DOMINATING START TO IRELAND’S NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Lutterworth, UK – April 7, 2016. Kumho-shod drivers have won the first two rounds of Ireland’s eight-round Triton Showers National Rally Championship.
Round 2 – Circuit of Kerry Stages Last weekend (April 3) the rallying cousins Declan and Brian Boyle of Donegal took their Ford Fiesta WRC to a well-judged victory on Round 2 of the championship – the Circuit of Kerry Stages. Making the most of their Kumho C03 tarmac rally tyres, the pair led the event from start to finish, to win by the substantial margin of 44.1 seconds. The Boyles are new to the Kumho fold, so the event marked their first win on the Korean tyres and the second victory for Kumho in the 2016 championship.
Round 1 – Mayo Stages
The first round of the Series, the Mayo Stages, was held on March 6 and fell to the 2013 Irish Tarmac Champion and regular Kumho ambassador Garry Jennings of Fermanagh and his regular co-driver Rory Kennedy in their Subaru WRC.
Jennings used his Kumho tyres to master the wet and slippery conditions and held a 12 second lead after the first stage alone. By the end of the ninth and final one he had pulled a mighty 1 minute and 34.8 seconds ahead of the Subaru of second-placed Peadar Hurson/Damien Connolly.
The next round of the Triton Showers Championship is the Carlow Stages event on May 8.
Said Steve Thompson of Kumho Motorsport: “These are great results for us that bode very well for the remaining six rounds. The surfaces encountered on Irish tarmac events are notoriously tricky, but over which our tyres have a long record of success. Long may it continue.”
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