Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally
Local Driver in pole position for Top Part Rally Championship
The Top Part West Coast Rally Championship will reach its conclusion on next month’s Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally with local driver Tim Enright in pole position to claim his first major rally title.
The Ford Escort driver took the lead of the series following a strong performance on the recent Clare Stages where he finished a creditable 10th overall.
The Kerry Winter Rally has been a stable round of the popular Top Part-backed series since it was founded in 1993. Rounds have added to the original roster (Birr and Sligo) while The Fastnet Rally opted out a few years ago. Banna , along with Clare, The Circuit of Munster, The Galway Summer Rally and The Circuit of Kerry are the events that always formed the championship.
This year’s Banna Beach Resort Kerry Winter Rally will feature some new innovations, including a short shakedown test on Saturday evening and a new overnight parc ferme alongside the rally headquarters.
Enright is looking forward to defending his championship lead on home ground. His greatest threat is multiple West Coast Champion Shane Maquire but even if the Monaghan man was to win the rally , a top 15 result will secure the North Kerryman the title.
He said: “I never won anything in my life but we are going to Banna with the intention of winning this. I could not believe it when they told me at the finish ramp in Clare was leading the championship.
The six stage rally runs on November 12 and features some of the most popular rally roads in north County Kerry.
Photo credit Dermot Kelleher. Driver Tim Enright (Kerry) and his co-driver Darina Joyce (Galway) at the finish line of this year’s Clare Stages Rally.