Rally Of The Lakes at Killarney

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Well this was the first time Gary or I have been to Killarney and it was just unreal to say the least with some of the most beautiful scenery and roads I have ever seen for an event and the entry was second to non with a hot battle shaping up for the top 3 and Colin McRae doing sweeper duties in his 310bhp mk2 escort equipped with paddle shift and all the toys. 

After our 9hour journey down due to silly amounts of traffic in every town we landed at the B&B and then got a rally pack to plan the weekend out over a good feed. Some of the best organisation I have ever seen on an event was here and the crowd following the rally was breathtaking with folk from all over Ireland and a few familiar faces also. 

With Eugene and Derek out in new cars it was going to be a learning curve slightly for them but Nesbitt was on the pace from the start and was unbeatable leading it until the finish ramp. We will be back next year again without a doubt and I am looking forward to it already. 

<strong>Top 10 </strong>
1 Andrew Nesbitt/James OBrien (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 19m 46s 
2 Eugene Donnelly/Paul Kiely (Toyota Corolla WRC) 2h 20m 36s 
3 Derek McGarrity/Dermot OGorman (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 21m 45s 
4 Eamonn Boland/Francis Regan (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 22m 09s 
5 Austin McHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC) 2h 23m 21s 
6 Tim McNulty/Eugene ODonnell (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 23m 34s 
7 Denis Cronin/Helen OSullivan (Subaru Impreza WRC) 2h 28m 44s 
8 Colm Murphy/Ger Loughrey (Subaru Impreza N10) Gp N 2h 31m 32s 
9 Alan Ring/Paul Nagle (Subaru Impreza N11) Gp N 2h 32m 27s 
10 Kevin & Martin Kelleher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8.5) Gp N 2h 32m 50s

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

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