MSA British Rally Academy member Martin McCormack clinched the Citroen C2R2 Irish Cup after an impressive display at the Wexford Rally.
The 22-year-old knew going into the event a top three result would almost certainly guarantee him the title, and resolved to drive a steady rally to make sure it became a reality.
Despite very tricky wet conditions on the Saturday morning McCormack and co-driver Liam Moynihan set a fast pace and stormed into a healthy lead by racking up times quick enough to put them into eighth overall in the rally and almost 30 seconds ahead of their nearest C2R2 rivals.
As the conditions dried out they slipped back slightly to 12th overall, but still maintained a comfortable lead in the C2R2 standings after the first day with no major dramas on the stages.
The duo did suffer a scare on the Sunday after the fuel pump lost pressure just as they were leaving service, however their crew quickly fixed the problem and got them out in just enough time to avoid any penalty. From then it was a straight run to the finish, with a cautious drive seeing McCormack settle for second but doing enough to take the championship.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have won the championship at the last round after a good battle all season," he reflected. "The car was great all weekend and we couldn't have asked for things to have gone any better. We knew if we took it steady and finished that would be enough, but we coped really well with the conditions on the first day and built up a good lead.
"That meant we could take it easier on the Sunday and just bring the car home, although knowing that did make me slightly nervous as it all seemed to be going too well! I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us this year and made it possible to win this championship."
McCormack's prize for securing the C2R2 Irish Cup title will see him spend two days testing with Citroen Sport factory team. He will also receive an entry to Rally Ireland as part of his prize.