A Ford Fiesta Rally2 hat-trick in Ireland, Cronin Wins

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While the Citroën C3 Rally2 dominated in France and Italy, Ireland witnessed a hat-trick by Ford M-Sport.

The second round of the Irish Asphalt Championship hosted by West Cork Rally, held this weekend on the asphalt roads of Clonakilty, saw a Ford M-Sport domination. The British team secured a sensational hat-trick and victory in the rally3 and rally4 classes.

The victory went to former British rally champion Keith Cronin, who engaged in a thrilling duel with Callum Devine (Volkswagen Polo GTi R5) in the early stages of the race. The duel lasted until halfway through the second day of racing, when an issue first slowed down and then stopped the 2023 Irish champion.

From that moment onwards, Cronin, already a winner of the first round of the Irish Championship, controlled the situation, attacking at the right moment and then managing the lead over his opponents, especially on the third and final day of racing.

Behind him, in second place, Englishman Matt Edwards finished 57.2 seconds behind, while William Creighton took the third step of the podium, 1 minute and 26 seconds adrift of the winner, present at the Cork Rally to best prepare for the British Rally Championship and WRC2 events.

The top-five was completed by Josh Moffett in the Citroën C3 Rally2, who finished fourth, 2 minutes and 10 seconds behind, and Jonny Greer, also in the Citroën C3 Rally2, who finished fifth, 2 minutes and 52 seconds behind the winner.

Even in the “minor” classes, there was a Ford M-Sport dominance, with Brendan Cumiskey winning in rally3, while the Fiesta Rally4 of Ryan MacHugh triumphed in rally4.”