Wood and Mo­ri­arty steer Subaru to Wex­ford win

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Wex­ford Mo­tor Club When: Septem­ber 10/11 Where: Wex­ford, Ire­land Cham­pi­onship Suir­way Group South East Stages Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 15 Starters: 89

Welsh­man Steve Wood and his co-driver Keith Mo­ri­ar­ity took a fine vic­tory in their Subaru Im­preza WRC on the Wex­ford Rally as tricky con­di­tions on Sun­day morn­ing caught out a num­ber of fron­trun­ners.

Ford Es­cort Mk2 driver Enda O’brien took a sur­prise lead of the two-day event early on, but slid into a chi­cane on stage five gift­ing Wood the lead.

As the stages dried on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Paddy Mcveigh pow­ered his Subaru Im­preza into the lead, but he and overnight third place man Gary Kier­nan went off on Sun­day morn­ing.

Wood re­took the lead, de­spite spins on the fi­nal day, to head O’brien and Adrian Hether­ing­ton/gary Nolan’s Ford Es­cort Mk2.

Ed­die Power in his Toy­ota Corolla WRC fin­ished 20th over­all which was enough to clinch the top driver spot in the class-based South East Stages Cham­pi­onship.

Mickey Con­lon was a fine fifth in his Es­cort, which gave his co-driver Ciaran Mcphillips the top co-driver Award in the SE Cham­pi­onship.

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