Castle Automobile Club Grass Surface Autocross 28th June 2009



Coc Gerry Reilly presents the overall award to Trevor Lancashire the winner of the Castle Auto Club sprint

The first castle automobile club event of the year saw a field of 40 competitors tackle the mile of special stage selected by clerk of the course Gerry Reilly and his team. A very wet dull day greeted the competitors as they arrived in scrutiny on Sunday morning. But the morning cleared as the drivers tackled the familiarisation run and left the perfect conditions for maximum attack for the first timed run. Oldcastle man Michael Curran was the quickest out of the blocks setting a time of 0:57:89. Fellow Oldcastle man Alan Sheridan set the second fastest time a 0:58:16. Trevor Lancashire was third after the first run 0:59:02. Trevor who was double driving Alan Sheridan escort.  Alan took the lead after the second run with Curran second fasted and Neill Doogan in the 2.4 rwd Peugeot moving up to third. Sheridan was quickest again on the third run with a time of 0:56:54. With not even a second separating the top four going into the Fourth run it was going to be make or break to take the victory on what  was going to be the last dry run of the day. And it was Monaghan man Trevor Lancashire who pulled out all the stops setting a blistering time of 0:56:50 the fasted time of the day which handed him the overall win. Alan Sheridan took second place just 0:00:05 of a second of the top spot. Neill Doogan claimed third overall from Michael Curran with Joe Smith rounding of the top five.

Well done also to are club members who took part in the event Gene Callan who had a fantastic run to 6th overall and first in class 5. Former Castle Hellfire rally winner Andrew Browne was 8th overall and second in class 5 on the silver Peugeot 205.Stephen Curran was right on the pace in his G3 escort finishing in 9th overall. Ollie McCormack competing in his son Danny’s car was 10th overall. Anthony Masterson was lit all day to bring his Honda Integra home in 11th place. Christopher Snow who was lucky too get a clean run due to drive shaft trouble finished in a respectable 14th overall. Mark Kelly in the Honda was 19th overall followed Andrew lynch in the 106 who finished in 21st overall. Ralph Kelleghan   finished in 23 in the Honda civic. Paddy Bellew in the beautiful 1400 escort finished in 24th. Gerard Briody another Honda civic man finished in 28th. Dermot Hubble in the 205 was 31st overall while Tony Curran was 32nd and  William Dunne was 33rd overall.


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Castle Hellfire Rally 2006

This year’s castle hellfire rally attracted another capacity entry. With one familiarisation run and three timed runs over the stage, crews were ready for battle!

Andrew Browne and Keefe Kilcoyne, lead the strong field in the hired evo 9 but his rally came to an abrupt end on ss1 When he went off the road and out of the rally ‘’I noticed the car was understeering a wee bit on previous corners, but I didn’t think anything off it ‘’ said Browne  ‘’Then we went into a square left and she just wouldn’t turn into it at all. The car climbed a wall and caught a tree, which fired the car into the air she landed back on her wheels but it was all over’’.

Browne’s accident left the Castle Automobile Club with a dilemma – should they award nominal times to all the following crews who were held up by the accident, or try to get them back to the start and allow them to run again? Fair dues to the club they chose the latter option , giving all competitors a fair crack of the whip. So at the end of the opening stage, Pat Donegan and Jim Murray held the advantage over Dessie Keenan and Pauric McCarra. Donegan had set fastest time on the stage, despite losing first and second gear midway through the test. It was a problem that was to hound him all day and with just one second separating the two escort pilots, he had a real fight on his hands. While Donegan was plagued with gearboxs problems, Keenan mounted a huge attack on stage two. He finished the stage just two seconds ahead of Peter Wilson, who had nipped into second position ahead of Donegan. The stage was damp in places, which suited Wilson’s four wheel drive car but keenan was not going to give up easily.

As the elapsed, the stage started to dry out, Leaving crews with a dry run through the final test. Keenan knew he had the legs of the chasing Wilson and he flung his escort through the stage. A heart-stopping moment midway through the stage kept him on his toes, when his gearbox made a few strange noises but he kept his nerve and another fastest time sealed victory! ‘’there was just two seconds in it going in the last stage so I just went hell for leather through the stage, but the car started slipping out of third gear. The first time it happened I was going through the gears, breaking for a junction when I heard the noise it made. I thought it was all over. So it was pure relief when she took second gear and off we went! I’m absolutely delighted and over the moon to win, I really  didn’t expect it’’ said Keenan.

