Strong Mayo & District representation for Sligo Rally

Mayo & District Motorsport Club will have one of the biggest representations in the country at next weekend's Sligo Stages Rally with 19 crews taking part. Organised by Connaught Motor Club, the Tom Hunt Motors/Sligo Park Hotel sponsored event is...

Mayo & District Motorsport Club will have one of the biggest representations in the country at next weekend's Sligo Stages Rally with 19 crews taking part. Organised by Connaught Motor Club, the Tom Hunt Motors/Sligo Park Hotel sponsored event is Round 7 of the Dunlop National Rally Championship and Round 5 of the Four Seasons Hotel Border Rally Series. It is also a counting round of the Ford Ka Championship. Over 150 rally cars will be competing in this prestigious event which will be held north of Sligo town with some of the Special Stages held in Leitrim.

Looking to extend his lead in Class 14 in both the Dunlop Championship and Border Series is James McGreal from Foxford. With Killian Duffy (Crossmolina) on the notes, the Nissan Sunny GTi-R driver is hoping to put more points on the board to secure the title double.

Kiltimagh Nissan Dealer, Paul Cleary, has a new co-driver in Pete Kelly as his regular navigator and brother Brian is recovering after a recent operation. Paul currently lies third in the National Championship and second in the Border Series in his Nissan Sunny 1.3 GX.

Other Club crews competing regularly in the rallies around the country to look out for are John Duffy and John Egan (Crossmolina) in a Toyota Corolla; Sean McHugh and Keffe Kilcoyne (Bekan/Westport) in a Peugeot 205 GTi and Trevor and Brian Morrow from Ballina in a Suzuki Swift. Gerry Casey debuts a Ford Puma with Vincent Collins sitting alongside. The Castlebar based Ford Dealer rallied a Ford Ka last season and looks forward to the challenge in the new car.

Meanwhile, Congratulations are extended to Rory O'Connor and Francis Kenny on their fine Class 13 win at the Rally de Charlmagne in France last week. The Ballyhaunis duo travelled over to the two day event which was based in the town of Maubeuge, close to the Belgian border and were delighted with the reward for their efforts. The route to class honours was not without incident though, as their Escort Cosworth slid into a drain on a tight left hairpin corner and only for the help of a large number of spectators, the Mayo crew's rally would come to an end. "We are delighted to finish," said Francis "and the Class win was a bonus." "All in all it was a very tough rally and very tiring but very worth while."

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Series Other rally
Drivers Killian Duffy