Declan Boyle failed to finish in the Circuit of Munster Rally yesterday after being penalised for arriving late at the end of the second stage.
It was tough luck on Boyle, who was quickest on most stages, including leading the eventual winner, Sam Moffett of Monaghan by 7.6 seconds after the end of the first stage.
But disaster struck when his Subaru failed to start at the second stage. He replaced a crankshaft sensor but had difficulty securing the bonnet and he ran out of sequence. Nevertheless, the Donegal man still set fastest time, however, he was penalised 16 minutes for the late start as Moffett headed the time sheets – 2.7 seconds ahead of Wood with Kelleher two tenths of a second further behind in third.
Boyle was quickest on the third.
He was hit by further misfortune with a puncture on the 4th stage but recovered to post the fastest times on the 5th and 6th stages, but when he then discovered the 16 minute penalty imposed for his delay on the 2nd stage, he decided to withdraw, which left Moffett the winner.