Highs and Lows For McElvaney In Killarney
Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award Winner, Eamon McElvaney, made his debut in the Pirelli Irish Tarmac Championship at the Killarney Rally of the Lakes last weekend. The event was the Monaghan driver's first international and first two-day rally.
The event began on Saturday morning with the famous Molls Gap stage and Eamon, with co-driver Alan Keena, were very happy with their opening run. They settled into a consistent pace on SS2 and were well position in the class A6 battle. However on the road section between stage 2 and 3 the clutch in the Peugeot 106 began giving trouble and following the first service of the day the team decided to withdraw from the rally to prevent further damage to the gearbox.
Despite the retirement from the overall rally there were some successes to come. Eamon and the team fixed the car on Saturday evening and entered the Sunday Run, which consisted of the first four stages on day two. Eamon was instantly on the pace and over the four stages was overall a minute faster than his closest rival taking overall victory in the Sunday Run.
"The weekend certainly had some highs and lows. I am really disappointed that we did not finish the Intentional event but winning the Sunday Run certainly raised the teams spirits," commented Eamon.