Clonmel driver Roy White heading into the west this weekend.
Fresh from a fine victory in the recent Nenagh Rally, Clonmel’s Roy White in his FESP backed Ford Fiesta WRC competes in Sunday’s opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, the Óstán Oileán Acla/Connacht Print & Signs Mayo Rally.
The nine-stage event on Achill Island is the first of the seven round series where the points system remains unchanged from last year.
Winner of the Triton series in 2016, White secured the Vard Memorial Trophy without winning any of the individual rounds but he is determined to break that sequence this season. As usual, he will be co-driven by Cork’s James O’Brien while his Fiesta will be overseen by Tom Gahan Motorsport.
One of four former national champions on the entry, White’s opposition in Achill includes Donegal’s Declan Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) and Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus WRC) and Monaghan’s Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC).
Only Kelly is unsure of a Triton challenge this year and he will wait until after the second round in Kerry before committing while he’s also seeking a fifth West Cork Rally win next week.
Former Tarmac champion Garry Jennings (Subaru WRC) is also in the mix in Mayo along with Monaghan’s Josh Moffett (Fiesta R) and Derry’s Desi Henry, who debuts his Fiesta R5.
All line up behind last year’s rally winner Donegal’s Joe McGonigle (Mini WRC) as Maynooth’s Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) and Adrian Hetherington (Escort) complete the top ten.
In Group N, Motorsport Safety Triton Showers champion Monaghan’s Shane Maguire (Mitsubishi) will battle with former champion Tyrone’s Aidan Wray (Mitsubishi EvoIX) and Maynooth’s Paul Barrett (Subaru)
Elsewhere, the Modified section features entries from Cavan’s Chris Armstrong (Escort), former Billy Coleman award winner Donegal’s Stuart Darcy (Darrian), Carlow’s David Condell (Escort), Monaghan’s Mickey Conlon (Escort), who won the category in last year’s Triton series and Donegal’s Michael Boyle (Honda Civic).