Four from four for Breen in Killarney
Craig Breen (Right) and Paul Nagle celebrate victory in the Killarney Rally of the Lakes
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Waterford’s Craig Breen and Killarney native Paul Nagle continued their unbeaten run in this year’s Pirelli/EARS Motorsport Irish Tarmac Rally Championship by adding the Cartell.ie Killarney International Rally of the Lakes to their previous wins in Galway, Cork and Antrim.
After two tough days on the classic stages of Kerry and Cork, their Fiesta led from start to finish, ending the weekend 15 seconds clear of the similar car of main rivals Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble, who took runner up position for the third time in four rallies.
Third place, and a first podium result, went to another Fiesta in the hands of former Young Rally Driver of the Year Callum Devine and co-driver Brian Hoy, with Desi Henry and Rob Barrable completing the top five in a pair of Skodas.
The was a high retirement rate among the top seeds, with the casualties including the Moffett brothers, Sam and Josh, Jonny Greer, Manus Kelly and Meirion Evans. The current Young Driver title holder, James Wilson, had a good drive to tenth place on his debut event in a powerful R5 Hyundai, a big step upwards from his usual Peugeot 208.
With three rounds remaining Breen, who has had a clean sweep of victories so far now leads the Championship by 18 points from Fisher who is also 18 points ahead of third placed Desi Henry.
The next round is the Joule Donegal International Rally on the weekend of June 21-23.
Provisional Championship Leaderboard:
1 – Craig Breen 68
2 – Alastair Fisher 50
3 – Desi Henry 32
4 – Callum Devine 30
5= Josh Moffett & Jonny Greer 24