Moffett takes win

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Moffett takes win
Monaghan young gun, Sam Moffett and his navigator James O’Reilly, managed to hang on in the final stages of the Donegal International Rally to claim a historic victory as one of the youngest teams to ever claim the title.

Monaghan young gun, Sam Moffett and his navigator James O’Reilly, managed to hang on in the final stages of the Donegal International Rally to claim a historic victory as one of the youngest teams to ever claim the title.

The winning driver said that, in the final stage of the event, he felt that his car just about made it across the line, but he was delighted to take the win.

Co-pilot James said it was a dream come true to claim a win in the “best rally in Ireland”.

“It seems to be that I’m the youngest to win,” a delighted Sam told the DD/DPP, adding “I can’t believe it and words can’t describe a feeling like this. I did Monaghan in the car in April, and it was great there and when I came here I was hoping to carry the same type of speed.

“There was a bit more learning to do on these type of surface, still, we had a great run and the car was great, so I couldn’t ask for better.”

Frosses driver Donagh Kelly and his notes-man Kevin Flanagan claimed second overall.

Defending champions Garry Jennings and Neil Doherty finished third after picking up a three-minute time penalty on Sunday morning, having led for the first two days.

Meanwhile, local heroes Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett were on the cusp of a famous victory in the national rally title division.

They had a great battle with Gary McPhillips all weekend, but sadly, a crash in the final stages cruelly put them out of contention for the top spot.