Birr & District Motor Club Christmas Autotest

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Starlets, Scones & Stew
The Annual Birr & District Motor Club's Christmas Autotest took place on New Year's Eve in the excellent venue at Garahy's Garage, Fortal, Birr. 47 Drivers took part in this most enjoyable event with first time Clerk of the Course Leo Brophy at the helm.
On arrival Drivers had an opportunity to walk the Three Tests and then enjoy the wonderful home made scones provided by Eithne Garahy, this was only the start of the culinary trail that was on offer.
Within Minutes of the start, Top Dublin Autotester Frank Lenehan suffered a broken driveshaft and was duly followed by Paddy Fay who suffered from the same problem in the Tiny Motorsport Projectile. This was Paddy's first Autotest since 1961. All was not over as both cars were speedily and professionally repaired by Ian McLoughlin, Ger Connolly & Oliver Stanley with special thanks to fellow drivers Rob Lewis and Cian Robinson who provided the spare driveshafts. Hannah Garahy had brake problems with her Starlet and duly went double driving in dad Kieran's Starlet as it had brakes! The majority of the cars competing on the event were mainly Toyota Starlets but Gordon Percy from Nenagh arrived in a Mazda 323f and put on a great display of driving and received the entertainer's award along with Ian Lucas from Moystown.
After six Tests a fabulous lunch was provided in Garahy's Garage comprising of beef stew followed by the most delicious chocolate cake, which was really appreciated by all the drivers and event officials. Most of us left Garahys with bigger waistlines!
Nine Tests were completed with Richard Meeke emerging the popular winner on a winning margin of 14 seconds from 2nd placed driver Niall Murray who was only a mere 0.26 seconds clear of 3rd placed Frank Lenehan. Niall Murray's brother Eoin was only one second behind Frank Lenehan, a tight finish indeed.
Class 1 was dominated by Birr Motor Club Members with Mark Shanahan (Borrisoleigh) winning the class in a Nissan Micra, runner up was Patrick O'Leary (Cork) and 3rd in Class 1 went to Darren Delaney (Camross). Patrick & Darren were both driving Toyota Starlets.
In Class 2 it was Eoin Murray who emerged victorious from John McAssey with David Meeke coming in 3rd in Class. The award winners in Class 3 were 1st in Class Mark Doran, 2nd went to Mark Guerin and 3rd went to Cathal O'Carroll.
1st Birr & District Motor Club Driver went to Rob Lewis (Dunkerrin), 2nd David Forde (Nenagh) & 3rd went to Whitby Moynan (Nenagh). In the Ladies Class, Zara Moynan (Nenagh) came out on top, with Pauline Forde (Nenagh) finishing up runner up despite trying to break the husband David's car with 3rd Lady Driver going to Hannah Garahy (Birr) after a brilliant drive despite the brake problems.
Other club drivers who competed included Lee Deane (Shinrone), Ronan Shanahan (Roscrea), Kieran Garahy (Birr), Declan Donohoe (Mount Temple), Damien O'Meara (Toomevara), Ciaran Dwyer (Arigna), T.J. O'Brien (Nenagh), Mick Boland (Birr), Peter Molloy (Ballinahown), Ger Connolly (Birr), Bill O'Brien (Coolbawn), Cian Robinson (Tynagh), Joe Buckley (Borrisoleigh), Clive Moynan (Nenagh), who all thoroughly enjoyed the day's sport.
The Birr & District Motor Club would like to thank Kieran & Eithne Garahy for the wonderful venue and food, MI Steward John Fogarty, Clerk of the Course Leo Brophy, Results Team Mark Parsons & Una O'Brien, The Carrot Peeler and all the Marshalls who made the event a real success.
AGM & Club Championship Prizegiving
AGM & Club Championship prizegiving takes place on Monday 9th January in the Racket Hall Country Hotel, Roscrea at 8p.m. All are welcome. Congratulations to well known Birr Postman Pat Corcoran on becoming the 2016 Birr & District Motor Club Champion.
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