FIFRC round seven Cork preview

Focus on grand finale. Cork, 29th September: The seventh and final round of Ireland's premier one make rally championship, the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Championship takes place this weekend at the Cork "20" International Rally based in Cork ...

Focus on grand finale.

Cork, 29th September: The seventh and final round of Ireland's premier one make rally championship, the 2003 Ford Ireland Focus Championship takes place this weekend at the Cork "20" International Rally based in Cork City.

Currently Oliver Stanley (Durrow) in the Perry Motors Ford Focus is favourite to take the title in Cork, he had a huge lead over his fellow competitors and Oliver who admits to driving all year with the championship in mind has vowed to win the final round of the series. Fourth placed Colm Murphy (Athea) in the Kingdom Fastfit Ford Focus has an outside chance of taking the title for the second year in a row but this is subject to his appeal of his exclusion from the Ulster Rally earlier this month, undoubtedly one of the fastest men out there he will also be aiming for victory. Third placed David Delaney (Cashel) in the Scotframe Ford Focus winner of the last round of the series is now definitely on the pace of the front runners and has his sights firmly on his second victory of the season and also second place overall in the Championship. Second placed Gerry Keyes (Crecora) in the P J Matthews Ford Focus moved up from the KA to the Focus series in 2003, the change has been gradual but Gerry is now up there with the best of them. Fifth placed John Foley (Midleton) in the ASA Marketing Ford Focus will be making a comeback after a dreadful season, four non finishes have ruined his championship hopes but he will be hoping to go out with a bang as the event is on his doorstep.

"I feel that we are about to witness one of the greatest battles ever in Irish Motorsport. Identical cars mechanically, all drivers going for glory, spirited rivalry between all of the crews, it will be fantastic to watch the drama unfold. We have had four different winners from the last six rounds maybe there is a joker in the pack and an outsider will snatch victory, what this space" said Tom Collins, Championship Director.

The Cork "20" International Rally is a two day event with four stages on Saturday repeated twice based around Ballyvourney, West of the City. Sunday sees the action move to east Cork with three stages repeated twice based around Midleton. Saturday will be the most challenging day with such classic tests a Fuhiry, Gortnagane and Lough Allua; the event will consist of in excess of 140 competitive stage miles.

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