Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally, 6-7 April
The 2012 Carryduff Forklift MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship continued over the Easter weekend with the Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April.
The Ulster Automobile Club organised event attracted an excellent entry and 108 crews started the event – 36 International crews and 72 National crews. For the first time ever the COI was a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and a high quality field assembled for the start in the centre of Belfast. In the International event, Juha Hanninen emerged victorious from a Skoda Fabia showdown between him, current IRC Champion Andreas Mikkelsen and Jan Kopecky.
In the National event Darren Gass won by 1 minute 27.5 seconds from Eugene Donnelly who was 3 minutes 3.2 seconds ahead of Derek McGarrity. Hetherington was the leading two wheel driver in fifth while the leading Group N driver was Ferguson who finished tenth.
Top 3 National finishers:
1. Darren Gass/Enda Sherry – Subaru WRC – 2:01:59.5
2. Eugene Donnelly/ Paddy Toner – Toyota Corolla WRC – 2:03:27.0
3. Derek McGarrity/James McKee – Mini WRC – 2:06:30.2
Provisional Championship Points after Round 3:
1 Derek McGarrity 36 points
2 Derek McGeehan 19 points
3 Ray Brammer 17 points
4= John McGaffin 14 points
4= Kieron Graffin 14 points
4= Drew Stewart 14 points