The week following the ALMC saw the next round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship with the Sligo Stages Rally taking in some of the more traditional stages in the south of the country with the famous Lady’s Brae taking centre stage as it would run 3 times during the day and be the final stage in the evening.
A number of crews would make the short trip across from Cavan to compete as they would continue to chase their border dreams.
In their class 13 escort it would be Billis man Russel Woods and Martin Byrne who would start the day 2nd in class behind a hard charging Gary Kiernan until Kiernan suffered from mechanical failure which would side line him for the day allowing Woods to take the initiative and hold the class lead until the end in what were very treacherous conditions in places.
Alan Atcheson with Thomas Wedlock would be one crew who would have their eyes on the top prize as they were well in the hunt for the overall border championship win with good points hauls on all rounds to date. With the weather playing a big part on peoples game plans seeing the damage being done around them the pair decided to go for points rather than outright wins. 2nd in the class would cement their status of 2nd overall in the border championship with 2 rounds left.
Damian O’Reilly and Damien Mc Cabe would have their giant killing 1400 escort out to play as they continue to lead their class in the championship. Sligo would be no different without fellow 1400 aficionado Gene Mc Donald being absent from the starters it was up to the two damiens to take the fight to the bigger more powerful cars as they would once again embarrass a lot of crews with their pace in the slippery conditions.
Taking the reins of his father Mervyn’s escort for the day Mark Wedlock would debut Lois Branyan on the notes as she vowed to put manners on him as he would knock the rust off after a long lay off from action. The choice of event would prove to be beneficial as he would get many miles under his belt in the very testing conditions. 5th in the class would be a good result at the finish and no damage means he is welcome back home in Maudabawn at the end of the day.
In the junior battle it would be yet another Wedlock on the time sheets as Andrew would navigate for Aaron Mc Intyre in his newly built Starlet. The pair would settle into a nice steady run as the aim of the day would be make no mistakes and get to the finish. With 4th at the finish it was mission accomplished as the pair gained valuable miles under their belts and learned the car in the tricky conditions.
For the second weekend in a row it would a good turn out by the Cavan club for marshals as they would cover stage 1 and 4. A quiet day for them as only a handful of cars passed on stage 1 thanks to an off by Paul Kiely and Eugene Donnelly near the start. Once again a good weekend for a number of crews at the finish.