DONEGAL RALLY: Local crews going well after Day One


DONEGAL RALLY: Local crews going well after Day One

There were talking points aplenty at the end of Day One of the Joule Donegal International Rally on Friday.

The top three after the opening six stages are all Donegal crews with Declan and Brian Boyle holding a slender lead in their Fiesta WRC.

They have just over six seconds to spare on Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley in second in a Focus WRC.

And in third place and going really well are last year's National Championship winners, Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett.

The local crew, in a Subaru S12, are under 20 seconds off the lead and will approach Saturday's eight stages with plenty of confidence.

Seamus Leonard and John McCafferty in a Subaru S14 are fourth with Alaistair Fisher and Gordon Noble in a Ford Fiesta R5 in fifth.

In the National category, Brian Brogan and Damien McGettigan lead after the opening day in their Ford Escort Mk2.

They hold a seven second lead from Damian Tourish and Domhnall McAlaney, also in a Ford Escort Mk2.

Declan Gallagher and James McNulty in a Toyota Starlet are third.

The big news of the opening day was the forced withdrawl of Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy.

Last year's rally winners went out with engine trouble after coming through the first stage at Trentagh.

On Saturday, the competitors will tackle Knockalla, Garrygort, Carnhill and Gartan - each stage being done twice.

The first car is due on Knockalla for Special Stage 7 on Saturday morning at 10.32am.