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Kelly cruises to victory as he keeps run going

By Sammy Hamill

Published 04/05/2015

On fire: Donagh Kelly has been in fine form this season
On fire: Donagh Kelly has been in fine form this season

Donagh Kelly's dream season continued with a start to finish victory on the Killarney-based Rally of the Lakes.

Kelly and his Londonderry co-driver Kevin Flanagan, already winners of the Galway and West Cork rounds of the premier Irish Tarmac championship, dominated the Kerry stages in their M-Sport Ford Focus, to win by 50 seconds from the Subarus of Robert Barrable and Alan Ring.

They had a lead of almost one-and-a-half minutes after the first leg on Saturday and eased their way through the Sunday stages to take an almost unassailable lead in the Tarmac series. They also lead the Irish National championship.

Stephen Wright took fourth place in his R5 Ford Fiesta with the Skoda Fabia of Joe McGonigle fifth.

Meanwhile, Will Hall set fastest time to win a soaking wet Craigantlet Hill Climb on Saturday. However, he had to share top British championship points with hill record holder Trevor Willis after the final two run offs.

Hall was quickest in the first of the top 12 run offs with a time of 45.54 seconds in his 600 horse Force WH with Wallace Menzies second and Willis in third place. But on the second run it was 2012 winner and former record holder Willis in his OMS who was quickest on 46.40 with Hall in second place and Alex Summers third. There was a consolation for Summers in that he now leads the championship. Northern Ireland champion Graham Thompson was best of the local drivers, setting a top 10 time in the GTR Turbo.

There was disappointment for both Adam Carroll and Andrew Watson in yesterday's round of the British GT championship at Rockingham. Indeed, Watson didn't even get to drive after his team-mate Ross Wylie crashed on the opening lap of the race.

Carroll had moved up to fourth when his FF Corse Ferrari was black flagged into retirement. The race was won by the Ecurie Ecosse BMW of Alexander Sims and Marco Attard.

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