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A trying weekend on the Isle of Man for competitors and especially the organisers saw a thrilling finale to the BRC season. The rally was split into two legs and Keith Cronin, co-driven by Mikie Galvin in his Fiesta R5, won the opening leg by 18.5 seconds. Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Fiesta R5) took 2nd place and were now out of the title battle but a 3rd place saw Fredrik Ahlin & Torstein Eriksen (Fabia R5) keep the championship lead. Cronin needed a carbon copy result in the 2nd leg to be champion. It was a little closer than planned but Cronin got a repeat result to take the title, his 4th in the BRC, by 1 point. The gap to Edwards was just 0.1s with Ahlin almost 25 seconds back in 3rd, having lost that time and more after a costly off on the Friday night.

In the 2WD BRC Callum Devine & Keith Moriarty (Opel Adam) took the win by 12 seconds from Marty Gallagher & Dean O’Sullivan (208 R2). In the National A rally Fred Field & Clare Mole (Vauxhall Adam) took a comfortable victory.

The largest field in the event were the Historics and with the rally split into 2 rounds championship wise, like the BRC, it was Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) who took the victory on both legs to set up a winner takes all finale on the Trackrod. Rob Smith & Alun Cook (Escort MkII) were 2nd and could have done better had it not been for being held up on at least 2 stages by slower / broken down crews. Barry Jones & Iwan Griffiths (Escort MkII) were a stunning 3rd Historic crew home overall. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) managed a 3rd place in leg 1, championship wise, and hold a slender lead for the BHRC shoot out in Yorkshire.

In the National B rally Daniel Harper & Chris Campbell (Mini JCW WRC) took a comfortable victory and just lost 5th overall on the final stage. Nigel & Kayleigh Cannell (Evo IX) were 2nd with Stu Bainborough & Jane Nicol (Evo VI) completing the podium. A total of 94 crews made it to the end of a hard rally with 48 crews retiring, none more dramatic than Jamie Jukes & Dave Williams (Mirage) who went off on SS20, Marine Drive. They were set up for a good result overall in the National B rally but they clipped a curb and went off the stage going down the bank, requiring rescue from the Coastguard.

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