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Rally Isle of Man: Elfyn Evans again as Desi Henry takes fourth

By Sammy Hamill

Published 19/09/2016

Top gear: Desi Henry was fourth on his first Rally Isle of Man visit
Top gear: Desi Henry was fourth on his first Rally Isle of Man visit

Desi Henry was best of the Ulster drivers on the Rally Isle of Man, finishing in fourth place in his Skoda Fabia as new champion Elfyn Evans took his fifth win in the seven rounds of the re-vamped British Championship.

But there was late drama when Evans' Ford Fiesta suffered driveshaft failure on Friday night, allowing multi-Manx winner Mark Higgins into the lead.

Evans clawed back the deficit on Saturday morning, leaving them separated by a 10th of a second with two stages remaining, however, the young Welshman then charged through to take the victory.

Tom Cave was third in an all-Fiesta top three ahead of Henry with Jonny Greer finishing sixth in the DGM team Citroen to secure third in the BRC series behind Evans and Cave.

Ron Duggan, already crowned junior champion, finished ninth overall in his little R2 Vauxhall Adam.

In the Irish National Championship, former champion Declan Boyle won the penultimate round, the Clare Rally, in his WRC Ford Fiesta despite finding himself 27 seconds down to the R5 Fiesta of Josh Moffett after just two stages.

But a puncture on stage five cost Moffett almost a minute and he dropped back to finish third behind the WRC Fiesta of new champion Roy White.

Meanwhile, Richard McGimpsey in his RMG Turbo set the Sfastest time of the day to win the first running of Knockagh Hillclimb in over 50 years.

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