Accident robs Bustards of Sligo glory

An accident on the penultimate stage denied the Bustard brothers from Donegal Town, Kenny and Trevor of success in the Sligo Stages Rally at the weekend.

An accident on the penultimate stage denied the Bustard brothers from Donegal Town, Kenny and Trevor of success in the Sligo Stages Rally at the weekend.

Daniel Conaghan and Terence McGee in their Escort Mark 2 were the leading Donegal finishers in seventh place but the spotlight was on the Donegal Town pair, with the final stage of the rally cancelled as a result of the crash.

Kenny and Trevor Bustard in their Mitsubishi Evo were leading the rally on Saturday afternoon when they were involved in a high speed crash and were taken to Sligo General Hospital with their injuries. Kenny was released on Saturday night while Trevor was detained and was still in hospital last night.

It is understood that the injury is not too serious and it is expected is due to be released in a matter of days if not today (Tuesday).

They were leading the rally at the time by ten seconds from Shane Maguire and Martin McGarrity. As a consequence of the crash stage nine - the last stage - was not run and Maguire and McGarrity, in their Subaru Impreza, were declared the winners with Pat Kirk and Peter Ward in a Mitsubishi Lancer, in second place.

Conor Watters and Gerry Hughes also in an Escort were the next best placed Donegal finishers in 12th place two positions better off than the John Ward and Gary McNern in a Corolla, who were in 14th place.

Pauric McGee and Dean Sullivan and Adrian Cannon and Paddy McCrudden had a ding dong battle in their Honda Civics over the eight stages with the McGee/Sullivan just shading it to take 15th place with Cannon and McCrudden just one place back in 16th.

Leitirmacaward’s Dermot Cannon with Alvin Alcorn calling the notes also had a good run in their Corolla and were just inside the top 20 in 19th place, two places better off than another Donegal crew of David Keller and Noel O’Donnell in a Honda Civic.

Other Donegal finishers were John Dolan and Francie Devine, Andrew Stewart and Tony Gallagher, Shane and Niall Timoney, Eamon McCafferty and Derek McCarthy and Liam and Samantha Branley.

Recent Donegal winner Garry Jennings was down the field in a Corolla. He was in 58th place of 63 finishers.