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Familiar look to Tarmac classic

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THE Donegal International Rally will stick to the tried and tested format of previous years, with crews tackling a number of famous stages to the north and north west of Letterkenny.

Friday sees crews take on ‘Breenagh’, ‘Cark Mountain’ and ‘Letterleague’ with these repeated in the afternoon.

Saturday morning begins with two runs over ‘Carnhill’ and ‘Knockalla’ with ‘Gartan’ and ‘Trentagh’ up next. Inbetween these, cars will return to central service in Milford.

Competitors will be aiming to make it to the final day of the rally as the famous ‘Fanad’, ‘Atlantic Drive’ and ‘Glen’ tests lie in store.

Across the three days they will tackle 20 tests and 186 miles. The winners will cross the finish ramp at the Mount Errigal Hotel around 5.30pm on the Sunday.

Clerk of the Course, Eamon Magee, said: “We are running the rally in the same locality but we have made some tweaks to keep it fresh for those taking part and those who will be spectating.

“We had a fantastic event last year, but the number of entries we have received for 2018 blows that out of the water.

“We have a main field of 210 cars and a full field of Juniors and Historics. That shows how much they want to do the event and how popular it is,” he added.

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