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Home crew retain Donegal Rally title 19.06.17

HOME crew Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett have retained their title after snatching a last-minute victory in the Joule Donegal International Rally.
Starting the final day of the three-day event, they were seven seconds behind longtime leaders, Donegal's Donagh Kelly and his Monaghan co-driver Conor Foley, with six stages to come.
On the first of two runs over Atlantic Drive, Manus' Subaru Impreza went ahead for the first time all weekend, but namesake Donagh regained top place on the following stage, High Glen, leaving himself a 4.7 second lead as they set out to repeat the same three stages.
Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett in action at the Joule Donegal International Rally, June 2017.
Struggling with his tyre choice on Fanad 2, Donagh lost a disastrous 17 seconds, leaving him five seconds behind with two stages left. And in a final all-out effort to take victory on a rally which he has never won, his Focus hit a bank just two corners from the stage finish. The damage was too much to continue.
"Manus, now with a large lead, was able to cruise through the last stage and still come home with a margin of almost two minutes over runners up Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble. (They) only got ahead of Garry Jennings and Gordon Noble on the action packed final stage, claiming maximum points in the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship for R5 cars. The Moffett brothers from Monaghan, Sam and Josh, finished fourth and fifth in their Fiestas," said a Motorsport Ireland spokesperson.
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