Tyrone Stages Rally: Peadar Hurson blows away pack from start to finish
Peadar Hurson dominated the Tyrone Stages Rally, round five of the Northern Ireland championship, leading from start to finish in his S12 Subaru to win by almost a minute from the Ford Escort of Frank Kelly.
With Derek McGarrity, who had won all four previous rounds, non-starting the Cookstown-based event after reportedly selling his S14 Subaru.
Hurson set fastest times on all six stages, leaving Kelly to fight out and intense battle for second with another Escort driver, Camillus Bradley. Just four seconds separating them at the finish.
But star of the day was the up-and-coming Rob Duggan who made the long trip from Kerry worthwhile, finishing a superb fourth overall in his 1600cc Peugeot to take maximum points in the R2 Road to Wales competition. Alan Smyth retained his second place in the standings, finishing 13th, but Jon Armstrong lost ground in the chase for a Carryduff Forklift sponsored appearance on Wales Rally GB when he crashed out on the penultimate stage.
Meanwhile, Jake Byrne enjoyed a perfect weekend at Kirkistown as he speeds towards the Northern Ireland Formula Ford championship. For the second meeting in a row, the Kildare driver won both rounds of the series from pole position and recorded the fastest lap as well in his Ray. Byrne won race one by over three seconds from the Mondiale of Alan Davidson with chief championship rival Adrian Pollock's Van Diemen third. In race two he won by over six seconds, this time with Stephen O'Connor's Van Diemen second and Davidson third.