Steven Ferguson (Mini Special), winner of the club's 2010 Hewison autotest at Vernon Mount, was back on Sunday, September 2 2012, to win again. (Pic fostermotorsport.com)
Our annual Hewison Championship Test Trial at Vernon Mount on Sunday, Sept 2 produced one of the closest finishes when Steven Ferguson took a 0.1 second victory over JJ Farrell, both driving Mini Specials. Robin Lyons took third place in his Mini and but for a line/pylon fault on Test 9, would have taken victory.
The early leader was JJ Farrell who went fastest on Test 1, a wide, but dusty area, with a time of 72.3 with Paddy Power, Mini Special second 0.6 second behind with Steven Ferguson another 0.3 seconds back in third. Eamonn Byrne, Mini, Guy Foster, Mini and Simon Echlin, Catherham 7 made up the top 6.
Test 2, which was more compact and shorter, saw both Ferguson and Lyons stop the clock on exactly the same time of 46.8 with Farrell and Echlin also recording a same result on 48.4. Foster was again fifth quickest with Byrne sixth.
The third test in the loop of three, was cleaner with a better tarmac surface. Here Lyons set the pace with just 0.1 sec over Ferguson with Farrell third. Paddy Power brought himself back into contention with fourth fastest ahead of Byrne and Echlin.
The overall positions here saw Ferguson with a 1.1 second lead from Farrell with Lyons third another second back. Byrne, Echlin and Foster made up the top 6 overall. Best of the non Hewison Munster championship competitors was Don Giles in his Westfield. Liam Croston, Starlet, led Class D while Alistair Wyllie was the leading Novice.
Test 4 was given a bit of a brush-up before competitors tackled it for the second time. All times improved here with Ferguson taking best and hold his overall lead.
It was on this loop that Lyons started to fight back recording two fastest times. He continued on the third loop with fastest times on the first two tests, but a 5 second fault penalty on Test 9 saw him lose what could have been an overall win.
On the final loop of tests Ferguson started with a joint fastest time, but then seemed to lose his way slightly. This allowed Farrell to fight back but unfortunately, for him, he left it just a fraction too late, losing out by just 0.1 second to Ferguson. Lyons also fought back on this loop with two fastest times, but his 5 second fault penalty was just too much to overcome and he had to settle for third.
In the classes Robin Lyons won Class A from Eamon Byrne with Guy Foster third, all in Minis. JJ Farrell took the Class B victory, with Paddy Power second and Alan Coyle third all in Mini Specials. The Class B1 winner was Martin Walsh in his Toyota Special
Class C went to Simon Echlin, Caterham 7, from Darren Quille, Westfirld, second, with the third place battle going Peter Desmond's way by 3.3 seconds over Don Giles both driving the same Westfield. Liam Croston, Starlet, took the win in Class D from Jamie McMillan's Nova, second, and Stefan Walsh, Toyota, third. Alistair Wylie's extra tuition in his Mini paid off with a win in Class F from Peter Falvey's second placed Nova and George Swanton was third driving a Starlet. Robert Fenlon took the Beginner's award in his Seicento.
The event took place over 12 tests in very warm, sunny conditions with Johnny Kenneally having his first out as COC for the event. There was an entry of 29 competitors and there was good help from club members.
Our 2012 Hewison Test Trial takes place this Sunday, September 2. Round 2 of the Hewison Trophy National Autotest Championship and also a counting of the Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship plus a round of the Cork Motor Club championship, it will be held at Vernon Mount, Cork
There is a slight change in classes this year with Class D catering for all saloons, other than Minis, regardless of cc. The classes are as follows: A: All Mini saloons. B: All front wheel drive specials. C: Rear wheel drive Sports Cars and Specials. D: All saloons, other than Minis. F: Novices (Munster championship). G: Beginners (as per Munster championship). B1: Front wheel drive specials. (as per Munster championship)
Awards will be for 1st Overall. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in class (1st O/A ineligible). Best Hewison Novice in Classes A to D. Best semi expert overall (Hewison championship). A competitor may qualify for only one award.
