RALLY KINGS: Manus savours incredible victory

JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

RALLY KINGS: Manus savours incredible victory

Has there been a greater moment in sport in Donegal in recent years?

Yesterday's win by Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett in the Joule Donegal International Rally was one that will be savoured.

The popular Donegal crew stole a dramatic win when they overcame the challenge of Keith Cronin on the final stage on Sunday evening through Fanad.

Their winning margin - a mere 0.5 seconds - was, in a word, incredible.

“What can I say?It's just unbelievable, Manus told the Donegal People's Press/Donegal Democrat.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Manus beamed, as he soaked up the victory surrounded by a legion of family, friends and supporters at the ramp at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.

"A lot of the business-people in Letterkenny backed me for the weekend and without them and a great team headed up by Paul Crumlish, this would not have been possible. I owe them a huge thank you and we will cherish this win. It's brilliant, just brilliant," Manus added.

"We knew Keith Cronin was going to make us work every inch and it was ten tenths up until the very last. We had nothing left," he explained.

Paying tribute to his co-driver, Donal Barrett, Manus said: "Donal keeps me right and when we lost a lot of time on High Glen he did his bit to get my head up. We had a bit of a chat, got ourselves organised and went at it again."

Meanwhile, the national championship was won by David Bogie and Enda Sherry in a Ford Escort Mk2.

They held on for a 21.3 seconds win over Frank Kelly and Michael Coady in second.

Local crew, Damien Gallagher and Mac Walsh were third.

See Monday's DPP/Democrat for more.