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of saloon car and singleseater specials on show for the fi rst practice session, then after the competitors got time to test the conditions the fi rst timed run got underway at 2.30pm. Three times runs were completed in total by the end of day. Top of the timesheets on Saturday was Whitby Moynan in a special, with a time 59.2. It was a case of practice makes perfect for Whitby as he slowly improved his totals over the opening two runs and then put the hammer down on the fi nal run of the day. There was no surprise in the saloon category as Ger Brennan took the honors with his rear wheel drive Fiesta. Ger was pushed all the way and it wasn’t until the last timed run when he banged in 1:04.3.

Hillclimb Weekend leads

us into Motorsport Expo After a busy month of April on the local Motorsport scene we’re set for a hectic month ahead in May. The Carrick Motor Club held a very successful round of the National Autocross Championship in Ballyhale and we take a quick look back at the grass action. We then turn to the club’s Hillclimb Weekend, being held on the 14th and 15th. Hot on its heels only a week later, the South Tipp Club break new ground as they hold the Irish Motorsport Expo on Sunday 22nd and we round off this month by catching up (if that’s possible) with Craig Breen as he takes on round two of the WRC Academy in Sardinia (Italy).

Autocross Weekend

We get off the start line with the Carrick Motor Club’s Autocross Weekend. The action got underway on Saturday as this year’s event moved to Coolmeen, Co. Kilkenny, just outside Mullinavat on the Dublin Road. The Saturday action got off the start line at 2pm. There was a host

Day Two Sunday began at 10.30 am and a total of three timed runs were completed. As the sunshine rained down, it was Dermot White who took the fastest time of the day, stopping the clocks on 55.5 seconds. Whitby Moynan had to be content with fourth best on day two but did takeaway the best overall time of the weekend. In the saloon section it the man again is the checkered Fiesta, Ger Brennan, who took the trophy. Among the club member there were class awards for Killian O’Sullivan, James Commins, Gemma Kerley, Seamus Anderson, Eddie Doherty, Conal O’Sullivan and Lisa Knox. There was a special presentation to Pascal O’Shea for some destruction work he carried out during Saturday’s action. Pascal also faces a heavy bill from the venue owner as he was not happy with the amount of rebuilding work that has to be done after Pascal’s escapades in his Mk 11 Ford Escort.

Hillclimb Weekend and

Irish Motorsport Expo Looking ahead to the month of May two events dominate proceedings. First up is the club’s Hillclimb Weekend and following only a week later is the Irish Motorsport Expo. The two day event takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th and Billy Collins, Clerk of the Course, is back calling the shots as the club welcomes National Championship status. Billy has been working hard over the last few months putting the ground work in place for the event and he is pleased to announce that Day One Saturday will be held in Tempelorum, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny and Day Two will take place in Owning, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. For more information logon to and


by Trevor McGrath

Only a week after the Hillclimb, the club will hold the inaugural running of the Irish Motorsport Expo. The one day event will be held in the HUB, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny City. The Expo will showcase the cream of Irish. The schedule for the day sees the doors open at 11am where a host of Motorsport Activities will be on show, including all disciplines of motorsport Ireland, both professional and grass roots. The Expo will culminate with a Motorsport Forum focusing on the best young rallying talent in the country. Included on the panel for the forum are Waterford’s Craig Breen, current Billy Coleman award winner Robert Barrable, WRC Academy participant Alastair Fisher, new Motorsport Ireland Young Driver Safety Ambassador Toni Kelly and Chargers in the National Forestry Championship Vincent McAree and Stephen Wright. Host for the forum is Irish Motorsport Journalist Martin Walsh. Directly after the forum the offi cial launch of this year’s Ravens Rock Rally will take place. During the launch Clerk of the Course John Rafter will outline this year’s event and disclose this year’s main sponsors.

Craig Breen

We end this month’s column with Waterford rally driver Craig Breen. Craig began his quest for glory in the World Rally Championship Academy in early April as the season got underway in Portugal. Craig showed incredible speed over the season opener in the Algarve. Four fastest stage times out of the opening seven culminated with a 48 second lead at the end of the fi rst day. Craig also had to overcome gearbox problems and an engine mount failure but the twenty one year old was caught out on day two by an uncharacteristic mistake ending his rally.

We move to Sardinia, Italy, for round two on the May 6th and 7th. Italy returns to the World Rally Championship after a one-year gap with the Mediterranean island again playing host to all the action. While the Oristano region will be used for the fi rst time, Rally Sardinia retains its traditional base in the port town of Olbia, which hosts the ceremonial start, permanent service park and headquarters.

Following the visit to Oristano on day one, the second and fi nal day’s action for the FIA WRC Academy competitors is located around the districts of Monti, Ala dei Sardi and Buddaso south of Olbia. To keep up with Craig’s exploits logon to his new website:

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