Motorsport: Patterson lives up to top seeding
Published 03/12/2012 | 05:00
Top seeds Wesley Patterson and Alan Whyte were the clear winners of the FIA Appendix K category of the Killarney Historic Car Rally at the weekend, with their Escort finishing more than four minutes ahead of the crowd-pleasing Lancia Stratos of Steve Perez and Carl Williamson after eight classic stages in the Kerry mountains.
James O'Mahony of Limerick in his Volvo narrowly beat the Mini of last year's winner, Galwayman Ray Cunningham, in the Historic section, with Escort drivers Denis Moynihan from Cork, Welsh visitor Tomas Davies and Donegal's Martin McGee each taking category victories.
A golden goal from Peter Caruth earned Ireland bronze in dramatic style at the Champions Challenge in Buenos Aires.
From the start of play at the Quilmes stadium, it was clear that the Irish were ready to step up a gear from their uncertain display in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to their Argentinian hosts on Saturday.
The presence of Paul Revington, Ireland's coach up to his departure for Kuala Lumpur during the summer, barking orders at the Malaysians from the stand gave them every incentive.
Ireland were pegged back twice after Geoff McCabe and Conor Harte put their side in front. After falling behind with five minutes left the Irish held their nerve as the hooter loomed, winning a corner that Harte tucked away with aplomb after John Jermyn's feint, to force extra-time.
The second period was only seconds old when Eugene Magee spotted Caruth on his own in the opposition circle and presented him with the winning opportunity.
Denis Lynch has scooped €60,000 for runner-up spot in the Grand Prix at the Gucci Masters in Paris.
Riding Thomas Straumann's massive 12-year-old gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, the Tipperary man missed out on the €99,000 winner's purse by just 0.13 of a second in the seven-horse jump-off won by Dutchman Marc Houtzager and Tamino.
On Saturday, Lynch also steered the same horse into third in the 1.50m Speed event.
Cian O'Connor brought two new horses to Stockholm, where he slotted the nine-year-old Dual Star, which competed in only its first international at Cavan last month, into third in Friday's 1.40 Speed.
In yesterday's Gucci Grand Prix won by Sweden's Malin Baryard-Johnson and H&M Tornesch, O'Connor finished sixth with the 11-year-old Ulano, which was Cavan Grand Prix champion.
Jessica Kuerten was also in action in Sweden, taking fourth in the 1.50m Speed and fifth with Oklahoma de Riverland in the Two-Phase competition in which O'Connor and Dual Star slotted into seventh.