Kelly In Unfamiliar Surroundings

After Having Sampled a Ford Fiesta R5, Donagh Kelly said:

She’s Quick – i would love to take her for a longer spin though

Donagh was the 2015 Triton Showers and Clonakilty Blackpudding Double Champion, and he Steps out this weekend in a Ford Fiesta R5, a car he has had very limited test time in.

Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley’s New Fiesta R5. Picture Conor Foley Via Twitter

Added to the pressure of not being used to the car, its been a few years since Donagh was Let loose on the Gravel surface of the forests, PLUS Donagh (and Conor Foley) have had NO recce of the 6 tricky forest stages.

The forests this time, being in Cumbria, in the North Of England, The Grizedale Stages Rally, and Donagh’s reputation has earned him a 5th place seeding.

She’s NO Ford Focus WRC – but she’s quick – VERY QUICK !! – and with NO Recce, it’s going to be a learning curve all the way to the finish line, both the new car, and for myself – I’m going to have to totally focus my concentration on the notes –
The Entry in Cumbria is a who’s who of British Rallying, with the likes of Steve Petch, David Wright, and Hugh Hunter, who have competed in Grizedale for years – that’s my benchmark – and I’ll have to keep up with those guys if I am to take anything out of this rally”

When pressed about his plans for 2017 Donagh told McC Rally Reports:

I’d love to take a 4th win in West Cork, or a hat-trick of wins in Kerry, but i also am sentimental, and i would LOVE to lift the winners trophy in Donegal too – maybe an odd National round,  but right now, its Grizedale, and i’m not looking any further

Other Irish Interest in this Forest Event comes the way of Adrian Hetherington, in his Corolla WRC, has an entry in With Ronan O’Neill, they are seeded at number 8.

Brendan Comiskey and Ronan O’Kane in Subaru Impreza are seeded at number 11.

Stanley Ballentine, he takes his Beautiful Mitsubishi EVO X, with County Donegal’s Gary McElhinney as Navigator. They are seeded at number 28.

The Beautiful Hyundai I20 of Johnnie Mullholland is another One to watch. He has Aidan O’Connor calling notes and are seeded at 60.

You can keep up to date with Donagh, and all the Irish Competitors by visiting the results page: