McCullagh wins season opener

McCullagh wins season opener

Niall McCullagh.

By Damian Mullan

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By Damian Mullan

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sport@thechronicle.uk.com

A FINAL stage upset ensured Niall McCullagh recorded the first win of the new Northern Ireland rally season at the weekend.

Cathan McCourt looked odds-on to claim victory, having oled for much of the way, but a crash just 500 yards from the finish line put paid to his hopes.

Meanwhile, it has just been revealed that the Ulster International Rally will be pared back to a one day format for this season.

The hope is that the new stream-lined format will generate renewed interest among competitors.

Finally, Matt Edwards got the defence of his British Rally Championship crown off to a dream start at the Cambrian Rally in north Wales.

"This has to be a dream come true," he admitted afterwards.

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