Motorsport Ireland Results 28/29 January 2017

Second place for the Monaghan-Cork combination of Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes in the Skibbereen 100 Isles Navigation Trial was enough to increase their lead in the National Navigation Championship as it reached its halfway point.

Clear winners of the 85 mile event based on Castlehaven, near Castletownshend, were Owen Murphy and Daire Hayes, who beat his sister into second position by 28 marks. Three more Cork crews followed to complete a virtual clean sweep of all the top places, with semi-expert winners Andrew Whelton and Cyril Maguire taking third overall.

After a thrilling duel all day, Mickey Conlon narrowly beat fellow Escort driver Joseph Smith to win the Cavan Loose Surface Autocross at Latton by just over a second, with the biggest gap between the pair standing at 0.48 seconds and the smallest, four hundredths of a second.

SKIBBEREEN & DISTRICT C C 100 ISLES NAVIGATION TRIAL AT CASTLEHAVEN, CO CORK
(ROUND 4 OF MOTORSPORT IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROUND 3 OF MUNSTER
CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Owen Murphy/Daire Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 37 marks,
2 Derek Mackarel/Muireann Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 65m,
3 Andrew Whelton/Cyril Maguire (Subaru Impreza) 73m,
4 Donal Healy/Denis O’Donovan (Toyota Starlet) 82m,
5 Derek Butler/Aaron O’Regan (Toyota Starlet) 84m,
6 Ray O’Neill/Stephen O’Neill (Subaru Impreza) 94m,
7 Colum O’Mahony/Ken Carmody (Subaru Impreza) 102m,
8 Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 114m,
9 Diarmuid French/Brian O’Mahony (Subaru Impreza) 122m,
10 Trevor O’Callaghan/Patrick O’Leary (Subaru Impreza) 130m,
11 Matt Hume/Enda Hume (Subaru Impreza) 166m,
12 Aidan Sherry/Oisin Sherlock (Subaru Impreza) 168m.
Semi-experts: 1 Andrew Whelton/Cyril Maguire, 2 Derek Butler/Aaron O’Regan,
3 Matt Hume/Enda Hume.
Novices: 1 Trevor O’Callaghan/Patrick O’Leary, 2 Aidan Sherry/Oisin
Sherlock, 3 Derek Flynn/Kieran Hayes (Subaru Impreza) 263m.
Beginners: 1 Diarmuid French/Brian O’Mahony, 2 James French/Ciaran French
(Toyota Corolla) 193m, 3 David Kelleher/J J Cremin (Subaru Impreza) 268m.

CO CAVAN M C LOOSE SURFACE AUTOCROSS AT LATTON (ROUND 1 OF MC BLINDS
CHAMPIONSHIP):
1 Mickey Conlon (Escort) 9m 03.13s,
2 Joseph Smith (Escort) 9m 04.23s,
3 Paddy Boyle (Escort) 9m 17.47s,
4 Alan Pickens (Nova) 9m 26.93s,
5 Noel Cooke (Escort) 9m 27.94s,
6 Raymond Drury (Escort) 9m 33.19s.
Class winners: John Kelly (Escort) 12m 12.82s, Alan Pickens, Adrian Foley
(Corsa) 9m 39.12s, Chris Snow Snr (Peugeot 206) 9m 46.06s, Joseph Smith,
Paddy Boyle, Adrian Deane (Semog Buggy) 8m 52.92s. Best Junior: Brian Martyn
(Micra) 10m 04.20s.