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Cronin off to a good start

The Cork-Kerry pairing of Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin got the defence of their British Rally Championship titles off to a good start by finishing a close third in the Pirelli International Rally, on their debut drive in a Hyundai i20. 

After 80 miles of stages in the daunting Kielder Forest complex in the North of England, they were 22 seconds behind winners Matt Edwards and Darren Garrod, and just 1.3 seconds down on runners up Rhys Yates and Elliott Edmonson.

Cronin, with four British titles already, is bidding to equal the all-time record of the legendary Jimmy McRae, who topped the points table five times in his long career.

At home, Derek Deane beat his brother Mervyn into second place in the opening round of the National Loose Surface Autocross Championship at Scramoge, with Matt Shinnors the best of the saloon drivers.