Entries, limited to first 60 received will close 6.30 p.m Saturday 1st of September.Send to: Johnny Kenneally,Garryhankard, Innishannon, Co. Cork 087/8586805.
Entry fee is €50, inclusive of personal accident insurance. €40 Novices (eligibility decided by organisers). Check in will be at 10am and the first of a dozen tests begins at 11am.
All competitors are reminded that lap belts are compulsory and must be worn during all tests. A list of prohibited tyres are available to view on www.motorsportireland.com.
Eddie Peterson won the opening round of the 2011/2012 Hewison national test trail championship organised by CMC and run at Vernon Mount on Saturday, September 3. There were 31 starters and 30 competitors finished the event which saw last year's winner Steven Fergson finish second with Eamon Byrne in third place.
Results: 1 Eddie Peterson (Mini Special) 744.4s, 2 Steven Ferguson (Mini Special) 747.5s, 3 Eamonn Byrne (Mini) 749.4s, 4 David Thompson (Nova) 756.6s, 5 Robin Lyons (Mini Special) 757.5s, 6 Paddy Power (Mini Moke) 768.1s, 7 Sam Johnston (Mini Special) 770.8s, 8 Guy Foster (Mini) 784.5s, 9 Chris Grimes (Mini) 793.8s, 10 Liam Cashman (Starlet) 795.3s, 11 Andrew O’Donohoe (Westfield) 803.2s, 12 Paul Phelan (Mini Special) 807.4s.
Class winners: Eamonn Byrne, Steven Ferguson, Martin Walsh (Starlet Special) 929.1s, Andrew O’Donohoe, Liam Cashman, David Thompson. Semi-expert award: Rory Power (Mini) 912.4s. Novice awards: Jamie McMillan (Nova) 900.8s, Timmy Lynch (Westfield) 1022.9s, Sharon Clarke (Mini Special) 1133.1s.
We had a great day’s motorsport in Vernon Mount on Saturday September 3rd for the open round of the Hewison Trophy National Autotest Championship which also included round 12 of the Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had an early start to the day, thankfully the rain held off and as Aido trundled up the hill in the camper (van) the grey skies started to disappear, he has that effect you know…The marshals started to arrive, Edel n Brendan, the other north Cork mob, Sean, Mossie and Thomas (standing in for Keira), Rory, Aaron, Nial, who thought he was on a nav trial when took a dip a bit to quick and make an adjustment to the underneath of the Beamer, Anthony and his buddy came along. Jim (MI steward) and Brian Duggan and nephew, Sean (very anxious to do the results) were ahead of us all. Laurence got a better offer as son Alan married the lovely Karen on Friday and at his age and in his condition he regretfully (?) was absent
Got a text from Ian to say he would be late (more of him anon) and the sign in began with a little persuasion from me.
Claire drove cautiously up the hill nursing a “whatsit” and assisted Brian and Sean with money matters.
Aido got right to heart of the matter with a “whose for tea” and was nearly killed in the rush.
Drivers briefing over, marshals shoved into place by Aido, the event started and went along smoothly (ish), you all know the Hewison boys, one watching the other, like browns cow’s and after a bit of “gentle” prodding they too got into the swing of things.
Ian had by now arrived and was pressed into action in front of the house as a line judge and was a little too close to the action as a test trailer thought, hmm, I’ll sort him out and slid wide causing Ian to retreat rapidly at a rate of knots, mph, kph, very quickly indeed, poor Ian. His vantage point was by now some few meters further away from the action.
No more issues from then on as the event proceeded, some timekeepers got a bit confussed and Aido was dispatched to show them the errors of their ways. A few more queries were quickly sorted and whey hey the event over and thanks to any early start we had, lo and behold an early finish.
