ITRC: Enniskillen: Final report

Nesbitt is back...and so is the Circuit! Andrew Nesbitt and James O'Brien had plenty to celebrate on Easter Sunday after they brought their Subaru Impreza WRC to the finish of the Buy and Sell Circuit of Ireland with almost 3 minutes in hand ...

Nesbitt is back...and so is the Circuit!

Andrew Nesbitt and James O'Brien had plenty to celebrate on Easter Sunday after they brought their Subaru Impreza WRC to the finish of the Buy and Sell Circuit of Ireland with almost 3 minutes in hand over the second placed Subaru of Derek McGarrity and Chris Patterson.

The Armagh crew took the lead on the second of the 27 special stages, and completely dominated the Ulster A.C.'s well-run event. Their only drama came on the final stage of the event when a spin at a tight and narrow hairpin resulted in a stalled engine and they lost some time restarting. Indeed McGarrity and Patterson were forced to wait while Nesbitt got moving again, and the delay almost cost them second place within sight of the finish!

They eventually reached Enniskillen with just five seconds in hand over Eamonn Boland and Anthony Nestor in their new-shape Subaru after a tense final few miles. Fourth place fell to former winner Austin McHale, whose Toyota Corolla WRC suffered from transmission problem throughout the three-day event. Niall Maguire's Subaru and David Greer's Corolla completed the top six. The Group N section went to Trevor Cathers and Gordon Noble, whose Mitsubishi Evo had three minutes in hand at the finish over the similar car of Brendan Kelly and Rory Kennedy. Nesbitt and O'Brien now top the Toshiba Tarmac points as the crews start thinking about the second round of the Championship, the Killarney Rally of the Lakes in a months time.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Chris Patterson , Austin McHale , Rory Kennedy