Outgoing champion Boyle heads Galway Summer Rally entry

FLASHBACK: Declan (left) and Brian Boyle celebrate their victory in the 2014 Carlton Shearwater Galway Summer Rally
FLASHBACK: Declan (left) and Brian Boyle celebrate their victory in the 2014 Carlton Shearwater Galway Summer Rally

The outgoing National Rally Champion, Declan Boyle, heads an impressive and overflowing entry for the Galway Summer Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship which takes place tomorrow.

With fellow Donegal driver Donagh Kelly having clinched the title on the last round in Sligo, the battle for the remaining top three slots rests between the trio of Niall Maguire, Alan Ring and Roy White.

Boyle, who won the Sligo Rally, will drive a Ford Fiesta WRC and is the favourite for event victory.  

His bid to become the first ever driver to record a straight hat trick of National titles was destroyed early in the season with punctures on the opening rounds in Abbeyleix and Roscommon.

In Sligo he took a fine victory as Kelly concentrated on landing the prestigious Vard Memorial Trophy.

The battle for second and third is still very much in the balance, former triple National Champion Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC) holds the advantage at present although with dropped scores taken into consideration there is just five points separating the trio.

Maguire’s best haul of points, 19, was in the Midland Rally, since then he has switched to the ex-Boyle S12B Subaru WRC and is still adapting to his new car. 

For Roy White, third overall in 2013 and runner-up to Boyle (by a single point) last year, another top three finish will be a fine achievement in his MG ZR.

The bonus points from the Power Stage could play a deciding role.

In Group N, Trevor Bustard, Shane Maguire, Pat Kirk and Neil Tohill will all be in Mitsubishi Evo IXs.

Rally HQ is the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and the first car is off at 9am.