Boyle main­tains strong pace as White takes Na­tional ti­tle

Tip­per­ary Stonethrow­ers Rally

Motor Sport News - - Erc: Rally Rzeszow - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Tip­per­ary Mo­tor Club When: Au­gust 7 Where: Clon­mel, Co Tip­per­ary Cham­pi­onships: Tri­ton Show­ers Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship, Suir­way South East Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 9 Starters: 119

Done­gal cousins De­clan and Brian Boyle in their Ford Fi­esta WRC scored an­other im­pres­sive win on this chal­leng­ing Stonethrow­ers Rally, while Roy White did enough to take the Tri­ton Show­ers Ir­ish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship with fourth place over­all.

Much in­ter­est was cen­tred on White’s progress on this, his home rally. He and co-driver James O’brien made a cau­tious start to the day and then, de­spite a sixth stage spin, im­proved from his sixth place on the early stages to fin­ish fourth and ahead of main cham­pi­onship ri­vals Peadar Hur­son and Niall Maguire.

Hur­son did lead the rally af­ter stage one, then his Subaru went slightly off track in stage two. This was fol­lowed by a spin in stage three. He even­tu­ally fin­ished fifth. Hur­son set fastest time on the fi­nal pow­er­stage too but even the ex­tra point earned wasn’t enough to keep the des­tiny of the over­all se­ries ti­tle alive to the next round in Clare.

At ser­vice af­ter the first three stages, it was very close at the front, with Boyle lead­ing Ir­ish Tar­mac reg­u­lars Alis­tair Fisher, Josh Moffett and White sep­a­rated by just 10.7s.

In the mid­dle loop of stages Boyle stretched his legs and ex­tended his lead to 22s over Fisher, with Josh Moffett a fur­ther 9s back. On the fi­nal loop those gaps widened fur­ther. Sam Moffett was fifth at sec­ond ser­vice but with the Ul­ster Rally so close re­tired his Fi­esta R5 in stage seven to save the en­gine.

A few driv­ers were caught out by gravel and dust on the stages, in­clud­ing Alan Ring who put his Ford Fi­esta R5 off in stage four when hold­ing 10th. Frank Kelly’s Es­cort hit the scenery in the first stage and was re­tired with a burst ra­di­a­tor.

Paul Bar­rett (Subaru Im­preza) won GPN. Shane Maguire in his Mit­subishi Lancer had led but in­curred prob­lems on the fi­nal loop to slip back to sec­ond. Three mem­bers of the Kear­ney fam­ily, who were spon­sor­ing the rally, en­tered the event.

Gus Kear­ney Jr was go­ing well in Group N but clipped a rock with a front wheel of his Lancer and was forced to re­tire. Gus Sr fin­ished, driv­ing his orig­i­nal Peu­geot 205 GTI, and An­drew fin­ished as well.

Michael Boyle, win­ner De­clan’s son, won the Ju­nior cat­e­gory, Michael had Der­mot Mccaf­frey co-driv­ing in his Honda Civic.

White did enough to seal Na­tional cham­pi­onship

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