From Circuit of Kerry winner to Mondello podiums
Adrian Deasy is best known as Alan Ring’s co-driver.
The West Cork man has called the notes for the Killarney-based driver for over 15 years.
Since their first outing together, the 2006 Mayo Stages where they finished eighth overall, they have countless class victories to their names.
These include overall victory in the 2015 Circuit of Kerry in a Subaru Impreza World Rally Car and a win on the 2010 Banna Winter Rally in a Mitsubishi Lancer E9.
But can a champion co-driver make the switch to frontrunning driver. Moreover, can a rally competitor mix with the best racing drivers in the country?
Adrian did himself proud over the weekend, and he did so with plenty of drama and hassle thrown in to the mix.
He contested the opening rounds of the 2021 Bill Griffin Motors Stryker Championship, a class within the Irish Circuit Racing Championship at Mondello Park at the weekend.
Motorsport.ie, the PR company behind the Irish Circuit Racing Championship were at the famed County Kildare venue to take up the story.
“When the lights went out for race one, all eyes were on Vinny O’Rourke in third, known as the master of the standing start.
“For once though, the bright green car was swamped by the pack on the run down to turn one as Michael Cullen led away. Reynolds was one of the few to match Cullen for pace in 2020 and it looked the same in the early stages as the pair ran nose to tail.
“The big surprise was the pace of Adrian Deasy. Having blown an engine in testing the previous day, the Corkman, with the help of his fellow competitors, had built an engine in the paddock, borrowing many of the parts from others.
“The new engine was obviously a good one, as he all but matched the leading pair for pace as the trio eased away from the rest.
“Disaster was just ahead for Reynolds though, as he pulled off with engine problems with a few laps to run. Cullen was untroubled to the flag with a delighted Deasy in second and O’Rourke completing the podium in third after a charging recovery drive through the pack.”
“In race two, Cullen led away but O’Rourke made a good start this time and tucked in behind the Murray Motorsport machine.
“For a number of laps it looked as if Cullen was going to have a scrap on his hands but a few sideways moments dropped O’Rourke back and he subsequently retired at half distance with electrical problems.
“This left Deasy in second ahead of a raging battle between class organiser Andy D’Alton and returnee Dave Griffin.
“As Cullen took the flag for win number two, Deasy was equally happy with his double podium with D’Alton completing the top three, just ahead of a train of battling cars comprising Griffin, Des Bruton, Des Meehan and Kevin McGrath.”
Photos thanks to Craig Elliott
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