Tullyallen Karting Club held the final round of their Winter Championship at Whiterive on Bank Holiday Monday, March 19.
The Winter Championship started in Athboy Karting Centre on October 31 in appalling weather conditions but with great credit to PJ Hoey and his marshals the event was a roaring success, passing off without incident. The largest and most successful Winter Championship in Ireland was up and running.
Round two was also held in Athboy and saw the grid numbers surpass those of the Summer Championship for the first time, proving that safe and affordable racing was appealing to a great number of people.
Round three was held in Whiteriver and for the first time entries topped the 70 mark and this was followed up by an even bigger entry in Athboy for round four.
Round five in Athboy left all the Championships delicately poised for the season finale at Whiteriver where 85 entries came forward. The club also witnessed its largest field of cadets thus far with 24 entries.
The Championship positions were all decided on the last day with Adam Russell repeating his success in the Summer Championship by taking the title in Bambino and Mannix Kane again triumphing in Senior Bambino.
In Cadets the roles were reversed with Killian Brady taking a dominant win, followed home by Patrick Finnegan and Sean McMahon, just pipping Jack Hall for third in the hampionship.
In Junior Max Mark Hoey once again proved to be the class of the field but was shadowed all the way by Charlie Murphy, Lorcan Bowens and Lorcan Bellew. In KF3, Conor Keane took the title pipping Danny Hyland by just 10 points at the end.
The Senior Max category was equally competitive with Simon Bowhan clinching a narrow victory from Paul Russell and Maurizio Lanni. One failure on the last day could have changed the positions dramatically with any of the three capable of taking the laurels but Simon was a deserving winner in the end.
In the 180kg category of Senior Max, Darren Matthews dominated the Championship from start to finish but has some good competition to look forward to in 2012 from the returning Paul Newport and Andrew O’Brien who closed the gap by season’s end. In Gearbox category, club Chairman Mick Burke took the honours.
Special mention too to the clubs competing ladies, Kate Russell, Laura Carey and Eimear Carey who regularly put it up to the boys. The club is delighted to have the girls competing and is hopefully of increasing the number of girls/ladies taking part throughout 2012.
The club also could not operate without the dedicated voluntary marshals and organisers who give their time and expertise so everyone can enjoy a safe day’s racing.
At the season finale, whilst presenting the Championship trophies which were generously sponsored by Niall Russell Engineering, the club made a small presentation to PJ Hoey, our Clerk of the Course, and his helpers including Anthony Hoey, Shay Clarke, Sean Shevlin, Paul Newport, Bobby Macken, Niall Russell, Hannah Newport, Ken Reid and Noel Rice.
The club also expressed its gratitude to photographers Con Connolly and Gerard Donnelly who attend all the events, capturing memories and sharing them with club members.
The club would also like to thank Noel Carey from Norris Carey Motorsport for generously sponsoring a prize of a day’s testing for two people and the winners were Mark Hoey in Junior Max and Eoin Murray in Cadets.
The next stage for the club is its upcoming Summer Championship 2012 which kicks off in Athboy on April 9 with Round Two at a new venue in Santry on April 29. Round Three is on May 27 followed by July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26 and September 16. The club is holding its AGM on Sunday April 15 at CityNorth Hotel at 2pm and all are welcome.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the club or finding out more information can go to the website www.tullyallenkarting.com or check out Facebook. The club is always looking for marshals to get involved and help out so if you are interested please do get in touch.