Last weekend’s Sligo Rally saw more success for the Donegal Rallying community in both the Overall and Class results.
The loop of three stages in and around the Manorhamilton area were tricky and technical and would require a tidy run by all crews. Fastest out of the block was Paddy Mc Veigh and Donegal Town’s Gary Mc Elhinney on the notes they were five seconds ahead of Clontibrit’s Josh Moffet in his first outing in the familly Fiesta WRC, third was 2013 Donegal Sam Moffet in the Evo, with Ballybofey paring Martin Doherty and Kevin Flanagan just thirteen seconds behind Mc Veigh and then fifth was Pat Kirk from Strabane and Convoy man John Mc Elhinney calling the notes.
In the 2wd Battle Victor Hunter and Michael Doherty from Cresslough lay 17th overall but unfortunately the pair would retire before the day was out. After the first service Josh Moffet would take the lead from Mc Veigh by 30 seconds with Kirk fourth, Doherty fifth and Donegal Town men Trevor Bustard and John Mc Cafferty now sixth.
Kilmacrenan man Paddy Robinson on the notes for Fintona’s Ashley Dickson now lay 15th overall and Cartha Boyle from Ardara now nestled just inside the top 30. As the crews moved into the last loop the only major changes in the standings would be that Kirk leaped frogged Doherty and Flanagan but with one stage to go Kirk and Convoy man Mc Elhinney would move into second after Sam Moffet’s demise while Doherty clinched third overall on his first outing since Galway in February.
Trevor Bustard and John Mc Cafferty clinched group N and fifth overall. Dickson and Robinson were 13th and third in class four. Cartha Boyle had a great run to 18th and second in 11R, David Kelleher and Dean O Sullivan clinched class 2 and 24th overall in their Civic. Leonard Craig and Dermot Mc Cafferty were the entertainers in their Starlet and ended up very respectable 28th overall. Adrian Cannon and Pauric Kenney were 38th. Mark Ewing clinched his class on the Border Championship with 40th overall spot. Ramelton’s Shane Carr and Stephen Peoples were second in class 10th in their Nova, Mark Boyle from Dungloe and Charles Gallagher guided their bruised Civic to 47th.
Eamon Russell and Gavin O Donnell finished inside the top fifty but gained valuable Border points.Eamon Mc Cafferty from Ballintra in the Puma won class 5 and finished two places ahead of Ballyshannon’s Liam Branley.
The next event that will gather local interest in the Dog leap stages in Ballykelly in two weeks’ time and in less than month The Ulster Rally the next round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding ITC kicks off from Enniskillen on the 15th August. The next Donegal Club event will be the Knockalla Hillclimb at the beginning of September.