A titanic battle this weekend resulted in Callum Devine & Local Co-Driver Noel O’Sullivan winning The Rally Of The Lakes after a dramatic final stage.
After 2 full days and 13 stages, the final stage SS14 Caragh Lake would decide who came out on top in this epic battle that ran all weekend.
Alistair Fisher & Co-Driver Gordon Noble came out on top after day 1, Although Devine took the first stage win of the day by 2.5s, the following 2 stage wins went to Fisher, before Josh Moffett took stage 4. Fisher took the final 2 stage wins of the day, holding a 7.7s gap over Devine with Moffett 15.2s off the lead.
With Callum Devine now within striking distance heading into day 2 it was time for a push, winning all three stages before the cancelled second run through Ballaghbeama, Callum headed for service with the gap now down to 5.8s.
With 2 runs through Shanera & Caragh Lake awaiting the crews through the afternoon, It was Devine that took the next three stages, just 3.1s seperated them heading into the decider on the Lake…
With the Derryman already taking the previous run through Caragh Lake, the pressure was on Fisher….
Dramatically Fisher slid wide and watched his lead disappear as Devine passed his stranded Polo R5 to take the win, although not how they wanted the decider to end, they dominated day 2 winning all but the final stage.
Killarney man & Co-Driver for Callum Devine could not hide his emotion at the finish line, both were overjoyed with the win and proved throughout the weekend that it was well deserved.
Moffett struggled throughout the weekend, finishing just over a minute behind, despite not happy with his rhythm, still manged to take points in his quest for the Championship, Jonny Greer took the final step on the podium with a good solid drive in his Citroen C3 Rally2, with Co-Driver Niall Burns.
National Rally Winners Rob Duggan/Ger Conway
Historic Winners Alan Ring/Adrian Deasy
Junior Winners Jason Farrell//John McCarthy