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Kelly is crowned as king of the Lakes for second season in a row

By Sammy Hamill

Published 02/05/2016

Comfortable win: Donagh Kelly had a winning margin of 50 seconds
Comfortable win: Donagh Kelly had a winning margin of 50 seconds

Donagh Kelly made it back to back wins on the Rally of the Lakes but a strong second place for Alastair Fisher moved the Trillick driver to the top of the Irish Tarmac Championship.

Kelly won for a second year in a row by a comfortable 50-second margin but with the reigning champion's WRC Ford Focus not eligible for championships points, it was Fisher who reaped the reward with a polished performance in his R5 Ford Fiesta.

Indeed, he was ahead of Kelly throughout the Saturday leg as Garry Jennings set the pace in his WRC Subaru. But the former Lakes winner crashed out on the second stage yesterday and, as Kelly took over at the front, Fisher settled for second, sure in the knowledge that two of his closest rivals, Josh Moffett and Keith Cronin, were out of the hunt.

Cronin finished back in the pack after incurring heavy road penalties when his Citroen was late into the first stage and Moffett crashed out on Saturday. It was the other Moffett, brother Sam, who came through to take third ahead of Stephen Wright and Alan Ring, all in R5 Fiestas.

In the British championship, Marty McCormack was best the Ulster contenders in the Pirelli International, finishing fifth in his S2000 Skoda Fabia with Jonny Greer sixth in his Citroen and Desi Henry seventh.

Victory went to the Sweden's Fredrik Ahlin with Matthew Wilson second and, Elfyn Evans, fighting back from a first day puncture, to take third in an all-Fiesta top three.

And Adam Carroll scored a podium finish on his return to the British GT championship, the Portadown driver taking third place with Liam Griffin in their Lamborghini Huracan at Rockingham.

Scott Moran broke his own record twice in the closing stages of the Craigantlet hillclimb as he took maximum points in the British championship. In the first of the two Top 12 run-offs he trimmed 100th of a second off his previous record of 39.41 seconds then reduced it to 39.12 on the second run in his mighty Gould GR61.

Fastest of the local drivers was Chris Houston in his OMS.

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