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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