Cork driver Keith Cronin claimed his third British Rally Championship in three years after finishing third in the International Rally of Yorkshire.

Cronin, driving a Citroen DS3, became the second Irish driver to win the title since Billy Coleman's success in 1974.

Only the legendary Jimmy McRae with five titles, Roger Clark, four, Mark Higgins three and now Keith Cronin, also three, are the only drivers to have won the title on three or more occasions.

It is expected that following this victory, Cronin will look to compete at the FIA World Rally Championship in 2013, with the possibility of a new two wheel drive format to be established.

Alex Sinclair, Chief Executive of Motorsport Ireland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Keith. He is clearly an incredible talent and one of Ireland’s best rally drivers and he fully deserves everything he has achieved.”