Thursday 30 March 2017

Motorsport: McGarrity aims to keep ball rolling

Declan Quigley

Circuit of Ireland winner Derek McGarrity has little time to savour his fourth win in the famous Easter rally as he and his crew continue their hectic 2010 schedule at this weekend's third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship in Tralee.

McGarrity is eyeing Dunlop National and Northern Ireland series success and has committed his team to a hectic schedule of events in all corners of the island, sometimes with two rallies on the same weekend.

McGarrity continued his excellent start to the season last weekend with his third win of the year in the Circuit of Ireland rally, also a counting event in the Citroen Tarmac series.

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Now the Glengormley motor trader turns his attention once more to Dunlop action on Sunday where he is playing catch-up to Welshman Mel Evans, winner of the first two events in Nenagh and Mayo.

Retirement in Mayo means McGarrity, on 18 points, trails Evans by 22 points heading into Sunday's seven-stage event. With seven WRC cars on the entry list, McGarrity (Subaru) will start at No 4 behind top seed Evans, Kevin Barrett and Niall Maguire.

Defending champion Kevin Kelleher is seeded at No 5 in his Mitsubishi.

Elsewhere, Eddie Peterson earned victory in the Hewison Autotest Championship. The Dubliner won the title for a record sixth time in a row.

The absence of reigning champion Colin Turkington from this year's British Touring Car Championship has been offset by the arrival of fellow Ulsterman Steven Kane, who won the third race in the series' first event of the season in Thruxton on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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