Motor Club members enjoy Carrick's change of scenery
WEXFORD MOTOR Club members continued to travel countrywide to participate in their preferred sport of rallying. For some the day can end with the satisfaction of having finished an event and possibly even receiving an award, while unfortunately for others it can often end in heartache when they can't make it through the day.
Some Wexford Motor Club members went for a change of scenery recently when they opted to compete on the Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally which was held on a gravel surface, rather than the more common tarmac.
Some competitors seem to enjoy the day's sport more than others, and this can surely be said of Wexford men Neil Hickey and Enda Kennedy as their now infamous YouTube video from the recent Carrick-on-Suir Forestry Rally would suggest. Unfortunately they failed to reach the finish ramp but certainly provided a huge amount of entertainment along the way until they retired their Subaru on stage three.
Andy Hayes from Clonard paired up with Armagh man James Wilson to navigate for him in his Peugeot 106. The pair spent the morning climbing slowly up the results table before retirement beckoned on stage five, lying fourth in class. A similar fate would befall Liam Howlett and Leo Tector who had entered in a borrowed Mitsubishi Lancer when they made it no further than stage six. Nicholas Cahill and Barry Barron in a Vauxhall Astra also gave forestry rallying a try but also had no luck beyond stage two on this occasion.
Wexford's Richard Moore and William Kehoe from Ferns in a Honda Civic travelled to the recent Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally to compete in the Junior section along with Lisa O'Dowd who was navigating for Cork's Andrew Beamish in a Vauxhall Nova.
Richard and William took the top spot on the podium in the Juniors. Andrew and Lisa narrowly missed out on a place on the podium, finishing fourth overall, but they did collect the trophies for third in their class.
To continue their campaign in the Dunlop National Rally Championship, James Stafford and Amy Ryan travelled to the Monaghan Stages Rally with their usual Darrian. Sadly their day ended in disappointment on stage three when they had to retire as a result of compounding problems following a minor off on the first stage.
Having better luck on this event while sitting in the navigator's seat with Adrian Hetherington was Gary Nolan from Camross who finished the event with Adrian in 22nd place overall. Also travelling to Monaghan was Andy Hayes to sit with Alan Atcheson in a class 13 Mark II Escort and, after a steady run throughout the event, the pair finished in 33rd place overall.
Competing in the Junior section of this event was Richie Moore from Wexford, once again in his Honda Civic, who had Seán Brunton from Cork navigating. Following Richie's recent winning streak, his luck changed in Monaghan as he could only manage second place behind Kevin Eves and Adrian Reynolds from Donegal in a Toyota Corolla, who led the Junior section from start to finish.
Paul Cloke from Enniscorthy travelled to Roscommon with his Proton Satria to compete on the Midlands Stages Rally where he enlisted the services of Rob Lewis to navigate for him. Their luck held out and after a good clean run they climbed from 61st overall after stage one to finish 32nd overall and fourth in their class.
Andy Hayes, again navigating, but on this occasion with Monaghan's Jack Maguire in a class 13 Mark II Escort, got off to a slow start and were only lying 21st overall after stage one, but they steadily improved as the day went on to eventually finish eleventh overall and second in their class.
William Kehoe also travelled up to this event and, this time navigating for Andrew McLoone from Tyrone in a Ford Escort, the pair finished 15th overall and third in class.