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