RALLY fans were treated to another great day of action in the forests of west Tyrone at the weekend with Portglenone driver Desi Henry and his Cork based co-driver Liam Moynihan, in a Skoda Fabia R5, emerging victorious on the Omagh Motor Club Bushwhacker Rally, sponsored again by McKelvey Asbestos Removal Ltd.
This is the first time the Portglenone man has won this rally and although the winning margin in the end was a comfortable 27 seconds, it was a titanic battle for the remaining podium placings between Carryduff driver Jonny Greer in a Citroen DS3 R5 and the impressive two times Scottish rally champion Jock Armstrong.
The pair exchanged fastest stage times throughout Saturday, with Greer edging it by four seconds at the finish.
This will now set up an exciting ‘winner takes all’ finale for the McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship against Derek McGarrity on the Tour of the Sperrins Rally in November.
The Omagh event also doubled as the final round of the Valvolene Irish Forestry Championship and Clontribet driver Sam Moffatt had a trouble free run to take sixth place to clinch the title.
Local crews who had noteworthy performances on the overall classification were Omagh crews, Paul Barrett/Gary McElhinney and Alan Smyth/Mac Kierans, in Mitsubishi Evos in fourth and eight positions respectively, with another Omagh crew of Niall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskey, in another Evo, taking the Group N honours and 10th place overall.
Younger crews from the locality had plenty to celebrate also as Dromore driver Gareth Deazley and co-driver Ashley Boulton, in a Honda Civic, took class one honours and as junior category leader in the NI series, was awarded the valuable Road to Wales prize of a free entry to Rally Wales GB in late October.
Also, Drumquin driver Stephen Dickson and Tipperary co-driver Tommy Hayes accumulated enough points in their Ford Fiesta R2 at the Bushwhacker Rally to clinch the junior category in the Valvolene National Forestry Championship.
FULL REPORT, RESULTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN YESTERDAY’S ULSTER HERALD
YOUNG Dromore driver, Gareth Deazley sealed an opportunity he doesn’t want to miss when he won the Northern...
THE reigning Northern Ireland autotest champion, Steven Ferguson from Stewartstown, continued his good form into the new year by...