O’rior­dan is un­touched on re­turn to Cork stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Mart­in­walsh

Or­gan­iser: Sk­ib­bereen and District MC When: Oc­to­ber 29 Where: Bantry, County Cork Cham­pi­onships: Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship; South­ern 4 Rally Cham­pi­onship Starters: 88 Stages: 8.

Un­trou­bled through­out, Cork driver Daragh O’rior­dan (Ford Fi­esta RS WRC) won the Bantry-based Fast­net Stages Rally, the fi­nal round of the Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship.

O’rior­dan had been kept out of ral­ly­ing for a year af­ter a crash, but his re­turn proved fruit­ful with fastest times on six of the eight stages. He fin­ished 45.3 sec­onds ahead of the Mit­subishi Lancer E9 of Dun­man­way’s Ja­son Mcsweeney. David Guest rounded out the top three in his sim­i­lar Lancer E9.

Shane Maguire (Lancer E9) net­ted the Group N ti­tle within the Ir­ish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, while 10th place for the Ford Es­cort of Mikey Con­lon se­cured the Mk2 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in the se­ries.

Brian Brady (Honda Civic) won the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship beat­ing Jonny Tre­anor and Michael Boyle.

With the over­all cham­pi­onship de­cided in Sam Mof­fett’s di­rec­tion two rounds ago, the co-driver’s tro­phy was still up for grabs. Karl Atkin­son failed to fin­ish on this event co-driv­ing for Stephen Wright. The ti­tle went to James O’brien. Both have co-driven for Mof­fett.

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