Austin Machale back in a Ford Es­cort af­ter 37 years for Car­rick Rally Sprint

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Five-time Ir­ish Tar­mac Rally cham­pion Austin Machale was back be­hind the wheel of a Ford Es­cort Mk2 last week­end for the first time in 37 years.

Driv­ing the same car that Don­agh Kelly drove in the Car­rick on Suir Win­ter Rally Sprint, Machale won Class 3.

The event, which at­tracted over 80 en­tries, was a fundraiser for Our Lady’s Chil­dren Hos­pi­tal in Crum­lin, Dublin.

Machale’s sons, Gareth and Aaron, were also com­pet­ing – dou­ble driv­ing Aaron’s Citroen DS3 R5 – but a bro­ken drive­shaft on the penul­ti­mate run ended their bid.

Cashel’s Pat O’con­nell, in a re­cently ac­quired Mit­subishi Lancer E10, took a start-to-fin­ish vic­tory.

He was 11.7 sec­onds in front of the Lancer E9 of Water­ford’s Keith Power. James Bradley (Honda Civic) was 3.9 sec­onds fur­ther be­hind in third.

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