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Ex-WRC drivers take West Cork Rally honours

Craig Breen charges to victory in wet and slippery conditions.

Craig Breen, Tom Cave and Mikko Hirvonen won the top prizes in the West Cork Rally, a joint British Open and Irish Tarmac championship rally.

The two-day event was based at Clonakilty in the far south of the Irish Republic.

Following the success of the Ypres Rally in Belgium, this was the second venue to be selected as a qualifying foreign event by the BRC promoters, although the whole island was used in the past for the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Irish driver Breen (Ford Fiesta R5) won the event outright and was top placed finisher in the Irish series, while Cave (Hyundai i20 R5) was third overall and was top placed British series driver.

Mikko Hirvonen drove a rear-drive Ford Escort MkII to victory in the Irish national free-formula category.

Fans brave the icy conditions to watch Josh Moffett in Ireland.

Conditions were very wet on the first day and Josh Moffett initially took the overall and British category lead, before suffering driveshaft problems.

Breen then took the lead for the rest of the event.

On the first afternoon the lead in the British category was fought out closely between Welsh drivers Cave and Matt Edwards. Cave eventually beat Edwards by 4.8 seconds.

The British Junior category was won by the Northern Irish driver Josh McErlean.

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