Lady luck deserts Tohill in EURX
Dubliner Derek Tohill, the former double European Rallycross Touring car champion, qualified his Parts for Cars Ford Fiesta in eighth position in Saturday’s heats of the Swedish round at Holjes, heading into the third round of this year’s series.
However, his hopes of advancing to the final were dashed when a stewards’ decision demoted him in the results of the fourth qualifying heat, denying him a place in the semi-finals and leaving him down in fourteenth position in the European Supercar points table. His teammate Peter McGarry made it to the quarter finals in the Touring car section on his European debut, driving an older Fiesta previously used by Tohill.
Kilkenny’s Ian White, the reigning Hewison National and Munster Autotest champion, was the clear winner of the Cork MC Premier Autoparts Munster round at Fermoy, 24 seconds clear of Martin Walsh, with Liam Croston close behind in third place.
CORK M C AUTOTEST AT CORRIN MARTS, FERMOY, CO CORK (ROUND 4 OF PREMIER AUTO PARTS MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Ian White (Mini Special) 412.9s,
2 Martin Walsh (Starlet Special) 437.6s,
3 Liam Croston (Starlet) 446.9s,
4 Connie Lynch (Starlet Special) 452.8s,
5 Mike Mulcahy (Mini Special) 457.6s,
6 Michael Cashman (Corsa) 465.7s.
Class winners: Robert Beamish (Mini) 532.4s, Mike Mulcahy, Martin Walsh, James Mansfield (Mazda MX5) 543.3s, Stefan Walsh (Starlet) 498.1s, Liam Croston.
WEXFORD MC ENDURANCE TRIAL AT BALLINABOOLA, FOULKSMILLS, CO WEXFORD (ROUND 3 OF ENDURANCE TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Karl O’Donoghue/Evin Hughes (Toyota Starlet) 7m 10s,
2 Peter Barrable/Conor Mahon (Toyota Starlet) 7m 27s,
3 Martin Ffrench/Colin Murray (Nissan Micra) 7m 30s,
4 Derek Butler/Aaron O’Regan (Toyota Starlet) 7m 31s,
5 Paddy Corcoran/Gary Egan (Toyota Starlet) 7m 36s,
6 Kevin O’Rourke/Dave McAulay (Toyota Starlet) 7m 46s.
One litre class winner: Brian Kirwan/Elaine Kirwan (Nissan Micra) 9m 21s.
1 Craig O’Rourke/Darren Buttle (Toyota Starlet) 6m 59s,
2 Mark Reilly/Paul Reilly (Toyota Starlet) 9m 01s,
3 George Shinnors/Alan Shinnors (Toyota Starlet) 9m 09s.
Class winner: Sean McEnroe/Martin Quinn (Ford Fiesta) 18m 32s.
Retrospective and RWD Cars:
1 Martin Nugent/Paul Tierney (Ford Escort) 8m 55s.
_______________ Pic: Sean Hassett