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 Craig Breen and Paul Nagle who finished Wales Rally GB in 8th place after recovering from a crash on Saturday which saw them drop over 5 minutes

Despite losing a disastrous five minutes when they rolled their works entered Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC on Saturday’s second stage at Myherin, Ireland’s Craig Breen and Paul Nagle yesterday finished the three day Wales Rally GB in eighth place.

The Waterford-Killarney combination ended Friday’s opening day in sixth position, 33 seconds behind leader Ott Tanak’s Toyota Yaris, having been within ten seconds of top place following the opening loop of five stages.

However, Saturday morning saw the Irish pair in big trouble, with Breen having very restricted visibility through his cracked windscreen following the roll, and they lost a further four minutes over the remainder of the day’s stages, leaving them ninth heading into yesterday’s five stages, picking up one position during the day.

Tanak’s Toyota narrowly beat Hyundai team leader Thierry Neuville by just eleven seconds, with multiple World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier’s Citroen third, ahead of Tyrone driver Kris Meeke in the second of the Toyotas.

Belfast’s Charlie Eastwood scored his TF Sport team’s first FIA World Endurance Championship win at Japan’s Fuji circuit yesterday, bringing their Aston Martin Vantage to victory in the 6 Hour race. The Motorsport Ireland-Sport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year shared the car with team mates Salih Yoluc and Jonny Adam.

Monaghan’s Martin Tynan was the winner of Connaught MC’s Autocross at Carraroe, Co Sligo, heading a quartet of Lancer Evos in the top places, with Pascal McCarney the runner up, 3.8 seconds behind.

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