IR­ISH RAL­LY­CROSS RE­PORT

Se­ries vet­eran To­hill takes Su­per­car hon­ours in open­ing Mon­dello Park round of the new sea­son

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Ir­ish Ral­ly­cross By Paul Phe­lan

Or­gan­iser: Mon­dello Park Sports Club When: Fe­bru­ary 5 Where: Mon­dello Park, County Kil­dare Cham­pi­onships: Round 1 of Parts for Cars Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. Starters: 48.

Derek To­hill opened his Ir­ish Ral­ly­cross ti­tle de­fence in style, with his Ford Fi­esta un­beaten through­out the day.

Near­est chal­lenger Noel Greene’s Mit­subishi Mi­rage never got closer than 11s dur­ing the four-lap heats and 18s in the fi­nals.

To­hill was de­lighted with the newly re­built car’s per­for­mance, with its Moun­tune en­gine now up­rated to 2016 WRX spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

These two were the only Su­per­cars present and former cham­pion Wil­lie Coyne’s Vaux­hall Corsa headed the two-wheel-drive pur­suit in the fea­ture race to fin­ish 4s be­hind Greene.

The spec­tac­u­lar Tommy Gra­ham, an­other ex-ti­tle holder, brought out his fa­mous Ford Es­cort Mk2 and fin­ished fourth af­ter a tremen­dous demon­stra­tion of side­ways mo­tor­ing.

De­spite only man­ag­ing sec­ond place be­hind Gra­ham in their semi-fi­nal, Coyne con­trolled the Mod­i­fied Fi­nal, hold­ing off a de­ter­mined as­sault from the sim­i­lar Vaux­hall Corsa of Padraig Lee­son. Lee­son had won the other semi-fi­nal ahead of Lloyd Spendlove’s Lo­tus Ex­ige.

In the Pro­duc­tion class, Ciaran Mur­phy was the one to beat in his Peu­geot 205, closely chased by Keith Kerr­shaawe in the fi­nal, with this duo each win­ning their semi-fi­nal. Damien Far­rell headed a close three-way fight for third.

Danny Cal­nan’s Vaux­hall Corsa ran away with the Rally Car Fi­nal, with 13s in hand over the rather el­derly Vaux­hall Nova of Thomas O’raf­ferty.

Sean Hes­sion had a win­ning de­but in the Fi­esta Zetec Fi­nal, with an­other first-timer, Jyles Hard­ing, tak­ing the hon­ours in the Ju­nior Fi­nal.

Best of the Bug­gies was au­tocross cham­pion Padraic Mchale.

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