Irish 205 Challenge inaugural event summary

Golden Graeme Takes Irish 205 Challenge The first ever Irish 205 Challenge came to an exciting climax at the final round, the Tipperary Forestry Rally this weekend. Battles loomed in all categories of the championship with the overall title...

Golden Graeme Takes Irish 205 Challenge

The first ever Irish 205 Challenge came to an exciting climax at the final round, the Tipperary Forestry Rally this weekend. Battles loomed in all categories of the championship with the overall title being fought out between Graeme Colfer and Seamus O'Grady.

On the dry gravel stages it was young Adrian McBride/Brian Smullen who set the early pace, as both championship hopefuls hit mechanical trouble and after three stages it was McBride who led the field with Adrian McElhinney/Martin McMenamin just 11 seconds behind and the all lady crew of Emma Britton/Paula Nooney in 3rd.

Graeme Colfer/Jack Newman retired on the next stage and they were left waiting to see where Seamus O'Grady/Oonagh Roche would finish the event. At the front of the field McElhinney took the lead on SS4 and extended this lead ever McBride on the next two stages to take victory by over two minutes. This win always saw McElhinney take the Senior Championship in the Irish 205 Challenge.

In the championship fight, O'Grady battled through his mechanical difficulties and finished the event 3rd following the retirement of Emma Britton. However 3rd place was not enough for crowning glory and Graeme Colfer became the first ever Irish 205 Challenge champion. His consistency and speed throughout the year also saw him take the Junior Championship.

The co-drivers title went to Oonagh Roche, co-driver to championship runner up Seamus O'Grady.

However it was Colfer's day, a day that made him double champion, the first every Irish 205 Challenge title holder and saw him take away a cheque for 2000 (pounds) from championship sponsor Rory Galligan Rally.

The 2005 Irish 205 Challenge is now in its final stages of preparation and will begin on 10th April with the Midland Multi Stage Rally.

<pre> Irish 205 Challenge Top 10: 1. Graeme Colfer 83 2. Seamus O'Grady 76 3. Adrian McBride 67 4. Adrian McElhinney 55 5. Emma Britton 53 6. Tommie Rafferty 49 7. Niall O'Connell 34 8. Martin Ewing 28 9. William Mavitty 25 10. Stephen McGee 20

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