Mayo&District Motorsport Club

  • The Galway Summer Rally takes place tomorrow Sunday 19th August, this event takes place annually on the last Sunday in August, however with Pope Francis due to visit Knock a mere 30km from the rally route some tweaks were made to the calendar so the events would not clash and the rally takes place a week early.
    The rally takes place near Tuam and a number of Mayo & District Motorsport Club Members will be crossing the border and heading south to compete and officiate at the event.
    In class 14, Crossmolina’s Lorcan Moore is co driving for John Reddington in a Ford Escort, also in class 14 are Sean McHugh & Kathleen Kennedy. John Warren and Ruthann O’Connor are competing in their class 13R Toyota Corolla Twincam.
    Class 11R, has three Mayo entries - Barry Cuffe & Stephen McGing are out in their Ford Escort Mk 2; Ballina’s John McCarthy is co driving for Florian Niedermueller in a Toyota Corolla and Tadgh Buckley is competing with son and co-driver Shane in their Ford Escort.
    In class 1, Derek McCarthy is co driving for Stephen Reynolds in a Honda Civic and Mark Taheny is out with co-driver Stephen Gallagher also in a Honda Civic. In class 2, Ronan Denning is competing with Karl Egan on the notes.

  • An eventful day on the first leg of the Jim Walsh Cork 2 day Forest Rally, seen Jason and Matthew Murphy in their Peugeot 107 get caught out on a fast 4Right corner on stage 2, the car slid wide and onto grass, and they found themselves as passengers and ended up in a drain damaging the wishbone, unable to get back out onto the stage. They got recovered and got back into service and thanks to fellow J1000 competitor Peter Beaton from Scotland for the use of his spare wishbone and great work once again from C-Sport they got back out under rally 2 for stages 5 and 6 to enable them to score valuable championship points, Day 2 on Sunday’s round had full points on offer and they now looked to that to that to try to wrap up the J1000 title.

    And the South Mayo uncle and nephew partnership certainly showed their title intentions as they completely dominated the second leg on Sunday, setting fastest times on five out of the six stages with their 1 Litre Peugeot 107 leading all throughout the second day to wrap up the 2018 Motorsport Ireland Irish Forestry Championship Title and secure back to back National J1000 wins for the 18 year old Student from Shrule, Co. Mayo.

    Speaking afterwards Jason said “The stages were great today, but we had to stay sensible and get home to the finish with a few points, so we planned to stay out of trouble after yesterdays mishap, It wasn’t looking too good at one point, but thanks to C-Sport again and the assistance from Peter Beaton we made it back out, I suppose you could say once we got started this morning we got into a rhythm and found it easier to focus and we were very happy with our times today, To clinch back to back championship titles is brilliant, and it’s been a great year, a great series, and to have my uncle Matthew win the co- drivers class is an extra bonus”. “There’s a lot of people behind the scenes that have helped me a lot, Mum and Dad and my brother Niall have been at every event all year helping along and a massive thanks to Mairt Cunningham and the C-sport Rally prep team for looking after the car all year, and of course Ray Fitzpatrick and the forestry team for running the J1000 series and Michael O’Brien for coming onboard again as Championship sponsor.  It feels fantastic, hard to put into words, I’m just delighted” Jason added.

  • Ray Clarke, Mayo & District Motorsport Club Chief Marshal has announced an interesting incentive as a way of saying thank you to all marshals who are out in action for the weekend of the Mayo Stages Rally 2018 on the 10th & 11th March in Achill. The concept is that every Marshal will be entered into a draw for a fantastic prize of three hotel vouchers, one being allocated to each stage of the event. The voucher will entitle the winner to three night’s accommodation for two people in any one of 65 hotels of their choosing (see leaflet attached). The draw will take place during the course of the rally day and the winners will be announced at prize giving in rally HQ that evening. 

    Mayo & District Motorsport Club would like to thank our neighbouring Motor Clubs and in particular their Marshal Coordinators for all their efforts in recruiting marshals for the Mayo Stages.  With less than 3 weeks to go, we look forward to welcoming you to Achill on the weekend of the 10th & 11th March. 

    For anyone who would like to get involved and help on the day, Marshal Training will take place in Óstán Oileán Acla on Sunday 4th of March at 2pm, all welcome.   For more information you can contact Ray on 087 2386427 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

     

     

  • Mayo & District Motorsport Club have announced an additional Loose Surface Autocross for the 2019 season.  Due to the success of last year’s autocross championship which took place between May and September, Mayo Motorsport Club are adding a fifth event to the autocross calendar for 2019 which will take place on Sunday 10th March.   There will be no stages rally this year as the club is taking a year out and while the decision not to run in 2019 was not an easy one for the organisers, the addition of a new autocross event will bring its own exciting challenges.  This year the season starts in March rather than May and with five rounds in the ‘Frank Harrington Challenge’ and ‘Mayo & District Young Driver Championship’ it is going to be an interesting year. 

