KELLY BREAKS RECORDS IN CORK
Focus driver dominant as Cronin extends points lead. By Brian Patterson
Reigning Irish Tarmac and National champion Donagh Kelly took a start-tofinish victory in his Ford Focus WRC on his first event in the championship this year, achieving three wins in a row in West Cork – the first person to do so in the rally’s history.
There were eight stages on day one, four loops of two.
The opening two tests, Inchybridge and Ballinascarty, featured bright skies but damp slippy roads. Kelly picked slick Michelin tyres for his Focus WRC and was immediately fastest, notching up a 14s advantage over Garry Jennings (on Kumhos) by first service at the agricultural cottage outside Clonakilty. Alastair Fisher was third and Keith Cronin fourth. Rory Kennedy was entered to sit with Jennings, but family issues meant Rory had to head back home to Donegal, so David Moynihan