Camillus Bradley in his MkII Escort was first home in the Limelight Mini Stages Rally in Glenties on Saturday, just foiling the drive of local pair Declan and Brian Boyle.
In the end just three seconds separted first and second with the Draperstown combination of Bradley and Crawford Henderson just holding on. The respective parties had gone into that last stage tied on time so it was an exciting finale, albeit a slightly disappointing one for the home support. Declan Gallagher from Glenties also led at one point.
In very difficult conditions, rally enthusisasts were treated to a very exciting contest with another local pairing of Adrian Cannon and Michael Duddy in a Honda Civic collision having a close encounter with a telegraph pole which provided an obstacle for those coming afterwards.
“Adrian was fine and there was just a little cosmetic damage to the car,” said Darragh Kelly, PRO of Donegal Motor Club. “The marshals immediately signalled the danger and that particular stage was cancelled. Adrian was fine to continue.”
Twelve months ago snow forced a cancellation of the race but this year’s event was a successful one according to Kelly.
“It was a bit of a kick in the teeth last year but we’re delighted with how things panned out over the weekend,” he said.
“Although the weather was exceptionally wet and windy the supporters who braved the elements certainly enjoyed themselves and that’s good to hear. We had two evening stages in the dark for the first time in a long time and the feedback from that was positive as well.
“It was an exciting event with so little between the top two and I’m sure Declan (Boyle) will be keeping his fingers crossed he can go one better next year.”