    Mayo & District Motorsport Club rounded off a successful 2018 with an awards night in the Gateway Hotel in December.  The winner of the ‘Frank Harrington Challenge’ for 2018 was Derek Mackarel, second place went to Michael Tynan and Andrew Mackarel was third.   Patrick McEveney jnr had a great season taking the title of ‘Mayo Motorsport Club Young Driver 2018’ in addition to the Mayo Motorsport Club Award, James McGreal was runner up for the club award with Steven Cafferty taking third.   Other award winners on the night were Shane Kilcoyne - ‘Mayo Motorsport Club Marshall of the Year’ and Trevor O’Connell – ‘Club Person of the Year’.  The club would like to thank all those who supported and sponsored during 2018.

    Mayo Motorsport Club Autocross events will take place in Harrington’s Quarry, The Valley, Swinford on the following Sundays - 10th March; 12th May; 9th June; 21st July and 8th September.   For more information please see www.mayomotorsportclub.com

  • Mayo and District Motorsport Club got off to a great start for 2019 with a number of junior class members competing and dominating in the opening round of the Valvoline Forestry Rally Championship which took place in Carrick on Suir on Sunday 20th. In the J1000 class, it was a first day out for Ella Conway who has teamed up with co-driver Jared Gill for the 2019 championship. It was a challenging first event for Ella who had an off on stage three and lost some time but she managed to keep her cool and recovered to get back into the competition and successfully finish the rally in an impressive fifth place in class. Ella is the youngest female driver in the country at the moment and has just turned sixteen. The Newport transition year student had her first experience of competitive motorsport last summer when she took part in two rounds of the Mayo and District Motorsport Club Loose Surface Autocross Championship. Ella finished second in her class in both events. In October she ventured further afield where she competed in the Galway Motor Club Autocross and came home with the ‘Ladies Award’ on the day. The future looks bright for Ella who has inherited her interest in motorsport from her mother Deirdre who was event secretary for the Mayo Stages Rally for the last number of years. Other local competitors having a good day in Carrick on Suir were John Burke co-driver for Reece Pollack who took the honours in the J1000 class and Jason Murphy who was competing in the junior class. After two very successful years in the J1000 class, Jason and codriver Matthew Murphy have stepped up to the junior class and they finished this event in third place. It was a very busy weekend for Jason as the previous night he received awards from both the ‘Western People Mayo Sports Stars’ award in Ballina and at the ‘Night of Champions 2018 Autocross prize giving’ in Shannon.

    Also at the ‘Night of Champions’ prize giving was Ballaghadereen’s Steven Cafferty who took home two top awards. Steven was the winner of the ‘National Loose Championship’ in class three, and he also took second in class three in the ‘Munster Autocross Championship’. 2018 was a very successful year for Steven in Autocross events as he also took third place overall at the Mayo Motorsport Club Awards in December. With the addition of an extra event this year, Steven is hoping to concentrate on the Mayo Motorsport Club Autocross Championship for 2019.

  • This weekend Mayo and District Motorsport Club members are flying the flag for Mayo Day in Killarney at the International Rally of the Lakes.  

    Ronan Denning with Karl Egan co-driving compete in the international category in their Peugeot 208 R2.  Jared Gill is co-driving for Ray Cunningham in a Mini Cooper in the historic category and tomorrow Brian Moore with co-driver Dylan Doohan complete in the junior category in a Honda Civic.

  • Mayo & District Motorsport Club members travel to Sligo tomorrow for the Sligo Stages Rally. This event usually takes place in July but was postponed this year due to the exceptionally hot weather which effected the road surface. It was rescheduled to this weekend and Mayo crews are out in force to support their neighbouring club.
    In class 11R Bonniconlon native Trisha Greavy is co driving for Paul Crosby in a Toyota Starlet; John Warren and Ruthann O’Connor are competing in their Toyota Corolla Twincam in class 13R; In class 11F there are two Mayo crews competing, Achill man Brian Lavelle and co-driver David Mannion are in a Honda Civic, while Castlebar crew Gordon Nimmo and Crystal Culkeen are competing in their Supermacs sponsored Ford Fiesta. After a second place finish in the Galway Summer Rally Ronan Denning and Karl Egan are competing in their Peugeot 208 and will be hoping for another good day in class 2; Foxfords James McGreal and Chris Mitchell are competing in class 15 in their Evo 6. Keith McFadden and daughter Sara are competing in their second rally together in their class 3 Renault Clio. Sara made the headlines earlier in the summer at the Imokilly Mini stages rally when she became the first visually impaired co-driver.
    Further afield Jason Murphy and co-driver Matthew are competing in the Lakeland Forestry Rally this weekend where they get to compete in a Ford Fiesta R2.
    Best of luck to all competitors and a big thank you to all club members who are marshalling and officiating

