A fourth place finish was enough in last weekend’s Cork ‘20’ Rally in Fermoy was enough for Cork’s Keith Cronin to claim victory in the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for the first time.

Cronin is the first Corkonian to claim the championship since Billy Coleman won the title back in 1984. The Cork ‘20’ Rally itself was claimed by Monaghan’s Josh Moffett, driving a Fiesta R5, finishing 4.6 seconds ahead of his brother Sam with Roy White rounding out the podium places.

Cronin, from Ballylickey near Bantry, went into the weekend’s race trailing championship leader Alastair Fisher, though the Tyrone driver crashed out on the fourth stage on Saturday. With his unexpected exit, it meant Cronin needed only a top three place to secure the title.

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