Barrett and Kelly make it a hat-trick in Joule
For the third year in succession, local crew Manus Kelly (below)and Donall Barrett in the Subaru Impreza took top place in the Joule Donegal International Rally, albeit in a completely different way from their earlier triumphs.
In each of the previous years, they only took the lead on the final stages of the three-day rally, but set the pace on Friday's opening stage this year, and led for seventeen of the twenty stages, winning by 42 seconds despite easing off for yesterday's two loops in order not to take any risks.
Josh Moffett and Andy Hayes was second setting out yesterday in the first of a group of Ford Fiesta R5s, but Josh's elder brother Sam, a former winner of the rally, took the runners up spot halfway through the day, opening out a 22-second margin by the finish.
Two recent winners of the Billy Coleman Award for Young Rally Driver of the Year followed the Monaghan pair home, with Killarney's Rob Duggan finishing fourth and the current title holder Callum Devine, from Derry, fifth.