BALLINODE MAN WINS IRISH RALLYING’S BIGGEST PRIZE

12 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Marty McGarrity

Enda Sherry realised his Irish rallying dream, as the Ballinode co-driver and his driver Darren Gass were crowned 2012 Irish Tarmac Rally Champions.
Along with the title comes history in the making, as Enda becomes the first ever Monaghan man to score a victory on the International Championship. The duo’s Subaru Impreza S10 ran without fault all season, which is testament to the great work of Johnny Crozier Motorsport and his team. This is to add to his Group N tarmac crown he won in 2004 with Dessie Keenan.
The opening round of the year brought the crews to the Galway International Rally back in February. Darren and Enda entered the event as underdogs. The opening loop of stages put them close to the leaders in fourth place and with a good push over the middle loop they jumped into second place. A momentous push on the last loop saw the fight go between the Gass car and multiple tarmac champion Eugene Donnelly. Gass held a healthy 16 second lead over the chasing pack. However, Donnelly showed his capabilities by taking 15 seconds back to allow Darren and Enda to take their first victory and into the bargain Enda claimed the first ever international victory for a Monaghan man.
The next round of the championship saw the contenders head to the Circuit of Ireland – a counting round of the internationally renowned I.R.C European Championship.
The Gass team entered the event buoyed by …

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