Slippery surface brings out the best in local rally drivers

Published 26/03/2016 | 00:00

Wexford Motor Club members were in action at a very wet and slippery Birr Stages Rally in Rathdowney, Co. Laois.

Members were on marshalling duty, while Wexford crews also competed on the stages. The weekend turned out to be a great exhibition of wet weather rallying, with a top-class field of Irish competitors making easy work of the standing water and slippery lanes of Rathdowney.

There were some great performances from Wexford Motor Club members.

Fresh from a fifth place finish in the national category at the recent Galway International Rally, the duo of Wexford's Andy Hayes calling the notes for Tipperary's Andrew Fanning finished second in Class 20, and 14th overall in their Ford Fiesta.

James Pettit and Ciarán Newport were on their first outing of the year, and only their second event in the BMW 3-Series Compact, but the Wexford men finished sixth in Class 14 and 33rd overall.

Another first event of the year saw the Wexford crew of Ray Kirwan and David Busher finish fourth in Class 2 and 50th overall in their newly-branded Done Deal Honda Civic.

Wexford Motor Club members competed in the Pike Sprint Rally in Dungarvan with John Stafford putting in an excellent performance to place third in Class 6 and third overall after three runs.

Other Wexford crews in action were: Tomás O'Rourke (15th overall and fifth in Class 6), Nigel Molloy (16th overall and sixth in Class 5), Robert Swaine (25th overall and eighth in Class 6), James Stafford (26th overall and sixth in Class 3), Shay Delaney (27th overall and fourth in Class 4), Tommy Foley (29th overall and eleventh in Class 5), Mick Boland (34th overall and seventh in Class 4), Niall Whitty (35th overall and 13th in Class 5), Marty Kinsella (37th overall and eighth in Class 4), Joe Lacey (41st overall and 14th in Class 5), Anthony Roche (51st overall and tenth in Class 6), and Richard Stafford (56th overall and 12th in Class 6).

Wexford crews were in action again at the Willie Loughman Forestry Rally 2016 at Carrick-on-Suir.

The crews did well, ranking highly in their individual classes with Adrian Hetherington and Gary Nolan finishing sixth overall and first in Class 14 in their Ford Escort Mk2.

Andy Nash and Niamh Holland finished 23rd overall in the Honda Civic, and placed third in Class 11F. James Bradley and Richard Stafford came 25th overall in the Peugeot 205 and placed second in Class 10.

Shay Delaney and Alan Maloney finished 33rd overall and took fourth place in Class 9 in the Ford Ka.

Adrian Hetherington and Gary Nolan went to the Fivemiletown Spring Rally and had an amazing result, finishing eighth overall in the famous Mark 2 Escort.

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