McGirr wins in summer rally

Declan Campbell broadsliding in his 2 litre Ford Escort Mark 2

Declan Campbell broadsliding in his two litre Ford Escort Mark 2

Enniskillen motor club’s popular rally time trial was staged with great success in the confines of P.Clarke and Sons quarry in Lisnaskea last weekend.

With a starting list of 55 cars the club had an very good course laid out for the competitors.

The event began at midday and it was Kilrea’s Barry McErlain who stopped the clocks fastest by a second and a half over Ballinamallard’s Johnny Leonard with Neil Harron from Arney in a fine third. The two wheel drive contenders where being lead by last years victor Shane McGirr from Brendan Campbell and Kevin Bradley in third.

The class battles also had some interesting tussles class three was being headed by Glen Irwin who went on to win from Ian Thompson with Declan McGarrity taking third and separated by only half a second. Chris Armstrong headed class four but was pushed all the way by David Kerr all day whilst Travis Humphries held on to take a fine third.

Andrew McMahon had a truly stunning drive to win class five and take a superb fourteenth overall he was followed home by Ashley Rutledge with Dom Leonard an excellent third.

Cavan’s Joe Smith made the trip worthwhile by winning class six from Mark McEntee from Ballymena and Sammy Hamilton took third.

The overall battles also played a part in the remaining classes Shane McGirr held on to win the 2nd and take class seven for the second year in a row with Micky Conlon taking second and Brendan Campbell third.

The four wheel drive category was split over two classes Derek Jobb took third in class two with Niall Henry second in class and a fine third overall which left Barry McErlain winning the class and a superb second overall, but there could only be one outright victor and that honour befell to Johnny Leonard he had driven perfectly all day to overcome his rivals and take his first ever overall win, his class was completed by Neil Harron in second and Ben Gormley third.
The ladies award was won by Thelma Coulter. Enniskillen Motor Club would like to thank Campbell contracts and family for all their help and support and to P.Clarke and sons for the  use of the excellent venue and to all the marshalls and volunteers.

The event also had two nominated charities in chest heart and stroke and Action Cancer both of whom will be presented in due course witht he proceeds of the charity auction which was greatly supported.


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