December 3, 2023

Most important pic: Jason Mitchell and Paddy McCrudden in motion on the McKelvey Asbestos Bushwhacker Rally. Pic: Mark McCullagh.

It was a weekend of lights, digicam, motion for lots of Donegal Motor Membership members on the McKelvey Asbestos Bushwhacker Rally final weekend. 

A big crowd Motorsport followers from all around the nation headed to Omagh Motor Membership’s Bushwhacker Forestry Rally to witness the night time phases within the woods. That is one thing that has not been seen for a very long time in Irish rallying and one thing that almost all of us final seen within the Welsh Forests of Rally GB. The need to hear the sound of a BDA escort in the dead of night within the woods is one thing that rally followers won’t ever tire of.

As ordinary, Donegal Motor membership was lively in any respect ranges of the rally serving to our neighbours with time keepers, marshalls and opponents. Membership Chairman, Brian Brogan, led by instance by supporting Johnny Baird as Stage Commander on the opening stage on Friday Evening which had a big Donegal Motor Membership presence. Whereas on one other stage, Drew Wilson stage commander was aided by Donegal stalwart Larry Harper who had one other 20 odd Donegal Motor Membership members up marshaling on the two day occasion.

Now, turning our consideration to the opponents Donegal Motor Membership had 12 crews of curiosity beginning. Prime finisher was the Donegal Postman, Paddy Mc Crudden, once more ending on the rostrum with third total, calling the notes for his ordinary driver Jason Mitchell of their Polo who’re on flying type as of late. 

Simply ending inside the highest ten was one other Donegal city man, Kenny Bustard, sitting alongside Martin Cairns in a Fiesta R5.

The primary all Donegal crew residence was David Kelly and Dean O’Sullivan, out in David’s new EVO ending 14th total.

Ending nineteenth total and 1st within the historics was Bruckless man, Shane Byrne, sitting for the primary time with Owen McMakin in a BDA Ford Escort. The crew had a terrific battle with Paul Barret and Gordon Noble in Paul’s model new Merion Evans constructed Escort till mechanical points on Stage 7 left the Historic win for Owen and Shane Byrnes 2nd class win within the Northern Eire Championship this yr.

Kilmacrennan’s Sam Stewart and Manor’s Alan Johnston completed thirty first total of their pink Ford Escort with Convoy brothers Daniel and Evan Mac Bride ending sixtieth total of their yellow Honda Civic.

Ciaran Carr steering his yellow Corsa with Kilmacrennan’s Stephen Peoples calling the notes and completed 67th. Convoy’s John Mc Elhinney, navigating for Paul Britton, completed seventieth total and was the final Donegal competitor to make the end line. 

The DNF checklist contained a variety of Donegal names as properly with Dylan Eves, Jack Harris, Niall Burns, Conor Wilson and Sean Marsh all beginning however failing to get to the end.

The thought on everybody’s minds leaving the night time phases in Omagh was might Donegal Motor Membership end in November with an evening stage on tarmac?

Joshua Henry along with his Junior Mini Cup trophy.

Donegal Dominate at Rallysport Affiliation Ballykelly.

Saturday noticed a large Donegal Motor Membership contingent head North to Ballykelly with queues of Minis, Buggies and different competing automobiles. Class 12 the Mini Cup class is the place a lot of the Donegal focus is with over half the automobiles entered within the class from Donegal. Patrick Mc Shane was the quickest Donegal Driver residence in third total however scorching on his heels was Donegal Younger gun Joshua Henry (above) ending 4th total and first Junior Mini residence in a really spectacular outcome. There was an enormous Killybegs battle between Declan McBreatry and Barry O’Hara with the Mini simply forward of the Mooney Boats Mini.

Marie Furey was the winner of the Girls Mini Cup ending tenth total with lIsa Thomas 2nd within the girls class & Nicole Bradley in third making it a Donegal Girls Podium within the girls class. 

Killybegs Jayden McBrearty was 2nd in Juniors forward of Carter Hughes. Different Donegal Mini Drivers have been Leitir’s Daniel Mc Shane, Letterkenny’s Robert Brockett & Kade Gilchrist, Matthew Kennedy, Jack Reyonlds and Nicole Hughes.

Within the Buggy Class 13 we had Manors Taylor Mc Elhinney, Seamus Mc Tigue & Eathan O’Donnell. At school 14, Carndonagh’s Aaron Mc laughlin completed 2nd at school in his Speedcar with different Donegal drivers, Gareth Boreland, philip Boreland, Keith Mc Elhinney, Jessica Orr, Paul Halpenny, Chris Dolan, Jason Boyle, Aidan Thomas, Michael O Donnell, Colm Mc Elhinney, Gerad Jordan, Nathan Bustard & Enda Bonner.

Tom Devaney Memorial Hillclimb 2023

Final weekend was a vital weekend for our neighbours in Connacht Motor Membership. The Tom Devaney Memorial Hill Climb took on an much more symbolic which means because it was the primary occasion the membership ran because the tragedy of Gene McDonald and Daire Maguire earlier this yr. They are going to be delighted that their membership got here collectively once more to organise their hillclimb occasion and it ran protected and efficiently run. Donegal Motor Membership drivers Patrick Bradley in his Honda Civic and Brian McGarraghy in his Yellow Mark 2 Escort entered the Hillclimb. Birthday Boy Sam Pearson was MI stewart for the occasion whereas Knockalla Hillclimb COC Michael Kelly was additionally there all weekend to help the Connacht Motor Membership occasion together with different DMC members who got here at numerous phases over the weekend.

Triton showers Nationwide Rally

All consideration turns to Clare this weekend for an additional spherical of the Triton Showers Nationwide Rally Championship. Because the Championship attracts to an in depth, there can be strain on a number of of our Donegal Motor Membership members to safe their championship standings particularly earlier than the ultimate spherical in Skibbereen subsequent month.   


Lights, digicam, motion for Donegal Motor Membership members! was final modified: September twentieth, 2023 by Employees Author