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Led by reigning champion Matt Edwards, Welsh drivers filled all three places on the podium at the end of the Nicky Grist Stages with Josh Moffett the best of the Irish contingent in sixth place in the Builth Wells-based forest event. Credit: Jakob Ebrey

Led by reigning champion Matt Edwards, Welsh drivers filled all three places on the podium at the end of the Nicky Grist Stages with Josh Moffett the best of the Irish contingent in sixth place in the Builth Wells-based forest event. Credit: Jakob Ebrey

Led by reigning champion Matt Edwards, Welsh drivers filled all three places on the podium at the end of the Nicky Grist Stages with Josh Moffett the best of the Irish contingent in sixth place in the Builth Wells-based forest event. Credit: Jakob Ebrey

After a superb start to the British Rally Championship at Oulton Park, the Irish contenders were overwhelmed by the Welsh in round two.

Led by reigning champion Matt Edwards, Welsh drivers filled all three places on the podium at the end of the Nicky Grist Stages with Josh Moffett the best of the Irish contingent in sixth place in the Builth Wells-based forest event.

Edwards, who won the Ulster Rally in 2018 on his way to his first BRC title, held off a strong challenge from Tom Cave’s Ford Fiesta to being his VW Polo home five seconds in front with Osian Pryce a further seven seconds back in third in another VW.

The Fiestas of Rhys Yates and Matt Wilson completed the top five.

Keith Cronin, the four-time BRC champion from Cork, had been the leading Irish driver in fifth place at one stage in his Fiesta on his return to the series after a three-year sabbatical but an incident on the sixth stage cost him six places and he eventually ended up back in 12th.

Josh Moffett and his brother Sam, who won the first round of the championship, finished in tandem in sixth and seventh places with Joe McGonigle 10th but they were unable to challenge the dominant Welsh in their home forests.

Even William Creighton, winner of the Junior category at Oulton Park, couldn’t make it back-to-back victories, the Moira driver going off the road in his R4 Fiesta on stage seven while battling for the lead with Ruairi Bell.

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Bell went on to take the victory while Eamonn Kelly and Kyle White maintained their good form with third and fourth behind second placed Finley Retson.

Former Tarmac champion Garry Jennings took third in the national category of the rally in his right-hand-drive.


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