Killadeas Driver Jonny Leonard stepped up to the mark and took the winners spot in his Mitsubishi Evo6 on last Saturday’s rally time trial in Carn Quarry for the second year in succession.
The Enniskillen Motor Club event ran faultlessly in the baking sunshine with a healthy 48 entrants for the popular venue based in the grounds of McCaffrey Brothers outside Ederney.
Initially stopping the clocks fastest was Leonard closely followed by Gareth Mimnagh in his similar Mitsubishi with Subaru driver Paul Britton in close proximity it was set to be a titanic battle throughout.
The 2WD race was also as intense and initially Andrew McMahon in his rapid Peugeot, Mervyn Galbraith in his trusty Nova and Leeroy Mills in his Corsa were all tussling for the lead.
The class battles also provided some great viewing. In class one Jason Dickson took his Fiesta to victory over the Corolla of James McGovern, with Ashley Rutledge a fine third in his Honda Civic.
Class two saw the family battle of father and son Eamon and Gareth Mimnagh in their Mitsubishi Evo, on this occasion it was Gareth who claimed the win, whilst Paul Britton took his Subaru to third in class.
In class three Leeroy Mills took his Vauxhall Corsa to the class win over the similar car of Martin Collins with Leeroy’s brother Nigel in third. In class four Mervyn Galbraith was the clear victor in his rapid Vauxhall Nova over the 205 of Travis Humphrey with Daryl McCanney taking his similar car to third place.
Class five was a battle of the Peugeot 106s and on this occasion it was Andrew McMahon who took the spoils however he forfeited the class win to take outright 2WD victory which left Stephen Dickson winning the class from Alan McMahon who pipped Sammy Scollan who took third place.
Declan Campbell maintained his pace to hold onto the win in class six from son Dara Campbell’s similar Ford Escort in third place, whilst Tony McKenna took his example to second to split the pair.
Patrick O’Brien made his visit worthwhile by overhauling Brendan Campbell the Escort driver was really on a charge on the latter part of the event whilst Ronnie Coulter slotted his Astra in Behind Campbell’s Escort for third place. Gareth Mimnagh had to settle for just the class win this year. The previous winner, Leonard’s Mitsubishi, had been on form this year again by three seconds. Trevor Elliott also took his Mitsubishi to a superb first in class and third overall after a long layoff whilst his dad George took third in his Mitsubishi Evo6 with Dermot O’Hagan’s example separating them.
The overall awards where well deserved as the competition was intense this year. Andrew McMahon took his trusty Peugeot 106 to the outright two wheel drive victory which was a superb achievement considering his 1600 car beat a lot of more powerful machinery.
The four wheel drive honours went to Johnny Leonard who again took his less powerful Mitsubishi Evo6 to the top of the time sheets for the second year in a row.
Enniskillen Motor Club would like to thank Campbell Contracts and all at McCaffrey’s Quarry who all made the event possible and to all the individuals who spared their free time to help out.
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