North­ern Ir­ish­man steers only WRC car on the Cir­cuit to vic­tory. By James Casey

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ith most of the hype cen­tring on the high pro­file In­ter­na­tional rally, it was easy to for­get there were mul­ti­ple Na­tional bat­tles to be played out on the event with Ford Fi­esta WRC and Lan­cia Stratos on of­fer in equal mea­sure.

Eighty cars started the event and, of those, it was last year’s win­ner and de­fend­ing North­ern Ire­land cham­pion Derek Mc­gar­rity in a DMACK-SHOD Ford Fi­esta World Car who ended on the podium’s top step.

Mc­gar­rity – with stand-in co-driver Barry Mcnulty on the notes – bossed pro­ceed­ings through­out. Part of their suc­cess was in no small part thanks to car prepa­ra­tion supremo Kenny Mckinstry, who worked his magic on the Fi­esta’s dif­fer­en­tial af­ter a visit to en­gi­neers at M-sport failed to rem­edy it. It had bro­ken be­fore the Cir­cuit of Kerry the pre­ced­ing week­end, forc­ing Mc­gar­rity to miss that event.

The open­ing stage was a tricky and long af­fair at just over 13 miles, with Mc­gar­rity set­ting the early run­ning from the Ford Es­cort of lead­ing two-


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