Declan and Brian Boyle win Donegal International Rally

Niall Murray
Niall Murray

Cousins Declan and Brian Boyle in their Subaru WRC triumphed on their homeevent, the first local crew to win the Donegal International Rally since the early 80s.

Sam Moffett was the victor last year but this time round driving a Ford Fiesta WRC he had to settle for third while the best placed Northern Ireland driver was Fermanagh’s Garry Jennings third at the wheel of a Subaru WRC.

Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity finished fourth also driving a Subaru WRC and

Josh Moffett and Stephen McCann rounded off the top half dozen in Mitsubishis.

The National Rally saw Ford Escorts fill the top six places, overall victory going to Gary McPhillips from Conor Harvey and Frank Kelly.

Seamus O’Connell driving a Ford Escort emerged the winner of the Historic Rally with Andy Johnson the runner up at the wheel of a Vauxhall Chevette.

Meanwhile Niall Murray extended his lead in the Northern Ireland Formula Ford Championship at Kirkistown after a storming performance.

The young driver claimed two pole positions, two wins and Driver of The Day for the Young Motorsport Ireland Driver who now has a commanding lead in the series.

Murray and Noel Dunne had equal wins this season prior to Saturday and in the first race it was Murray all the way shadowed by Dunne with more attention on the very close battle for third between Jake Byrne and relative newcomer Alan Davidson, the verdict going to the latter at the line.

Race two and Murray produced a super start with Dunne in pursuit and the Byrne. Davidson battle continued. Dunne spun at the Chicane and this promoted Davidson to second, but it was Byrne who snatched the runner up position.

Formula Vees and in the qualifying race poleman Sean Newsome took the spoils despite the close attention of Stephen Morrin in the early stages. Morrin never gave up and pursued Newsome to the line all the way.

Dan Polley had pole for the second race and it looked very much as if a win was on the card, but Adam Macaulay grabbed the win.

Formula Sheane made their first appearance of the season and pre race favourite Brian Hearty the most successful driver to date this season and in the first race he strolled away from the competition, however in the closing laps the front spoiler making contact with the tarmac cost him some anxious moments but he held on to win from Keith Hogg. Race two and Hogg led with Hearty back in sixth, but by the end of the opening lap he was up to third and soon challenging for the top spot which he eventually attained. Meanwhile Kevin Sheane was charging through the pack to claim second.

Connaire Finn had pole for both the Saloon/GT races but in the opening race Jim Hutchinson shot into the lead with his Vauxhall powered Escort with the Ginetta driver in his wheel tracks, Finn did manage to lead for a period but Hutchinson fought back to score a popular win. Race two and Finn did not let the Hutchinson Escort have a second helping of glory, while Hutchinson set the early pace he was soon reeled in as Finn sped to the flag. Best of the saloons in both races was Stephen Traub in his Honda Integra.

Ginetta Juniors and John Mulholland had pole for the first race with Wilson Thompson the pacesetter, he was involved in a coming together at the Hairpin with Mulholland, he spun as Mulholland sprinted to a race win. Race two and Thompson won from Jack Finlay with Mulholland in third.

Liam Fox established a new record which had stood for seven years in Superkarts 250 Division 1 and other race winners were, Brian Jones, M McGaffin, Mark Montgomery and Matt Campbell.