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Keith Cronin has cho­sen to com­pete on the In­ter­na­tional Rally of the Lakes for the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship next week­end, fore­go­ing the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship in Carlisle.

This sea­son is the first time the cham­pi­onships have run the same cars at the front in many years, and a cal­en­dar clash has left crews do­ing dou­ble-duty with a de­ci­sion to make.

Cronin had a punc­ture and strug­gled to adapt to gravel on the open­ing round of the BRC in Mid Wales, and an ac­ci­dent at the start of the Cir­cuit of Ire­land ruled him out on the first stage. He had won the open­ing two rounds of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship be­fore the Cir­cuit faux pas, but is hop­ing Kil­lar­ney will get him and co-driver Mikie Galvin’s ti­tle charge back on track.

“We’re go­ing to Kil­lar­ney,” said Cronin, who pi­lots a Citroen DS 3 R5. “I think the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship is fin­ished for me this year. We’ll be do­ing some of the other rounds, we’ll do Kil­lar­ney and go from there. We haven’t had the best of luck.

“The car is per­form­ing well on Tar­mac, ev­ery­thing is work­ing well there. There are a lot of good stages in Kil­lar­ney like Glen­dun so it’s nice to go and do that, Kil­lar­ney was one I grew up watch­ing so it’s nice to go and do it. It would have been the Ber­tie Fisher years and Austin Machale [when I was watch­ing].”

The Mof­fett broth­ers – Sam and Josh – join Keith in Kil­lar­ney, while Cronin’s team-mate Jonny Greer and Skoda driver Desi Henry will head to Carlisle.

World Rally Cars can still com­pete in the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship and Don­agh Kelly will com­pete on his sec­ond cham­pi­onship event in a row in Kil­lar­ney seeded at num­ber one. De­clan Boyle is seeded car two de­spite not com­pet­ing on the event last year, while Gal­way and West Cork vic­tor Garry Jen­nings lines up as car three.

Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Rally Gallery

Cronin: Hard start to BRC

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