Kerry links to success stories on the Cork Christmas rallysprint

It was fitting that the only motorsport event to take place in Munster over the Christmas period – in County Cork – was dominated by competitors with Kerry links outside the county.

The Boggeragh Rallysprint, organised by Cork Motor Club and based in the forest complex of the same name, was a new event on the calendar.

Based near the village of Nad, the event attracted a strong 60-plus car entry

It was won by West Cork driver David Guest and his Millstreet co-driver Liam Moynihan in a Ford Fiesta Rally 2, the latter a member of Killarney and District Motor Club.

Second place went to Ray Breen and Andy Hayes in their Ford Focus WRC. Breen, the father of World Rally Championship star Craig and while he was born in County Waterford, Ray’s father is originally from the Strand Road area of Tralee.

The final place on the podium was secured by the all-West Cork crew of Gerard Lucey and JJ Cremin in their Mitsubishi Lancer. Cremin spent most of the 2021 season alongside Kilgarvan’s Tommy Randles in his Ford Escort Mk2. 

The first Kerry man over the line was Cordal’s, Denny Greany. He co-drove  Limerick driver PJ O’Connor to fifth place overall in another Lancer.

The first all-Kerry crew to make the finish were David Fleming and Kieran Doherty in their Honda Civic. The Killarney-based crew finished 20th overall in what was only their second time competing on a gravel rally.

Limerick veteran Hal Lewis marked a special milestone. He completed his 50th season behind the wheel of a rally car.

Co-driven by Kerry Motor Club’s Tommy Commane to second in their class in a Ford Escort Mk2.

Moyavane’s Mike O’Connor Jr was in contention for a podium place. the Lancer he was sharing with co-driver Greg Shinnors broke a driveshaft on stage three. They ended up in 53rd place.

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