The annual Stonethrower’s Rally took place on Sunday last and what an event it was!
There were 112 entries which was a great achievement for this event considering the financial times the country is in. Headquarters was at the Clonmel Park Hotel and stages were in the Cahir, New Inn and Fethard area and the orgnaisers would like to thank most sincerely the co-operation of the residents along the stages.
The weather conditions were very mixed for drivers with heavy showers and then sunshine which made it a headache for drivers for tyre choice.
However, it was the opinion of the competitors and spectators alike that it was a fantastic day’s rallying, with all nine stages running on time and no major accidents.
Local award winners were:
James Dunphy & Shane Gazely 1st in Class 2; Michael Ryan & Kieran Carroll 1st in Class 3; Michael Ormond & Paddy King 2nd in Class 3; Tom Sheehan & Andrew Sheehan 1st in Class 5; Andrew Kearney & Harry Johnston 2nd in Class 9; Kieran Hayes & Peter Joyce 2nd in Class 10; Fergal Heaney & Paul Murphy 3rd in Class 11; Alan Cummins & James Cummins 1st in Class 12; Shay Power & Derek Gibbs 1st in Class 13; James Coleman & Michael Haley 2nd in Class 13; Eddie Ryan & Brendan McCullagh 3rd in Class 15
Overall winner was Conor Mc Closkey & Francis Regan from Derry in a Subaru WRC, Alan Ring & Adrian Deasy 2nd overall in a Evo 9 and Robert Barrable & Damien Connolly in a Citroen C2