There was plenty of local cheer in the modified category too as Coilin O’Donoghue and Sean Colllins took a popular victory in this very competitive section.
They were third fastest over Moll’s Gap in the morning, giving best to Gary Kieran and Marin McGee but the local crew overtook their Cavan and Donegal rivals on the run over Ballaghbeama to take a lead they would never relinquish.
It was proud moment for Colin’s father Kevin, a successful driver in his own right, when he greeted his son at the finish ramp on Saturday evening.
Damien Fleming guided Raymond Conlon to fourth overall in their Toyota Corolla Twin Cam while cousins Aidan Buckley and Shane Buckley were just one place behind in their Escort.
Denis Hickey and Sean Nolan admitted to getting off to a slow start in their Escort but a better un in the afternoon netted them 14th overall.
Andrew Duggan and Tara Duggan delivered their brand new Escort to 21st overall.
Duagh man Noel Maloney returned from his New Zealand base to guide Dylan Donoghue to 31st place. Jack Kelleher was another Kerryman to make the trip home, he came from Australia to contest his first rally but had to rely on Rally2 rules to get to the finish. Diarmuid Lynch and Eleanor Looney , driving an Austin Mini Cooper, were another crew that had to use Rally2 but their efforts earned them second in their class.
Bob Moran and Adam Power were third in their class in another Escort.
Eoin Duffin and Mike Cleary were 39th in their Ford Escort Mk2, two places ahead of the returning Sean Enright and Kevin Tydings.
John Falvey was on pace note duty for Billy McCarthy and they finished 44th.
Noel O’Sullivan and Nicholas Burke secured third in their class in their Ford Escort Mk2 while Raymond O’Neill and Padraig O’Donovan were fifth.
Pat Cashman guided Don Moynihan to 59th while Paudie O’Callaghan and Danny Murphy broke the Escort dominance by taking their Toyota Starlet to fifth in class.
Tadhg O’Sullivan and Liam Brennan on the notes for the first time and they finished 72nd, one place ahead of Eddie Kennelly and Paul McGlinchey.
John Hickey and Denny Greaney hastily built a Toyota Corolla for the occasion and brought it home in 72nd place under Rally2 regulations.