The only damage done was to the exhaust pipe which was crumpled. As the crew were out on the road displaying their OK board, they noticed smoke coming from underneath the car. Hankook were also announced as new sponsors. However, second place overall was their prize for the weekend! This is something that has never before been achieved in a multi stage rally on the island of Ireland. Leading the class and with the finish almost in sight, a puncture damaged the oil cooler, and forced the pairto retire. In preparation for the Manx , they decided to compete on the Ravens Rock Rally
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Killarney Forestry Rally Ireland Forestry. Mark Higgins would make croniin if he won the event for the fifth time. The second round of the Championship saw Guy Wilks return to competitive action. Website by Wordhoard Communications.
Daniel Cronin – rally profile
Having won the event the previous year, Keith was guaranteed to be starting from the number one berth. This problem also damaged the turbo, though this issue did not come to light until the final stage.
Rentokil Killarney Historic Stages Rally First in class and a marvellous 5th overall was their reward when the rally finally wound its way back to Douglas. In another assured drive Keith finished fourth, behind the trio of Stephen Moore, Marcus Dodd and Steve Perez, who only managed to snatch the final podium position from the young Corkman on the final stage. Beginning the title defence in this manner must surely dispel the doubts anybody may have had about potential of this particular team ….
The pace of the BRC leaders was never questioned, however the Pace of the National Championship was in question after this rally as they cruised to victory, 1-minute and 21 seconds ahead of their closest pursuer.
It was therefore decided that he would concentrate on the National Forestry Championship, as it required the least amount of time spent away from study.
Solid as a rock: On the second stage however, disaster struck, as they clipped a rock and suffered a puncture, causing them to lose nearly 2 minutes to Championship rival Mark Higgins. Meanwhile, in the rally.
Slotting into 3rd overall after the second stage they managed to record some 2nd fastest times, being beaten only by the legendary Guy Wilks. Following that disappointment they were next on their travels to the Isle of Man for the first Tarmac round.
In fact the car was only collected on route to the event, which was the Rally Sunseeker in Bournemouth. This is the only rally on mainland GB that is run over closed public roads.
Unfortunately on the last loop they made an incorrect tyre choice and on the first stage of the loop the gap increased from 2. Leading the rally after stage 1, a puncture on cronih second stage saw them drop some 25 seconds to fourth overall.
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Daniel Cronin driver Nephew: The next two stages had to be cancelled to allow the top crews renew their extinguishers which left Keith, now in second place overall, heading into the final two stages with a deficit of J Moffett 76pts; 6. The Isle of Man was always going to re-write the rallying history books.
Clare Stages Rally Ireland National. Leading the class and with the finish almost in sight, a puncture damaged the oil cooler, and forced the pairto retire. This rally had proved to be unlucky on the visit when retirement came after stage 4 after they had been lying comfortably inside the top Circuit of Munster Ireland National.
The Ballylickey driver opined that he was still braking far too early. Keith and Greg set a blistering pace from the start, pulling out a 5. Keith admitted to being a little unsettled and was untidy on the stage, dropping 16 seconds to the rally leader.
Imokilly Mini Stages Rally. In much the same way as the previous rally had transpired, Keith took back the bulk of the time 7. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements. It is also recognised as a specialised event that needs to be competed on for a few years before success. The crew extended their dennis by almost 13 seconds on the second stage and went on to win crojin event by a margin of just over 2 minutes.