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Willie Loughman Forest Rally 2016

Willie Loughman Forest Rally 2016

February 15, 2016 - Sport - , , , ,

After A Challenging Days Rallying Monaghan Man Sam Moffett Had Over A Minute To Spare From The Evo Driver of Patrick O’ Brien.
Notable Non Starters Included Michael O’ Brien In The newly Acquired Sam Moffett Fiesta WRC And Last Years Champion Josh Moffett In His Evo 9.
Competitors Had To Deal With Unpredictable Weather Conditions At The Willie Loughman Forest Rally 2016 As Snow, Rain And Sleet Battered The Carrick On Suir – Kilsheelin Area.
The First Round Also Saw The Debut of The Fiesta R5 In Irish Woods And Sam Moffett Put It to Great Effect. Last Years Junior Driver Patrick O’ Brien Set Some Really Impressive Times All Day To Come Home Second In His Evo 9. You Don’t Need A New Car To Get Good Results As Monaghan Man Michael Carbin Proved. He Set Some Blistering Times In His Evo 4 To Round Off The Podium.
After About 10 Years Away From Competitive Rallying Robert Moffett Returned In His Son Josh’s Old Fiesta WRC And Won Class 7 In The Process.
Ford Escort Driver Adrian Hetherington Won The Modified Section After A Closely Faught Battle With John Gordon In His “More Door” Mk2 Escort.
The Junior Category Was Won By Derek Mackarel And Daire Hayes In The Little Vauxhall Nove. He Flung And Threw The Little Hatchback About The Woods To Great Effect Having Minutes To Spare By Sunday Evening. Shane Kenneally In His Mk2 Was Second With Peugeot 206 Driver Eoin Crowley Finishing Third.
The Next Round Sees The Vavoline Forest Championship Head To Ballyvourney On The 16th April For The Moonraker Forest Rally.

Overall Results

1. Sam Moffett/James Fulton (Fiesta R5) 37m 37s
2. Patrick O’Brien/Aine McGuigan (Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 38m 40s
3. Mickey Carbin/Darragh Kelly (Lancer Evo 4) 39m 07s
4. Liam Ryan/Keith Moriarty (Lancer Evo 8) 39m 28s
5. Gerard Lucey/J J Cremin (Lancer Evo 8) 39m 51s
6. Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 40m 11s
7. John Gordon/Thomas Wedlock (Escort) 40m 23s
8. Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 40m 30s
9. Dermot Kelly/Greg Shinnors (Lancer Evo) 41m 05s
10. Hugh McQuaid/Enda Gerety (Escort) 41m 50s

Junior Class

1. Derek Mackarel/Daire Hayes (Nova) 42m 14s
2. Shane Kenneally/Jer Connors (Escort) 50m 37s
3. Eoin Crowley/Gavin Downey (Peugeot 206) 51m 39s .

For more info go to Irish Forest Rally Championship
Photo By BarronPix

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