Or was it, results were posted, our collective breaths were held, were Brian/Sean/Claire up to the job. Phil, my significant other half had arrived and was chatting to Aido when the door of his camper van opened, people came in and out and the yearbook was produced, the steward was summoned, Brian made his way to the boot of his car the 2 pound lump hammer, couldn’t get at it as the boot was by now the awards table…Phil heard Aido say “for *+£” sake I have to go to Limerick for a job”. Not to worry following a shufti through the timecards/master sheets all was resolved and Ed Peterson was promoted as the overall winner with last year’s winner Stephen Ferguson demoted to 2nd…phew.
Thanks to Willie Deasy (and Darren) for Vernon Mount, Brian/Sean/Claire for the results, all the aforementioned for the timekeeping and marshalling, Aido for his camper van and for keeping the rain away, Mr Glavin for the refreshment’s (yum, the chicken burger was great) and we had the pleasure of Vincie Coughlan with us again…
I’d like to thank all the competitors for coming along and last but by no means least I have to thank both Jon Kenneally and Liam Cashman (for drawing up the tests) for their sterling work in setting up the tests on Friday night as I was attending the nuptials of Alan and Karen as the lads were in the knowledge that the pressure would be on, they also did the lines on Saturday…thanks lads.
That’s it for this year, we’ll do it all again next year, if the Lord spares up.
JJ Farrell drove to second place on our 2010 Hewison event (Pic fostermotorsport.com)
Steven Ferguson (Mini Special) won last Sunday's Hewison Test Trial at Vernon Mount (Sept 5). Second place went to J J Farrell (Mini Special) with Sam Johnston (Mini Special) taking third overall. Download Full Results Here Revised Saturday Sunday
Cork Motor Club’s next competition is our annual Hewison Autotest which takes place on Sunday, September 5 next. Regulations available here to download.
The event will be round 2 of the Hewison Trophy National Autotest Championship and round 15 of the Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship as well as being a counting round of the Club’s own championship. For this event lap belts are compulsory and must be worn while competing. Also Motorsport Ireland have issued a list of prohibited tyres which is available to download here in PDF format
Venue for the event is Vernon Mount, just off the
The event is again part of a two-day Test Trial weekend with Munster Car Club running round 1 of the National and round 14 of the Munster championships on Saturday (Sept 4)
Help wanted on the day and for those club members who's competition licence form needs stamping, it's an easy event to marshal.
Note to intending competitors: Due to the recession and cut-back by competitors, would those intending to compete please ring Brian on 086-2651970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible.
Hewison Autotest 2009 JJ having a last fling before the wedding?
The club organised the opening round of the 2009/2010 National Hewison Test Test championship on Saturday September 5 at what has become our traditional venue, Vernon Mount.
An entry of 38 competitors were treated to a total of 12 tests run over three locations and the weather held out for most of the day. Club competitors were again thin on the ground with just two taking part, Robert Beamish in his Mini taking the top CMC award from Billy Tobin in his Baby Subaru (Mazda 121). Club members again turned out to time keep and marshal in large numbers to ensure a very well run event. Number one seed and current Hewison champion, Eddie Peterson from Greystones won the event in his Mini Special.
The first loop of tests had three different competitors set fastest times. Test 1 saw the lead go to Steven Ferguson, Mini Special when he was fastest from Eddie Peterson and Sam Johnson, Mini Special, while usual front runner Eamonn Byrne, Mini Saloon, dropped to 17th place after incurring a line fault. Test 2 went to Eddie Peterson with JJ Farrell, Mini Special, quickest on Test 3. The result of this first loop of tests gave Eddie Peterson a lead of just under 5 seconds from Steven Ferguson with Sam Johnson third. Paddy Power, Mini Moke, Eamon Byrne and Simon Echlin, Westfield, made up the top 6.
