Club News 2020

Classic, Vintage & Veteran Car Event - Sun. 23rd Aug / Hillclimb - Sun 6th Sept.

Following release of the latest guidelines re Covid 19, the Committee have made the decision to cancel both scheduled events in the interest of Public Health. We wish to thank all those who entered the event(s), local businesses & residents supporting the event(s), Motorsport Officials & the hard working teams involved in preparing for the events - we sincerely hope that all your efforts will be rewarded with alternative dates in 2021. The GoFundMe option for our fundraiser for MS North West Therapy Centre Sligo will remain open for a further period  

https://www.gofundme.com/f/classicveteran-and-vintage-run-for-ms-theraphy

 

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SLIGO STAGES RALLY 2019

Sligo 2019 

 

Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship

2019 Results O/A & Class

Stages 2019 

  

 

Triton Showers National Rally Championship

2019 Results O/A & Class

 

Rally 2019

 

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship

2019 Results O/A & Class

Sponsors & Associate Partners

W8 Connacht Signs McGowan Landscapes McCormacks fuels Carty Group Porter Ford

Sligo Pallets Border 2017
Triton 2017
Triton 2017

Classic, Veteran & Vintage Event - Sunday 23rd August

 

2019 Faac Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally

See the 2019 Rally Highlights Video 

 

Video provided Courtesy FlyinFinnMotorsport

 

Sligo Stages Rally - 1980

 

 

2020 Top Part West Coast Rally Championship - Postponed

The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship Committee wish to announce the postponement of the 2020 Championship due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic.

The championship decision comes after consultation with our organizing clubs and our Sponsors the Top Part Motor Factors Group. 

As a committee “Our priority would always be the safety and wellbeing of our competitors, organisers, marshals, residents of our stages and the general public”.

We wish to thank the six organizing clubs Birr, Kerry, Limerick, Connacht, Galway and Clare for their support.

Mark O Connor the Operations Director of the Top Part Group Stated.
"It was a difficult decision to make but I believe it’s in the best interests of everyone involved". 
We look forward to 2021 and the resumption of the Top Part Championship Series.

Kind regards,
Championship Committee.
Chairman, John Tynan.
 

 

Faac Simply Automatic / Sligo Park Hotel
Stages Rally 2020
Sunday July 12th

 

Event Postponed

It's with deep disappointment that we have had to make the decision to postpone our Stages Rally 2020 which had been planned for Sunday July 12th.

This has been in response to current guidelines of the Government and the Hse leading to Motorsport Ireland’s extension of the suspension of all permitted events until July 20th. Stage Rallies will not be considered until after August 10th as they fall under Phase 5 of the Government Roadmap for Reopening

As we are very aware of the importance of the relationship we have with the residents on route who work with us in planning for our annual event and we feel it would be totally inappropriate at this time to place any risk to the health of the general public or our volunteers.

Clerk of the Course for 2020, Ultan Mc Gowan, who with his team has been working diligently over the past six month in preparation for the July event, said ‘he is disappointed for his team, but more importantly at this time is the health and wellbeing of our communities’.

We want to thank the businesses who had committed to support us again this year, many going through a difficult period at this time, and hope that we can build on that relationship in the future.

Our thoughts at this time are with the frontline staff, those effected by the virus and those families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

 

  

Dominic McLoughlin & Emer Kearns take the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship 'Drive of the Day' Award for Round 1 of the Championship at the Birr Stages Rally - Sunday, 23rd February 2020

 

2020 CMC Events

  • Mar 29th Autocross (LS)

  • May 17th Multi-Venue Autotest

  • July 12th Sligo Stages Rally

  • Aug 23rd Autocross (LS)

  • Nov. 28 / 29 Autotest (H) / MVAT

 

2019 Hewison Autotest

Congratulations to Guy Foster on winning the Hewison Autotest Championship after 2 wins in Sligo

Photo Courtesy Trevor Foster

 

2019 Championship  Results

Championship Results (Overall & Class) available in championship news section(s) above.

