Flu-rid­den Mc­go­nigle wins Tur­key Run

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Wil­liam Neill

Or­gan­is­ers: Maiden City MC When: De­cem­ber 29, 2018 Where: Bal­lykelly, County Lon­don­derry Stages: 5 Starters: 75 Lead­ing from the start but with a nar­row three-se­cond mar­gin at the fin­ish, Joseph Mc­go­nigle, who was suf­fer­ing with flu, won the Tur­key Run for the se­cond time in a row in a Mini John Cooper Works WRC.

For Gal­way co-driver Sean Has­sett, it was his first win. From the off the duo set the pace, win­ning the 6.6-mile opener by 2s.

On the re­peat both Alan Carmichael and Desi Henry set equal fastest times, mov­ing Carmichael’s Hyundai i20 R5 into the joint lead with Mc­go­nigle.

On the 6.2-mile long SS3, Mc­go­nigle broke away by 4s. The gap re­mained af­ter SS4 and then Carmichael took a se­cond back on the 2.9-mile SS5 to fin­ish se­cond, keep­ing the Skoda Fabia R5 of Henry from run­ners-up spot.

Barry Mor­ris had won the Dogleap Rally at the same venue in Au­gust in his fa­ther’s Dar­rian T90 GTR. Back to his more fa­mil­iar Ford Es­cort Mk2, a top-three fin­ish was a minute away. He was, though, the first two-wheel-drive home.

Conor Mc­crossan jumped from 12th on SS1 to fifth, ahead of Trevor Mccon­nell. Mc­crossan was 3s from match­ing Mor­ris but 9s up on Mccon­nell at the end. Amy Cox was sev­enth and Scot­tish vis­i­tor Nigel Feeney over­came spins in eighth.


1 Joseph Mc­go­nigle/ Sean Has­sett (Mini John Cooper Works WRC) 31m31s; 2 Alan Carmichael/jor­dan Mccaw (Hyundai i20 R5) +3s; 3 Desi Henry/ Mark Henry (Skoda Fabia R5); 4 Barry Mor­ris/ De­clan Camp­bell (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 5 Conor Mc­crossan/ Niall O’kane (Fabia S2000); 6 Trevor Mccon­nell/ Dean O’sul­li­van (Mit­subishi Lancer E6); 7 Amy Cox/ Caron Mccor­mack (Fabia S2000); 8 Nigel Feeney/ Paula Swin­scoe (Mini WRC); 9 James Leckey/ David Kerr (Subaru Im­preza); 10 Niall Henry/ Damien Duf­fin (Lancer E9).

Class win­ners: Joel Eakin/ Eathan Mc­col­gan (Peu­geot 106); Henry/ Duf­fin; Ron­nie Mccon­nell/ Rachel Mccon­nell (Nis­san Mi­cra); Marty Gal­lagher/ Ros­alynn Pat­ton (Peu­geot 208 R2); Jan­ice Magee/ Harry John­ston (Es­cort Mk2); Mor­ris/ Camp­bell; Thomas Maxwell/ Harry White (Ford Fo­cus); Carmichael/ Mccaw; Mc­go­nigle/ Has­sett; Cox/ Mccor­mack; Stephen Mc­fer­ran/james Mc­k­eefry (Es­cort Mk2); Martin Mccor­mack/ Laura Con­lon (Es­cort Mk2).

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