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Irish Crew Daniel Barry & Martin Brady have been confirmed the 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge Champions after their emphatic victory on round six, the Swansea Bay Rally in Wales. This gives Daniel his fifth victory out of six rounds and means he has an insurmountable lead in the series even with two rounds left to play for. Daniel & Martin have been victors right from the initial round of the series in Bournemouth and continued the campaign with victories in the Scottish Borders, the Isle of Mann, the Welsh Severn Valley and now the latest success in Swansea.

The victory in Swansea was hard fought after a day long tussle with Icelandic driver Daniel Sigurdarson and at the finish of the final stage Daniel Barry had just barely moved into a scant 1.3 second lead which sealed the victory and the championship. At the finish ramp an ecstatic Daniel received his well deserved champagne reception and commented “Im so happy to finally make it here, it has been a great year with big battles on every round but thankfully Martin & I have managed to come out the winners and take the victories each time we needed to, and thanks to this and our family run team Barry Motorsport we are here now celebrating the spoils of our hard work and effort. Our car the Mitsubishi Lancer never missed a beat all season and gave us sterling performance and reliability every time we need it. That’s a credit to our team and how hard they worked to have every nut and bolt perfect on the car. I’m just so relieved as well as happy to have confirmed the championship with time to spare as it means we can concentrate on the rest of the season without the pressures of championship responsibilities and we look forward to the remaining rounds of the series.

Martin from Navan has been co driver to Daniel for almost a year now and is the reigning champion in the series by virtue of the results he scored with Daniel in the latter half of the 2008 season, at the Swansea finish he recounted a day of nerves as all that was required was a finish to secure the 2009 series, “we had a unusually nervous start to the rally as we for the first time were driving knowing we had to be cautious and just simply finish to win and that’s perhaps more difficult to do than driving to the maximum concentration and pace, but as the day progressed we got more settled and built more speed and after a great day long battle with Daniel Sigurdarson we got the win on the rally as well as the championship which is the ultimate happy ending to our Evo Challenge season, of course we will continue with the rest of the rounds because it is such a great championship and the friendship and camaraderie with our rivals is as much a part of it as the competition itself.

The prize for the 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge is a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 Road Car or prize bursary to the same value to allow the winner to compete in the 2010 official Mitsubishi team UK in the British Rally Championship.

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