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Thomas claims Kerry success

Niall Maguire and Enda Sheery on the 1st stage of the rally near Convoy yesterday. 060340bd Photos By Brian Mc Daid

Niall Maguire and Enda Sheery on the 1st stage of the rally near Convoy yesterday. 060340bd Photos By Brian Mc Daid

THOMAS Fitzmaurice and Fionn Foley (Subaru) won the Carlton Hotel Circuit of Kerry.

The race is the third round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship, after a tie-break with the similar Subaru WRC of Brian O’Mahony and John Higgins.

Niall Maguire and Enda Sherry, also in a Subaru WRC, were 32 seconds further behind in third.

It was the fifth time in recent history that the rally was won in such circumstances.  Frank Kelly and Liam Brennan (Ford Escort) won the Modified category to move into the lead of both the inaugural Dunlop National Mark 2 Escort Champions Trophy and the rally.ie category.

Victory in the Group N showroom class went to Eugene Meegan and Brian Sharkey (Mitsubishi EvoX).

There were joint winners in the Dunlop “Drive of the Day” Jason Roycroft and Nicole O’Shea (Honda Civic) and Adrian Cannon and Niall Morley (Honda Civic).

Mikko Hirvonen has been excluded from his Rally of Portugal victory following post-event scrutineering handingm victory to Ford driver Mads Ostberg.

Hirvonen’s Citroen WRC was found to contravene technical regulations, with the non-conformity of the car’s clutch being cited as the reason for exclusion.

In addition to giving Ostberg a maiden World Rally Championship win, Hirvonen’s exclusion from the event elevates Evgeny Novikov to second and gives Petter Solberg a podium finish.

This ensures that Sebastien Loeb retains the points lead, which he had looked set to lose to his team-mate.

Citroen will appeal against the decision to strip Hirvonen of Rally of Portugal victory due to technical irregularities.

The stewards judged that Hirvonen’s Citroen was running with a non-homologated clutch and an oversized turbo component.

The team’s technical chief Xavier Mestelan-Pinon insisted that the parts offered no performance advantage, but they have been punished.

 

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