Randles and O’Shea first Kerry men to drive rally cars on an MI event in 17 months – Albatross Rallysprint – Kerry report

Adrian Randles and Vincent O’Shea have the distinct honour of being the first Kerry men to drive rally cars on a Motorsport Ireland sanctioned event since February 2020.

The two Kenmare drivers entered last Sunday’s Albatross Rallysprint organised by Wexford Motor Club.

The last time Kerry drivers were in action was on the Birr Rally in February 2020.

Adrian, who was his first outing since 2013, drove his Ford Escort M2 on the New Ross based event.

Photo by permission of Lorcan Barron

Navigated by Alistair Wylie, he finished 20th overall.

“It went very well,” he told Kerry Motorsport News. “We were up to 13th after run-three but an over-shoot on run-four cost us seven seconds but we were very happy with the run overall.”

Vincent, at the wheel of his Darrian T9 and co-driven by fellow Kenmare man Shane McCarthy finished 29th.

“Vince had a spin at a hairpin, the car stalled and failed to start for a while,” explained Adrian.”His last run was a top-five time though!”

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