CRONIN TAKES COMMANDING JIM CLARK RALLY VICTORY
Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin have won the 2022 Jim Clark Rally in their Volkswagen Polo GTI, and in the process taken the lead of the British Rally Championship. They finished the event with a victorious margin of 47.8 seconds over James Williams and Dai Roberts in a Hyundai i20. The win gives a Cronin a major boost in his quest to draw level with the five British titles tally of record-holder, Jimmy McRae. Garry Pearson and Dale Furniss took third spot in their Ford Fiesta, thirteen seconds behind Williams and Roberts.
Cronin and Galvin established the foundation for the win on Friday evening, taking an advantage of half a minute over the event’s opening two stages. Their closest challengers initialy were Osian Pryce and Noel O’Sullivan, winners of the previous round, the Rally Tendring and Clacton, but they picked up a puncture on the second stage, ending their chances of a good result on this occasion.
Maintaining their lead throughout Saturday, Cronin and Galvin took two further fastest times to secure the Jim Clark win, their first overall victory since 2017.
The final outcome came a little earlier than expected, as delays during the course of the day resulted in the final stage, Eccles 2, having to be cancelled.
“It’s good to get a win in the BRC, our pace was good in Clacton, we started well here too last night, it was just a case of managing our pace then today, we weren’t going quite as quick as last night. It’s a bit anti-climactic not doing the last stage, but we’ll take the win”, reported a delighted Cronin at the event’s conclusion.
Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin are supported by M O’Brien Group of Companies, Keohane Seafoods, Inver Energy, Cremin Coaches, Cronin’s HomeValue Hardware, Cronin’s Centra and Pirelli.
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