Three-way fight likely for pres­ti­gious event win

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Martin Walsh, Roy Demp­ster

Reign­ing Ir­ish Tar­mac cham­pion Don­agh Kelly be­lieves win­ning in Done­gal would be the great­est achieve­ment of his 20-year ca­reer should he break his duck on the pres­ti­gious event.

Kelly is only com­pet­ing on se­lect events this year, hav­ing won five of the six ral­lies on last year’s cal­en­dar. But the June clas­sic still evades his grasp.

“The plan for Done­gal is quite sim­ple: I will go like mad from the word go,” said Kelly, win­ner of the pre­vi­ous Ir­ish Tar­mac counter – the In­ter­na­tional Rally of the Lakes. “To win would be the ul­ti­mate achieve­ment in my 20 years of ral­ly­ing– but it won’t be easy.

“Ev­ery­one tak­ing part wants to win Done­gal as much as me and fin­ish­ing sec­ond isn’t in their game plan ei­ther. Every­thing is good prepa­ra­tion-wise and the car is 100 per cent ready to go and I am con­fi­dent.”

Garry Jen­nings will be aim­ing to build on his 2012 win Bo­gie: Fourth Es­cort on 2015 Event Cham­pion Gallagher’s Star­let is back Greer back in Done­gal for ITRC bid Dun­lop re­turns to ral­ly­ing af­ter TT Ryan is miss­ing from Done­gal fight

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