First rally win on the Cir­cuit of Mun­ster for vis­it­ing Welsh­man Wood as he eases clear of the lo­cal stage ex­perts

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Martin Walsh

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.

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