Belfast Telegraph

Declan Boyle back in the race to retain Irish crown

By Sammy Hamill

Declan Boyle brought himself back into contention to retain his Dunlop Irish national rally title with a start to finish victory on the Galway Summer Rally.

The Donegal driver, who also leads the premier Irish Tarmac championship, steered his S12 Subaru to a 57-second win over Welshman Hugh Hunter's S11 Impreza with another of the title contenders, Roy White, finishing in third place in his MG ZR.

It was Boyle's third win of this year's series but with three non-finishes, he trails another Welsh driver, Steve Wood, who stays at the top of the points table after a fourth-placed finish yesterday in his Subaru.

Paddy McVeigh, who led the series through the first part of the season, retired his Subaru with transmission trouble but remains in contention, level with Boyle in third place behind Wood and White.

Josh Moffett won the production category in sixth in his Mitsubishi with Frank Kelly winning the two-wheel-drive division in seventh in his Ford Escort.

There was disappointment for Craig Breen and Robert Barrable on the European championship Barum Rally in the Czech Republic.

Breen was forced out after his Peugeot hit a tree during the Saturday leg and Barrable's Ford Fiesta suffered a catalogue of problems on a difficult rally which saw Circuit of Ireland winner Esapekka Lappi crash out and Kevin Abbring retire his Peugeot.

The rally was won by local driver Vaslac Pech in an S2000 Mini ahead of Skoda's Sepp Wiegand.

Meanwhile, Niall Murray wrapped up the Northern Ireland Formula Ford championship with another pair of victories at Kirkistown on Saturday.

The Dublin driver, in his Van Diemen, won race one by over three seconds from Morgan Dempsey with Neville Smyth taking third and in race two he had an eight second winning margin over Jake Byrne with Alan Davidson third.

Jim Larkham also chalked up a pair of Roadsport victories in his Radical as did Keith Dawson in the Ford Fiesta championship.

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