Three local co-drivers on Saturday’s Nicky Grist Rally in Wales

Three locally-based codrivers will contest Saturday’s Nicky Grist Rally in mid-Wales – the third round of the British Rally Championship (BRC).  

Series leaders, Bantry’s Keith Cronin and Aghadoe co-driver Mikie Galvin are the top seeds in the event in their Volkswagen Polo. 

They won last Saturday’s Munster Car Club’s Abbey Hotel Moonraker Rally. 

Photo Ger Leahy

That Baile Bhúirne outing provided an ideal lead-in to Saturday’s rally as they tested various gravel tyre and set-up combinations en-route to the win.

The Nicky Grist Rally will the first of four forestry rallies among the remaining five rounds in the 2022 BRC series.

Muckross co-driver Noel O’Sullivan has, again, teamed up with Welsh driver Osian Pryce in a similar car. They have placed late entry for the Builth Wells based rally and while they will start just after Cronin and Galvin, they will carry number 100 on the doors. 

Ironically, this will be Pryce’s 100th start. 

“It’s nice to celebrate my one-hundredth rally with number one hundred on the door,” said Pryce.  

“I had a few telephone calls when the entry list was published asking why I wasn’t doing the rally. We will start second BRC crew on the road, and we can give it a good go from there.”

Photo Paul Evans

Rathmore school-teacher Declan Casey will contest the historic element of the rally alongside Michael McDaid in a Ford Escort RS1800.

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