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Willie Loughman Forest Rally 2015

March 2, 2015 - Sport - , , ,

Mick O’ Brien Powered To Win A Very Slippy and Mucky First Round Of The Valvoline Forest Rally Championship Which Took Place In Carrick On Suir.
The Willie Loughman Forest Rally 2015 Saw An Entry Of Over 50 Cars Take Part In The Stages Which Were Located North And South Of The Village Of Kilsheelin. The Moffett Brothers Were Not Present At The Rally Due To Work Commitments.
Local Man Andrew Purcell Would Have Been Hot Favourite To Take The Win But He Retired On SS1 After An Altercation With A Rock Which Broke The Steering Arm On His Evo 9. Mick O’Brien Arriving In At The First and Only Service Held A 17 Second Lead Over Gerard Lucey Who Was Having A Fantastic Run In His Evo 8, He In Turn Was 2 Seconds Ahead of In Front of Niall Henry.
For The Last Set Of Stages The Elements Ran Riot With A Combination Of Sun, Wind, Rain and Even Snow But O’Brien Had A Very Consistent Drive To Take His First Win Since 2013. He Kept A Cool Head To Take The Win Over Desi Henry Who Had Diff and Suspension Trouble All Day. Gerard Lucey Came Home In Third.
Kevin Eves Won The Junior Category and Won Himself Two New Kumho Gravel Tyres As His Prize.
21st of March Sees The Forest Championship Head To Bundoran For The Donegal Forest Rally.

Results

1. Michael O’Brien/James O’Brien Ford Focus WRC 37:24.1
2. Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan Subaru Impreza S9 WRC+0:17.2
3. Gerard Lucey/JJ Cremin Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +0:29.6
4. Niall Henry/John Rowan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +0:32.6
5. Michael Conlon/Ciaran McPhilips Ford Escort Mk2 +2:32.8
6. John Reid/Enda Shields Toyota Corolla WRC +2:34.1
7. Andrew Fanning/Derek Gibbs Mitsubishi Evo +3:03.0
8. Kevin Eves/Chris Melly Peugeot 208 R2 +3:12.8
9. Ashley Dickson/Shane Buckley Mitsubishi Evo 9 (N)+3:29.3
10. Ian Graham/Damien Duffin Mitsubishi Evo 9 +3:46.6 .

For more info go to Irish Forest Rally Championship
Photo By Barronpix.

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