Midland Rally 2010

Top Finish For Buckley on Midland Rally

Cathal Doyle
Ballyhaunis rally driver Shane Buckley brought his Citroen C2R2 Max home in a fine 8th place overall on Sunday’s Moto Midlands Stages Rally. As well as winning class six by nearly three minutes, Buckley and co-driver Thomas Maguire from Meath were the second highest placed front wheel drive finishers on the Rooskey based event. Indeed they had been as high as 5th overall before losing time on the last batch of stages with a wrong tyre choice.

Having entered the Midland Stages as a shakedown for this week-end’s Circuit of Ireland Rally, Buckley will be confident of a strong result on the world famous Easter classic. The Circuit is the second round of the prestigious Citroen Racing Trophy Ireland Championship, and having finished 3 overall on the opening round in Galway in a lower specification C2R2, Shane has now upgraded to the more competitive C2R2 Max that the majority of his rivals are using. With the strong Midland Stages result under his belt, hopes are high for another top finish this week-end.

Also competing on the Midland Stages Rally were Ballinrobe’s Adrian and Aidan Fahy who were pleased to bring their Ford Escort safely home in 37th place overall.
Photo courtesy of Ciara Buckley.