Mayo and District Motorsport Club member Darragh Mullen, from Ballisodare, has made it two wins in a row now for himself and his driver, Derek McGeehan, in their Mini World Rally Car, after their success on the night stages of the Sunset Rally held in the forests around Draperstown, Northern Ireland, on Friday night last.
The pair dominated the opening loop and held a comfortable lead at the service halt. This was a unique rally in which crews got one run through the forests in daylight, for the thrill of doing the two stages again in the dark.
It just kept getting better for the McGeehan Motorsport crew, on the final loop of stages they continued to set fastest stage times and returned to the finish ramp in Draperstown in first place.
This weekend’s win follows a triumph on the national section of the two-day Ulster Rally a week previous for the flourishing partnership.
McHugh and Healy best south of the border
The best of the local Mayo and District Motorsport Club crews in the Carlton Shearwater Galway Summer Rally were Sean McHugh and Liam Healy who brought their BMW M3 home in 56th place overall. David Doherty who had Eamon Walsh on the notes claimed a class 7 win in their Peugeot 306 and finished in 73rd overall.
Young Castlebar man Conor Duffy who was navigating in a rally for the first time had a gratifying and enjoyable day alongside Eamonn McCafferty from Donegal, the pair won class 5 and brought their T-Rex Clothing backed Ford Puma home in 77th place.
Not so lucky were the Ballinrobe pairing of John Warren and Ruthann O’Connor, the engine of their Toyota Corolla cried enough on stage two, bringing an unfortunate end to their rally.