CRONIN CHOOSES IRELAND OVER BRC AS EVENTS CLASH
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.
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