Maguire wins Clare rally

The S10 Subaru of Monaghan's Niall Maguire, who was co-driven by Enda Sherry, had too much power and pace for their rivals on today's Auburn Lodge Clare Rally.

The S10 Subaru of Monaghan's Niall Maguire, who was co-driven by Enda Sherry, had too much power and pace for their rivals on today's Auburn Lodge Clare Rally.

They led throughout the Ennis-based nine-stage rally and won by a convincing margin of two minutes and 14 seconds.

Mike Quinn/Grainne McEnery (Ford Escort) took second spot followed by the similar car of Ed O'Callaghan/Ger Clancy, who were 10 seconds further behind in third.

Maguire was quickest on the first pair of stages, while local ace Anthony O'Halloran (Mitsubishi) set the best time on the third stage. By then, Maguire was 21 seconds clear.

He set the pace on all three stages of the second loop and duly stretched his advantage to 52 seconds.

Second placed O'Halloran had opened up a 25 second advantage over Quinn.

Maguire cantered to victory but on the penultimate stage, O'Halloran retired after his Mitsubishi punctured.

Quinn (Escort) took second followed by Ed O'Callaghan.

Irish and British Fiesta SportingTrophy winner, Craig Breen brought the M-Sport Fiesta R2 home in fifth place.

1. N. Maguire/E. Sherry (Subaru WRC) 1h. 04m. 56s.

2. M. Quinn/G. McEnery (Ford Escort) 1h. 07m. 10s.

3. E. O'Callaghan/G. Clancy (Ford Escort) 1h. 07m. 20s.

4. T. Bustard/K. Bustard (Mitsubishi) 1h. 07m. 31s.

5. C. Breen/G. Roberts (Ford Fiesta) 1h. 07m. 57s.

6. B. Brogan/D. McGettigan (Ford Escort) 1h. 08m. 04s.

Although he failed to finish on the podium on any of today's three races in the British Touring Car Championship, Portadown's Colin Turkington (BMW 320si) has actually extended his lead over series rival, Fabrizio Giovanardi to 13 points.

He was 10th in the first race and fourth in the second and third races.

British Touring Car Championship, Drivers points (provisional):

1. C. Turkington 249 pts.

2. F. Giovanardi, 236 pts.

3. J. Plato, 221 pts.

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