Mayo & District Motorsport Club was out in force for the Birr Stages Rally which took place on Sunday (23rd). This was also the opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship for 2019. Top of the Mayo competitors was Karl Egan who was co-driving for Jason Black in a Toyota Starlet RWD, they had a great day and led their class throughout the event. They took the honours in Class 11R and finished in 27th place overall.
Sara McFadden was back in the hot seat navigating for her Dad Keith. After picking up an award at the inaugural Mayo Garda Youth Awards in Ballina on Saturday night she travelled to Birr and guided Keith home to fourth place in Class 3 and 81st place overall.
Westport’s Stephen McGing was co-driving for Andrew Leacy in a Darrian T9, they finished eleventh in Class 13 and were 83rd overall. Gordon Nimmo with co-driver Chrystal Culkeen were competing for the first time this season in their SuperMacs Ford Fiesta, they finished sixth in Class 11F and were 91st overall.
The Birr Stages Rally also marked the inaugural round of the Motorsport Ireland Junior Rally Series. This new series is aimed at drivers under 25 years of age using class 16 (J1600) cars and involves drivers competing in various tarmac and gravel events throughout the motorsport calendar. Jason Murphy who is no stranger to Forestry events was competing for the first time on tarmac and also had a new co-driver on board for the weekend, John Burke sat in for regular co-driver Matthew Murphy and he guided Jason home to third in Class 16 and seventh place overall in the Juniors.
Next up is the Limerick Forestry Rally which takes place next weekend (3rd March).