Well as we all know 2020 didn't quiet pan out as many had hoped with the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic resulting in a large number of events either being cancelled or running behind closed doors and not allowing spectators.
Unfortunately it meant that our outings were also severely restricted resulting in attendance at 3 Rallies, 2 Multi Venue Trials, 1 Cars & Coffee meet and a charity Truck & Car Run. This was only a fraction of the events and shows that we had planned to attend during the year.
The year started off with a trip to Bray for the monthly Cars & Coffee meet up, as usual there was a diverse gathering of cars on site with lots of post Christmas chatter and banter.
Two weeks later we made the short trip up to Mondello Park for the Trials Drivers Club annual Dave Griffin Memorial Trial. The club had laid out the usual 5 tests on various parts of the international race track, rallycross track and outer car parks for the 85 entrants, After competing on each test 4 times Christopher Evans was fastest at the end of the day in his Toyota MRS with the similar car of Eddie Peterson in second and the Peugeot 106 GTi of Daniel Byrne third.
Into February and we made the trip West for the first round of the Tarmac Rally Championship, the Galway International Rally. It had been a few years since we were in Galway for the rally but with the stages located close to Portumna the temptation was to much to resist.
With a number of new driver/car combinations it would prove to be an exciting opener to the Championship will Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble in a VW Polo GTi R5 coming away victorious from the Hyundai i20 R5 of Sam Moffett/James Fulton. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley, also in a Polo, were just 1.7seconds behind Moffett & Fulton.
Next up was a visit to the forests and the Carrick on Suir MC Willie Loughman Forestry Rally. The stages as usual were based in Ahenny, Anner and Gurteen with each stage being run twice. James Wilson and Arthur Kierans were victorious in their Hyundai i20 R5 with Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan second in a Mitsubishi Evo8 and Liam Ryan/Keith Moriarity third in a Fiesta R5. Gary Kiernan and Daren O'Brien in fifth overall were best of the 2wd cars in their Mk2 Escort.
Little did we know a week after the Carrick Forestry that the trip to Abbeyleix for the Birr & District MC Stages Rally would be our last motorsport event for a number of months. With a large number of R5 cars and a handful of WRCars. Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes topped the time sheets at the end of the day in their Hyundai i20 R5 with the similar car of Desi Henry and John Rowan in second. The two Mellors Elliot Motorsport run Proton Iriz R5s of Ollie Mellors/Max Freeman and Eugene Donnelly/John McElhinney were third and fourth.
When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in March the brakes were put on most motorsport events, some were allowed to run behind closed gates but there were strict restrictions to be adhered to. In August we were asked to attend the TDC Avoca River Trial in Arklow which brought a little hope that some other events might run and we'd get a chance capture some more motorsport action.
Christopher Evans (Toyota MRS) was quickest at the Avoca River Trial with Richard Meek in a Toyota Starlet finishing second while the Toyota Yaris 1800 of Eamonn Byrne finished 3rd.
Our year came to a premature end at the end of September with the John Nugent Memorial Truck and Car Run that started in New Ross and took in a route travelling through Enniscorthy, Ferns, Gorey, Carnew, Bunclody, Kiltealy and back to New Ross.
So with a restricted year and only a fraction of the usual events attended lets hope that 2021 will allow us get out to more events and get to see lots more action up and down the country and possibly a few events across the water.
We'd like to wish all our followers and viewers a Happy New Year and thank you for looking in on the site, fingers crossed we'll see you at a safe distance some where in 2021