NEW MARSHALLS CLUB
Club Chairman, Tom Tuffy is the driving force behind the formation of a Marshall's Club to assist Mayo & District Motorsport Club in organising events throughout each season. It is envisaged that the official start up date will commence early in the New Year to co-incide with the preparation for the forthcoming 2001 Mayo Stages Rally. 'It will operate on a different status to the Motorsport Club and we hope when up and running that we will be in a position to supply marshalls (stewards) and officials (timekeepers) etc. to Mayo & District Motorsport Club,' said Tom.
'To set the wheels in motion per say, we are holding our inaugural meeting on Thursday night next - December 7th at 8:30 p.m. at the Raftery Rooms, Kiltimagh, County Mayo. From there we will create a data base with names, addresses and telephone numbers of interested parties who are in a position to assist with the organisation of various events hosted by Mayo & District Motorsport Club through the year,' added Tom.
'On the night, the role of the marshalls will be outlined with the assistance of a hugely entertaining tutorial video. All are welcome to attend and please bring and friend!' he concluded.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
As the Club's origins (through Ballina Motor Club) enters its 25th year in 2001, a busy season ahead is planned beginning with the first Round of the Dunlop National Championship next March. Preparations for the forthcoming action-packed programme of events will commence at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 10th December next at the Downhill Hotel, Ballina at 3 p.m. sharp. All members are requested to attend. Newcomers will be made very welcome.
MCHUGH'S RALLY CREW DEBUTS NEW SUBARU!
In one of the final events of the season, prominent Club member, Sean McHugh from Bekan made a solid debut in his newly acquired Subaru Impreza WRX at the Banna Beach Hotel Single Stages Rally in Kerry. Having to acclimatise to four-wheel-drive with substantially more power than the Peugeot 205 GTi used previously, Sean, with Keeffe Kilcoyne (Westport) on the notes was quite pleased with his first competitive drive. Despite the atrocious weather conditions, they finished a credible 35th overall and 2nd in Group N Class 4.
Best performers for the Club were Ballyhaunis duo Rory O'Connor and Francis Kenny (Escort Cosworth) with a Top 5 finish after heading the time charts all day in Class 13.
Tubbercurry's Shane Carson and Michael Foley overcame the difficult conditions also to record 63rd overall and 5th in Class 5 in their Suzuki Swift. Another Swift run by their fellow club members Paul and Kathleen Kennedy returned to the Banna Beach fairly pleased with the day's results of 89th overall and 4th in Class 1.
The next outing for the Club members is likely to be the first event of the New Year; the Monaghan Single Stages Rally on Sunday 16th January 2001.
BILLY COLEMAN AWARD WINNER PAYS TRIBUTE TO FOUNDERS MAYO & DISTRICT MOTORSPORT CLUB
Rory Galligan from Oldcastle, County Meath, the winner of the inaugural Billy Coleman Award thanked Mayo & District Motorsport Club for initiating the project to promote the careers of young rally drivers in Ireland. Under the direction of Motorsport Ireland, the sports governing body, Rory will receive a prize fund in excess of £20,000 to assist his campaign abroad. Speaking at the announcement of the Award at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin, Rory paid tribute to Mayo & District Motorsport Club for their effort over the past two years in creating the award. 'Yes, I'm, very grateful to the Mayo Club for setting the whole thing up. It is a brilliant concept and with the financial backing now available to me, I'm determined to succeed in events overseas and hopefully bring back a championship to Ireland," he added.