His­toric hat-trick

Motor Sport News - - Donegal International Rally - SS5 Let­ter­league (8.79 miles) Boyle/ Boyle 6m36.4s SS6 Cor­radooey (4.71 miles) SS7 Knock­alla (11.85 miles) SS9 Knock­alla (11.85 miles) SS10 Gar­ry­gort (6.98 miles) SS11 Carn­hill (10.68 miles) SS12 Gar­tan (9.74 miles)

Sea­mus O’con­nell took his third straight vic­tory in the his­toric sec­tion of the Done­gal Rally, which at­tracted a healthy 17-car en­try. With crews awarded a nom­i­nal time for the first stage be­cause an ear­lier run­ner crashed off the road, the ac­tion got un­der­way on Gar­ry­gort with Andy John­son go­ing quick­est in his Vaux­hall Chevette HSR and O’con­nell sec­ond de­spite pick­ing up a punc­ture. On the next stage – Knock­alla Two – O’con­nell took the lead. Through day two O’con­nell, and co-pilot Sean Magee, con­tin­ued to con­trol the pace at the head of the field in their K Class, Bda-pow­ered Ford Es­cort to win by al­most two min­utes ahead of Ray Cun­ning­ham.

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