KILLARNEY District Motor Club driver and four-time British Rally champion, Keith Cronin, is set to return to the series this year.
He has signed a contract with the premium tyre maker Hankook to contest the four gravel rounds of the 2021 BRC, beginning with the Nicky Grist Rally in Wales on Saturday, plus the season-closing tarmac surface Ulster Rally in November.
Cronin is to pilot a Ford Fiesta Rally II and his co-driver will again be Killarney’s Mikie Galvin, who guided him to his most recent British Rally championship title in 2017.
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe, remarked: “I know what the driver and his co-driver are capable of. It’s a highly competitive team and therefore I am particularly pleased that they will start the British Rally Championship with Hankook support. The level of driving is very high and we are competing in a very strong series”.
Last weekend’s non-championship M-Sport Rally in Cumbria provided a good opportunity for Cronin and Galvin to get in gear and they finished third overall on what was their first competitive outing in three years.
Cronin declared himself satisfied with the result after the conclusion of the event.
“It’s been an interesting exercise. It was great to test in a full blown rally against great opposition,” he said.
“I was happy enough with our speed over the weekend without taking risks and we are confident of increased speed with a bit more seat time,” he added.