Clonmelâ€™s Roy White is one of five drivers battling to become this seasonâ€™s Dunlop National Rally Champion. The popular series reaches its penultimate round on Sunday with the Oakwood Arms Hotel Clare Rally. Currently, Roy and his Cork co-driver James Oâ€™Brien in the Arbelos liveried MG ZR are second in the eight round championship.
The pair achieved their best results in Ballina and Carlow where they took second placed points. On the last round in Ballinasloe, Roy netted sixteen championship points to move up to second overall. On Sundayâ€™s nine stage event White will battle with title protagonists Donegalâ€™s Declan Boyle, who is the reigning champion, Welsh ace Steve Wood, the current leader, Tyroneâ€™s Paddy McVeigh and Welsh driver Hugh Hunter, all in Subaru WRCâ€™s. Roy can actually win the title and the prestigious Vard Memorial Trophy if he finishes second or higher on both the Clare event and the Donegal Harvest Rally, the final round that takes place next month. Meanwhile, another Clonmel driver, Gus Kearney and his co-driver Eddie Oâ€™Neill compete in the Clare Rally in a Mitsubishi EvoIX.