Donegal cousins, Declan and Brian Boyle (Fiesta WRC), won the Hyundai Limerick Motor Centre Clare Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.
Taking the lead on the fifth stage, they finished 56.8 seconds ahead of the similar car of Clonmel’s Roy White and his Cork co-driver, James O’Brien.
Early leaders Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Fiesta R5) were 5.2 seconds further behind, in third.
In wet conditions, Moffett dominated the opening pair of stages and led Boyle by 27.3 seconds.
On the final stage of the loop, Boyle trimmed the deficit by 21.3 seconds. White was 12.5 seconds back, in third.
Peadar Hurson brought his Subaru WRC from ninth to fourth, 55.8 seconds off top spot. Cork’s Owen Murphy (Skoda Fabia S2000) lost time on the first stage, when he had to take a different route around a chicane bale that was misplaced.
The opening-loop top-ten also included Brendan Cumiskey (Fiesta R5), Daniel Cronin (Mitsubishi), and the Escort duo of Chris Armstrong and Barry Ryan.
A broken front shaft on the second stage cost Scotland’s Callum Duffy significant time, but his Millington-engined Skoda still finished the loop.
Hurson became the first casualty, when his Subaru punctured early in the fourth stage and careered off the road.
The left side of the car was damaged after it hit a tree. Moffett, Owen Murphy, and Stephen Wright, all of whom were caught up in the Hurson incident, were accorded the time set by Roy White.
The drama continued on the next stage, when Moffett’s Fiesta punctured and he lost a minute and the lead.
Boyle arrived at the final service with a 53.1-second advantage over Moffett, with White a further 4.6 seconds behind.
Owen Murphy’s rally ended on S.S. 5, when he withdrew because of a broken rear differential. Daniel Cronin (Mitsubishi) stopped on S.S. 4, when a turbo pipe came adrift.
Donegal driver Boyle claimed his fourth win of the season, and White, who was best through the power stage, denied Moffett the runner-up spot by 5.2 seconds.
Wright, Cumiskey and Armstrong, who won the modified category, rounded off the top-six.
Meath’s Trevor Mulligan (Ford Escort) and his Cork co-driver, Sean Hayde, who were second in the modified section and seventh overall, won the rally.ie category and have all but clinched the Triton Showers Mk. 2 Challenge Trophy.
Elsewhere, the junior category was won by Donegal’s Michael Boyle (Honda Civic). Both his rivals, Gary McNamee (Honda Civic) and Cork’s Colin Roche (Toyota Starlet), failed to finish.
Meanwhile, Welsh driver, Elfyn Evans (Fiesta R5), recovered from driveshaft failure to win the 138.com Rally Isle of Man, the final round of the British Rally Championship, finishing 5.9 seconds ahead of Manxman, Mark Higgins (Fiesta R5).
Welsh ace, Tom Cave (Fiesta R5), was third. Meanwhile, the Irish crew of Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5) were fourth overall in the event to clinch third in the BRC.
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