Mixed fortunes for locals in big rally

Killarney’s Rob Duggan: mechanical issues

THERE were some power-packed performances produced by local crews but the laurels in this year’s Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Stages Rally went to Owen Murphy and Anthony Nestor in their Talbot Sunbeam Lotus who made their mark around Moll’s Gap on Saturday and they were rewarded with pride of place on the victory podium.

Second place – just 1.1 seconds behind – went to former winner Mark Falvey from Millstreet and James O’Brien in their Ford Escort RS1600 with Neil Williams and Anthony O’Sullivan’s Escort in third.

The crew that hosted the rally, Darren McCormick, deputy clerk of the course, Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O’Mahoney, Martin Farrell, clerk of the course, Tom O’Connor, Rentokil Initial) and Diarmuid Cronin, chairman, Killarney and District Motor Club Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Tomas Davis/Shane Buckley and Daniel Jones/Gerwyn Barry – both driving Escorts – made up the top five.

Two-time Circuit of Ireland winner Craig Breen in a Metro 6R4 was a sweeper car at the Killarney Historic Rally but the vehicle suffered a broken prop-shaft on the third stage.

Killarney rally ace Ron Duggan, who had been setting a hot pace, was also forced out through a mechanical fault.

In the modified category, the honours went north to Donegal’s Declan Gallagher with John McCarthy in a Toyota Starlet RWD who edged out Enda O’Brien/John Butler and Martin McGee/Denis O’Mahony, both in Escorts.

The Rentokil Initial sponsored event brought great weekend business to the town and there was great excitement on Friday night for the colourful ceremonial start on Main Street.

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