Monday 23 October 2017

McKenna seals Rally Two title


Second place for Monaghan pair Daniel McKenna and Arthur Kierans in the final round of the British Rally Championship was enough to clinch the BRC Rally Two title for McKenna, the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award winner.

They put in a controlled drive in their Ford Fiesta R2 as they started the rally leading the championship from their Norwegian rival Steve Rokland, and completed the 10 forestry stages 38 seconds behind him to ensure victory.

Meanwhile, Motorsport Ireland's team of Eamonn Byrne, David Thompson, Timmy Lynch and Alan Coyle finished second in the Ken Wharton Memorial International Autotest in Warwickshire, behind old rivals Northern Ireland and ahead of England.

Wicklow's Byrne was the individual winner, with Thompson, from Leitrim, taking class victory.

Killester overcame Bord Gais Neptune 88-76 as they continued their winning ways over last season's National Cup Champions thanks to Ciaran Roe's shooting in the early stages. Great work from Michael and Isaac Westbrooks helped Killester close it out.

UCD Marian claimed their first win over Moycullen 82-50, while last season's league champions UL Eagles returned to winning ways over Dublin Inter by 73-58. Belfast Star beat Templeogue 75-62, as C&S UCC Demons overcame DCU Saints 88-76.

In the Women's Premier League, both Team Montenotte and UL Huskies offered fans a nailbiting game, with Huskies prevailing 76-71.

Elsewhere in the women's league, Singleton Supervalu Brunell defeated Meteors 59-56 and Killester claimed a 63-46 victory over Liffey Celtics, while WIT Wildcats beat Ulster Rockets 70-60.

Richard Gasquet beat Mikhail Kukushkin in the Kremlin Cup final to leapfrog Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the race to reach the ATP World Tour finals in London.

The French top seed won 4-6 6-4 6-4 to capture his third title of the year and will now occupy the final qualifying spot for the season-ending event in London.

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