Tim McNulty secured an historic Irish rally double today as he won the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship following his second place finish at the Cork 20 International Rally, to add to the Dunlop National Rally title.
The second place finish was enough for McNulty to top the Tarmac Championship ahead of Darragh O’Riordan, who finished first in Cork.
McNulty made a slow start to the Cork 20 on Saturday over the four stages that were run. Adverse weather conditions meant that the last two stages in the evening were cancelled.
Garry Jennings led the field overnight with Cork native O’Riordan in second and McNulty third. The rain and severe fog again caused the first two stages today to be cancelled but when action resumed on Stage 9 O’Riordan and McNulty moved up through the gears in their Subaru WRCs.
O’Riordan and McNulty moved into first and second place respectively, with the latter needing only a third place finish to secure the Tarmac Championship. After finishing fastest over Stage 12, McNulty eased off the pace not taking any risks with the title in sight.
O’Riordan won the last two stages to take the Cork 20 International Rally by 45 seconds in front of his home crowd with McNulty in second and Garry Jennings finishing third a further 2 minutes and 19 seconds behind the leader.
Meath native McNulty now becomes the first driver to win both the Dunlop National Rally Championship and the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in the same season, which include victories at the Galway, Donegal and Ulster rallies.
There was disappointment for Craig Breen at the World Rally Championship over the weekend as he crashed out when leading by over 20 seconds on day two.
The Waterford native is now 20 points behind WRC Academy leader, Estonian, Egon Kaur ahead of the final event, Rally Great Britain on the 10th November. Breen is still in contention for the Academy crown as there will be 25 points on offer for victory and an additional point for every fastest stage time set over the 18 stages.