Our annual Christmas Autocross, which takes place on Thursday, December 27, has moved from East Cork to West Cork for 2012.
The venue whish is the same as our 4X4 off-road evens, will be at Michael Cronin’s Quarry, Rockgrove, Coachford, Co Cork, where COC Donal Healy has laid out an excellent course of approximately 2kms distance. The location will be signposted from Coachford village.
Check-in and Scrutiny takes place from 9 to 10am on the day, with the first timed run to start at 11am. The event will consist of three timed runs, with the best time to count. The event is the first round of Cork Motor Club's Drivers championship for 2013 and also the final round of the 2012 Munster Autocross Championship. The organisers reserve the right to increase or decrease the number of timed runs.
Classes are as follows, 1. All cars up to 1400cc’s; 2. All cars 1401 to 1650 cc’s; 3. All cars 1651 to 2150 cc’s; 4. All other cars over 2151cc’s incl. 4x4’s; 5. All specials.
The organisers reserve the right to amalgamate any class that has less than 3 entries and competitors can hold a 2012 or 2013 competition licence, which must be available for inspection at the sign on.
Awards will be presented for the overall winner plus for the top three in each class, plus a Novice, Lady and best CMC member not receiving another award.
Entry fee is €80 (Including Compulsory Insurance) and entries should be sent to: Donal Healy, Dunisky East, Lissarda, Macroom, Co. Cork. Phone: 087 2627386
Final date for entries is Friday Dec 21, 2012, and must be accompanied by the full entry fee and made on official entry form. Maximum number of starters is 60 and up to three drivers per car will be allowed.
Our final motorsport event of the year will be our annual Christmas Autocross, which will take place on Tuesday, December 27 next. Venue is again Michael Cronin’s Quarry, at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co Cork. This will be signposted from the N25 Cork to Youghal raod at Killeagh.
The event will be the first round of the 2012 Cork Motor Club Drivers' championship and also the final round of 2011 Munster Autocross championship
Check-in and Scrutiny takes place from 9 to 10am with the first timed run scheduled to start at 11am. The event will consist of three timed runs, with the best time to count. The organisers reserve the right to increase or decrease the number of timed runs. Competitors must hold a 2011/2012 competition licence, which must be available for inspection at the sign on.
Classes are as follows: 1. All cars up to 1400cc; 2. All cars 1401 to 1650 cc; 3. All cars 1651 to 2150 cc; 4. All other cars over 2151cc including 4x4; 5. All specials. Note:Turbo Engines x 1.7 cc’s. The organisers reserve the right to amalgamate any classes with less than 3 entries received
Awards will be presented for first overall, plus 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each class. There will also be a Novice award, a Ladies award and best CMC member not receiving another award.
Entry fee will be €80 (which includes compulsory Insurance).
Entries should be sent to: Donal Healy, Dunisky East, Lissarda, Macroom, Co. Cork on or before Wednesday 21st Dec 2011, and must be accompanied by the full entry fee and made on official entry form, Maximum number of starters is 60.
Cheques should be made payable to Cork Motor Club. Maximum 3 Drivers per car allowed.
Marshals are needed on the day. Those helping to set out the course should be at the venue at 9.30am, while all other marshals are asked to sign on by 10.30am at the quarry.
Ballyvourney’s James Lucey driving his Subaru Special took the overall honours on Monday's (Dec 27) Christmas Autocross held at Michael Cronin's Quarry, at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork. James set the time on his very first run with his second attempt being over two seconds slower.
Ian Stanley from Rosscarbery secured the Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship when he brought his Honda Civic to within 3 seconds of the winning Special. He took second overall on the event and the West Cork driver set his best time set on his third run and also won Class 2.
Club member Mark Murphy left it until the fourth and final run to set a time to claim third place overall. Things had now looks great for the Mayfield man after had a DNF on his first run, but he set some consistent times over the next three rounds, his best time also coming on run 3 which also gave him the Class 4 victory.
There was another CMC member in fourth place. Dripsey's Stephen Sheehan also secured second in Class 2 when he set his best time on his fourth run in his Talbot Sunbeam. His time was just 0.13 seconds quicker than fellow club member Owen Murphy, the Ballincollig driver taking fifth place overall in his Toyota Corolla.
