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Declan Boyle takes three wins in a row as Garry Jennings is forced out at Donegal Harvest Rally

By Sammy Hamill

Published 10/10/2016

Declan Boyle: a home win but no overall championship victory
Declan Boyle: a home win but no overall championship victory

Declan Boyle finished the Irish national rally championship in style, winning his home Donegal Harvest Rally for a third year in a row.

It was also his third successive win in this year's Triton Showers series, but it was all too late to prevent Roy White becoming champion for the first time.

Indeed, White was able to sit out the final event of the season, the title already secured, while Boyle and his co-driver cousin Brian dominated the Killybegs-based event in their WRC Ford Fiesta.

They led from start to finish, chased for most of the way by former Tarmac champion Garry Jennings and Donegal International winner Manus Kelly in their Subaru Imprezas.

But the Boyles were more than half-a-minute clear when Jennings was forced to retire from second place on the penultimate stage with damage to his Subaru's engine.

Kelly took second place, but more than one-and-half minutes behind, with Niall Maguire moving up to third in his Subaru.

Gary Kiernan won the two-wheel-drive division in fourth in his Ford Escort ahead of Damien Gallagher, and Joe McGonigle took sixth place in his debut drive in his ex-David Bogie R5 Skoda Fabia.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll finished 12th in his debut race for Jaguar in the FIA Formula E championship in Hong Kong.

Victory went to the e-DAMS Renault of reigning champion Sebastien Buemi.

Former A1GP champion Carroll qualified 14th for his first experience of all-electric racing and ran in tandem with his team-mate Mitch Evans for the opening 20 laps.

But the Jaguar team elected to leave their cars on track during a safety car period nearing half distance and Carroll led briefly.

But when he did pit - the drivers switch to a second car for the second part of the race - it was under full racing conditions and he re-joined back in midfield and unable to gain ground on the leaders.

Evans retired when his second car didn't make it out of the pits.

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