Niall Mc Larnon’s Semog buggy taking part at the Jimmy Devane Memorial Autocross
On Sunday 31st of July, Aghadoe in Killarney hosted a round of the 2016 Munster Autocross Championship. This latest round, titled the Jimmy Devane Memorial Autocross, marked the halfway point in the nine round O’Shea Munster Autocross Championship, making it an action-packed course for the day.
The event was first held in 2011 in memory of the man after which it is named who passed away in 2009. Each year the Killarney and District Motor Club who organise the event donate proceeds to charity, and this year the donation went to Kerry Multiple Sclerosis.
Participating in the event was Niall Mc Larnon who took to the course in his new Semog buggy. Niall, who holds sponsorship from both Proworx and Tricel, took an early lead in the adrenaline fuelled event. However, due to some stiff competition, was at the end moved to third position after missing out on second place by just over one second to Michael O’Conner Jnr. in his Hayabusa. First place was finally secured by James Lucy who had a time of 89.19 seconds on his last three runs, a margin of over two seconds on Michael O’Conner Jnr. In fourth place came Cork man Paul O’Driscoll who now leads the Munster Championship for the first time.
Niall last participated in the event three years ago when he finished third in class while driving a Nissan Sunny. The man whom the event is named for, Jimmy Devane, was a relative of Niall and who he compliments with introducing him to the exciting and fast-paced world of motorsports.
The weekend following the event Niall took part in the Midlands Autocross in Longford securing an impressive third place. His sights are now firmly focused on next year’s Championship when he hopes to participate in the full season of races in his newly acquired Semog buggy.
He stated: “I’m hoping that next year I’ll be in a position to participate in the entire Championship, it will be great to really push myself and the new motor across the range of stages. The Jimmy Devane Memorial Autocross event is a great day for anyone involved in Motor sport and in memory of a great man. Each year proceeds are used to help a good cause. What more could you ask for in a day out”
The next round of the Munster Autocross Championship will take place at Imokilly Motor Club Grass Autocross on Sunday, October 9th. For directions to the venue, the route will be arrowed from Castlemartyr village on the main Cork to Waterford road the N25.
Best of luck from all here at Proworx to those planning to participate in the event, and to those continuing on their journey through the 2016 Munster Auto Championships.