In what was a carbon copy of last year's event, the Junior award and sixth place overall went to David Beamish in his Opel Corsa who was just 0.19 seconds behind Owen.
Class 1 honours went to Joseph Shinnors Jnr, the Kilmallock man's Vauxhall Nova finishing ahead of the similar car of Millstreet's Denis O'Brien with club champion runner-up Johnny Kenneally finishing third in class in his Ford Escort. Other class 1 competitors to finish included Midleton's Colin Byrne in his Ford Ka, Bruff's Austin Shinnors, also in a Vauxhall Nova and Imokilly's Stephen O'Shea diving a Toyota Starlet.
Club members filled Class 5 where Richard Davis set best time on the second of his two runs in his Special to take the class win ahead of Midleton's John Dolphin with third placed driver Noel Brady getting in just one run.
Mike McDonnell from Ballylanders finished second in Class 4 in his Subaru Impreza while the Class 3 victory went to Kilshelan's Paul Quinlan in his Talbot Sunbeam. Paul Sheehan from Dripsey secured the best CMC award in his Class 2 Talbot Sunbeam while fellow club member, and Munster championship sponsor, Gerry Murphy shared the Toyota Corolla with son Owen.
Outgoing Munster champion Daniel Cronin, who secured the title at this event last year, saw his luck change completely when his Special failed to finish both runs he attempted.
While competitors and organisers alike had feared that the recent ice and snow conditions would hamper the event, it was the rain and mud that made things difficult on the day. This is the second year at the East Cork venue which has certainly proved good the the Luceys, Gerard taking the win last year in his Toyota Special.
The event was the opening round of the club's 2011 championship and was also the final round of the Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship for 2010. There was an entry of 20 competitors
The bad weather is certainly not diminishing interest in our Christmas Autocross. In fact it may have increased our entry.
Due to adverse weather conditions still prevailing up country, Carlow Car Club have had to postpone their annual December 27th Rallysprint. Compeitors due to compete at the Mondello venue, now look to making the trip south.
Last year's overall winner Gerard Lucey has his entry in for our Monday the 27th eveDue to adverse weather conditions Carlow Car Club regret to announce their annual December 27th Rallysprint has been postponedDue to adverse weather conditions Carlow Car Club regret to announce their annual December 27th Rallysprint has been postponedDue to adverse weather conditions Carlow Car Club regret to announce their annual December 27th Rallysprint has been postponed,nt, along with Jimmy Lucey and James Lucey.
CMC's newly elected club champion, Robert Beamish, will start his defence of the 2010 driver's title on the event, with our 2009 club champion driver, Johnny Kenneally, also on the entry list. Richie Davis and Billy Davis are entered with Billy hoping to beat dad this year.
Other early names include Noel Brady, Donal O'Brien and James Lehane. Last year's event took place in icy conditions and attracted 31 entries.
COC Donal Healy, who has last year's Clerk Johnny Ryan as his assistant, is confident they can match last year's field.
Entries at €80 still available and can be sent to: Donal Healy, Dunisky East, Lissarda, Macroom, Co. Cork. Phone: 087 2627386.
Our annual Christmas Autocross will take place on Monday, December 27 2010 and the venue will again be Michael Cronin's Quarry, at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork. The venue will be signposted from the main Cork to Youghal road (N25).
This year will see Donal Healy take over as COC for what will be the first round of Cork Motor Club's 2011 drivers' championship.
Scrutiny will take place at the venue from 9 to 10am with the first of three timed runs planned to start at 11am. Depending on available light and time, extra runs may be added on the day. Results will be decided on a competitor's best timed run.
There will be four classes catering for cars plus a class for specials. There will also be a novice award, a ladies award and a best club member award.
Entry fee is €80 and up to three drivers per car will be allowed. Closing date is Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
Entries can be sent to: Donal Healy, Dunisky East, Lissarda, Macroom, Co. Cork. Phone: 087 2627386.
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An exceptional time on the fifth and final run gave Gerard Lucey the overall victory on Cork Motor Club's Christmas Autocross on Sunday (Dec 27, 2009)
A time of 1min 48.92secs, an improvement of over 4 seconds by the Ballyvourney driver in his Toyota Special from his previous best time, saw him snatch the victory from Joe Cullen whose JB Special had looked unbeatable up to then, having taking the overall lead on the second run. Third place overall went to Jimmy Lucey driving his Rover V8 Special.
