Resting on the banks of the River Suir is the Tipperary town of Clonmel which has for years been the home of the Stonethrowers Rally. This event which has had many a famous winner over the years would be in an opt out year from the Triton Showers National Championship, this would not discourage a good entry from taking in the high roads and by roads around the commeragh mountains.
Two crews would make the trip to the south east, Gary Kiernan would have James O’Reilly calling the notes fresh off the back of his Imokilly win and Mickey Conlon would revert back to his normal seat and with normal navigator Ciaran Mc Phillips after his great run with Alan Atcheson in the Dogleap the previous week.
A good dry day greeted the competing crews as they would tackle some fast flowing but dusty stages for the day. Pushed on by his recent victory Kiernan made his intentions known from the start setting fastest 2 wheel drive time and beating the more powerful opposition of Donnegan and O’ Brien in their 2.5 cars. A good steady start by Conlon would see him slot into 4th in class and 16th overall behind a raft of 4 wheel drive opposition.
After the first loop Kiernan and O’Reilly maintained their 5th overall beating the odd WRC and group n car along the way to lead the two wheel drive section outright. Mickey Conlon had started to make his push up the leader board also known. a climb to 3rd in class and 15th overall would suffice for the close of the opening loop.
Over the middle loop Kiernan would once again hold station but Conlon would put the pressure on and haul the MC Blinds car up to 12th overall and 2nd in class. It would remain like this for the rest of the day with the Cavan crews making it a one, two in class 13 and 5th overall and top 2 wheel drive for Gary Kiernan would continue his run of pace as of late and Mickey Conlon would wind up 10th overall and 2nd in class 13 after a good solid day in the office for himself and the post man.