Donegal International Rally at Letterkenny

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That time of the year arrived yet again when Donegal Fever grabs the attention of any rallysport fan, especially with world No 1 Sebastian Loeb as the leading entry it was sure to be one heck of a weekend treat for anyone willing to brave what turned out to be stormy weather. Stages were covered in gravel and wet which meant for a lot of fun for spectators to see the worlds finest slithering about the tar.

<strong>Results</strong>
1 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC) 2h 48m 38s,
2 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 50m 45s,
3 Eugene Donnelly/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 54m 23s,
4 Paul Harris/Eugene O’Donnell (Toyota Corolla WRC) 2h 59m 14s,
5 Patrick Elliott/Paul Goodman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 3h 01m 34s,
6 Seamus Leonard/Gerry McVeigh (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) GpN 3h 05m 00s,
7 Mike Curran/Fabian McShane (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) GpN 3h 07m 45s,
8 Sean Devine/Paul McLaughlin (Subaru Impreza WRC) 3h 08m 08s,
9 James Cullen/Allan Harryman (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) GpN 3h 08m 38s,
10 Stuart Darcy/Steve Furey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) GpN 3h 08m 46s.

<strong>Group N Production class:
</strong>1 Seamus Leonard/Gerry McVeigh,
2 Mike Curran/Fabian McShane,
3 James Cullen/Allan Harryman.

<strong>Class winners:</strong>
J P Logue/Patrick Durning (Honda Civic),
Eugene Meegan/Stuart Powell (Honda Civic),
Andrew Gamble/Mark Vaughan (Nissan Micra),
Seamus Gallagher/Dan Maguire (Citroen Saxo),
Brian Doherty/Keith Bovaird (Ford Escort Maxi).

<strong>Leaders After:</strong>
SS1-8 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS9-22 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)

<strong>Stage Winners:</strong>
SS1 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS2 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS3 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS4 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS5 Mark Higgins/Rory Kennedy (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS6 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS7 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS8 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS9 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS10 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS11 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS12 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS13 Bogey Beaten
SS14 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS15 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS16 Bogey Beaten
SS17 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS18 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS19 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
& Eugene Donnelly/Paul Kiely (Subaru Impreza WRC)
SS20 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS21 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)
SS22 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroen C4 WRC)

<strong>NATIONAL EVENT:</strong>
1 Phil Collins/Derek Brannigan (Ford Escort) 3h 12m 01s,
2 Damien Gallagher/Mac Walsh (Ford Escort) 3h 14m 23s,
3 Martin McGee/Damian Crawford (Ford Escort) 3h 14m 44s.

<strong>HISTORIC RALLY:</strong>
1 Mervyn Johnston/Wendy Blackledge (Mini Cooper S) 1h 57m 00s,
2 Niall Creighton/Greg Roberts (Lotus Cortina) 1h 57m 06s,
3 William Todd/Nigel Campbell (Mini Cooper S) 2h 09m 03s.

<strong>POST-HISTORIC RALLY:
</strong>1 Richard Hall/Sam McMullan (Ford Escort) 1h 51m 28s,
2 Alan Jardine/James McSherry (Ford Escort) 1h 51m 54s,
3 David Craig/Roger Laird (Ford Escort) 1h 53m 17s.

<strong>JUNIOR RALLY:</strong>
1 Anthony Hand/Rodney Perkins (Ford Escort) 1h 05m 48s,
2 Damien McCauley/Terence Magee (Toyota Corolla) 1h 07m 17s,
3 Peter Wilson/Declan Gallagher (Honda Civic) 1h 07m 19s.

<strong>Class winners:</strong>
Philip Harte/Niall McCalliog (Vauxhall Nova),
Barry Ryan/Donal Falvey (Ford Escort).

<strong>FIESTA SPORTING TROPHY:</strong>
1 Alastair Fisher/Barry McNulty 1h 27m 51s,
2 Jonathan Greer/Jonny Hart 1h 28m 12s,
3 Conor Harvey/Joe Friel 1h 28m 28s.

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