Ballylickey's Daniel Cronin (yes, Keith's younger brother) was leading the Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship going into the CMC event and did enough by finishing fifth overall to secure the Munster title.
But the drive of the event came from the young Bandon driver David Beamish who finished just two hundreds of a second behind Cronin to take sixth overall in his Corsa and also take the Junior award.
Gerard Lucey had taken an early lead when he set fastest time on Run 1, with Colin Byrne second and Mark Murphy having an excellent run to third place. At this point Joe Cullen was down in 25th spot after a slight miscalculation by him.
After the second run it was Joe Cullen who had taken the fastest time, with Gerard Lucey now second and Colin Byrne was in third place.
The third run saw Joe Cullen better his previous time with Gerard Lucey still second, but Jimmy Lucey had now moved up to take the thier place.
With the event running like clockwork and on time, a fourth run saw no change in the overall placings and no improvement in the leaders' times.
A fifth run was offered to competitors and while some thought there was no advantage to be gained, Gerard Lucey proved them all wrong, setting fastest time of the day on this run. In fact it was on this run also that David Beamish set his best time.
In the classes Colm Grant took a Class 5 win with Daniel Cronin second and Colin Byrne third. In Class 4 first was James Lehane and second was Mark Murphy, the gap just .2 of a second.
Best in Class 3 was David Long with owen Cleary second, and Trevor Harding third after managing to complete just one run. In Class 2, better known as the Murphy class, Owen took the win from father Jerry in what we believe was a first works drive for Jerry. Class 1 saw Victor Beamish take a win with Conor Brakley second and Denis Nagle in third spot. The best CMC award went to Richard Davis, while young Billy Davis took the Best Novice award. And as mentioned above, David Beamish put in an excellent performance to earily take the best Junioir award.
The event took place at Michael Cronin's Quarry, at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork, and despite the very icy conditions, had an entry of 31 competitors. As well as being the final round of the the Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship it was also the opening round of Cork Motor Club's 2010 championship for drivers.
Our annual Christmas Autocross will have a new venue, a new Clerk of the Course and a new status in our club championship this year.
The event will take place on Sunday, December 27 2009 and the venue will be Michael Cronin's Quarry, at Ightermurragh, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork. The quarry will be signposted from the N25, the main Cork to Youghal road.
The 2009 event will also be different in that it will be the opening round of Cork Motor Club's 2010 championship for drivers and it will also be the final round of the Jerry Murphy Tyres Munster Autocross Championship
This year the COC will be Johnny Ryan who has recruited Donal Healy as Deputy COC and Niamh Ryan as Secretary of the meeting. With Michael Linehan as Scrutineer, Finian Toomey as CMC Safety and Richard Percy as CMC Steward, a well experienced team have come together.
Check-in and documentation and mechanical scrutiny will take place at the venue between 9 and 10am. The event will consist of three timed runs, with a competitor's best time to count for results. Depending on the time available, extra runs may be provided.
There are five classes in the event catering for cars up to 1400cc, 1401 to 1650cc, 1651 to 2150, 2151 and over plus all 4X4 plus a class for Specials. It is also intended to have a Novice, Ladies and Best CMC award on the day. Entry fee is €80 and fully completed entry forms should be sent to Niamh Ryan, 44 Parklands Drive, Commons Road, Cork. Phone 086 2472392. Closing date is Monday December 21. Maximum number of starters will be 45 and up to three drivers will be allowed per car. A full entry fee will be refunded if the event is postponed or cancelled.
Cork Motor Club finished off the 2008 year with a very succesful rallysprint held on Saturday, December 27, at Waterford Raceway at the Pike, Dungarvan. Clerk of the course Paul Casey managed to squeeze five runs in for the 38 competitors who took part in what was described as ideal weather conditions.
Billy Coogan from Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, won the event. Coogan driving a BMW M3 took the lead on the very last Run after a day long battle with Nicholas Cahill, who was driving the ex-John Somers Opel Corsa. Third place overall went to John Hackett, who completed another giant killing performance in his historic Mini.
Jason Ryan looked to be on his way to finishing his year with another win on this event after he was fastest on the first Run in his VTEC engined Starlet.
