the last two years.”
Cave cemented the podium spot with a strong drive on the final day. The Welshman has been in an R2 car for two years and only done two events in an R5 so was settling into the car well, despite a huge crash in testing at the Red Kite Stages where he rolled down into a ravine after a mechanical issue. Both he and co-driver James Morgan commented how good it was to be back in the car.
Scots Bogie and Thorburn rounded out the top five. Despite a clash while overtaking Cronin, Bogie brought the Skoda home to the finish. Thorburn had a solid rally, with only a couple of hairy moments and a spin, and the Peugeot worked well despite its reputation for unreliability.
Irishman Josh Moffett delivered an excellent sixth place as others around him suffered attrition or mistakes in the conditions. The reigning Irish Forest champion dealt with the conditions well and his R5 was in good shape ready for West Cork at the finish ramp. Edwards sealed seventh ( see above), while Jonny Greer had a relatively uneventful rally to finish ahead of Cronin, who couldn’t have had a more eventful rally if he’d tried. He's also off to West Cork. ■