Pre MEC Press Release 2005

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    The Dunlop Hillclimb Championship heads to Moate near Athy in Co. Kildare this bank holiday Monday, 6th June, for its fourth round hosted by the Motor Enthusiasts and the Carlow Car Clubs. It’s a busy time of year for the Dunlop Hillclimb Championship as rounds five and six follow just a week later in county Clare on the 11th and 12th of June. It has been a great year so far for 2003 Dunlop Hillclimb Champion Michael Roche in his green Delta T81. He has won the first three rounds outright including the recent Llys Y Fran Hillclimb in Wales, which was not only a Dunlop Round but also part of the Welsh Championship. Michael has a 12 point advantage over Peter Dwyer, Delta T85 who was fifth in Wales. Peter is just half a point ahead of John Mahon who finished an excellent 4th overall in Wales driving his Suzuki engined Sheane. A battle of Mini’s has developed in class 1 for Production saloons up to 1400cc. Ian Quinn is out in front on 23 points ahead of David Shirley with 19 and Stefan Walsh, 15. Richard Bell is the interloper driving a Fiat Uno to fourth place with 14 points. 5th place is tied between three drivers in different cars. Ray Cunningham, Mini, Gerard O’Connor Ritmo and Katie Hogan, Civic. The eclectic mix of saloon cars continues in class 2 for Production Saloons up to 1650cc. James Doherty’s Starlet leads the pack with a mere two point advantage over last years rookie Declan Cundelan in a Mk2 Escort. A further two points back is Tommy Murphy in the Civic he shares with Helen O’Grady who is tied for fourth place with Rory Stephens in a Peugeot. Peter Bogan has regained the lead in class 3a after a strong result in Wales. He was eight overall in his Escort there. John Laffey is six points behind in his Chevette. John Whitley is third in his Golf followed by the Fiesta of Des Fitzgerald. Simon Mckinley has blasted his way into the lead of class 3b in his Warrior Escort. The points scored driving a Sierra in Wexford when the Escorts engine wasn’t ready have stood him well. Alan Kessie in his golden yellow Griffon is second just a poin ahead of Ger Dwane in the Falcon Mini. There’s great support for the Historic Category this year which works on a handicap system. Brian Cassidy leads with 19 points in an MG Midget. Frank Nuttall, Ford Special is second with 16. Third is Dominic Peel in a Davrian on 14 points. Husband and wife team Matt and Helen Clarke follow with 13 and 10 ponts respectively. Continuing the family theme, Orla Cassidy is a point ahead of her father Edmund in 6th and 7th place. Senan O’Connor