McKinstry’s hopes up in smoke
There was heart-break for Kenny McKinstry in the dying moments of the Circuit of Ireland Rally.
Seemingly on course for a second successive victory, with a seven minute lead, the former Northern Ireland champion was forced to retire his Subaru on the final stage when a hydraulic pipe came loose, spraying fluid onto the hot engine and starting a fire.
Following crews stopped to help douse the flames but McKinstry’s rally was over, allowing John Waring to take the win in his Ford Escort. At one point it seemed it might be a McKinstry clean sweep with Kenny’s daughter Emma running in second place but her Subaru was overhauled by Waring and she lost out by just 12 seconds.