Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Donegal International Rally: Winning trio face off

They have each won a round of this year’s Irish Tarmac rally championship but all three will go head-to-head for the first time in next week’s Topaz Donegal International.

Tim McNulty (Galway International), Derek McGarrity (Circuit of Ireland) and Daragh O’Riordan (Rally of the Lakes) have been the major winners in Ireland’s premier championship this season but for a variety of reasons the three of them have not been in action together.

That situation is scheduled to change when they line up for round four of the Tarmac series, the three-day Donegal event, which begins from Letterkenny on Friday week.

However, McGarrity faces a race against time to make the start line after his Circuit-winning S11 Subaru was damaged when it was crashed by Eamonn Hanley during last weekend’s Circuit of Munster event.

McGarrity is hopeful it will be repaired in time but he is also trying to source another car just in case.

Garry Jennings and Seamus Leonard complete an all-Subaru top five in the 150-strong entry list but the spotlight will also be on car No 6, Mikko Hirvonen’s Monte Carlo Rally-winning Ford Fiesta S2000 which will be driven for the first time by Tarmac production champion Alastair Fisher.

Also in the top 10 is former UK Mitsubishi champion Phillip Morrow, who makes his second appearance of the season after an impressive but troubled outing on the Circuit of Ireland at Easter.

Top of the Donegal entry list: 1 Tim McNulty (Subaru Impreza); 2 Derek McGarrity (Subaru Impreza); 3 Daragh O’Riordan (Subaru Impreza); 4 Garry Jennings (Subaru Impreza); 5 Seamus Leonard (Subaru Impreza); 6 Alastair Fisher (Ford Fiesta S2000); 7 Sam Moffett (Mitsubishi Lancer N); 8 Alan Ring (Mitsubishi Lancer N); 9 Donagh Kelly (Mitsubishi Lancer N); 10 Phillip Morrow (Mitsubishi Lancer N).

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