Craig Breen and Paul Nagle took a hard fought victory in the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney in a Ford Fiesta R5 to edge closer to the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
The Waterford/Kerry pairing took their fourth consecutive win to move 18 points clear of Modern Tyres sponsored Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble, who finished second.
Like in two of the previous rounds Fisher proved to be Breen’s closest rival and at the end of the events 16 stages the Fermanagh driver was only 14.9 second behind Breen.
Callum Devine and Brian Hoy made it a Ford Fiesta 1-2-3 after another excellent performance where they set several fastest times over the weekend of May 4-5. Breen led from the start but was pushed all the way by Fisher who in turn fended off a second day challenge from Devine with all three drivers a long way clear of Desi Henry & Liam Moynihan in fourth place.
Provisional Championship Top Three overall
1 – Craig Breen 68pts.
2 – Alastair Fisher 50pts.
3 – Desi Henry 32pts.
Alastair Fisher said: “Killarney Rally of the Lakes delivered this weekend, the stages were just superb. After a tough 230km we finished 2nd OA 14 seconds behind winners Craig Breen and Paul Nagle. Thanks to Gordon Noble on the notes and to the Dominic Buckley for the car preparation. Definitely one to remember.”
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