IRISH DRIVERS DOMINATE JIM CLARK RALLYIrish drivers led by Eugene Donnelly in a Skoda WRC dominated the Jim Clark International Rally run out of Kelso in the Scottish Border region. Tim McNulty in a Subaru WRC led over the first four stages, but Donnelly had the measure of McNulty and after 17 stages he won by the narrow margain of 23 seconds. Last year's winner Eamonn Boland was 3rd in another Subaru, ahead of the MacHale Brothers, Gareth and Aaron in Ford Focxus WRC's. Donnelly has now extended his Irish Tarmac Championship lead to 12 points over McNulty, 48 points to 36. Boland and G.MacHale are next on 32 points. Keith Cronin (Bantry) finished 6th overall in a Mitsubishi Evo 9 to maintain his lead in the British Championship over mark Higgins (Subaru0 who was 5th at the weekend. The 22 years old Irish driver won the two opening rounds, and the gap between Higgins and Cronin was just 11 seconds in Round 3 of the British series.
Next Irish Championship round is the Topaz Donegal international on june 19th-21st.