Four Kerry co-drivers in action on Saturday’s Ulster Rally

There are four Kerry co-drivers entered into Saturday’s Ulster Rally and one of them could win the British Rally Championship there. 

Killarney co-driver Noel O’Sullivan and his Welsh driver Osian Pryce are one of two crews that can lift the British title on this weekend’s Newry-based rally. 

In simple terms, it is a straight fight between the Welsh/Irish duo and their teammates Matt Edwards and Darron Garrod who are both entered in a pair of Melvyn Evans Motorsport Volkswagen Polos. 

Pryce and O’Sullivan are in pole position, they have an eight-point advantage over their rivals. 

If O’Sullivan is successful on Saturday’s nine-stage rally in County Down he will join the list of Irish co-drivers who have won the British title. The list includes rally legend and double title winner Rory Kennedy from Letterkenny and fellow Killarney man Mikie Galvin who guided Keith Cronin to his fourth title in 2017. 

“I’m definitely excited for the Ulster rally this weekend. It’s been a long year and for it to come down to the final rally it makes it all the more exciting,” said O’Sullivan. 

“After a year of flying to England Scotland and Wales it’s nice to finally be able to drive to the last round in Newry. We will give it our all on Saturday and after that what will be will be.”

Aghadoe man Galvin is competing, once again, alongside Keith Cronin in Ford Fiesta R5 and they will start at eight. 

Philip Allen is another Ford Fiesta R5 and he has employed the services of Tralee’s Mark Kane to guide him around the County Down countryside on Saturday. 

McCarthy had a busy year – seen here with Peter Wilson in Wexford

Dublin-based John McCarthy is the fourth and final Kerry competitor in action in Ulster. He is alongside his usual pilot, John Devlin in a Ford Escort. 

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