The Joule Donegal International Rally gets underway on Friday and as usual has attracted a huge entry and for rally fans many regard it as the best motoring event in Ireland.
This three day event has attracted one of the best entries in recent years and heading up the entry is last year’s winner Declan Boyle who has acquired a brand new Ford Fiesta WRC from M-Sport.
Starting at number two another Ford this time a Focus WRC in the hands of Donagh Kelly who currently leads the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship while Fermanagh’s Garry Jennings a former winner will occupy the third place start with his Subaru WRC
Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity will start at four and like Jennings will drive a Subaru WRC.Works Peugeot driver Craig Breen is not now taking part as he is to concentrate on the next round of the European Rally Championship.
So popular is this event already 151 entries with another thirty on the reserve list.
The competitors can look forward to more than three hundred kilometres of competitive driving and a number of the special stages have been revised for the 2015 event.
The rally will start from An Grianan Theatre on this morning with the cars on view at Parc Ferme each evening in the LYIT car park. The finish will be at its ancestral home at Rally HQ, the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, on Sunday evening.
Current Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Jonny McMullan will make his first visit of two visits to the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit this weekend for rounds seven and eight of the 2015 BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 Championship.
Having set the pace last time out at Oulton Park securing pole position for both races, McMullan was unlucky in race one, being forced onto the grass early in the race. A superb recovery drive throughout the remainder of the race moved him back up the order to finish sixth at the flag.
Race two was much more positive for the Irish Sports Council supported driver, finishing second to main championship rival Patrick Dussault.
Now lying second overall in the championship, just a single point off the series lead, McMullan has his sights firmly set on returning to the top of the standings in Kent this weekend.
“I am looking forward to Brands Hatch this weekend, it is one of my favourite circuits and I have had good pace there in the past. Hopefully I can continue my quick pace from Oulton Park again and get back to the top of the championship as I am just one point behind the leader”.