LETTERMACAWARD’S BOYLE COUSINS, Declan and Brian, were leading the Cavan Stages Rally after six stages but had to retire because of mechanical trouble.
At one point, the Boyles led from Sam Moffett by 18 seconds, but the WRC Fiesta hit a spot of trouble around special stage 7 and the Donegal duo’s event was over.
The Boyles, who won the Irish Tarmac Championship in 2014, are just three weeks out from the 2016 Donegal International Rally, where they’ll be aiming to recapture the crown they lifted two summers ago.
Moffett and James Fulton, in the R5 Fiesta, won the event from Championship leader Roy White and James O’Brien, by 29.5 seconds.
Josh Moffett and John Rowan were a further 46.1 seconds back in third.
White led by just 1.1 seconds from Boyle after the opening stage, but Boyle took control and began to build an advantage from there.
Boyle was 12.2 seconds in front at the end of the opening loop of the stages and had an 18-second lead after five of the nine stages.[adrotate group=”70″]
However, Moffett took a massive swathe of time out of Boyle, who was held up on stage 6 and who had some gearbox trouble earlier in the day.
The modified section was won by Gary McPhillips and Paul Sheridan in the Mk2 Escor, while Group N honours went to Strabane’s Aidan Wray in the Evo 10.
Donegal Town’s Trevor Bustard, with John McCafferty on the notes, was second in Group N.
Aaron McHale, with Milford-based Garda Paul McGee on the pacenotes, won class 5, and Letterkenny’s Ryan Moore, the usual co-driver of Declan Gallagher, sat here with Gary Kiernan and won class 13.[adrotate group=”67″] Tags: