In­au­gu­ral FIA Celtic Tro­phy set­tled in favour of Keith Cronin on the Manx

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Keith Cronin is the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the FIA Celtic Tro­phy, af­ter nei­ther he nor any of his close ri­vals at­tended the con­clud­ing round on the Isle of Man.

The Tro­phy has fol­lowed the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship this year, with the ad­di­tion of the Manx at the end of the year. The win­ner of each class gets the chance to rep­re­sent the UK and Ire­land in the FIA Euro­pean Rally Tro­phy shootout, which is held on the Rally Wald­vier­tel in Aus­tria in Oc­to­ber.

The event fea­tures 12 spe­cial stages in gravel and as­phalt for­mat – all done on gravel tyres – over 163 miles.

None of the fron­trun­ners of the Celtic Tro­phy have con­firmed a trip to Aus­tria as they still have the fi­nal round of the ITRC, the Cork 20, to go. Cronin also stands a chance of win­ning that de­spite an un­lucky sea­son in his Citroen.

The Euro­pean Rally Tro­phy is made up of the Balkan, Celtic, Cen­tral and Ibe­rian Tro­phies.

Cronin has had an un­lucky year but takes home Fia-sanc­tioned tro­phy

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