First rally win on the Circuit of Munster for visiting Welshman Wood as he eases clear of the local stage experts
Organiser: Limerick Motor Club When: June 5 Where: County Limerick, Ireland Championships: Top Parts West Coast Rally Championship Stages: 9 Starters: 93.
Welsh driver Steve Wood netted his first ever rally victory on the Rathkeale House Circuit of Munster in County Limerick in his Subaru Impreza. Co-driven by local Keith Moriarty the 54-year-old Aberystwyth man finished 10.3 seconds ahead of the Ford Escort of Tyrone’s Frank Kelly and his Cork co-driver Paul Twomey.
The local crew of Ed O’callaghan/ Ger Clancy (Escort) recovered from a slow start, they were eighth on the first stage to take third – 31.2s behind.
Wood set the pace with a string of fastest times on the opening loop to lead Kelly by 10.9s. On the repeat loop, he extended the margin to 30.1s. Kelly clouted a chicane bale on the opening stage and damaged both doors, and had a moment on SS5 on cement dust. Meanwhile, O’callaghan remedied brake problems to complete the top three ahead of another local driver Paul Purtill (Escort).
Top seed Donagh Kelly was a non-starter due to work commitments.