For the second time in succession Clonmel’s Roy White (Ford Fiesta WRC) and his Cork co-driver James O’Brien bagged the maximum points in the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. Competing in the Hotel Kilmore Cavan Rally on Sunday last, the fourth round of the series, White/O’Brien finished in second place but with the event winners Monaghan’s Sam Moffett and his Bailieborough co-driver James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5) not registered for the series, White reaped the maximum 23 points.
Now, at the halfway point of the series the Clonmel ace leads by 15 points.
Moffett/Fulton finished the nine stage rally 29.5 seconds ahead of the White/ O’Brien in the Arbelos Ford Fiesta WRC). Monaghan’s Josh Moffett and his Antrim co-driver John Rowan (Ford Fiesta R5) were 46.1 seconds further behind in third.
White made a great start and was quickest through the opening stage – 1.1 seconds ahead of Boyle with Sam Moffett in his Fiesta R5 some 3.2 seconds further behind in third. Daragh O’Riordan (Ford Fiesta WRC) occupied fourth in a top six that also included the Fiesta R5 of Josh Moffett and the Subaru S12B of top seed Peadar Hurson. Frank Kelly retired his Escort with a broken axle.
Boyle punched in the best times on the remaining stages of the loop and arrived at the Cavan service park with a lead of 12.2 seconds over the Fiesta R5 of Sam Moffett with White 4.8 seconds further behind in third.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Boyle as his Fiesta developed some transmission problems on the road section back to the service park.
Second placed Moffett reckoned his tyres were going off towards the end of the third stage. Meanwhile, the front of White’s Fiesta WRC showed the scars of contact with a chicane bale on the second stage.
Out on the repeat loop Boyle set a strong pace, posting the best times on Stages 4 and 5, he was held up on S.S. 6 when Hurson spun and the Donegal driver lost vital seconds.
At the Cavan service park Boyle led Moffett by 4.7 seconds with White 23.2 seconds further behind in third.
Out on S.S. 4. O’Riordan retired from fourth spot when his Fiesta WRC slid wide, mounted a bank and broke the steering arm.
Boyle retired on S.S. 7 with alternator woes, White was quickest on the stage while Sam Moffett posted the best times through the final pair of stages to take victory. White in second took maximum points – 23 in total including three for the fastest registered driver in the final stage to extend his lead over Maguire, who netted 20 points (18 + two from the Power Stage) to 15 points. Josh Moffett (Fiesta R5) took third with Maguire fourth.
At the Cavan finish series leader White said, “I’m delighted, it s a great result for us. Given that it was such a high calibre entry to take maximum points away is just brilliant.”