Jun 06, 2017
Monaghan’s Sam Moffett again showed that he is the master of Irish rallying this year by keeping his unbeaten record in the Triton Showers National Championship, making it four wins in a row as his Fiesta WRC came out on top in the Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster in Co Limerick. However, his margin of victory this time was only twelve seconds, and he was pushed hard by former title holder Donagh Kelly, who led after three of the nine stages.
Moffett and co-driver Keith Moriarty led the opening two stages near Newcastle West, but changing conditions meant that it was vital to be on the most suitable tyres, and the Focus of Donegalman Kelly and co-driver Conor Foley went ahead on stage three, although Moffett regained top spot three stages later and stayed there to the finish.
Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble brought their R5 Fiesta home third, almost two minutes behind Kelly, with Manus Kelly’s Impreza fourth ahead of three times British champion Keith Cronin from Bantry.
Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Cian Carey had his best weekend yet in his assault on the British Formula 3 Cup, finishing second, third and fourth in his three races at Silverstone.
MOTORSPORT IRELAND - Results for 3/4 June 2017 LIMERICK M C RATHKEALE HOUSE HOTEL CIRCUIT OF MUNSTER STAGES RALLY AT RATHKEALE (ROUND 4 OF TRITON SHOWERS NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROUND 3 OF TOP PART WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP): 1 Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Fiesta WRC) 66m 15s, 2 Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Focus WRC) 66m 27s, 3 Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Fiesta R5) 68m 07s, 4 Manus Kelly/Gareth Doherty (Impreza WRC) 68m 13s, 5 Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Fiesta R5) 68m 35s, 6 Roy White/James O'Brien (Fiesta WRC) 68m 52s, 7 Desi Henry/John Rowan (Fabia R5) 68m 53s, 8 Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Fiesta R5) 70m 03s, 9 Niall Maguire/Anthony Nestor (Impreza WRC) 71m 00s, 10 Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery (Impreza Gp N) 72m 40s. Motorsport Safety Team Group N award: Colm Murphy/Don Montgomery. rally.ie Two wheel drive award: Vivian Hamill/Denver Rafferty (Escort). Historics: 1 P J O'Dowd/John Young (Sunbeam) 81m 36s, 2 Maurice Meskell/Stephen Meskell (Escort) 86m 32s. Juniors: 1 Jonny Treanor/Stephen McElroy (Civic) 49m 38s, 2 Brian Brady/Leonard Tuite (Civic) 50m 51s, 3 Michael Boyle/Dermot McCafferty (Civic) 51m 06s. TRIALS DRIVERS' CLUB MULTI VENUE AUTOTEST AT AVOCA RIVER PARK, ARKLOW, CO WICKLOW: 1 Christopher Evans (Mazda MX5) 1594s, 2 Damien Doran (Starlet) 1631s, 3 Mark Doran (Mazda MX5) 1631s, 4 Ronnie Griffin (Starlet) 1632s, 5 Brian Kingston (Ignis) 1654s, 6 Frank Lenehan (Starlet) 1660s, 7 John McAssey (Starlet) 1667s, 8 Richard Meeke (Mazda MX5) 1679s, 9 Piers MacFheorais (Mazda MX5) 1681s, 10 Philip O'Reilly (Starlet) 1688s. Class winners: Damien Doran, Colin Sheridan (Starlet) 1798s, Brian Kingston, Mark Doran, Mark Walsh (Escort) 1785s, Ladies Award: Zoe Briggs (Mazda MX5) 1951s.
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