  • In the aftermath of Storm Callum heavy rain on Saturday allowed Brian Moore to exercise his supreme talent in atrocious conditions, the Mayo driver had his brother Lorcan, alongside in the co-drivers seat of their Honda Civic as they took an emphatic victory in the Triton Showers Junior category of the Donegal Harvest Rally.

    The Crossmolina brothers were fastest on all but one of the stages in the Ballybofey based event. They finished just over three minutes ahead of the Toyota Twincam of Donegal’s Darragh McNern and Trevor Graham with Ryan Moore and Christopher Moffett also from Donegal, 22 seconds further behind in third in their Honda Civic.

    "It was a great day, conditions were very tough, but the stages were mighty," said eldest brother Brian after emerging from the final stage. He was full of praise for Lorcan, "He kept me in it, the car felt like a speedboat in the standing water on the roads. Lorcan worked so easy with me on the notes, We’re absolutely delighted with the win".

    Elsewhere on the event the main-field victory went to Monaghan’s Sam Moffett and his Cork co-driver Karl Atkinson in their Fiesta R5, they finished 7.9 seconds ahead of the Fiesta WRC of the Monaghan/Limerick combination of Josh Moffett and Keith Moriarty. The Donegal/Monaghan duo of Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley in a Ford Focus WRC were a minute further behind in third.

    The rally.ie award for highest placed two-wheel drive in the Triton championship series was won by Cavan’s Chris Armstrong and his Donegal co-driver Chris Melly in their Ford Escort Mk2. Their rival Stuart Darcy crashed his Darrian T90 on the penultimate stage of the rally.

    Donegal's Declan Boyle finished in 8th position but that was enough to crown him the 2018 Triton Showers National Rally Champion. It's the third national rally title for Boyle, who on this occasion had James O'Reilly as co-driver. Boyle previously lifted the Vard Memorial trophy in 2013 and 2014.

    Other Mayo interest in the event was with Trisha Greavy from Bonniconlon who finished a fantastic second in Class 11R co-driving for Cavan’s Paul Crosby in a Toyota Starlet while Derek McCarthy from Ballina finished third in Class 1 co-driving for Stephen Reynolds from Leitrim in a Honda Civic.

  • The 2018 Michael O’Brien Plant Hire J1000 series for 15-19 year olds will be decided next weekend when the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship roars back into life after a break of three months, with the two day Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally on Saturday and Sunday. Cork Motorclub have devised a two day event that will count as a double round of the championship (Rounds 4 & 5) with points being awarded for each day. The event will consist of six stages on each day, with the first day’s action to the east of Mallow and the second day to the west of Mallow. Five of the stages are classics of the Cork Forest Rally, while one, a 13km test never used by Cork Motor Club before, but well known in Forestry Rallying will be used on the first day.

    18 year old Jason Murphy is favourite to claim back-to-back titles, a feat that would see him rewrite the history books after becoming the inaugural J1000 champion in 2017.

    With a hat-trick of wins on the opening three Rounds of the 2018 Championship, kicked off with the Willie Loughman Memorial Forest Rally in February and followed up with a master class display at the Limerick Motorclub Forest Rally based over the Silvermines Mountains in March, before coming from behind and surviving clutch failure at Munster Motor Club’s Moonraker Rally in April, when asked about the possibility of retaining the title next weekend Jason said  “I’m going to concentrate on finishing and trying to stay ahead of Peter Beaton, Aoife Gahan and Ryan Byrne, they have all proven during the season that they don't hang about, we've been lucky and as we seen at Round 1, it’s not all about the fastest, you must be there at the end of the round collecting the points. We have a 14 point lead at the top of the championship but with a combined 22 points on offer next weekend for the fastest and when dropped rounds come into play we're taking nothing for granted".

    “The 1 litre Peugeot 107 has all been checked over at C-Sport, where Mairt Cunningham and his team have done a superb job all season and have got all the little problems from the Moonraker sorted and hopefully it will not let us down, my uncle and navigator Matthew has the pacenotes from Killian Duffy and is studying intensely." Jason added.

    Barring a disaster his points advantage should be enough to see him take the title by just getting a finish on the opening day. Securing another national title would be nice as the South Mayo driver awaits his Leaving Cert results in August!