Bailieborough man Gary Kiernan with Ryan Moore on the notes took victory on the Immokilly mini stages after a day long battle with neighbour Jonathan Pringle and James Fulton in their class 14 escorts.
On what was a lovely summers day in the sunny south east the big club man battle on one of the country’s youngest rallies would commence with Pringle and Fulton taking the first blood by going 10 seconds quicker than anyone over the opener.
With a big push on the second stage Kiernan slowed the impending tide somewhat by dropping a second this time but he knew it would take a big effort to real in the defending champion as the day went on. Being a previous winner himself Kiernan realised that keeping a constant and steady pace would afford him the chance to pounce if trouble would strike the leaders.
On the penultimate stage all was looking good in the Pringle car when a small bump on a very fast right hander unsettled the car enough to spin off the road and into a field. The impact of going through the hedge into the field was enough to damage the rear axle and the diff cried enough as the crew began to extricate the car from the field to try make back the time loss.
This unusual error from Pringle would leave the way clear for Kiernan and Moore who would fend off the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the year Robert Duggan to take the well deserved win. Clearly gutted for his fellow club man at he finish Kiernan admitted it was not how he would want to win any event as he was declared the winner.
In class 12 James Cassidy would have Jane Collins in the hot seat once more following their ALMC success and they would repeat their run of good form by just being pipped to the class win by Sean Moynihan by less than 2 seconds in what was a tit for tat battle all day long.