Killarney & District Motor Club held the Jimmy Devane Memorial Autocross event last Sunday. The action took place in Aghadoe Killarney, with over 40 competitors from all over the country taking part and driving a wide variety of cars and special buggies on the day.
The weather held off and we had a great day’s racing. The track was technical, fast, with some big jumps and required some precision driving set out by Clerk of the Course Denis Nagle. There was some fierce competition amongst the top local drivers Tommy Daly (Kilcummin) and James Lucey (Ballyvourney) for overall honour and the Jimmy Devane Cup. But it was the unstoppable Dublin man Ian Byrne who was fastest overall and claimed the title for his second consecutive year.
A special presentation was also made to Jimmy’s wife Helen Devane who was on hand to present the awards at the prizegiving.
Class 1 Jerry Lehane – Honda Civic
Class 2 Bernard O’Leary – Peugeot 206
Class 3 Gerard O’Shea – Peugeot 205
Class 4 Cecil Doake – Metro Special
Class 5 James Lucey – Subaru Special
Class 6 Tommy Daly – Semog Buggy
1st Ladies Ciara Deasy – Subaru Impreza
1st Junior David Gleason – Fiat Uno
1st Saloon Owen Murphy – Subaru Impreza
1st Overall Ian Byrne – Nissan Special
A special thanks to the Kerry Civil Defence ambulance service, Dr Collette Fall, John Flynn -chief timekeeper and All of our Sponsors for supporting the event. Gene Cronin for the use of his field, whom we are very grateful. A special thanks to Theresa Looney and the members of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Kidney Association who will receive a donation from the proceeds of the event.