O’Sullivan top Kerry competitor in Galway but misfire hampers progress

Killarney co-driver Noel  O’Sullivan was the top Kerry competitor in the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally over the weekend.

He and his driver Callum Devine finished fifth but a chronic misfire in their Volkswagen Polo Rally2 ruined their chances of a better result on the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

The 2022 Rally of the Lakes winner ended day one in seventh place.  The third seeds for the rally were expected to be much further up the leader board but the misfire, which only occurred while in fourth or fifth gear, hampered progress.

Their mechanics eventually found the source of the problem –  a lack of fuel pressure – and while it allowed the Kerry/Derry crew to make an attack on the Sunday stages near Loughrea, the damage was done.

Still, they set respectable times over the Sunday run and started to climb back up the leaderboard.

By the end of the rally, they were in a fierce fight with Killarney Historic Rally winners Jonathan Greer and Niall Burns.

Devine and O’Sullivan held fourth place entering the final stage in East Galway but Greer and Burns were 2.1 seconds quicker over the 14.76-kilometre stage to take the position by 1.5 seconds.

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