Congratulations to all Club Members winning awards in 2019. Also, congratulations to club member Stephen Reynolds from Manorhamilton on his nomination for the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award as winner of Class 16 of the Triton Showers Irish National Rally Championship 2019 with 4 maximum scores - well done & Best of Luck to Stephen with his plans for the 2020 season.

 

2019 Faac Simply automatic Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally

2019 Rally Highlights Video

 

Video provided Courtesy FlyinFinnMotorsport

 

2019 Rally Launch Video

 

Video provided Courtesy FlyinFinnMotorsport

 

Martin Kearns Memorial Award

(incorporating the Connacht Motor Club award)

Winners of the Award : Dominic McLoughlin / Emer Kearns 

Congratulations to Dominic & Emer who competed together specially for the 2019 event. Dominic being a close personal friend of Martin's & Emer is Martin's daughter & his Navigator on many of his safety car outings on the Sligo Stages - the award will certainly be cherished and what a wonderful tribute to Martin and the Kearns family.

The award recognises the clubman which was close to the late Martin’s heart during his many years involvement with Connacht Motor Club. It honours his life contribution to motorsport both as a competitor but also as safety car on the Sligo Stages Rally for over 10 years.

 

Photo collage courtesy James Burke Photography / Tribute by Padraic Boylan - Club PRO

 

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship Draw for the Sligo Stages Rally

Watch the Video of the Top Part sponsored Draw for these prizes :-

  • Free Entry

  • €300 Voucher 

 

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship from Aidan Sweeney on Vimeo.

 

2019 Events

The following events are included in the 2019 Motorsport Ireland Calendar :-

  • April 7th - Autocross (LS)

  • May 5th - Multi-Venue Autotest

  • July 14th - Stages Rally

  • Sept 1st - Autocross (LS)

  • October 6th - Multi-Venue Autotest

  • October 26th / 27th - Autotest 

Please keep a check on our website www.connachtmotorclub.com for more details

 

Motorsport Ireland announce new Marshals Award Scheme for 2019

  • €8,000 in prizes available
  • see details on the Motorsport Ireland website

 

Sligo Stages Rally 2019 - qualifying Round in 3 Championships 

  • Triton Showers National Rally Championship
  • Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship
  • Top Part West Coast Rally Championship

 

Triton Showers National Rally Championship 2019

  • Birr Stages Rally - February 24th
  • Midland Stages Rally - March 24th
  • Monaghan Stages Rally - April 28th
  • Circuit of Munster - June 2nd
  • Ravens Rock Stages - June 30th
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July 14th
  • Galway Summer Rally - August 25th 
  • Skibereen Fastnet - October 27th 

 

Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship 2019

  • Midland Stages Rally - March 24th
  • Monaghan Stages Rally - April 28th 
  • Cavan Stages Rally - May 26th
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July14th
  • Galway Summer Rally - August 25th
  • Donegal Harvest Stages Rally - (Sat) Oct 12th

 

Top Part West Coast Rally Championship 2019

  • Birr Stages Rally - Feb 24th
  • Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally - April 7th
  • Limerick Circuit of Munster Stages Rally - June 2nd
  • Sligo Stages Rally - July 14th
  • Galway Summer Rally - August 25th
  • Clare Stages Rally - Sept 15th

 

 

  

 

Martin Kearns (RIP) in his familiar Sunbeam on '00' duty - Sligo Stages Rally 2018

(Photo courtesy James Burke)

 

FAAC Simply automatic / Sligo Park Hotel Sligo Stages Rally

Robert Lyttle completes 10 years as COC of Sligo Stages Rally  

 

  

Special Award being presented to Robert Lyttle, COC Sligo Stages Rally by Joe Conboy.

Robert has now completed 10 years as COC of this popular event.

 

Sligo Retail Park provides great facility for Scrutiny & Parc Ferme

 

 

Aerial view of Scrutiny & Parc Ferme on Saturday evening.

Many thanks to all involved at Sligo Retail Park for making this facility available for the event. 

 

See Gallery Section for more photos courtesy of James Burke Photography

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