A great deal of serious rallying takes place in Ireland, continually reminding us of the wealth of natural driving talent that exists on the island from which Paddy Hopkirk MBE emerged all those years ago. The conditions are often wet and slippery, and Kumho Tyres says this is a medium in which its competition tyres have frequently proved themselves the cream of the crop, adding that they often did once again in 2017.

Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Championship: Kumho has a proud record in this series, not least courtesy of such former outright victors as Eugene Donnelly and Garry Jennings. Among the more prominent of this year’s Kumho-supported runners was Barry Jones, brother-in-law of Welsh rugby international Scott Williams, who clinched the Historic class in his self-prepared MKII Ford Escort with one event to spare. Another was 22-year-old Jenna McCann who employed a suitably distinctive pink and black-coloured Ford Fiesta R2 to annexe the hotly contested Junior class at the final round in Cork. Do we have another Michelle Mouton in the making?

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