Kerry crews round-up from Sunday’s Cork Forestry Rally

Millstreet’s Liam Moynihan, another Killarney and District Motor Club member, was the best of the local co-drivers on Sunday’s Cork Forestry Rally.

He guided Cathan McCourt to fourth overall in a Hyundai i20 RC2.

The rally was notable for a late and unexpected entry from Craig Breen. The World Rally Championship star drove his father Ray’s Ford Focus World Rally Car to a 22-second victory over Irish Forestry Championship frontrunner Patrick O’Brien.

Breen employed friend and neighbour John Boden as co-driver for the Cork outing but he and his Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle resume their World Rally Championship campaign with this week’s Ypres Rally in Belgium.

Denny Greaney guided PJ’Connor to second in Class 4 in their Mitsubishi Lancer E9.

Ballyvourney’s Gerard Lucey and his Gneeveguilla co-driver Donagh Crowley were also second in their class in another Lancer – both crews were complaining of the dust in the very dry conditions.

Mike O’Donoghue and Dan Murphy, the only all-Kerry crew in the event, reported a trouble-free run on their way to second in their class in their unusual Subaru Impreza estate.

Driver Mike O’Connor Jr had a better second half of the rally after discovering new and better rear suspension settings in his Opel Manta. He and co-driver Barry Attridge eventually finished fourth in their class.

Rathmore school teacher Declan Casey was second in that class alongside Owen McMackin from Tyrone in a Ford Escort Mk2.

Hal Leiws and Tommy Commane retired with suspected rear diff failure.

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