Nagle second in Rally Islas Canarias

Seamus O'Connor

Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle was back in competitive action last week when he competed with Waterford's Craig Breen on 37th Rally Islas Canarias. The Irish crew, who are driving a Peugeot 207 S2000 for the Peugeot Rally Academy, were competing for the first time together on the Spanish event although the experienced Nagle (pictured) had competed on the rally before co-driving for Kris Meeke.

The opening 8 stages on Friday saw the duo put in a strong performance to lie in 3rd place overall behind Skoda's Jan Kopecky/Paval Dresier in 2nd place with former F1 driver and 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica and co driver Naciek Baran holding the 1st place in a Citroen DS3.

Day 2 saw the crews compete over a further six stages and again Breen and Nagle put in another blistering performance to arrive at the finish ramp in second place overall with Breen now moving into second place overall in the European Rally Championship.

Bruno Famin, head of Peugeot Sport, praised the crew after the event and confirmed their participation on next month's Rally Acores, which will see the Irish crew compete over the narrow gravel stages on the island of Sao Miguel.

Meanwhile, the Carlton Hotel Circuit of Kerry Stages Rally, which will take place on April 6/7, has attracted close to 100 entries to date. The rally, which is round 2 of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship, will see some of Ireland's and the UK's top crews battle it out for the overall honours.

Abbeydourney's Thomas Fitzmaurice and co-driver Fionn Foley will be aiming to score back to back victories on their home event in their recently acquired Subaru S12B world rally car but will face stiff opposition from current Top Part Championship leader and former winner Niall Maguire and co-driver Enda Sherry and Ballyduff native Kevin Barret, with Sean Mullally who will also be competing in Subaru world rally cars.

Elsewhere, London based journalist Sean Moriarty, who hails from Tralee, has been appointed Press Officer for the forth coming Killarney Rally of the Lakes which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Moriarty who is a regular competitor in both Ireland and Europe has a wealth of motorsport journalism experience and will be a major boost to the event.


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