Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hillclimb held in Carrig

Hillclimb winner Joe Courtney in his Reynard
Hillclimb winner Joe Courtney in his Reynard

The quiet village of Carrig-on-Bannow become the centre of Irish motorsport for a day as it hosted the warm-up event for the 2015 Naylor Engineering-sponsored National Hillclimb Championship.

Organised by the Wexford Motor Club, the event attracted competitors and spectators from all over Ireland including many of the reigning national champions. The event was led off by local motorsport veteran and President of the Wexford Motor Club, Tommy Moran. He drove through the course accompanied by his wife, Joan, in their beautifully-restored MG sports car.

For those not involved in motorsport, a hillclimb event takes place on closed road - where competitors try to achieve the fastest time driving up a hill. The hill is about a mile long with competitors getting a practise run and three timed runs.

There were outstanding performances from local competitors - winning eight of the 33 awards. They were led by Peter Boggan who finished in eighth place overall, winning Class 3A from Tomás O'Rourke who finished 15th and Tonya Fortune who was third and 38th overall.

James Bradley, who currently leads the Junior section of the National Rally Championship, finished eleventh overall to win Class 8 from Leon Galvin in second and 14th overall.

Liam Howlett finished in 12th place to win Class 9 by a margin of three one-hundredths of a second from Thomas Rourke. Kenny O'Brien finished in 22nd place overall to win Class 1. Robert Swaine finished in 52nd overall to take third in Class 1B.

Other Wexford competitors who performed well included John Boland, Graham Bradley, Thomas Walsh, Larry Murphy, Joe Hamilton, Pierce Handrick, Pádraig Denby, Micheál Breen, Leanne Carroll and Della O'Reilly.

A packed Colfer's Pub hosted the prize-giving night. Speaking on behalf of the championship competitors, Rory Stephens of the National Hillclimb committee congratulated Wexford Motor Club for a fantastic event.

He commented on how well run the event was by clerk of the course John Naylor and his marshals, as well as the course which was set up by assistant clerk of the course and local man Eddie Byrne and his team of volunteers.

Wexford Motor Club would like to thank all who made this such a great event, particularly the residents of Carrig-on-Bannow for their support.

Wexford People

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