Pat Donegan did enough through the last stage to retake second and finished just seven seconds behind Keenan. In third position, James Foley and Lisa Roe  just pipped Peter Wilson and Barry Sheridan on the final stage. Rodney Wilton and Conor McMahon brought home their escort in fifth position, while Tom Holton and Sean Walsh completed the top six.


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Overall top 10 results


1 -   Dessie Keenan/Pauric McCarra                 00:24:22
2 -   Pat Donegan/Jim Murray                       00:24:29
3 -   James Foley/Lisa Roe                           00:24:34
4 -   Peter Wilson/Barry Sheridan                    00:24:35
5 -   Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahon                00:24:38
6 -   Tom Holton/Sean Walsh                        00:24:42
7 -   Russell Woods/Martin Byrne                    00:25:13
8 -   John Kelly/Robbie Shaw                        00:25:19
9 -   Paul Kiely/Patrick McSherry                    00:25:20
10 - Gordon Rogers/Brian Lynch                      00:25:20




Castle Restricted  Single Stage 2006 


A beautiful morning at the Crover  House Hotel greeted the 130 strong entry for the start of the castle restricted  single stage . Frost and ice on the road was to make a big issue for the on weary.

Oldcastle man Mickey Curran and co driver Mark McNally was first on to the icy morning run and commented it’s a night mare out there pure ice no grip. The drivers behind Curran were not just as vociferous and reported no major problems to report.

The first time run was to but a smile on Mickey Curran’s face as he set a blistering time 13 seconds faster than Mark Alcorn and Kevin McCaffery who was second fastest. Number 2 seed Gordon Rogers and Philip McEntee slotted into third. There was carnage on the first stage for Gareth McCullagh  as he crashed his escort heavily. Johnny Fitzsimons also crashed out and blocked the stage for a short time.



Mickey Curran retained his lead after stage 2. But it was Gordon Rogers who was fastest through the stage and he moved up to second overall. Gordon commented its going to be an awful rip on the last run. Russell woods turned in a cracking time and now lies fourth overall. Mark Alcorn slipped from second to third when his corolla caught sight of another car on the stage and he lost a hand full of seconds.

Number four on the road Arthur Kierans was slightly disappointed at the second stage finish . His escort sustained a massive spin at the cross roads just before the end of the stage there was no damage but he lost a lot of time now he lies seventh overall. James Cassidy also had a massive moment in his escort he also got away with no damage but he sliped down the leader board.

The last stage saw class honours go to in (class 1 Winston White/Brian Dunne)  (class 2 Barry Coleman/John Corrigan ) (class 3 Mark Hamilton /Michael O’kane)  (class 5 Colin Flanagan/Marta McQuaid)  (class 6  Vincent McAree/Claire McAree)  (class 7  John Agnew/Gerry Gormley ) (class 9  Seamus  Cooke/Gerry Hyland ) (class 10 Daniel McKenna/Andrew Grennen ) ( class 11 James Browne/ Terence Magee )  (class 12 Arthur kierans/Conor Foley ) and class 13 was won by  P.J.Bonner/Paddy Boyle.

The special category awards went to (catA Ian and Paul roche) (catB Paul McEnroe and Gerry Reilly) (catC Russell Woods and Stuart Clarke) and (cat D Ollie Reilly and Martin Cahill)

The final stage was set to be a cracker with all ice melted of the stage it was maximum attack for the top three all with a chance of victory with just fifteen seconds separating them.

And it was Mark Alcorn who pulled out all the stops with the fastest stage time of the day and he reclaimed second spot from Gordon Rogers who finished third and Russell woods in fourth.

But it was local man Mickey Curran and his co-driver mark McNally who lead from start to finish despite an over shoot on the last run who take the overall win in this castle automobile club restricted single stage rally .


Overall top 10 results


1 -   Mickey Curran / Mark McNally      0.27.30
2 -   Mark Alcorn / Kevin McCafferty    0.27.42
3 -   Gordon Rogers / Philip McEntee   0.27.44
4 -   Russell Woods / Stuart Clarke      0.27.45
5 -   Ollie O’Reilly / Martin Cahill          0.28.50
6 -   Arthur Kierans / Conor Foley        0.28.55
7 -   Pat Bonor / Dereck Montgomery   0.28.57
8 -   James Browne / Terence Magee   0.29.04
9 -   James Cassidy / Peter Wilson       0.29.07
10 - P.J Bonner / Paddy Boyle              0.29.15

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