No time for rallying, it is calving season. John McCarthy’s Galway story

Another local driver to impress on the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally was John McCarthy. Probably better known as one of Kerry’s top co-drivers,  the Lawlor’s Cross man was on his first day out in his ex-Barry Meade Ford Escort.

He and co-driver Kieran O’Donoghue got progressively quicker over the two days and by the end of the weekend, they were setting class-winning times.

They were 13th fastest in class 13 on the opening stage but by the finish of the rally, they had climbed to fourth.

“I am delighted,” said McCarthy. “This is my first day out in this car.”

He hopes to tackle the Circuit of Kerry on April 2 but has ruled out an attempt at the West Cork Rally, the next two-day event on the Irish calendar.

“It is calving season,” he explained.

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