Henry takes win and for­est ti­tle

Glens of Antrim Rally

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Pat­ter­son Re­sults ROAD RALLY ROUND-UP

Or­gan­iser: Mid Antrim Mo­tor Club When: Novem­ber 5 Where: Bal­ly­cas­tle, County Antrim Cham­pi­onship Ir­ish For­est Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 6 Starters: 60

Port­glenone’s Desi Henry in his Skoda Fabia R5, co-driven by Cork’s Liam Moyni­han, was a happy man on Satur­day night, hav­ing not only won his home rally, but also the Ir­ish For­est Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Bright but cold con­di­tions pre­vailed as the driv­ers made their way down the Antrim coast.

Josh and Sam Mof­fett had a close bat­tle over the open­ing stages, with Henry in close at­ten­dance. The lat­ter driver said he was driv­ing with a mod­icum of re­straint, fin­ish­ing in the top eight up­per­most in his mind to en­sure the for­est cham­pi­ons’ ti­tle.

Sam Mof­fett slid his Ford Fi­esta R5 off the road on the third stage, the tricky Bal­ly­patrick. At ser­vice in Bal­ly­cas­tle Josh Mof­fett led by 10s from Henry. De­spite his com­ments about re­straint, Henry’s Skoda still flirted with sev­eral ditches in stage three. Adrian Hether­ing­ton (Toy­ota Corolla WRC) was third, and he was an­other to find stage three very slippy. Hether­ing­ton was none­the­less build­ing his con­fi­dence and was just 18s back from Henry.

Shane Mcgirr (Toy­ota Star­let) and David Crossen (Ford Es­cort) were equal fourth and fight­ing for two-wheel-drive honours. Crossen ad­mit­ted to a few scares along the way, but was happy with his progress.

The af­ter­noon stages brought some sig­nif­i­cant changes to the leader­board. Josh Mof­fett’s Ford Fi­esta ground to a halt with two punc­tures and only one spare in Slie­veanorra.

Henry was able to throt­tle his Skoda back slightly af­ter Mof­fett’s demise to en­sure he took vic­tory and the for­est ti­tle.

Hether­ing­ton had a good run and was fastest on the fi­nal stage to re­in­force his sec­ond place.

Ger Lucey in his Mit­subishi Lancer had a good run to­wards the end to move up from sixth to third. Mcgirr had been fourth, but he had to nurse his Star­let home when it suf­fered a bro­ken rear sus­pen­sion strut and he fin­ished sev­enth. At least he still fin­ished top two-wheel-drive in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings. David Crossen con­tin­ued his great form of late and brought his Es­cort home in fourth. Dar­ren Mck­elvey came up from 10th to fifth in the last cou­ple of stages and Liam Re­gan, in his un­usual Peu­geot 206 four-wheel-drive car, did an ex­cel­lent job to get sixth. Robert Mck­elvey won Group N by 3s from Ash­ley Dick­son, both in Mit­subishi Lancers.

Henry/moyni­han took the Ir­ish for­est ti­tle in Antrim

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