Wood wins in Wexford after leader McVeigh crashes out
Welshman Steve Wood finally emerged as the winner of the hard-fought Wexford Rally but not before the lead had changed hands a number of times over the two days.
In fact Wood in his WRC Subaru was one of four drivers who all hit the front at some point including Tyrone's Paddy McVeigh who led for much of day one in his Subaru, fighting off the challenge of Wood and Ford Escort men Enda O'Brien and Gary Kieran.
Dungannon businessman McVeigh and co-driver Gary McElhinney led by 18 seconds at the overnight halt but then crashed off the road on the first of yesterday's stages, handing the lead to Kieran. But his time at the front was shortlived, retiring on stage 12 with his Escort also off the road.
It left Wood and his Limerick co-driver Keith Moriarty, winners of the Circuit of Munster earlier in the season, out in front and they stayed ahead to to take their second victory of the season by 46 seconds from the Escort of O'Brien and John Butler with the Ulster crew of Adrian Hetherington and Gary Nolan, also in an Escort, coming through to take third place.
Irish national championship sponsor Kevin Barrett was fourth in his Subaru and further back Lisburn's Wesley Patterson finished eighth in his Escort.