BOYLE’S WORKS FORD WRC HEADS AMAZING LINE UP FOR JOULE DONEGAL RALLY

The Organisers of the Joule Donegal International Rally, which takes place from June 19th to the 21st June next, have released details of the entry up for Ireland’s biggest motorsport event of the year. The unique three-day event has attracted one of the most competitive fields seen on any rally for years.

Last years winners, the Donegal cousins Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle head up the entry in a brand new WRC Fiesta acquired from M-Sport. This state of the art car will lead an ultra competitive group of top- line World Rally Cars away from An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny on Friday 19th June. They are followed by the current leader of the Irish Tarmac Championship Donagh Kelly in a Focus WRC and Garry Jennings, another former winner, in third.

World rally champion Craig Breen is taking time out of his commitments as a works Peugeot driver in the World and European rally championships to enter in the Suirway Ford Escort, as has Irish Motorcycling superstar Michael Dunlop – who made his rallying debut in Donegal last year. Both will be major attractions in the fearsome Class 14 for modified cars, which itself sets a record with 28 entries.

They will be joined in this boiling cauldron by Scottish multiple-rally champion David Bogie, who is now so smitten by the Rally he has built a rally car especially for it, and named his business after one of its famous rally stages.  Donegal is bracing itself for the annual invasion of Scottish rally fans he brings with him.

The event’s Historic and Junior sections, which also count towards the TROA Irish Championship, have attracted full entries and the main field, which is limited to 151 starters, is bursting at the seams with another 30 crews on reserve. Each of the event’s classes has drawn top- line entrants and advance accommodation bookings are at saturation levels already.

A detailed Organiser’s Rally Guide for visitors and competitors has now gone live online, listing the key services and features in the region including accommodation, restaurants, travel and essential services.

Full details of the entry list and Rally Guide are available on donegalrally.ie The Organisers are repeating their call for marshals to make contact to assist with the running of the event.

Top 30 Entries

1 Declan Boyle Brian Boyle Leitirmacaward                           Fiesta WRC

2 Donagh Kelly Kevin Flanagan Frosses                                  Focus WRC

3 Garry Jennings Rory Kennedy Kesh                                     Subaru WRC

4 Derek McGarrity Diarmuid Falvey  Glengormley            Subaru WRC

5 Darragh O Riordan Tony McDaid Midleton                        Fiesta WRC

6 Seamus Leonard John McCafferty Omagh                         Subaru WRC

7 PJ McDermott Niall Burns Burt                                                Subaru WRC

8 Stephen Wright Mikie Galvin Newbliss                               Fiesta RS

9 Martin Doherty Conor Foley Ballbofey                                Evo 9

10 Tommy Doyle Eamon Hayes Longford                               Fabia S2000

11 Aaron McHale Paul McGee Kildare                                     Evo 9

12 Brendan Cumiskey Ronan O Kane Castleblaney            Subaru

14 Aidan Wray Kieran McGrath Strabane                               Evo 10

15 Gary McPhillips Paul Sheridan Emyvale                             Escort Mk2

16 Daniel McKenna TBA Monaghan                                         Toyota GT86

17 Craig Breen Scott Martin Waterford                                   Escort Mk2

18 David Bogie Michael Hendry Scotland                               Escort Mk2

19 Declan Gallagher Ryan Moore Ardara                                Starlet RWD

20 Wesley Patterson Johnny Baird Lisburn                            Escort Mk2

21 Brian Brogan Damien McGettigan Letterkenny             Escort Mk2

22 Damien Gallagher Brendan McElhinney Letterkenny Escort Mk2

23 Phil Collins Arthur Kierans Herefordshire                         Escort Mk2

24 Manus Kelly Donall Barrett Letterkenny                           Escort Mk2

25 Frank Kelly Liam Brennan Moy                                             Escort Mk2

26 Joseph McGonigle Ciaran Geaney Muff                           Fabia S2000

27 Conor Harvey Gerard Callaghan Letterkenny                 Escort Mk2

28 Paul Reid Karl Reid Letterkenny                                           Escort Mk2

29 Adrian Hethrington Gary Nolan Dungannon                   Escort Mk2

30 Michael Dunlop James McNulty Ballymoney                  Escort Mk2