Done­gal win­ner Kelly com­mits to Ir­ish Na­tional se­ries

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Manus Kelly has com­mit­ted to a full year in the Ir­ish Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2017, while also at­tempt­ing to de­fend his Done­gal In­ter­na­tional vic­tory.

Kelly beat Keith Cronin in a last­stage decider on Done­gal last year, and he’s hop­ing that more seat time in the same Subaru Im­preza S12B WRC prior to the event will en­sure he’s com­pet­i­tive again.

“The plan is to do four or five rounds of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship and then go into Done­gal match fit, and as quick as pos­si­ble,” said Kelly. “We have de­cided to see out the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship this year and see how it goes.

“Hope­fully we will be there com­pet­ing against De­clan [Boyle], Garry [Jen­nings] and Don­agh [Kelly] again. There will be a good bit of ri­valry and bat­tle go­ing on there all year if that is the case.

“I would still see my­self as the un­der­dog, but you would hope with the mileage done I should be knock­ing on the door.”

Kelly won Done­gal in S12B

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