McNulty secures glory in Donegal
Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely cruised their way through yesterday's final eight stages to take a comfortable victory in the Topaz Donegal International Rally, having led virtually from the start on Friday morning.
This was McNulty's first win in Donegal, although he has had previous International successes in Galway and Killarney, while Kiely has three previous wins in this rally with Eugene Donnelly. After 24 stages, their Impreza WRC was 79 seconds in front of the Fiesta S2000 of Alastair Fisher and Rory Kennedy, the actual car that won last year's Monte Carlo Rally for Mikko Hirvonen.
Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid were a further minute behind, with Irish Tarmac Championship leaders Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullally fourth.
After a frantic duel all day, Garry Jennings and Philip Morrow finished just one second apart for second place in the Group N Production class, finishing fifth and sixth overall in their Lancer Evos. Monaghan pair Daniel McKenna and Andrew Grennan won the National section.
At Croft, in the north of England, Dubliners Aron Smith and Niall Murray had a successful day, with Smith taking third and eighth places in the two Renault Clio UK Championship races, lifting him to second in the points table, while 16-year-old Murray finished fourth in the second Ginetta Junior Championship race.
Strong performances across all the main classes proved decisive for the four national titles decided at the ICRA championships at the Royal Cork YC yesterday.
A brief slip in form for Neil Kennefick and Joxer O'Brien's Tiger in Class 3 in yesterday's light winds spoiled a perfect scoreline of all race wins, though the single event discard took care of that second place and Tiger retained its title.
Class Zero was one third the size of Tiger's class at just five boats this year and, though the racing was close, Anthony O'Leary and his crack crew on Antix had five race wins to seal the title.
Kinsale's Brian Goggin delivered the Class Three title and can look forward to a test of mettle at the Sovereigns Cup regatta this week.
Young Michael Duffy took his home fixture by storm yesterday when claiming three of the top six places in the TRM National Grand Prix at Galway County Show.
The 16-year-old from Claregalway left the seniors trailing in his wake as he galloped into pole position with Killard Horizon, took runner-up spot with Ali G and fifth with Carthago Z.
Grandson of legendary senior team selector Paul Duffy Snr, and son of former international rider Paul Duffy Jnr, Duffy has made a seamless transition after a successful pony career.
Meanwhile on Friday, another Michael Duffy, this time from Ballina, helped record a third successive Pony Nations Cup victory for Ireland as a member of the winning side at Hagen, Germany, alongside Max O'Reilly-Hyland, Emma O'Dwyer and Eoin McMahon.