O’Connell wins as event slips from Tracey’s clutch
George Tracey will be the 2011-2012 Irish Rallycross champion, but the Citroën driver’s unbeaten run of event wins was brought to an end in round five when clutch failure forced him to retire his Xsara Supercar and watch on as Ian O’Connell sprinted through to take the event win in his Supernational Lotus Exige.
Tracey dominated the event and has won the Supercar A final before the problems brought his day to an early halt in the Superfinal. Having won all four events so far and making it to the Superfinal again in this penultimate round, Tracey cannot be beaten in the championship and will take the crown for the first time even if he does not take part in the final round on March 4.
O’Connell had won the Supernational A final before going on to grab the overall victory, Willie Coyne leading the chase here as he had done in the class final while Dessie Tierney climbed the order to place third overall.
The two Stock Hatch classes again provided string fields and lots of action, Eddie Peterson returning to the winner’s circle in the 16v class while Noel O’Brien remains unbeaten among the 8v runners, taking his fifth win of the winter. James Fleming topped the Junior order, once again keeping his Toyota ahead of the Nissan dominated field, the best of which was Sophie Byrne. Noel Greene won the RallyCar class again, the Mitsubishi driver ahead of Des Ryan.
- 1 Ian O’Connell (Lotus Exige) 4m 14.79s,
- 2 Willie Coyne (Opel Corsa) 4m 21.46s,
- 3 Dessie Tierney (Opel Tigra) 4m 22.00s,
- 4 Gavin O’Connell (Ford Fiesta) 4m 28.92s,
- 5 Pearse Browne (BMW Compact) 4m 29.39s,
- 6 Padraig Leeson (Vauxhall Corsa) 4m 36.88s.
- 1 George Tracey (Citroën Xsara) 3m 24.69s,
- 2 John Kelly (Lancer Evo 7) 3m 33.05s.
- 1 Ian O’Connell (Lotus Exige) 3m 33.67s,
- 2 Willie Coyne (Opel Corsa) 3m 37.41s,
- 3 Padraig Leeson (Vauxhall Corsa) 3m 43.24s.
- 4 Gavin O’Connell (Ford Fiesta) 3m 44.56s,
- 5 Dessie Tierney (Opel Tigra) 3m 45.21s.
- 6 Pearse Browne (BMW Compact) 3m 48.02s.
- Stock Hatch 16v
- 1 Eddie Peterson (Peugeot 106) 3m 47.43s,
- 2 Graeme Colfer (Peugeot 106) 3m 50.64s,
- 3 Aaron Dalton (Peugeot 106) 3m 56.47s,
- 4 Philip Lawless (Peugeot 106) 4m 00.07s.
- Stock Hatch 8v
- 1 Noel O’Brien (Peugeot 205) 3m 54.56s,
- 2 Stephen Morrin (Peugeot 205) 3m 58.27s,
- 3 Mark Halligan (Peugeot 205) 3m 58.68s,
- 4 Keith Kerrshaawe (Peugeot 205) 4m 00.54s,
- 5 Peter McGarry (Peugeot 205) 4m 01.20s,
- 6 Fergal Bowes (Peugeot 205) 4m 02.24s.
- 1 James Fleming (Toyota Starlet) 4m 01.68s,
- 2 Sophie Byrne (Nissan Micra) 4m 07.92s,
- 3 Andrew Clarke (Nissan Micra) 4m 08.43s,
- 4 Eamon Horan (Nissan Micra) 4m 08.89s,
- 5 Dylan Curley (Toyota Starlet) 4m 13.00s,
- 6 James Huddleston (Suzuki Swift) 4m 15.64s.
- 1 Noel Greene (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 3m 32.83s,
- 2 Des Ryan (Opel Corsa) 3m 35.99s,
- 3 Patrick Donoghue (Peugeot 205) 3m 38.27s,
- 4 Mick Curtis (Vauxhall Corsa) 3m 39.54s,
- 5 Thomas O’Rafferty (Opel Corsa) 3m 52.67s,
- 6 Mark Greene (Peugeot 205) 3m 54.34s.