Derek McGarrity (Subaru Impreza WRC S11) has won the 2011 Circuit of Ireland Rally to equal Paddy Hopkirk’s record of five victories on the event, reported Laurence McAlinden.
The Glengormley man finished 41.7 seconds ahead of local man Kenny McKinstry in his S8 Impreza.
Kevin Barrett finished third in his Impreza WRC.
John Dalton was fourth in a Darrian T90 to score a narrow Modified category win ahead of fellow Welshman Phil Collins, who took fifth spot in the Mk2 Escort. Donagh Kelly rounded out the top six and won Group N in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Top 10 Finishers:
1 Derek McGarrity / James McKee
2 Kenny McKinstry / Kenny Hull
3 Kevin Barrett / Sean Mullally
4 John Dalton / Gwynfor Jones
5 Phil Collins / Derek Brannigan
6 Donagh Kelly / Kevin Flanagan
7 Brendan Cumiskey / Jason Ollerenshaw
8 Sam Moffett / James O Reilly
9 Adrian Hetherington / Gary Nolan
10 Eugene Meegan / Naill Burns
Other local drivers competing were:
Fintan McGrady / Downpatrick – Naill Braniff / Castlewellan
JT Warnock / Ballykinlar – Andy Johnson / Killinchy – Andrew McCormick /Crossgar