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DD Motoring: Home advantage for Mandy!

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Motoring columnist Brian McDaid catches up with defending Joule Donegal International Rally Champion Manus Kelly ahead of ‘The Donegal’ 2018:

The River Swilly rises at the foot of Meenaroy up the glen. All the competitors will see it when they turn off the main Letterkenny to Glenties Road this Friday morning on their first stage of The Donegal International Rally.

They will follow the number 1 seed, Manus Kelly up past Johnnie Mac Phaidin’s old house with the corrugated iron red rusted roof before the start of the Breenagh stage.

Manus “Mandy” Kelly was looking for a drop of rain when Donegal Daily caught up with the Glenswilly man at the top of Brennagh on Monday evening. The back-to-back winner of the Donegal International Rally was hoping for rain at the start of this week so it would neutralise the roads a bit for the weekend.

If it would rain right if it was going to rain at all, then we can deal with that, but a shower here and dry up the road will put the cat among the pigeons.

Manus Kelly on his way to his back to back victory on the Donegal International Rally with Donall Barrett on the notes. Photo Brian McDaid

In most sports, home advantage is a benefit, but on Friday morning Manus is going to treat Brennagh as just other special stage. Manus must be in the most unique position in the forty-six-year history of this event, as he will be the first person ever to lead the 2018 International Rally out of his own parish of Glenswilly on Friday morning when a bumper entry will start the three day event over the mountains from Glenswilly to Cloghan.


© Donegal Daily