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I'll continue racing after big Sligo crash, vows hospitalised Donnelly

By Staff Reporter

Eugene Donnelly has vowed his rally career is far from over, although he remains in hospital following an accident on the Sligo Rally last Sunday.

And Paul Kiely, who was driving their Mitsubishi Lancer, has been re-admitted since being released on Sunday night.

Donnelly, the five-time Irish Tarmac champion and twice winner of the Circuit of Ireland from Maghera, had swapped roles with Kiely who has co-driven for him on many past successes. Their Mitsubishi went from 60-plus mph to zero in a second when it hit a tree.

They were transferred to Sligo General Hospital, Donnelly suffering from a broken collar bone, chest and pelvic injuries and possible internal injuries. Kiely had a fractured pelvis but went home that night. He has returned for further treatment.

"It has been a traumatic few days but we're making progress. The doctors have been brilliant," said Donnelly.

"I don't blame Paul, the road was lethally slippy and the car got away from him. Will this put me off rallying? No. I'll be back."

Ask him if he will co-drive again and he is far less certain.

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