Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

McGarrity making swoop for Irish top spot

Although he had to settle for second place on the Cavan round, Ulster driver Derek McGarrity has now closed to within six points of the lead in the Dunlop Irish national rally championship.

The Circuit of Ireland winner also leads the Northern Ireland championship but has decided to focus his attention on the southern series and on Sunday he narrowed the gap on leader Niall Maguire.

It was Tim McNulty who took the Cavan victory but he is not registered for the championship and was using the event as a test outing for his S12 Subaru ahead of the Donegal International.

McNulty and McGarrity (pictured below), again using his S12C Subaru, had a close battle until the final stages when the Mossley driver backed off to ensure a finish and maximum championship points.

Maguire snatched third place on the final stage from Welshman Mel Evans and now has 82 points to McGarrity’s 76 with Evans third on 72.

Garry Jennings won the production category in seventh place.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Scarva driver Will Buller finished second in round 12 of the British Formula Three championship at Hockenheim over the weekend, his best result of the series so far.

Buller, who drives for the Hitech, was also tenth and seventh in rounds 10 and 11 which were also held at the German circuit.

Wayne Boyd re-joined the series with the Sino Vision team but finished down the field in 17th, 15th and 13th positions.

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne dominated the weekend, winning two of the three races.

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