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Anthony Concannon
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Birr-iliant start to the 2006 Irish 205 Challenge!

Birr and District Motor Club Roscrea stages rally saw the first round of Irelands biggest and best one make championship, the Irish 205 Challenge kick of in brilliant style with victory for Thomas Melia and Christopher Browne from Oldcastle by 36 seconds.
85 fast and flowing stage miles in the Mountrath area lay ahead off the 12 challenge crews on a cold but dry February day. Melia was fastest on the opening stage but it was Martin Ewing who arrived into service after stage 2 with a 2 second lead over young Donegal driver Noel O’Donnell . Only 8 seconds separated the top 3 crews. After a repeat of these 2 stages the lead changed hands .O’Donnell now lead by 10 seconds ahead of Melia, Ewing and Rafferty. No more than 20 seconds separated the top 4 crews with 5th to 8th place separated by just 40 seconds. Out of the event at this stage was Denis Ryan reported to be backwards through a hedge! The stages now moved to the east of the N7 and it was here that Melia moved up into another gear taking huge chances on stage 5. Fastest by 15 seconds from Ewing , he was now up to 1st place. A costly spin by O’Donnell on stage 6 dropped him more time to the leader . Rafferty was the biggest loser here with brake problems costing him 20 seconds on each of the stages. Positions remained the same for the repeat run over these stages. Melia and Ewing shared fastest times to end a brilliant opening round of the RGR Irish 205 Challenge.
Great performances were displayed by rally newcomers Niall Lynch/Mark Feely and Barry Mahon/Anthony Concannon who have moved over from rallycross. Paul Conlon/Kieran Carroll had a solid run to finish in 6th place. Browne, Burns, Keyes and Crooke were all either on their 1st or 2nd rally and all finished the event without problems. Prize money of 500 euro will be split between the top three. The next round will take place in Roscommon on Midland Motor clubs April 9th multi stage rally.
Provisional final results :
1st Thomas Melia/Christopher Browne 1.20.43
2nd Noel O’Donnell/Michael Bonner 1.21.19
3rd Martin Ewing/James Ewing 1.21.19 (O’Donnell faster on stage1)
4th Tommy Rafferty/ John Casey 1.21.39
5th Niall Lynch/Mark Feely 1.23.01
6th Paul Conlon/Kieran Carroll 1.24.33
7th Barry Mahon/Anthony Conconnon 1.26.02
8th DJ Browne/Torloc O’Reilly 1.26.19
9th Shane Burns/Sean Henehan 1.26.51
10th Kenneth Keyes/Arleigh Skully 1.27.17
11th Donal Crooke/Martin Brady 1.29.47
 

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On the 26th of February 151 crew took part in the Birr stages rally. It was the first round of the Irish 205 challenge and 13 crews were to start the event. It was the first time out for both driver and co-driver of car number 132 of Barry Mahon and Anthony Concannon. On the first stage they set a time of 11.14 this was a very good time for a crew that had no experience of a stage before. They slotted into 3rd place in the 205 challenge.

With the two morning stages done they were in 5th place of the championship. Barry reporting that the back of the car becoming very nosy after landing heavy on a jump that he thought wasn’t going to be that big, this caused unrest in the car as there was a strange nose coming from the back of the car. After a clean and a check that the back wont fall off they went out to do the same loop of stages.

On stage 3 they set a good time but on stage 4 they went up the mountain very quick and kept 5th place. This was with Barry even looking in his rear view mirror for the Subaru s7 that took off 1 minute after them, with just catching them on the last corner of the stage. That’s just a minute down to a 200 grand car.

After stage 4 it was back into service for a very quick clean and straight back out for the first run of the stage ballyquaid. This stage is very fast with long straight and fast twisty sections. With a down in powered engine they knew they would lose time. In the stage they caught the car in front and after a brief delay they got by to set a time of 9:46 over the 9 mile stage. On the next stage was the longest of the day at over 11.5 miles. They set off and caught 2 cars, this didn’t help the crew’s time but this meant that they had just made up a minute just between these two cars.

But on stage 8 the good time had to come to an end the car ahead of them wouldn’t pull in for about a mile and a half losing loads of time. Then with about 2 mile to go the gear linkage went and they had to stop and fix it, after 3 minutes Barry got it back together and with the help of 2 marshals to get everything ready to go again. With no time to lose there was no time to stick the intercom back together so Anthony was left shouting the notes to Barry till the end of the stage.

At the end of the day the car got back to parce ferme in 85th place. With only minor damage to the back axel. The crew finished and that was there goal for the day. Points secured for the championship and experience. Due to timing errors the places for the 205 challenge won’t be releced till next week.

The next round is the midland stages rally in April.





more pics and videos to follow.
Provisional final results :
1st Thomas Melia/Christopher Browne 1.20.43
2nd Noel O’Donnell/Michael Bonner 1.21.19
3rd Martin Ewing/James Ewing 1.21.19 (O’Donnell faster on stage1)
4th Tommy Rafferty/ John Casey 1.21.39
5th Niall Lynch/Mark Feely 1.23.01
6th Paul Conlon/Kieran Carroll 1.24.33
7th Barry Mahon/Anthony Conconnon 1.26.02
8th DJ Browne/Torloc O’Reilly 1.26.19
9th Shane Burns/Sean Henehan 1.26.51
10th Kenneth Keyes/Arleigh Skully 1.27.17
11th Donal Crooke/Martin Brady 1.29.47

http://www.irish205challenge.com/
 
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