The revised Appendices 33 & 34 are now published on the MI website, and will be in force for the upcoming Night Nav season
Appendix 33 has changes in regard to
i) Lights (incl provision for spot checks on bulbs)
ii) Cages (proper padding required, no cages from October 2018)
iii) In car cameras (banned)
iv) intervals between Time Recovery Sections
v) damage declaration forms & penalties re same
vi) CLO & Beginners class compulsory (were recommended)
as well as other “housekeeping” changes.
Appendix 34 (re Championship) is effectively unchanged.
You can read or download the revised Appendices 33 and 34 Here
Cork Motor Club have again come out on top for night navigation events after our Startrek and 1000 Shakes events were voted first and second at the 2015/16 National Night Navigation prizegiving which took place at O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise. The night also incorporated the Munster Navigation Championship prizegiving.
Our winning event was organised by Sean Daly and team and a big congraulations must go to all for the work put into the event. COC for our second place event was Nial Murphy who again had a strong team helping out. This is in fact the second time CMC have dominated the Night Navigation scene, with as the 1000 Shakes took top award and the Startrek second place in the 2014/15 series.
CMC competitors were also to the fore in the 2015/16 prizegiving event. In the Munster Navigation Trial championshlip, Donal Healy was best Expert driver with Owen Murphy second and Johnny Kenneally third, while Ken Carmody took third Expert navigator. In the Semi Expert class, Johnny Casey and Grace O'Brien were second driver and navigator while Derek Butler was third driver in that class. In the Beginner's class Brian Duggan took second place driver. In the MI National championship Donal Healy was third Expert driver and Patrick O'Leary third Novice navigator. A big congratulations to all prizewinners.
The National Navigation Championship Prizegiving, as well as the Annual Navigation/Endurance Forum and the Munster Navigation Championship/Forum will take Place on Saturday 11 June. Time: 8pm sharp - hope to finish before 11. All welcome.
Venue: O'Loughlins Hotel, Portlaoise Town Centre (also HQ for Laois Mini stages following day) (note change from previous years).
Format: 1. Navigation Forum incl. Discussion on impending rule changes. 2. Endurance Forum (ditto)
Cork Motor Club's first event of the 2016, the 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial took place on last Weekend, 16/17 January. It was the fourth round of the National Navigation Championship, part of the Munster navigation Championship and our own club champioinship and attracted 27 entries, with a mix of local and Northern competitors. Run from Macroom Golf Club, it had Nial Murphy returned as CoC, Sean Daly as Assistant and Kiera Daly yet again reprising her role as Chief Marshal. The ice of the previous days had passed, and apart from some very limited mist in parts, weather conditions were near ideal for the drivers.
Unusually for the 1000 Shakes, Nial chose to run a "short" event (85 miles, no petrol halt), but the compact route (all Plots fitted on an A4 Sheet), some well-chosen plot & bash on 2 sets of unmarked roads and the usual format of intensive use of separate groups or sets of the many tight and twisty lanes West of the town, with slightly less intensive "link" sections between the Groups or sets, meant that the event was as challenging, and yet satisfying and enjoyable, as in previous years.
The first set of 5 competitive points immediately West of the town gave an indication of what was to come, with all crews down small amounts of time by TP6. West Cork Expert Crew Dermot Whelton & Mark McCarthy, along with the Northern Semi Expert crew of Keith McConnon/Michael McCluskey (who were continuing the good form shown on the last Cork MC event) fared best, having a single penalty each, with 7 other cars on 2 penalties, indicating both the difficulty of maintaining the Schedule and the close nature of the competition, and showing that time loss was due to the nature of the terrain, and not to any Navigational issues. Different problems affected Donal Healy/Denis O'Donovan, whose Starlet slid off into mud on the way to TP3, and even with 4WD and a relatively light car, they lost 6 or 7 minutes extricating themselves, effectively putting them out of contention for any overall award.
The next "set" of points, from 8 to 16, situated to the North-West of the town were, in effect, more of the same, but including the first "plot & bash" of the night, centering on a group of roads/tracks already pre-plotted for later use. These saw all crews picking up more penalties, and the gap between leaders and "the rest" widened considerably. By the end of this section, Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes had moved into the lead, on 3 penalties, followed by Eoin Murphy/Daire Hayes on 5, Alan & George Shinnors on 6, Whelton/McCarthy on 7, Johnny Casey/Patrick O'Sullivan on 8, with Cork Beginners Tim Hayes/Finian O'Donovan putting in a fine showing on 11 points. the same score as Novices Trevor O'Callaghan/Patrick O'Leary, on 11. The top 10 was completed at that point by Ray & Stephen O'Neill (12), and George & David Swanton and Mac Keirans/Conor Boylan both on 14. McConon/McCluskey missed TP 13, and had dropped out of the top runners.
