Belfast Telegraph

Donagh Kelly cruises to victory to stretch title lead

By Sammy Hamill

Donagh Kelly continued his relentless run towards an Irish Tarmac and National rally championship double with a commanding Circuit of Munster victory yesterday.

It was his fourth successive maximum points score from four rounds as Kelly and his Londonderry co-driver Kevin Flanagan extended their lead in the Triton Showers national series. Niall Maguire had been second in his Subaru, but almost two minutes behind Kelly's Ford Focus, when he retired on the penultimate stage.

His exit allowed Alan Ring to move into second in his Subaru with Roy White taking third in his MG ZR ahead of the Subarus of Kevin Kelleher and Kevin Barrett. Ed O'Callaghan won the two-wheel-drive category in sixth in his Ford Escort.

Meanwhile, Andrew Watson took seventh place in the British GT championship round at Silverstone but there was disappointment for Richard Lyons who saw the FF Corse Ferrari he was sharing with Gary Eastwood eliminated in the first hour of the three-hour race.

Eastwood was at the wheel when the Ferrari suffered damage when in was caught up in an accident involving the Aston Martin of Derek Johnston.

Watson, sharing a Von Ryan Racing McLaren with Scot Ross Wylie, got as high as fifth in the closing stages but lost two places when he was hit from behind by the Aston Martin of Jonny Adam. The race was won by Watson's Von Ryan team-mates Gilles Vannelet and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Locally, Jake Byrne continued his winning Formula Ford run, taking the first of two races at Kirkistown in his Ray ahead of the Van Diemen of Adrian Pollock. But in race two it was Pollock who was first to the chequered flag.

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