Pringle scores com­fort­able Imokilly win

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Or­gan­iser: Imokilly Mo­tor Club When: July17 Where: Mi­dle­ton, East Cork Cham­pi­onships: Plas­ticbags.ie South­ern Four Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 6 Starters: 86

Jonathan Pringle main­tained his run of good form this sea­son with vic­tory on the Imokilly Mini Rally in Cork.

The Es­cort Mk2 pilot was pushed on by reign­ing Ir­ish Tar­mac Mod­i­fied cham­pion De­clan Gal­lagher, with guest co-driver Shane O’ma­hony in the hot seat of his Star­let RWD.

Pringle had a few wor­ry­ing mo­ments dur­ing the day. At the first junc­tion of stage three, a re­peat of the open­ing Cloyne test, his Es­cort’s gear­box jammed mo­men­tar­ily and the car spun back­wards into the scenery, al­beit with­out sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quences.

Al­though he lost lit­tle time, the ex­haust was bro­ken and stayed that way for the re­main­der of the stages. “We made a good start, pulled out a de­cent lead, so there was no need to go mad to­wards the end. I was sur­prised we didn’t drop time,” Pringle said af­ter­wards.

Enda O’brien took third over­all in his Es­cort Mk2, just 1.5s be­hind Gal­lagher and 5.5s ahead of Chris Armstrong and Chris Melly.

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