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All You Need to Know About the Thrilling Donegal International Rally

All You Need to Know About the Thrilling Donegal International Rally

Donegal The tranquil Donegal countryside is set to come alive as the highly anticipated Donegal International Rally kicks off on Friday, promising three days of intense competition.

Known as one of the premier domestic rallies worldwide, the event features top drivers tackling challenging stages amidst breathtaking scenery.

JOSH MOFFETT AT THE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

What is the Donegal International Rally?

Spanning 275km over 20 stages on the picturesque country roads of northwest Ireland, the rally tests drivers and co-drivers to navigate the course as swiftly as possible. The ceremonial start is on Thursday evening, with the first stage beginning on Friday morning and the final stage concluding on Sunday evening.

What Makes It Special?

The Donegal International Rally is renowned for its stunning landscapes, challenging stages, and a history of attracting elite rally talent. Previous winners include the late Craig Breen, nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, and Irish legends such as Bertie Fisher and Andrew Nesbitt. The rally has also seen participation from international stars like Ken Block and Michael Dunlop, adding to its allure and vibrant atmosphere.

Ones to Watch

Reigning Irish Tarmac Rally champion Callum Devine, alongside co-driver Noel O’Sullivan, leads the top seeds. Other key contenders include Keith Cronin, the Moffett brothers, British Rally champion Matt Edwards, and Welsh driver Meirion Evans. Notably, Junior World Rally champion William Creighton will debut as a co-driver, swapping seats with navigator Liam Regan in his historic Skoda Estelle 130.

Top 10 Seeded Drivers

1. Callum Devine and Noel O’Sullivan (Volkswagen Polo)

2. Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin (Ford Fiesta)

3. Matt Edwards and David Moynihan (Ford Fiesta)

4. Josh Moffett and Andy Hayes (Citroen C2)

5. Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly (Hyundai i20)

6. Meirion Evans and Ger Conway (Toyota GR Yaris)

7. David Kelly and Dean O’Sullivan (Volkswagen Polo)

8. Desi Henry and Shane Byrne (Citroen C3)

9. Declan Boyle and Patrick Walsh (Citroen C3)

10. Cathan McCourt and Brian Hoy (Ford Fiesta)

Whether you’re a first-time spectator or a seasoned rally enthusiast, the Donegal International Rally promises an unforgettable experience filled with speed, skill, and scenic beauty.

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