A welcome Time Recovery followed TP 16, but
the action began again at TP 17, with the crews re-entering the same roads as
TPs 8 >16, used differently, but with,
in effect, similar results. By the end of the Second card, at TP21, the top 10 was occupied by the same 10 crews (albeit in a slightly different order outside of the top three) , and with all crews increasing penalties .
That there were, at that point, four 2wd drive cars in a very competitive top 10 was probably indicative of the high tarmac content of the event (7 miles non-tar out of 85 total).
Card 3 included the re-use, more or less in reverse, of TPs 2 >6, as well as the SRS section, which was unusually long , at c. 16 miles, and while the SRS was probably the most relaxed Section of the night (and certainly the best of the roads), most crews still managed to attract penalties at the ITC. By the end of the card, local (very!) crew David Kelleher/Kevin Healy had climbed to 7th o/all, and Healy/O'Donovan had recovered to 9th .
Matters on the longer final Card 4 (TPs 32 > 45) were not quite as high-pressure, with the notable exception of a series of 3 points (35, 36 & 37), 2 of which were Plot & Bash, and all on farm tracks just South of Ballymakeera. In fact, only two crews - Derek Butler/Aaron O'Regan and Kierans/Boylan managed to avoid penalties there, moving them up in the reckoning. However, Butler/O'Regan then let matters slip again with a WA on the penultimate control, robbing them of 6th O/all and a top Semi finish in their 1330 Starlet. Murphy/Hayes dropped some time on this section with a loss of any real brakes on their Forester, but still managed a strong finish.
Provisional results were posted c 30 mins after last car finishing, and, after some minor arithmetical corrections, results were finalised with the agreement of all prior to the expiry of the usual 30 minute period. They showed Duffy/Hughes on top with 8 penalties, Whelton/McCarthy next on 13, followed by Alan/George Shinnors on 15 and Murphy/Hayes on 17 and Healy/O'Donovan who staged an impressive, but unfortunately insufficient, strong recovery from their early "off", finishing 5th on 16. An impressive sixth finish by Northerners Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock comfortably gave them 1st Novice
A very positive feature was that, of the 27 starters, only 1 failed to make it back to the finish - Eoghan Corr/David McCrudden, who retired their borrowed Impreza with a collapsed suspension. However, Ray Heney/Aidan Coffey from Tipperary missed the penultimate Control , and therefore could not be classed as finishers, giving, officially, 25 finishers.
All points were fully manned, and, overall, it was another successful "Macroom " event, well received by all. It showed that with the right roads (fortunately in plentiful supply near Macroom) and careful planning, along with essential "safety stops" at "merge" points, a straightforward route using traditional Navigation (i.e. Map References only) can be produced which can test the experts without giving telephone number scores to the less experienced.
Thanks to all involved, including to the good turn-out of marshals from both Cork and Skib
Pakie Duffy and Evin Hughes have a smile for the marshal on their way to winning a very competitive 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial last weekend. (Pics: John Harrington)
COC Nial Murphy being navigated by Gerard Quinn on the night.
The 1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial of 2016 will take place on Saturday night, Sunday morning January 16 and 17 and will, as usual, be our first competition of the new year.
With the changes in the way that MI are issuing IRDS cover, drivers are reminded that they need to fill out an IRDS application and have it at MI offices in Dawson Street by next Tuesday, (Jan 12) at the very latest for approval. This removes the flexibility for last minute applications, so it is essential that all applications be lodged immediately if cover required for 1000 Shakes. MI will not be issuing individual IRDS cover letters this year, but instead will publish a list on their website every Thurs a.m.. If you are not on next Thursday's IRDS list , you will not be competing on our 1000 Skakes Nav Trial. Download form here: MOTORSPORT IRELAND Licence Holders IRDS application
Meanwhile, COC Nial Murphyreports that the route isnow finalised after some slight modificationss due weather damage, and approximately seven mls out of the 80 mile total are non tar.Also, all plots are now on Sheet 79, but for one short section between TPs on both Sheet 85. The distance is very short & very straightforward - any edition of 85 (or 86) will do, and even if not, we will find old maps or something to keep everyone happy.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7pm on Saturday, January 16 at Macroom Golf Club (335½726 - Entry thru Castle Gate Arch in Town Square). Nial Murphy is back as COC for the event. Regs are with MI awaiting approval & will be available online at www.corkmotorclub.com as soon as event permit is issued.
