History would later show that 1994 would not be the closest finish of all time in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, when Kenny McKinstry and Stephen Finlay tied on 92 points apiece, but it would have been hard to predict at the time that it could ever have become any closer!
Eugene Donnelly & Derek McGarrity would share the title in 2004 in controversial circumstances, but back in the ’90s it was the Banbridge ace who pipped the reclusive Tyrone driver on count-back, as Kenny had taken the first victory of the year in Galway.
It had been a season long battle between to of the best remembered cars in Irish rallying, the Kaliber Subaru Legacy of Kenny McKinstry & Robbie Philpott and the Michelin Pilot Escort Cosworth of Stephen Finlay & Dessie Wilson.
Following Kenny’s Galway win, Stephen put the distinctive yellow and blue Cosworth on the top of the time sheets on the Circuit of Ireland, Donegal and Manx International events, but three wins were not enough when the Stephen ditched his hopes of a Tarmac title in the Cork mountains and handed the series to the Down driver.
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