Hankook MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship

Round 8: Down Rally, 22 October

Donagh Kelly and co-driver Kevin Flanagan were victorious on the Down Rally after new champion Kenny McKinstry faltered on the final stage.

Kelly kicked off the event with the fastest time on the opening stage, before McKinstry fought back to move ahead. The pair were closely matched from then on, with McKinstry carrying a slender three-second advantage into the final test.

However, midway through the stage McKinstry slithered off the road, with the subsequent loss of 17 seconds handing Kelly his first Down Rally win.

Results1 Donagh Kelly / Kevin Flanagan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 38m59.0s2 Kenny McKinstry / Kenny Hull (Subaru Impreza WRC) 39m13.0s3 Stephen Wright / Susanne Wright (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) 40m42.0s

Championship positions (provisional)after Round 81 Kenny McKinstry – 81 points (CHAMPION)2 Donagh Kelly – 583 George Robinson – 414 Connor McCloskey – 325 Stuart Biggerstaff – 31