May 14, 2017
The Derry-Cork pairing of Marty McCormack and David Moynihan were the runaway winners of the Donegal Abbey Hotel Forest Rally, the third round of the Valvoline National Forestry Championship. Driving their Skoda Fabia,they led from start to finish, setting best times on seven of the eight stages to beat nearest rivals Patrick and Stephen O’Brien by more than a minute.
The Escort of David Crossen from Comber was best of the two wheel drive cars, taking third place overall, with Mickey Conlon fifth in another Escort.
Gary Turkington won the Senior and Masters Final at Athboy Karting Centre in Co Meath, half a second ahead of Ross Hayes, while Ian O’Connell took top place in the Naas Driving Academy Autocross run by GSMC at Naul in north Co Dublin.
Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Cian Carey scored a fourth and two sixth places in the British Formula 3 Cup series at Snetterton, in Norfolk, despite problems when he made a wrong tyre choice in very changeable weather conditions. He was up to second place in the opening race until the track dried out and other drivers who had selected slick tyres were able to forge through the field in the closing laps.
DONEGAL M C ABBEY HOTEL FOREST RALLY AT DONEGAL TOWN (ROUND 3 OF VALVOLINE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP): 1 Marty McCormack/David Moynihan (Fabia R5) 28m 08s, 2 Patrick O'Brien/Stephen O'Brien (Lancer Evo 6) 29m 19s, 3 David Crossen/Damien Fleming (Escort) 29m 44s, 4 Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Lancer Evo) 30m 02s, 5 Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 30m 11s, 6 Gerard Lucey/J J Cremin (Lancer Evo 8) 30m 15s, 7 John Gordon/Thomas Wedlock (Escort) 30m 17s, 8 Shane McGirr/Martin McGarrity (Starlet) 30m 22s, 9 Enda McCormack/Colin Fitzgerald (Impreza) 30m 39s, 10 Ian Graham/Liam McIntyre (Lancer Evo 9) 31m 01s. Junior Class: 1 Stephen Dickson/Tommy Hayes (Fiesta R2) 32m 53s, 2 John O'Sullivan/Paddy McCrudden (Fiesta R2) 33m 02s, 3 Johnny Mulholland/Jeff Case (Fiesta R2) 34m 22s. Junior 1000 Class: 1 Jason Murphy/John Burke (Peugeot 107) 46m 03s, 2 Alex Byrne/James Fogarty (Peugeot 107) 49m 05s. MEATH AND DISTRICT M C RACE MEETING AT ATHBOY, CO MEATH (ROUND OF MOTORSPORT IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP): Cadets Final: 1 Peadar O'Boyle, 2 Jack Dillon, 3 Sean McGovern. Cadet Novice Final: 1 Andrei Dabija, 2 Calem McSweeney, 3 Jack Naughton-Heavey. Iame X30 Junior Final: 1 Se Martin Jnr, 2 Sean McCormack, 3 Alyx Coby. Formula 125 Open Final: 1 David Hilliard, 2 Brian McCarthy, 3 Jamie McCarthy. Iame X30 Senior and Masters Final: 1 Gary Turkington, 2 Ross Hayes, 3 Gary Edwards. GARDA SIOCHANA M C GRASS SURFACE AUTOCROSS AT REYNOLDSTOWN, NAUL, CO DUBLIN (ROUND 2 OF NAAS DRIVING ACADEMY TRAINING SOLUTIONS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP): Best time of day (Special): Ian O'Connell (Berrisford Suzuki) 2m 46.95s, Best time of day (Super Saloon): Bernard O'Leary (Fiesta) 3m 14.98s. Best time of day (Saloon): Kevin Callanan (Peugeot 106) 3m 10.38s. Class winners: Jack Walsh (Civic) 3m 32.86s, Gerard O'Leary (Colt) 3m 16.77s, Gerard O'Connell (Celica) 3m 19.74s, Brian Keegan (Peugeot) 3m 28.59s, Ian Byrne (Suzuki Special) 2m 51.15s, Adam Grace (Ka) 3m 13.48s, Nathan Moloney (Swift) 3m 20.75s, Aaron Falvey (Semog Buggy) 2m 55.42s, Bernadette Walsh (Civic) 3m 26.31s. BIRR & DISTRICT M C AUTOTEST AT KILCOTTON, BORRIS-IN-OSSORY, CO LAOIS (DAY 1): 1 John McAssey (Starlet) 1003.7s, 2 Stefan Walsh (Starlet) 1004.5s, 3 Piers MacFheorais (Mazda MX5) 1008.9s, 4 John Nolan (Starlet) 1016.1s, 5 Rob Lewis (Starlet) 1026.5s, 6 Brian Kingston (Ignis) 1037.2s. Class winners: Mark Shanahan (Micra), Stefan Walsh, Piers MacFheorais. BIRR & DISTRICT M C AUTOTEST AT KILCOTTON, BORRIS-IN-OSSORY, CO LAOIS (DAY 2): 1 Richard Meeke (Starlet) 1221.6, 2 Piers MacFheorais (Mazda MX5) 1248.3s, 3 Stefan Walsh (Starlet) 1273.3s, 4 David Meeke (Starlet) 1275.2, 5 Brian Kingston (Ignis) 1281.1s, 6 John McAssey (Starlet) 1287.0s. Class winners: Patrick O'Leary (Starlet), Stefan Walsh, Piers MacFheorais. ____________________________________________________________________________
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