Championship leader Declan Boyle forced to miss Carlow after Killarney crash

Declan Boyle
Declan Boyle

THE Dunlop National Rally Championship continues on Sunday in Carlow but reigning champion and current leader Declan Boyle (Subaru WRC) has been forced to skip the third round of the series.

The Donegal driver crashed out of the lead of the Killarney based Rally of the Lakes on Sunday last and his Subaru WRC will not be ready in time to allow him to participate.

He will renew his bid to retain the Vard Memorial Trophy on the Rathkeale based Circuit of Munster on the first Sunday in June.

Last year’s winner James Stafford (Darrian T90) heads the entry for the nine stage rally. On the last round, the Circuit of Kerry, he held third overall until he retired on the final loop of stages. 

Consistency has been the key for Tyrone’s Paddy McVeigh (Subaru WRC), who is currently second in the series, ten points behind Boyle and he will occupy the number five berth in Carlow.