Saturday 1 October 2016

O'Donovan scores a fine double at Mondello

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By Paul Phelan

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Ollie O'Donovan, Ireland, in action during the 2004 Playstation 2 Punchestown Rally Experience, Punchestown Race Course, Co. Kildare
Ollie O'Donovan, Ireland, in action during the 2004 Playstation 2 Punchestown Rally Experience, Punchestown Race Course, Co. Kildare

London-based Limerickman Ollie O'Donovan scored a fine double at Mondello Park when his Ford Fiesta won both the Supercar final and the main race of the day, the Super Final, on the second day of the British Rallycross Championship double-header Irish weekend.

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O'Donovan, a former holder of the British title, came under severe pressure from Dubliner Derek Tohill in the first race, eventually triumphing by two seconds as Tohill, himself a multiple European champion, held off current British champion Julian Godfrey by less than one tenth of a second to take runner-up position.

In the Super Final at the end of the day, O'Donovan finished a second clear of Englishmen Kevin Procter and Godfrey to complete the double.

Tohill had a very slow first lap and had to settle for sixth place at the chequered flag.

Another Dubliner, Willie Coyne, held off the challenge of the visitors to win the Super National A Final.

Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan increased their already big lead in the National Rally Championship by adding yet another win to their impressive collection.

They had well over a minute to spare over cross-channel visitors Melvyn Evans and Mark Glennerster in the Carrick-on-Suir Raven's Rock Rally .

There was disappointment for the Irishin the fifth round of the FIA European Rally Championship in Belgium.

Craig Breen raced into an early lead but a puncture on stage 11 dropped him to second overall and worse was to follow as he was forced to retire because of engine problems.

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