Donagh Kelly bidding for fourth successive National rally triumph

Donagh Kelly
Donagh Kelly

With three wins from three events Donegal’s Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus WRC) will seek to continue his dominance of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship that reaches the half way mark on Sunday with the Circuit of Munster Rally.

Reigning National champion Declan Boyle, who has acquired a Ford Fiesta WRC, is a notable absentee from this event that has a new base in Kilmallock with headquarters at the Deebert House Hotel.  

Boyle, one of three drivers to have won back to back National titles, is of the opinion that a hat-trick of titles is beyond his reach this time as he has just 17 points on the board.

Kelly’s main rival is Niall Maguire, who has acquired Boyle’s championship double winning S12B Subaru WRC and who was second in the non-championship Cavan Rally last week, has yet to decide if he will debut his recently acquired Subaru and he is currently in second spot in the Triton series, 14 points behind Kelly.    

Kevin Kelleher (Subaru WRC) returns to Triton action and he is a past winner of the rally and last year finished runner-up to Sam Moffett.  

Alan Ring in the Mel Evans hired S12B Subaru WRC occupies the number four spot and he too will try and move up the championship table.  

Glengormley’s Derek McGarrity (S14 Subaru WRC), who was seeded at number five, has withdrawn his entry while Kevin Barrett in the Triton Showers Subaru completes the top six.

The first car is off from Rally HQ at 9.40am, nine stages to fight for with the finish back at Rally HQ at 4.35pm.