Looking back 10 years: The 2006 1000 Shakes was won by andrew Mackarel adn Liam Higgins from Bones O'Connor and Paul Phelan, with Brendan Fahy and Kieran Daly taking third in a tie breaker from Ger O'Connell and Diarmuid O'Donovan
Note: Bones O'Connor holds the record for wins on this event, which currently stands at 13. (and no, he won't be back for 2016).
CMC's first Nav event of the 2015/6 season took place on 21/22 November last. Based out of Shanballymore in North Cork, and with Sean Daly again as CoC, the event attracted a decent entry of 28 cars, with 27 starters.
The event was a "short" one (i.e. 80 miles, 40 points, no petrol halt) but proved long enough for some competitors and certainly long enough to get a result.
The difficulties for most started as early as TP5, where most crews incurred penalties. Almost all were one minute down, some slightly more, and only 3 crews - Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes, Joe & Greg Shinnors and the Semi-Expert crew of Keith McConnon/Michael McCluskey managed to keep their sheets clean here. Most crews reached TP6 without further penalties, but the real drama of the night then came early, at TP7, where a difficult-to-find slot to the approach road had all crews down time. The TP was definitely the turning point of the event, as Duffy/Hughes incurred a 20 min penalty here, and were also down a further 4 minutes at TP8. CMC's Johnny Keneally/Ken Carmody were another leading crew to suffer badly here, dropping 6 minutes at TP7 and missing 8 entirely.
After TP8, it was Alan & George Shinnors and the new combination of Donal Healy/Denis O'Donovan in Donal's refettled 1500cc 4WD Starlet who led the event on 3 penalties from Dermot Whelton/Mark McCarthy, McConnon/McCluskey and Novices Brian O'Mahony/Amy Gallway, all on 4, with Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes, Trevor O'Callaghan/Patrick O'Leary and Ciaran Sheridan/Conor Boylan on 6 following, with Ray & Stephen O'Neill on 8 being the only other crew still in single figures, with all of these remaining on those scores until the end of the first Time Card at C12.
While a set of 4 Plot and Bash points in the woods, beginning at V23, caused some further penalties down the field, there was little enough drama on Cards 2 & 3, (to TP 29), with the leaders generally avoiding trouble, and only O'Mahony/Gallway climbing into double digits.
However, by then, three crews had retired - the one-off pairing of Cork's Gerard O'Connell and Dublin's Enda Hume who suffered radiator damage to the Subaru, as well as George & David Swanton, and Colm & Conor Mohan. In addition, others, including Derek Butler/Andrew Wedlock, Steve Lane/Grace O'Brien, Brian "rally.ie" Duggan/James FitzGerald and Elaine Shinnors/Marie McCarthy were forced to skip multiple time points to get back on Schedule, with mechanical woes generally to blame.
The final section was interesting and intricate, including double-use of a cattle underpass and 2 more Plot & bash points, but, with the notable exceptions of Joe & Greg Shinnors, who retired their Impreza with a bent Front wishbone enroute to the penultimate TP (although, despite an otherwise clean sheet, they were already out of contention following a 10min loss at TP7), and Healy/O'Donovan, who dropped what would turn out to be a crucial minute at TP31, the leaders were unaffected.
At the finish, Alan & George Shinnors, winners on this event last year, were again to the fore, with Healy/O'Donovan Second on a "furthest cleanest" tie break from Whelton/McCarthy. Had they not lost the final minute, Healy/O'Donovan would have been on equal penalties with the victors, and would then have won on an Engine capacity tie-break, but such is rallying, and the Shinnors' victory was well deserved. Murphy/Hayes were fourth, and in what was probably the performance of the night, Novices Sheridan/Boylan were fifth overall.
The event featured a very significant amount of loose surface mileage, the vast bulk of it smooth and very passable, and it was difficult enough to produce a result, but yet mostly straightforward enough to be enjoyable. An encouraging feature was the new names & fresh faces, and the good performances of some of these - while there were a few injudicious "50"s, others did very well
Congratulations to CoC Sean and Assistant Tom Sheahan on another fine event, and to Chief Marshal Kiera Daly who ensured that not only were all Timepoints manned, but that there was adequate personnel to man the Safety Stops at some otherwise potentially dodgy "merge" points on the looped sections.