OMAGH driver Alan Smyth remains firmly in the mix to win a free entry and fully funded drive in November’s Wales Rally GB – the final round of the World Rally Championship – after finishing runner-up in the Tyrone Stages Rally on Saturday.
The Stages event meant the Carryduff Forklift Road To Wales competition had reached the halfway point with Smyth coming second to fellow Irishman Rob Duggan.
Duggan roared into an early lead after the opening two stages but by service it was Kesh’s Jon Armstrong who had established a slender advantage after a fifth fastest time on ‘The Burn.’
Smyth remained in third spot however things changed quite dramatically on the repeat loop with Armstrong and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan running wide and sliding off the road on the penultimate stage.
Both men walked away unharmed but their demise allowed Duggan to snatch victory with Smyth capturing second spot on the podium.
Kyle White completed the top three with fourth and fifth positions going to Castlederg’s Adam Bustard and Fraser Mulholland from Hillsborough.
Duggan and Smyth are separated by just two points as the pair prepare for the fifth round which runs in conjunction with next month’s Todds Leap Ulster Rally.
Taking place over two-days – August 14 and 15 – with stages based in the Fermanagh and Tyrone regions crews can look forward to tackling 110 competitive miles and 12 stages at the award-winning event.