Michael Boyle with Cormac Phelan who received his award for his unprecedented generosity at the Harvest Stages Rally.
It is not often a person gives up the opportunity of achieving a dream that they have spent months practicing for but that was the case last weekend in Killybegs.
Michael Boyle from Lettermacaward, a son of the Harvest Rally winner at the weekend, had been preparing his car for scrutiny on Friday night when the unthinkable happened - his engine blew up.
Not only was this the end of a dream to win at home in his own county but the opportunity to secure the national Junior Championship. It was a major blow to this promising young rally driver.
Word soon spread around the service area and out of the blue another young rally driver, Cormac Phelan approached Michael.
Michael told the Democrat, “It was unbelievable. He just told me that he had heard about the situation and wanted to give me his engine. “I said no way - I couldn't deprive anybody of the opportunity of winning but he just insisted . We spent the whole night transferring the engines - as things turned out I crashed out but still secured 2nd place in the national rankings. This gesture is just unprecedented.”
Cormac deservedly received a special award when he was awarded the “Spirit of the Rally award.