Popularity of Donegal Rally underlined by huge entry list

Derek McGarrity is amongst the entries for the Donegal Rally
Derek McGarrity is amongst the entries for the Donegal Rally

Rallying is certainly healthy in the north west as organisers of the Donegal International Rally, which takes place the weekend after next, have had to open a reserve list with 153 cars already entered.

Many of the top drivers in Ireland have entered and seeded at number one Sam Moffett in a Ford Fiesta WRC while Declan Boyle will start number two with his Subaru WRC.

The highest seeded Northern Ireland driver is Garry Jennings and he has the number three and he will drive a Subaru WRC. Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity is at six and Markethill’s Darren Gass at seven, both will drive Subaru WRCs.

Volkswagen has committed itself to its biggest ever campaign in motorsport by lengthening its stay in the FIA World Rally Championship for the next five years. This means the German manufacturer it will remain in the WRC until the end of 2019. However, the company is insisting that there is an increase in media coverage, especially television.

Volkswagen’s initial commitment to the series was scheduled to end next year, but the world champions will remain for the long-term. Meanwhile, after his double victory at Oulton Park last weekend Colin Turkington sits on top of the points table in the British Touring Car Championship, nine points clear of Gordon Shedden.

The next challenge for the Portadown driver and his Ebay Motors BMW will be at Croft circuit in the north of England at the end of the month.