Cronin is fast as Pringle and Cu­miskey are caught out in Bantry

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Sk­ib­bereen and Dis­trict Car Club When: Oc­to­ber 30 Where: Bantry, West Cork Cham­pi­onship: Plas­ticbag.ie South­ern 4 Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 6 Starters 79.

Daniel Cronin, co-driven by Shane Buck­ley in his Mit­subishi Lancer E9, won his local Fast­net Rally in some style.

Dun­dalk’s Bren­dan Cu­miskey, driv­ing his Ford Fi­esta R5, made a valiant ef­fort to catch the fly­ing Cronin to­wards the end, but had to set­tle for sec­ond. Cu­miskey was co-driven by Ro­nan O’kane.

Cronin topped the early run­ning ahead of Jonathan Pringle, as the early go­ing proved slip­pery. But with the roads dry­ing, Pringle fit­ted harder com­pound tyres to his Ford Es­cort Mk2 at the Bantry ser­vice and took fastest time through stage three.

How­ever, it all went wrong for the Ca­van man Pringle in the next test, where he reck­oned he would have to push re­ally hard to make an im­pres­sion on Cronin. Sadly the Pringle Es­cort caught gravel on a fast right-han­der, and was sucked into a ditch and rolled. This was a sad end to the rally for Pringle, who has chalked up some great re­sults this sea­son.

Cu­miskey then moved into sec­ond and he set fastest times through stages four and five. He had moved to within 12s of Cronin start­ing the fi­nal stage. Cu­miskey gave his R5 his best, but his mas­sive charge came to naught when he spun the car and stalled the en­gine, los­ing fur­ther time try­ing to get his Fi­esta out of a ditch.

This left Cronin to win by 37s, with Ge­orge Con­dell in third a fur­ther 20s back. Pau­ric Duffy did hold third go­ing into the fi­nal stage but, like Cu­miskey, he lost valu­able sec­onds and had to set­tle for fourth.

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