Darragh O’Riordan and co-driver Tony McDaid have won the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes in Killarney.

O’Riordan won the event in a time of 2hrs10m54s, 2m25s ahead of Irish Tarmac championship leader Darren Gass.

O’Riordan had held a 32 second lead overnight after benefiting from Tim McNulty’s retirement on Stage 4 while leading on the first day.

The Cork driver picked up where he left off in Killarney this morning recording fastest times on the first four stages ahead of second placed Eugene Donnelly.

It was Stage 12, today’s 4th stage, that cleared the way for O’Riordan’s win when a blown piston on Eugene Donnelly’s Toyota Corolla saw the five-time tarmac champion retire from the rally.

O’Riordan’s Subaru S12 then powered home over the final four stages to set the fastest time on all eight of today’s stages in the Kingdom. Darren Gass and Enda Sherry in their Subaru Impreza finished second to extend their lead in the Tarmac championship, with Garry Jennings finishing in third position in his Mitsubishi Evo.

The next round of the Irish Tarmac Championship is the Topaz Donegal International Rally on the 15th June.