March 9, 2023
Carbon Positive Motorsport's Brand Ambassadors were competing last weekend in Ireland using our International Carbon Offsetting Package for the first time this season.
Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie will be focusing on Ireland this season in his Oakbank Escort.
A quality field of some of the top Irish competitors saw 150 entries for last weekend's Midland Moto Rally, based in Longord town. Reigning National rally champion Josh Moffett and Andy Hayes were seeded number 1, and Sam Moffett / Keith Moriarty were seeded 2nd - both in Hyundai i20 R5’s. Triple British national rally champion, CPM brand ambassador Matt Edwards and David Moynihan were seeded 3rd in a Fiesta R5.
Rally sponsors the Longford Arms Hotel provided Rally HQ, with service and parc ferme based in the town, and a ceremonial start on Saturday evening where the rally cars and competitors converged on the Main Street in Longford.
The event, also sponsored by Admore Air Conditioning Corp, along with associate sponsors Shane Quinn Rallying, Faughnan Construction and McCormack Contracting, consisted of 109km of asphalt stage mileage, with low road mileage. The rally was the first where multiple Carbon Positive Motorsport brand ambassadors were competing using our new International Carbon Offsetting projects.
UK legislation means that you can’t use UK Carbon Offsetting units to offset emissions created overseas so, working together with partners Highland Carbon, we have identified a number of projects to enable us to provide international competitors with offsetting. These cover a range of carbon offsetting abatement and afforestation projects, supplemented by the inclusion of contributions to rewilding projects, to ensure the greatest benefits possible are achieved for the benefit of motorsport and the environment.
Jason Mitchell suffered a retirement from 15th position
Speaking after the event, Steve Smith said, "It was great to see our ambassadors out competing using our latest international carbon offsetting package. We generally are working with this as a event package, but already we see huge interest from competitors about international offsetting, for disciplines ranging from rally raids to racing."
Matt Edwards finished the event in the runner up spot, while reigning Scottish champion David Bogie brought his Oakbank sponsored Escort home in 15th overall. Sadly Jason Mitchell suffered a retirement from 15th position on SS9 in his new VW Polo R5.
Photo: Mark McCullagh
Onboard with Matt Edwards
Midland Moto Rally Top 10 Results:
1. Callum Devine / Noel O'Sullivan Jnr. .Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 57:19.6
2. Matt Edwards / David Moynihan Ford Fiesta Rally2 +10.7
3. Josh Moffett / Andy Hayes Hyundai i20 R5 +11.4
4. Darren Gass / Barry McNulty Citroën C3 Rally2 +28.8
5. Sam Moffett / Keith Moriarty Hyundai i20 N Rally2 +1:01.1
6. Gary Kiernan / John McCabe Ford Escort MK2 +1:29.9
7. Declan Boyle / Patrick Walsh Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +1:31.5
8. Daniel Barry / /Lorcan Moore Škoda Fabia R5 +1:31.9
9. Mark Alcorn / Domhnall McAlaney Ford Escort MK2 +1:34.8
10. Stephen Wright / Gerard Conway Ford Fiesta R5 +1:49.2
More results available at ewrc.com
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