Father and son take spoils at May Day Stages Rally

Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan take their Subaru WRC to victory in the May Day Stages rally

Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan take their Subaru WRC to victory in the May Day Stages rally

Desi Henry and his father Raymond have taken the overall victory on this years Erne Skip Hire May Day Stages Rally.

The Portglenone duo took their Subaru Inpreza WRC to a 41 second win over the Citroen C2R2 of Alan Smyth and Andrea Sproule, with Matthew and Andrew McGaffin taking third position a further seven seconds adrift.

Organisers Enniskillen Motor Club had the weather on their side for Bank Holiday Monday’s event and with the introduction of a new two lap stage format it proved very popular with all of the competitors.

Clerk of the Course Ron Neely stated that safety was paramount on the event, whilst also bearing in mind that the competitive route gave the competing crews an enjoyable days action.

The class battles also proved very intense as in class one Damien Conlon and Paul Mimnagh stood on the top of the podium in their Peugeot 106 over the Ford Fiesta of Stephen and Ruth Dickson whilst third position went to JP and Shane McSorley in their Honda Civic.

The McGaffin boys in their Evo pipped Mark Massey and Derek McGarrity for top honours by a mere two seconds with Gareth Mimnagh and Jordan Kelly in their Evo third for Class two, class three saw Ruairi Maguire and Mairead McBride take their Vauxhall Corsa to the win over the Ford Puma of Davy Forde and Sarah McDaid with Neil Harron and Stacey Bothwell placing third in their rapid Suzuki Swift.

Daryl McCanny and Sean Maguire took the spoils in class four with their Peugeot 205 edging out Davy and Chris Baird’s Vauxhall Astra who where followed closely home by Adam Lyons and David Turkington’s Peugeot 205.

Class five victors where Alan Smyth and Andrea Sproule (C2R2) from the Ford Fiesta R2 of Adam Bustard and Michael Gilmore with Andrew and William McMahon in their Peugeot 106 taking a fine third.

Class six winners were William and Louise McClurkin over Jonny Cargo and Alastair McKee whilst Jonathan and Michael Hall were third, all in Ford mark two Escorts.

Class seven also saw the Escorts reign supreme with Chris and Rachel Armstrong edging out Mervyn and Thomas Wedlock with Paul Purtill and Raymond Scott coming in third place.

Class eight was another battle of the Escorts with Jonathan Pringle and Kevin Reilly taking the spoils over Jim McKenna and Thomas Treanor with Ivan and Geoffrey Orr in third spot.

Class nine was taken by Desi and Raymond Henry from the Evo of Michael Carbin and Emmett McCooey with Niall Henry and Conor Dunlop taking third.

In the Junior 1000 category Josh and Tommi McErlain took victory by two scant seconds over Karl Johnston and John Henderson with Michael McGarrity and Davy Graham taking third place.

The day belonged to Desi and Raymond Henry who battled hard all day to take the victory.

Clerk of the Course Ron Neely and all the team from Enniskillen Motor Club were particularly thankful to Declan and Benny from Erne Skip hire for their valued sponsorship and to all who had entered and help on the Day, the next club event is the Autotest on 23rd May.


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