ITRC cham­pi­ons Kelly and Boyle plot full-time en­tries

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Ir­ish Tar­mac Rally cham­pi­ons Don­agh Kelly and De­clan Boyle are plan­ning to en­ter next year’s se­ries in R5 cars, hav­ing not com­peted full-time in the cat­e­gory since 2015.

This sea­son, they cam­paigned their re­spec­tive Ford Fo­cus WRC07 and Ford Fi­esta RS WRC with Kelly win­ning the West Cork Rally for a fifth suc­ces­sive year.

Both de­cided not to com­pete full-time in the ITRC when it made R5 the top pointss­cor­ing for­mula for the 2016 sea­son, with WRCS rel­e­gated to fight­ing for a cup and event wins, not the over­all se­ries.

Nei­ther driver has re­vealed what R5 car they will drive, and Kelly said: “You will all have to wait un­til Gal­way to find out. My main prob­lem is time, work is just crazy busy.

“If I will do West Cork [sec­ond round] it will be in the R5 car, it just wouldn’t be fair [to turn up in the World Car].”

Kelly did drive an R5 car – a Fi­esta – on the Grizedale Rally in 2016, but re­tired af­ter vis­it­ing a ditch while run­ning in­side the top five.

The Ir­ish se­ries is set to start in Gal­way for the In­ter­na­tional Rally on Fe­bru­ary 10, a one-day event in­stead of the usual two. It didn’t run in 2018 for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

Kelly has R5 ex­pe­ri­ence in a Fi­esta

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