to KDMC for the duration of the event. This was a mammoth task both from a logistical and organisational front, with John and the team taking it all in their strides. On the Junctions and Stage Locations dotted throughout Kerry and Cork the CMC marshalling crew turned out in force once more. Thank you to everyone who turned out and represented the club.

The following weekend saw the action move to The Carlow Stages Rally, round 3 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship. Once again CMC crews were out in force in the midlands.

For the second weekend in a row James O’Brien sampled the Champaign finishing 3rd O/A in the hotseat for Roy White, capping off a tremendous 10 days for the pair in the MG ZR.

CMC’s Stephen Quin guided 2013 National Forest Champion Mick O’Brien home to 1st in class 8 and a fine 5th O/A in the O’Brien Plant Hire Ford Focus WRC.

All CMC crew of Ed Colton with club chair, Claire O’Mahony  calling the notes, brought their Mitsubishi Evo 6 home to a fine 43rd O/A and 3rd in class 20.

Johnny Curran brought his class 13 MK2 Escort home to 28th O/A.  Conan O’Riordan claimed 74th overall in his class 10 Peugeot 205. Jill White guided Dermot O’Riordan home to 76th O/A in the class 11 Honda Civic. Donal O’Brien rounded out the day for CMC finishing 84th O/A in the class 13 Escort G4 after disastrous opening loop of stages. Donal got the car back to service after stage 3 where repairs were made and the crew went on to set some very impressive times on the remaining 6 stages.

The stunning backdrop of Glendalough played host to The ALMC’s Forest Mini Stage Rally last weekend. The event was round 3 of the Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship with CMC crews once more out in force enjoying the gravel action.

CMC topgun Owen Murphy takes 1st O/A with James O’Brien concluding a most memorable 3 weekends in a row on the podium. Owen and James claimed a start to finish victory in the Wicklow hills in the Hankook backed Mitsubishi Evo 9. This valuable victory now moves Owen and James to 2nd in the championship standings behind Monaghan’s Josh Moffett.

In class 1, Johnny Kenneally had to settle for 2nd in class after leading the class on the opening stage. A broken shock absorber slowed the crew on stage 2 and following repairs in service the crew came back out fighting. The deficit due to the early time loss proved to be too great and Johnny brought the Suzuki engined MK2 home in 2nd.

Class 2 saw CMC father and son crew, Tim and DJ Howard bring their trusty 1600 8v Nova home 3rd in class.

Class 3 was so near yet so far for CMC crew Ian McCarthy with Vincent Goggin on the notes, bringing their Honda Civic home 4th in class and 31st O/A .

Class 4 proved to be another good day out for Mick “the warrior” O’Sullivan who took a fine 2nd in class and 20th overall in the Pinto powered Mk2.

 

          CMC club championship points tables are updated

Kelly and Flanagan Dominate Quality Hotel West Cork Rally 2014

                                        Full event report CLICK HERE             

                    Results for the rally are available to view or download from HERE

            Changes for 2014 Cork Motor Club Championship

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