Kerry Motor Club crew Mike Dowling and Stephen Buckley were unable to make the finish of the Manx National Rally after their Ford Escort Mk1 suffered a clutch hydraulic system failure.
“We had hydraulic clutch release problems after stage six, took out the gearbox and made a new release bearing but hydraulics were still leaking so out of the rally. Car and ourselves in one piece so sort it when I go home,” explained Mike.
Ciara Griffin from Duagh made her overseas rally debut at the event. She guided Northern Ireland’s Stephen Conn to a fifth-place finish in Class B in a Ford Fiesta.
Dublin-based Currow co-driver John McCann and his driver John Devlin failed to finish the event.
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