Boyle takes easy home vic­tory

Done­gal Har­vest Rally

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Pat­ter­son Re­sults By Phil James

Or­gan­iser: Done­gal Mo­tor Club When: Oc­to­ber 8 Where: Killy­begs, Done­gal Cham­pi­onships Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship, Sligo Pal­lets Bor­der Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 8 Starters: 141

De­spite the Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship be­ing de­cided, De­clan and Brian Boyle showed no sign of let­ting up as they took vic­tory and a third in a row on the event in the process.

The rally bucked the trend of re­cent years by hav­ing four sep­a­rate stages, each run twice. The open­ing two stages, Kil­car and Glen­colm­cille, were tech­ni­cal.

From the word go De­clan Boyle proved his su­pe­ri­or­ity, nine sec­onds faster than Garry Jen­nings’ Subaru Im­preza S12B WRC on the opener and four sec­onds faster on the sec­ond. Ad­mit­tedly Jen­nings did have some in­ter­com prob­lems, but even as the day pro­gressed he ad­mit­ted he had no an­swer to the fly­ing Ford Fi­esta WRC at the front.

Sim­i­larly Manus Kelly, win­ner in Car­low this year as well as the Done­gal In­ter­na­tional on his first two runs in a Melvyn Evanspre­pared Im­preza S12B WRC, was a few sec­onds down on ev­ery stage on his third run in the car. Manus did score a fastest time on the fi­nal stage.

Jen­nings dis­ap­peared from the fray on the penul­ti­mate stage with en­gine prob­lems which eased the pres­sure on Boyle even more.

Third over­all on the event was enough to give Niall Maguire third in the na­tional stand­ings be­hind Boyle. In an­other Im­preza S12B, Maguire capped off a strong sea­son with the re­sult.

There was a great bat­tle be­tween the Mk2 Es­cort driv­ers in the top 10. Chris Arm­strong ap­peared to be head­ing for ei­ther a third or fourth over­all fin­ish but he slid his car into a ditch on the penul­ti­mate stage.

This left Gary Kier­nan, who had been 13s be­hind Arm­strong start­ing that seventh stage, to fin­ish fourth. De­clan Gal­lagher in his Toy­ota Star­let had started the day in bril­liant form, show­ing the Es­corts a clean pair of heels on the open­ing test, but was side­lined by an ac­ci­dent in stage two.

Joe Mcgonigle de­buted his new Skoda Fabia R5, tak­ing a solid sixth po­si­tion over­all.

Ai­dan Wray won Group N beat­ing Shane Maguire, which earned him the class Na­tional cham­pion’s tag for the sec­ond year in a row. Young Gary Mcnamee/bernard Fo­ley won the Ju­nior cat­e­gory in their Civic and also took the Ju­nior ti­tle on the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. Their ex­pected main Ju­nior ri­val Michael Boyle slid his Civic off the road.

us both out on the last bend at Skeg­ness, he gave me a good hit, but I man­aged to hold onto it. Third at Sh­effield is OK. I just have keep do­ing what I can and see how it pans out.”

De­fend­ing shootout cham­pion Dan John­son over­came his re­cent run of bad luck to win at Sh­effield on Sun­day, a re­sult that moves him into fourth place.

“I have had a ter­ri­ble start to the shootout: try­ing to re­tain the ti­tle is hard, but this win will help and I have noth­ing to lose, so I will go for it now,” said John­son. “I was go­ing well last night at Skeg­ness; I was ahead of the rest of the shootout driv­ers when the power steer­ing went.”

Rob Speak, who went into the week­end lead­ing the points, failed to break into the top 10 in ei­ther fi­nal. How­ever he did score enough points in heat races to hang on to sec­ond place, just 17 points be­hind Green.

De­clan and Brian Boyle put on a show against a strong Done­gal en­try Adge­speed Stages

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