24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sunday last saw Monaghan Motor Club run a very successful endurance trial in the North Monaghan area. CoC for the event Andy Mackarel laid on a challenging and diverse route, which consisted of 7 “stages” totalling 17 “selectives”. Its probably fair to say little was known about this form of motorsport prior to this event but all reports suggest that it will become popular after an enjoyable days racing through the Monaghan countryside.
Enda McLoughlin from midlands MC had a new Toyota starlet for the event and with local Monaghan man Declan Tynan on the note’s were on the pace of the expert’s early on which they carried throughout the day to take an 8 second win after the 17 selectives. 2nd over-all went to autotest expert Eddie Peterson with Vincent Fagan navigating, also in a starlet. 3rd over-all went to Robert Woodside and Sue Graham in an immaculate and unique Mazda MX5.
With HQ in Sean MacDiarmaid’s GAA complex, Threemilehouse where 1st car left at 10.30 and headed for Wright’s Quarry for the first selective. This test started with a gravel surface and some flowing corners but soon tightened up as it switched to concrete with many hairpins through the concrete slab lined course.
Then it was on to the next test known locally as Keenans lane, between Threemilehouse and Corcaghan. This test could be considered the most hazardous of the day, which saw a few cars slid off throughout the day on the grassy and gravel strewn lanes. Both these tests were completed a number of times throughout the morning.
As the day progressed the endurance trial moved further west towards Newbliss and Clones. The third selective was around a farm at Boughill on the Killeevan-Magherarny road. This test was a short but very technical sprint with two “stop-boxes” which require competitors to stop their car dead inside a designated area. Failure to complete this resulted in time penalties.
Then it was on to Clonavilla farmyard outside Clones. This farm has previously been used on night navigations and …

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