This weekend will see Jonathan Pringle and Martin Byrne’s biggest weekend in their rallying careers to date with both the National Rally Championship Mark 2 challenge and the Border Rally Championship up for grabs.
The Bailieborough pairing will have to compete with fellow Cavan men Chris Armstrong and James Fulton in what could be billed as a “winner takes all” race from start to finish- with both crews level on points heading into this weekend in the Mark 2 Challenge. With the pair trading wins all throughout the year across the four corners of the country, this weekend will be the culmination of 6 months of work by both teams.
Jonathan and Martin will have to keep one eye on the Border Championship runners as well, as a class win this weekend will seal an historic win for the Jones Engineering Escort. With a string of maximum points hauls on all the rounds to date, a class win would leave the overall championship out of reach of their rivals and mark a historic win with one round to go.
With a haul of maximum scores in the last 2 rounds, the momentum would be very much with the Pringle team but in rallying anything can happen. The championship will be decided this weekend if one crew fails to finish but with good scores from both then the championship will go to the final round in Bantry, West Cork in October.
With a lot riding on this weekend’s result one thing is for certain, there will be a monumental battle between the two Cavan crews on the Galway roads this weekend.