Mar 09, 2020
Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley win opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship while Tommy Graham wins A final & Super final Irish Rallycross Championship
For seven of the nine stages, reigning Triton Showers National Rally Champions Josh Moffett and Andy Hayes looked set for a comfortable victory in this year’s opening round, the TF Royal Hotel Mayo Stages Rally in Castlebar, to give them the best possible start in their title defence.
However, on the eighth stage, problems slowed their Hyundai and second placed Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley reduced the lead from 21 seconds to just nine. When Moffett was then unable to contest the final stage, the Donegal driver took a surprise last moment win in his Polo, 31 seconds ahead of the Fiesta of Roy White and James O’Brien.
Another former National title holder, Peadar Hurson, held third position starting the final loop but his Fiesta WRC crashed heavily on the penultimate test and he, too, was a late retirement. Cavan’s Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore brought their two wheel drive Escort home in third place after a day-long duel with the similar car of former Scottish champion David Bogie, with just four seconds separating them.
Tommy Graham won the A final & Super final Irish Rallycross Championship at Mondello at the weekend.
Results for 7/8 March 2020
MAYO & DISTRICT MC TF ROYAL HOTEL/CASEY’S & MULROY’S LONDIS MAYO STAGES RALLY AT CASTLEBAR, (ROUND 1 OF TRITON SHOWERS NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP & SLIGO PALLETS BORDER CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Polo R5) 55m 43s,
2 Roy White/James O’Brien (Fiesta WRC) 56m 14s,
3 Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore (Escort) 56m 52s,
4 David Bogie/John Rowan (Escort) 56m 56s,
5 Jason Black/Karl Egan (Starlet) 58m 49s,
6 Declan McCrory/Stephen O’Hanlon (Fiesta R5) 59m 01s,
7 Raymond Conlon/Damien Fleming (Corolla) 59m 06s,
8 Niall Devine/Liam McIntyre (Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 59m 16s,
9 David Carney/Ray Fitzpatrick (Fiesta R5) 59m 17s,
10 John Warren/Ruthann O’Connor (Corolla) 59m 28s.
rally.ie Two wheel drive award: Gary Kiernan/Ryan Moore.
Juniors: 1 Shane Norris/Anthony McDonald (Civic) 41m 43s,
2 Killian O’Brien/Eugene Cronin (Civic) 42m 16s,
3 Jack Brunton/Darragh Kelly (Civic) 43m 33s.
MONDELLO PARK SPORTS CLUB RALLYCROSS AT MONDELLO PARK, CO KILDARE (ROUND 1
OF PARTS FOR CARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Tommy Graham (Fiesta) 4m 03.2s,
2 Declan Kelly (Fiesta) 4m 05.7s,
3 Derek Tohill (Fiesta) 4m 15s.
1 Tommy Graham (Fiesta) 4m 16.3s,
2 Declan Kelly (Fiesta) 4m 31.3s,
3 Darragh Morris (Impreza) 4m 35.7s.
1 Willie Coyne (Corsa) 4m 20.9s,
2 Derek Tohill (Fiesta) 4m 25.9s,
3 Philip Kelly (Toyota MR2) 4m 31.3s.
FORD FIESTA ZETEC FINAL:
1 Ben Mullins 4m 55.6s,
2 Denis McCrudden 4m 55.7s,
3 Seanie Bellew 5m 01.3s.
1 Loughlin Farrell (Ford Fiesta) 5m 02.1s,
2 Brendan McCaughan (Ford Fiesta) 5m 06.5s,
3 Jack Byrne (Ford Fiesta) 5m 07.1s.
1 Robbie Allen (Semog) 4m 14.3s,
2 Padraic McHale (Yacarcross) 4m 15.2s,
3 Pa Bellew (Semog) 4m 19.1s.
RETRO RALLYCROSS FINAL:
1 Barry McArdle (Peugeot 205) 4m 34.3s,
2 Joe Cahill (Mini) 4m 50.8s,
3 Brian Keegan (Vauxhall Nova) 5m 04.9s.
Images by Mark Ashby: Tommy Graham winner of todays A final & Super final at Mondello Round 1 of the Irish Rallycross Championship and photo by Martin Walsh of Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley (winning co-driver) at the finish of the TF Royal Hotel/Casey’s and Mulroy’s Londis Mayo Rally, the opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.
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