But Jason took a maximum on his second run after breaking a driveshaft and this ended his chance of victory. He did manage to repair the car and returned for the remaining runs, taking three fastest runs plus Fastest Run of the Day.
One of the big surprises of the day was the performance of William Fogarty in his Immaculate 1974 Autobianchi Abarth A-112, taking a fastest time and finishing fourthth overall and a class win,
Other class winners were Denis O'Brien, Vauxhall Nova; David Dunne, Peugeot 306; William Walsh, Toyota Corolla; Bill Fitzgerald, Talbot Avenger; Brian Corbett, Porsche 911 and Denis Dineen, Ford Escort Mk2. Best Cork Motor Club member went to Jim Ahern, Honda Civic.
The Entertainer of the day was Owen Murphy, who shared an Ex-Kieran O'Callaghan Toyota Corolla SR with his Father Jerry.
Overall finishers: 1 Billy Coogan, BMW M3; 2 Nicholas Cahill, Opel Corsa; 3 John Hackett, Mini.
Run 1: Jason Ryan (Toyota Starlet VTEC); Runs 2 to 4: Nicholas Cahill (Opel Corsa); Run 5: Billy Coogan (BMW M3)
Fastest Each Run:
Run 1 - Jason Ryan (Toyota Starlet VTEC); Run 2 - Billy Coogan (BMW M3); Run 3 - William Fogarty (Autobianchi Abarth A-112); Run 4 - Jason Ryan (Toyota Starlet VTEC); Run 5 - Jason Ryan (Toyota Starlet VTEC)
Fastest Run of the Day: Jason Ryan (Toyota Starlet VTEC).
COC : Paul Casey
Mobile: 086 8050710
It's all systems go for our final event of the year 2008, the annual Cork Motor Club Christmas Rallysprint. Entries have been steadily rolling in.
Current top seeds are CMC members Jason Ryan (former winner) in his potent Honda powered Toyota Starlet and Owen Murphy in his Toyota Corolla. John Hackett in his trusty mini is set to return, many of you will remember John led last years event for a spell and provided fabulous entertainment with his committed driving style.
The event is to be well supported by other CMC club members also with Victor Beamish, Alan O'Riordan and Trevor O'Callaghan all lining up for what should be a great day's motorsport in Dungarvan.
The COC Paul Casey has advised that some entries are still available, if you are interested in competing and have not already sent an entry please contact Paul on 086 8050710.
Cork Motor club members who need to marshal get their last opportunity for this year. Marshals' meeting time is 9am at the venue. Please give Paul a call on 086 68050710 if you can help. You can also hand in your Marshal's Card for the club draw.
Following on from the success of this event in 2006 and 2007 we are back again at the Waterford Hot Rod Club's track at "The Pike" Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The venue will be signposted from Dungarvan to Waterford road.
The event takes place on Saturday December 27th so it's an ideal opportunity to sweat out that turkey and blow the cobwebs (wheels) off the rally car. Double driving is allowed with a maximum of three drivers per car. Navigators are also allowed provided they hold a valid competition license (but it is not a round of the club navigators' championship). The event will be the final round of the 2008 Cork Motor Club Drivers' Championship.
Documentation and Mechanical Scrutiny is from 08:30 to 10:15 sharp. First timed run 11:00 with a total of three timed runs. Maximum number of starters is 85. The event will consist of 3 timed runs, with the best total time to count. If time allows on the day, the number of runs may be increased.
COC Paul Casey commented: "The course is very smooth with a sealed tarmac/concrete surface which has proved very popular with competitors and spectators during the previous 2 years. The track has proved to be a lucky one for the 2wd brigade as both previous winners were at the wheels of 2wd machines, Jason Ryan taking the honours in 2006 with James Doherty following in the same position in 2007. We wait patiently to see if that trend can be reversed this year".
The COC has already received a huge number of enquires about this event and is expecting to have a full entry.
So in order to avoid disappointment please get your completed entry forms in as soon as possible. Closing date for enties is Tuesday, December 23, at 8pm. The event includes classes for both rally and rallycross cars and the entry fee is €100.
Further details can be found in the supplementary regulations or by contacting Paul at 086 8050710
Regulations are available to download now and competitors are urged to post entries promptly as enquiries have already being received about this event.