The repeat of these three tests saw Eddie Peterson increase his lead advantage to over 6 seconds and Sam Johnston nipped ahead of Steven Ferguson for second place by just 0.3 seconds. Good times from JJ Farrell and Eamon Byrne saw these two move into 4th and 5th places respectively with Steven Bolton 6th in his Westfield.
The third run of tests saw a string of fastest times from JJ Farrell. The Co. Meath driverï¿½s effort saw him take over 2nd place while Eddie Peterson still held the overall lead, 6.4 seconds clear. Eamon Byrne was also on the move up the leaderboard and he moved into third place, 1.1 seconds behind JJ Farrell. Steven Ferguson, Sam Johnston and Simon Echlin now made up the top 6.
On the fourth run over the loop of three tests, a third, second and fifth fastest time was enough to see Eddie Peterson hold on to his lead. JJ Farrell recorded a second, third and fastest times on the loop to take second and reduced the winnerï¿½s margin to 4.2 seconds. But Steven Ferguson was the driver on the move on the final loop. Fastest on two and second on the final test saw him move back into third place at the expense of Eamon Byrne who finished fourth with Sam Johnston taking fifth and Simon Echlin in sixth place.
Class positions were: Class A: 1 Eamon Byrne, Mini; 2 Christopher Grimes, Mini; 3 Ian White, Mini. Class B: 1 JJ Farrell, Mini Special; 2 Steven Ferguson, Mini Special; 3 Sam Johnston. Class B1: 1 Martin Walsh, Starlet; 2 John Lyons, Special; 3 Mark Coughlan, Starlet Special. Class C: 1 Simon Echlin, Westfield; 2 Steven Bolton, Westfield; 3 Don Giles, Westfield. Class D: 1 Liam Cashman, Starlet; 2 Liam Croston, Starlet; 3 Ger Breen, Micra. Class E: Richard Pain, Nova; 2 Michael Cashman, Corsa; 3 Damien Holan, Honda. Class F: 1 Michael Crean, Starlet; 2 Thomas Mulcahy, Starlet.
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Regs available here Please fill in and email back to the club.
Cork Motor Club host the opening round of the 2009/10 Hewison Trophy National Autotest Championship on Saturday, September 5, 2009. The event is also round 15 of the Premier Autoparts Munster Autotest Championship and also part of the Club's own Championship. Venue is (as usual) Vernon Mount and check will be at12 noon Start 1 pm. Entry fee is €50 and €40 for Novices and beginners. Numbers supplied by organisers.
The event is again part of a two-day Test Trial weekend with Munster Car Club running round 2 of the National and round 16 of the Munster championships on Sunday (Sept 6)
Help wanted on the day and for those club members who's competition licence form needs stamping, it's an easy event to marshal.
Due to the recession and cut-back by competitors, resulting in some clubs being forced to cancel events, those intending to compete are asked to inform the club of their intention to do so as early as possible. Tel COC Brian O’Connell at 086 2651970 or 021 4873737 or email Laurence@corkmotorclub.com
The club’s annual Hewison Auto Test had an entry of 42 competitors and took place on Sunday September 7 at Vernon Mount.
While the amount of Club members competing was just two, the number helping out on the day was nearer to 30.
The event was won by Tyrone’s Steven Ferguson in his Mini Special with a total of 672 penalties with second place going to Robin Lyons from Lisburn in a Mini Saloon 2.8 seconds behind and Delgany’s Eamonn Byrne, also in a Mini Saloon was third 3.5 seconds back.
Current Hewison champion Eddie Peterson had to settle for fourth place while last year’s event winner Sam Johnson retired after test 1.
On our club members, West Cork’s Robert Beamish took 5th in Class A in his Mini, while Brendan Fahy upheld North Cork honours with a 5th place in Class G in his Astra.
Congrats to COC Brian O’Connell, who has been clerking this event for even more years than I care to remember. Thanks also to the Munster Car Club for the use of Vernon Mount (possibly for the last time) but especially to all the Cork Motor Club members who turned out to help on the day. (sorry about the dust).