Local crew finish 10th in maiden rally
At the start of the month a local rally crew consisting of driver Ruairi MacArtain and navigator David Crilly competed in their debut rally in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.
The 60th running of the Willie Loughman Memorial Forest Stages Rally on Saturday February 3rd also made up round one of the Valvoline Irish Forest Championship and attracted experienced motorists from across the country.
It was a good outing for the debutants though as they set out in their junior class Honda Civic at 11.15am to tackle nine stages, with the last three running in darkness.
In the end they return to Parc Ferme that night just before 10pm with a respectable 10th place finish in the junior class and 51st overall out of 80 starters.
The crew cited beginner errors, teething issues and electrical gremlins with the car throughout the day, as well as losing their spot lamps on the night factors, as big factors in not finishing higher up the feed but hope to build on the experience now that they have made their debut.
The crew would like to thank Christopher Duffy for keeping the car running throughout the day, all of the marshalls and officials for giving up their spare time to make the event happen and to all of their sponsors including Gerry Cumiskey Volkswagen, Crilly’s Londis of Ravensdale, Car-L-Parts Dundalk, Gx2 Automotive, Martin’s Bar of Riverstown, O’Reilly Signs Omeath, Autopaint Newry, Michael Carroll Snap-On , SCI Services and Smartcool Ireland.
The crew are next in action in Limerick in three weeks time in round two of the championship.
You can follow their progress on the MacArtain Motorsport Facebook page.