After the completion of the opening Dalby stage on Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the penultimate round of the British Rally Championship, Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin hold second place in their Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. The BRC field began entering the eleven mile stage after nightfall, and Cronin cut through the darkness in a time of 11 minutes, 23.3 seconds, 5.2 seconds off championship leaders, Osian Pryce and Noel O’Sullivan, who are also in a Polo. Ruairi Bell and Max Freeman were third fastest in their Skoda Fabia, almost ten additional seconds in arrears.
Speaking at the end of the stage, Cronin had mixed reports on his progress: “It was a bit of tough one to get back into, I was over cautious in places, we were struggling with braking points. Towards the end it was a bit dusty, it was difficult with the lights shining through the dust. I didn’t feel I drove particularly well, hopefully tomorrow in the daylight I can build up the confidence”.
Cronin, from Ballylickey, Co. Cork, and Galvin, from Killarney, Co. Kerry, currently trail Pryce and O’Sullivan by seven points in the championship standings, and Cronin must win this event to keep alive his chances of landing a record-equalling fifth British title at the final round in Wales next month.
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