Yet another super rally in Wexford!
Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00
The streets of Wexford town and its surrounding hinterlands buzzed to the sounds of powerful engines last weekend as the popular Wexford Rally came to town.
There was no Wexford success recorded but Camross' Gary Nolan was third navigator in the local race.
Welsh driver Steve Wood and his Limerick co-driver Keith Moriarty claimed victory in the Wexford Volkswagen Stages Rally over the weekend, finally winning by 46 seconds from Enda O'Brien and John Butler after the lead changed hands several times during the two days.
O'Brien's Escort led for Saturday's first four stages, before Wood went ahead, but it was Paddy McVeigh's Impreza that led overnight.
However, the Tyrone driver crashed out early yesterday and Wood took over once again, only to be briefly headed by Cavan's Gary Kiernan before he, too, became a casualty and the Welshman once more seized the lead that he held to the finish. Adrian Hetherington finished third in another Escort, ahead of the Impreza of Kevin Barrett.
Wexford M C Volkswagen Stages Rally at Wexford (Round 6 of the Suirway Group South East Stages Championship)
1: Steve Wood/Keith Moriarty (Impreza WRC) 126m 20s; 2: Enda O'Brien/John Butler (Escort) 127m 06s; 3: Adrian Hetherington/Gary Nolan (Escort) 127m 27s; 4: Kevin Barrett/Declan Tumilty (Impreza WRC) 130m 43s; 5: Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips (Escort) 131m 21s; 6: Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Fiesta) 131m 36s; 7: Richard Moore/Brian Halligan (Escort) 131m 40s; 8: Wesley Patterson/Johnny Baird (Escort) 132m 05s; 9: Neil Hickey/David Byrne (Escort) 133m 37s; 10: Wayne Evans/John Smithwick (Escort) 133m 53s.
Historics - 1: Barry Jones/Iwan Griffiths (Escort) 154m 49s.
Juniors - 1: James Bradley/Maria Kehoe (Civic) 60m 27s; 2: David Hughes/Pat Knox (Civic) 62m 13s; 3: Aarron Watters/Paddy Carroll (Civic) 62m 40s.