Hunter keen to impress at end of season

Bantry marks end of Dunlop National Rally Championship

The Dunlop National Rally Championship ends with Sunday’s Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry, west Cork. Photograph: Inpho

The Dunlop National Rally Championship ends with Sunday’s Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry, west Cork. Photograph: Inpho

 

The curtain falls on the Dunlop National Rally Championship with Sunday’s Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally in Bantry, west Cork. Although the Vard Memorial Trophy has already been won by Donegal’s, Declan Boyle, one of next season’s title aspirants, Welsh ace, Hugh Hunter (Subaru WRC) is using the nine stage rally as a pre-season shakedown.

In terms of opposition, Cork’s Daragh O’Riordan (Fiesta WRC), whom Hunter beat in a previous Dunlop round and another local hero, Denis Cronin (Subaru WRC) are the benchmarks.

 Both have won the rally twice before with O’Riordan on course for an unprecedented three in a row. Roy White (MG S2000), James Stafford (Darrian T90 GTR) are next on the list as Donegal’s, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet) and Cavan’s, Jonathan Pringle (Ford Escort) battle for the rally.ie award within the Dunlop series.