Ballylckey local Cronin crowned Prestone British Rally Championship winner 2017

After a thrilling final stage, which saw turbo trio Fredrik Ahlin, Keith Cronin and Matthew Edwards battle it out on the motorsport mecca; the Isle of Man, it was Ballylickey’s, Keith Cronin that took the Championship crown.

After three days of gruelling racing, the Ford Fiesta R5 driver, won the second leg of the rally by just 0.1 seconds from Edwards, allowing him to take home the Championship title for the fourth time.

Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Champion, Keith Cronin, said: “It’s been a tough year. It didn’t start so well, everything has been thrown at us. This was the toughest event I have ever done and the hardest title to win.

“Matt and Fredrik drove brilliantly and we didn’t think it was possible. Mikie Galvin has done a great job and we have a great team behind us and we kept fighting and fighting, and to win the championship by one tenth of second is just unbelievable.”

The Irish success continued into the Prestone Motorsport News Junior BRC as Callum Devine and Keith Moriarty clinched the championship and the £30,000 cash prize, one of the biggest prizes in British motorsport.

With seven events over seven months and drivers battling it out on varied courses, each bringing its own tough conditions, the Prestone British Rally Championship 2017 has been an exciting season for motorsport.

Head of Marketing for Prestone, Claire Fenton said: “It’s been our first BRC but it certainly won’t be our last. The standard has been exceptionally high and the atmosphere at each event has been electric.

“A personal favourite was Ypres which saw Prestone add the Armed Forces Rally Team to its sponsor list in a special commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele which happened 100 years ago this year.

“We are thrilled to be on board as headline sponsors again next year and can’t wait to see what the season brings.”