Daniel Barry from Enniskerry Co Wicklow continues with his season of success by taking his fourth victory of the year in the highly competitive Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge. Partnered as ever by his navigator Martin Brady from Navan the pair have remained consistently fast and on the road all year to claim not only victories in the Mitsubishi one make series but also by virtue of their consistent performances the pair also hold the overall lead in the UK National Gravel Rally Championship ahead of the higher powered World Rally Cars.

The Severn Valley rally was based in the Welsh town of Builth Wells and it visited seven of the best and most challenging stages over the Welsh forests and hills. Daniel and Martin got their event off to the best possible start and held 2nd overall after the first test. Stage two saw them drop back to 4th after class rival Simon Hughes fought back and reclaimed two seconds. Determined that this was not to be a precedent Daniel and Martin redoubled their efforts and pushed harder on the short stage three and claimed back one vital second and again in stage four set a time 4 seconds faster than Hughes to move them back into the lead of the fierce Mitsubishi battle. It was a lead they were never to relinquish although Welsh local Hughes kept the battle fierce and the margins remained tight. Going into the final and most difficult 16 mile stage the gap was just two seconds in favour of Barry & Brady, the Irish crew were determined and pushed to their best efforts and as fast as the car could carry them and despite a worrying moment when overheated brakes meant a reluctant handbrake saw them visit a ditch briefly they came out of the stage a further 8 seconds ahead of Hughes to seal the victory in the Mitsubishi race by ten seconds and also take a rewarding podium position of 3rd overall.

Daniel commented at the finish ramp “it was a really tough day, the weather was so warm and with little wind the dust was hanging in amongst the trees and at times it was almost impossible to see where we were going, but we were determined that we had the advantage gong into the last stage and we worked so hard all day to get into and hold the lead that Martin & I just focused all the way through the last stage and it all fell into place, the car was brilliant all day and never missed a beat which is a credit to our small family run team. We go home a happy bunch tonight and were looking forward to the last few rounds of the championship, if we keep the flow going and more wins like this then hopefully we can achieve the ultimate goal of the championship win”.

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