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Henry is building up a reputation with podium joy

By Sammy Hamill

Published 11/07/2016

The third man: Desi Henry
The third man: Desi Henry

Desi Henry finished on the podium for the second British Rally Championship round in a row as Irish drivers took three of the top six places in the Nicky Grist Stages in Wales.

Victory went to Welshman Elfyn Evans with countryman Tom Cave second in a Ford Fiesta one-two but Henry followed up on his first podium on the Scottish Rally last month by finishing third again in his Skoda Fabia.

Josh Moffett (Ford Fiesta) and Jonny Greer (Citroen DS3) took fifth and sixth places behind the Skoda of Scot David Bogie.

It was Henry who famously said after the Scottish Rally: "It is a privilege to be on the podium with Elfyn Evans. He's a World Championship driver and I'm just a builder."

The Portglenone man is building himself a reputation and, after a slow start when he switched to his R5 Skoda, has won in the UK for the first time on the Carlisle Stages and is climbing the British Championship ranks.

Evans, who is leading the WRC2 standings, made it three wins from five rounds of the BRC series, finishing over a minute in front of Cave.

But Henry, partnered by Liam Moynihan, produced one of the best drives of his career to take third ahead of former British and multi-Scottish champion Bogie. He moved into third during the Welsh gravel stages on Saturday and consolidated his position when the rally switched to the tarmac of the Epynt military ranges yesterday.

Greer and co-driver Kirsty Riddick missed out on fourth because of a 20-second road penalty which dropped them back to sixth. Rob Duggan won the Junior category again in 17th overall.

The next BRC round is the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally on August 19 and 20 in which Moffett and Greer will have the opportunity to play their double points 'joker' cards.

Meanwhile, Tyrone's Paddy McVeigh won the Sligo Rally in his Subaru Impreza.

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