Round 1: McGrady Insurance Bishopscourt Stages Rally, 10 March
Derek McGarrity secured his sixth consecutive McGrady Insurance Bishopscourt Stages Rally victory in treacherous conditions. Navigated by Paddy Robinson, the Impreza WRC mounted crew stayed cool to seal a commanding victory of more than one minute.
Alan Carmichael and Ivor Lamont (Mini WRC) fought hard with Connor McCloskey and John Rowan (Fiesta WRC) for the runner-up position. In the end, Carmichael secured the position by a couple of seconds from McCloskey.
An impressive drive from Barry Morris and Declan Campbell (Escort MkII) saw them net fifth as well as 2WD honours while an equally impressive run was enjoyed by 17-year-old Peter Bennett/Simon Jones (Evo 9) who finished sixth.
1 Derek McGarrity/Paddy Robinson (Impreza WRC) 37m44.4s
2 Alan Carmichael/Ivor Lamont (Mini WRC) 38m51.6s
3 Connor McCloskey/John Rowan (Fiesta WRC) 38m53.4s
4 Mark Massey/Niall Burns (Impreza WRC) 39m14.1s
5 Barry Morris/Declan Campbell (Escort MkII) 39m35.6s
Image: Derek McGarrity and Paddy Robinson in action, courtesy of William Neil